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Can I use rim-brake wheelset with disc-brake bike on rollers?

Old 07-25-18, 05:13 PM
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Can I use rim-brake wheelset with disc-brake bike on rollers?

About to acquire cheap, used rollers and will probably get cheap training tires thrown into the deal. Right now, I have only the OEM wheelset with QR on my disc-brake equipped bike, so I was wondering if I could get any standard QR road wheelset to use on the rollers, or do I need disc-specific wheels?
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You need disc specific - the hub spacing is different.
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You need disc specific - the hub spacing is different.
Thanks, that makes sense. It also narrows down my options if I want to buy a cheap training wheelset, so I think if the rollers work for me, I'll look to use my OEM wheels with them and get a wheel upgrade instead.
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Originally Posted by surak View Post
Thanks, that makes sense. It also narrows down my options if I want to buy a cheap training wheelset, so I think if the rollers work for me, I'll look to use my OEM wheels with them and get a wheel upgrade instead.
A new wheelset, leaving you with a spare wheelset, is always a good plan. There are some good options out there. If you're on bit of a budget, I'd look at something like the Fulcrums on the UK sites.
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As long as the callipers clear the spokes you could use a regular wheel set.
Quite likely they won't on the front.
Your rear wheel is probably 135mm wide which is 5mm more than a normal rim brake wheel set so you would have to sort out some sort of spacer for that on the non drive side.
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A new wheelset, leaving you with a spare wheelset, is always a good plan. There are some good options out there. If you're on bit of a budget, I'd look at something like the Fulcrums on the UK sites.
I've read a lot of good things about Fulcrums on BF. I would've already bought something by now if I weren't so indecisive about whether to go for (slightly) more aero or light budget wheels, or just leaving my bike as it is and save up so I can make an aero vs. light decision for N+1.

First things first, I brought the rollers home, now I have to try riding on 'em and see if I like 'em.
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I used to have a set of Fulcrum wheels. Those things were indestructible. And loud to coast on, which I like.

I'll second @WhyFi about it being real nice to have a spare set of wheels.
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Rollers don't wear tires much, especially if inflated hard.
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My experience is that you don't really need brakes at all when riding rollers. Stop pedalling and the rollers will stop within a couple seconds.
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Glad i read this thread. I was looking to do the same thing, but for a dumb trainer. I want to be able to switch wheels during the winter so when the weather is nice i can still ride the wheel i want to and have a wheel just for the trainer. I’ve been looking for a cheap wheel, didn’t care about disc brakes, but now i have to change that process. So thank you!
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