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Mountain Bike Wheels

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by NumNutz, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Nov 25, 2011 at 1:36 PM
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    NumNutz

    NumNutz [OP] One of the original 7928

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    I just got a sweet new bike from a friend for free. It's a 2008 Specialized Rockhopper 29er Disc. However with the bike came its problems. It needs a new rear wheel and a general tune up. Right now the bike has a set of low-end Bontragers. I was hoping you guys could tell me what you thought a good replacement rear wheel would be?

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  2. Nov 25, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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    Quo Fan

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    I hand lace Sun Doubletrac rims to Shimano XT disc hubs. Just me, but I don't like riding on wheel I didn't build.

    It might help if you told us how much you want to spend on wheels. You can get decent wheels for a couple of hundred, or you could go all out and spend a couple of grand.
     
  3. Nov 25, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    I was hoping to spend like 100 max actually on the real wheel. I'm not huge into riding. I'm more of an A to B kind of person.
     
  4. Nov 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    What kind of problems is the wheel having? Your LBS (Local Bike Shop) can lace a new hub to the rim for a few bucks plus the cost of the hub. Or, they might even be able to fix what is wrong with the hub.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    It's the wheel itself. The wheel is bent. Do you have any suggestions for a new wheel that won't be more than 100?
     
  6. Nov 26, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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    Depending on how bent the rim is, it could be trued. At this point, I would suggest that you take it to your LBS and have it looked at. Truing a wheel, though tedious, is not really difficult. The LBS could give you a better idea of how to fix the wheel, and give you options that I cannot over the internet.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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    Agreed.

    No need to replace the wheel if it isn't too bad. Also need to check for cracks near the spoke nipples.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    I have RhinoLite rims. And have been beating on them for 10 years. No probs.
     
  9. Nov 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    Yup it was at the LBS getting trued. They said they broke three spokes trying to true it. No luck. I'm having them replace it with a similar Bontrager wheel.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    I got my RhinoLytes from pricepoint.com. I got both ready to go for $100 and they outlasted my bike.
     
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