Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

durable wheel set recommendations needed please

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

durable wheel set recommendations needed please

Old 05-31-19, 07:08 AM
  #1  
Flip Flop Rider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Flip Flop Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: South Carolina Upstate
Posts: 1,130

Bikes: 2010 Fuji Absolute 3.0 1994 Trek 850

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 423 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 28 Posts
durable wheel set recommendations needed please

700c with rim brakes

I'm talking bullet proof wheels with at least 36 spoke holes that will accommodate 7-8 speed cassette (old tech I know)

would like to keep it cheap (but gotta be strong) as my bikes are cheap too. Don't want $500 dollar wheel set on a $100 dollar bike

mostly ride neighborhood roads in loops and don't care about weight or material. ride about 6k miles a year give or take

might like touring one day

websites, craigslist, flea bay, yard sales, where would you look?

any help is always appreciated
Flip Flop Rider is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 07:11 AM
  #2  
Flip Flop Rider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Flip Flop Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: South Carolina Upstate
Posts: 1,130

Bikes: 2010 Fuji Absolute 3.0 1994 Trek 850

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 423 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 28 Posts
quick release
Flip Flop Rider is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 07:33 AM
  #3  
u235
Senior Member
 
u235's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 930
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 332 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 24 Posts
Not all 7 speed are cassette, a lot are freewheels and not directly compatible with 8-10 cassettes. You said old tech so it sounds like you do know exactly what you need, just mentioning in case.

Last edited by u235; 05-31-19 at 07:40 AM.
u235 is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 08:31 AM
  #4  
Flip Flop Rider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Flip Flop Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: South Carolina Upstate
Posts: 1,130

Bikes: 2010 Fuji Absolute 3.0 1994 Trek 850

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 423 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 43 Times in 28 Posts
Originally Posted by u235 View Post
Not all 7 speed are cassette, a lot are freewheels and not directly compatible with 8-10 cassettes. You said old tech so it sounds like you do know exactly what you need, just mentioning in case.
so I'm looking for the description to say specifically "cassette"? if so thanks for that
Flip Flop Rider is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 09:53 AM
  #5  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,396

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6907 Post(s)
Liked 240 Times in 198 Posts
good luck

That you seek would be C&V since 7 speed cassettes was back in the early 90's and has been out of fashion for decades,

as the push went to 8,9,10, 11 etc..

I went with a strong axle Phil Wood Freewheel hub on my touring bike , a 48 spoke wheel was quite reliable ..

and still is.. replacement freewheels are still available , too..




So,.... you have to find the cassette hub first , then hire a wheel built around it..







..

Last edited by fietsbob; 05-31-19 at 10:03 AM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 12:07 PM
  #6  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 5,316

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1004 Post(s)
Liked 56 Times in 42 Posts
You might be able to find a 9 speed wheel, then get a 10 mm hex wrench to swap the cassette holder with what's on the hub you have now.
pdlamb is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 12:15 PM
  #7  
Moe Zhoost
Half way there
 
Moe Zhoost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,474

Bikes: Many, and the list changes frequently

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 422 Post(s)
Liked 90 Times in 60 Posts
You won't go wrong with Sun Ringle CR-18 rims. These rims are relatively inexpensive, yet stand up to a lot of abuse (assuming a properly built wheel). I have them on my commuting bike and after >20,000 miles and a lot of road hazards taken at speed, they are as true as the day I built them.
Moe Zhoost is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 12:43 PM
  #8  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,352

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1199 Post(s)
Liked 54 Times in 41 Posts
You mentioned a $100.00 bike, that's significant.

1. What's the distance between the dropouts? 126mm, 130mm or 135mm. If you're buying a brand new wheel know which it is because they'll all cost about the same.
2. I wouldn't even worry about spoke count.
3. For a $100 bike I'd be looking for something that will fit from a donor bike. If it's a flip it doesn't make sense to put on $100 wheels and then sell it for $100.
4. If I were building a new wheel set for personal use I'd look for a double wall rim and about 500g weight.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 12:46 PM
  #9  
thook
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Winslow, AR
Posts: 889
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 15 Posts
keep an eye ebay. i've found great wheelsets for not much for my vintage bikes. one 36h set...araya rims/600 hubs... i have to convert the freehub for 7spd, but no biggie. i have an alex adventure set with xt/deore hubs....36h rear/32h front....and for 8-10spd, but works 7spd with a spacer. it was handbuilt, but picked them up for $125 or so. another nearly brand new set....36h....with deore dx hubs and matrix titan rims hard anodized practically brand new for about the same. go no less than 22mm outer width on rims for good sidewall support under loads
thook is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 04:49 PM
  #10  
seamuis
aire díthrub
 
seamuis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: chatham-savannah
Posts: 554

Bikes: Raleigh Competition, Pashley Roadster Sovereign, Mercian Vincitore Speciale

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 48 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
so I'm looking for the description to say specifically "cassette"? if so thanks for that
Well your derailleur doesn’t know the difference or care wether your 7-8spd is a cassette or freewheel. Which one you need is based on the hub. That will be largely affected by the price of said hubs or wheelset. 7 spd freewheels are still plentiful because they’re still being manufactured. A lot of cheaper bikes in your price range like cruisers and hybrids are still being equipped with 7 speed systems.
seamuis is offline  
Old 05-31-19, 10:33 PM
  #11  
mstateglfr 
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 8,689

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '87 Schwinn Prelude, Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo, '18 Diamondback Syncr

Mentioned: 78 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3183 Post(s)
Liked 284 Times in 196 Posts
You tell us what you dont want to spend, but don't tell us what you want to spend.

Head scratcher right there.

Something that has butted spokes and is properly tensioned will be fine.
Cr18 rims, shimano or random Taiwan hub, butted spokes- and handbuilt to proper tension.

It'll cost $250-300 to corectly be done by hand by someone who is paid to build wheels and stand behind the build.

$70 for rims
$90 for spokes
$50 for hubs
$100 for the build

Give or take.


There are plenty of machine built 36h wheels with quality parts for $140-240.
Look at velomine. But tension may/will be off and need adjusting.
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 06-01-19, 06:22 AM
  #12  
clengman
Senior Member
 
clengman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 474

Bikes: '73 Schwinn World Voyageur, '98 Nishiki BSO

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 225 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
I got a QBP (Quality Wheels) brand 27" rear wheel about a year ago. Cr18 rim, Shimano QR hub, 36 straight-gauge spokes, with 7 speed freehub body. Ordered it through my LBS. It was about $70. Seems like a good, no nonsense, wheel. Was evenly tensioned and trued out of the box. I cleaned and repacked the hub before i put it on the bike. It's holding up well so far in rough service on a bike used for daily 10-20 mile commuting.
clengman is offline  
Old 06-01-19, 06:31 AM
  #13  
Garfield Cat
Senior Member
 
Garfield Cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 6,849

Bikes: Cervelo Prodigy

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 355 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 7 Posts
Even though you place a constraint using the bike as "fixed", I would suggest that maybe its time to treat yourself to an updated model.
Garfield Cat is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Tony N.
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets
20
06-10-13 08:07 PM
ummbnb
Fifty Plus (50+)
15
08-02-11 09:21 PM
Garthr
Bicycle Mechanics
15
05-14-09 11:02 AM
JasonC
Road Cycling
19
03-09-09 11:39 PM
Adam G.
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
18
08-05-08 02:21 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.