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Upgrading single speed/fixie wheels

Old 10-22-17, 05:18 AM
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Upgrading single speed/fixie wheels

my wheels are heavy with cheap hubs, can someone direct me or recommend a good lighter wheelset with quality parts. Budget is 3-400$. I want brand name hubs, black stainless spokes, machined rear braking surface. thank you
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Old 10-22-17, 07:00 AM
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Look at Velomine.com and Retrogression
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I'll make it even easier than the Squid.

https://www.retro-gression.com/colle...pe-sf-wheelset
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I'll make it even easier than the Squid.

https://www.retro-gression.com/colle...pe-sf-wheelset
That would be a solid wheelset. Handbuilt is always better and those are handbuilt with decent components. Many of my handbuilt wheels (not by me, I suck) use either Sapim spokes and nips or H+Son rims or both.
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Old 10-23-17, 04:11 PM
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thanks guys, ordered a set from velomine....great store. I appreciate your help!!
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Received my set of H+Son Archetype with Origin hubs, they are perfect. What a difference, hubs are smooth and wheels seem very nice quality and build. Velomine is a great find, thanks again guys!!!
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No pics, no bike.
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this is a before pic, upgrades will be finished in 30 days, all parts ordered!
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pic added, Ill post another once all the parts are assembled, thanks
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Well, it looks pretty darn nice already. I like that color.
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Well, it looks pretty darn nice already. I like that color.
Thanks, looks like I paid full bike price for a frame, but, I like a challenge.

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Originally Posted by georgek54 View Post

I bought a pair of Velocity Deep V laced to Phil Wood track hubs and inquired here about what color frame would go with the orange rims. The best suggestion was a similar (as I imagined it) blue as your frame. The thinking was like Gulf GT40 race cars. After pondering a new frame to build around the orange rim wheelset, I put them on my current fixed build, a light metallic green KHS Turbo and the combination looks great.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the wheels that came off the KHS Turbo bike and then I built a favorite fixed gear on a 1980 Trek 750 frame that has semi horizontal dropouts with successful use of magic gear. The wheels are wonderful with a first generation Dura Ace hub in front (overkill 36 spokes) and Nashbar flip flop laced with DT double butted spokes and Mavic Open Pro rims. The bike rides like a dream.

Soon after putting a Phil Wood bottom bracket on the KHS and dialing in the chain line, I borrowed the brake off of it to test on the new Trek build. The Trek rides so nice I haven't ridden the KHS since. I aligned the KHS fork but a proper brake hasn't popped up.
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Originally Posted by Lakerat View Post
I bought a pair of Velocity Deep V laced to Phil Wood track hubs and inquired here about what color frame would go with the orange rims. The best suggestion was a similar (as I imagined it) blue as your frame. The thinking was like Gulf GT40 race cars. After pondering a new frame to build around the orange rim wheelset, I put them on my current fixed build, a light metallic green KHS Turbo and the combination looks great.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the wheels that came off the KHS Turbo bike and then I built a favorite fixed gear on a 1980 Trek 750 frame that has semi horizontal dropouts with successful use of magic gear. The wheels are wonderful with a first generation Dura Ace hub in front (overkill 36 spokes) and Nashbar flip flop laced with DT double butted spokes and Mavic Open Pro rims. The bike rides like a dream.

Soon after putting a Phil Wood bottom bracket on the KHS and dialing in the chain line, I borrowed the brake off of it to test on the new Trek build. The Trek rides so nice I haven't ridden the KHS since. I aligned the KHS fork but a proper brake hasn't popped up.
I would love to see a pic, sounds awesome. Please check out "Undefeated LeMans Edition @ DAN fixed gear on You Tube, it is a gorgeous color scheme like you initially mentioned.
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upgraded wheelset

IMG-20171110-WA0000.jpg....mostly finished, waiting on white industries freewheel, new chain and a new rear brake caliper!
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Get a front brake.
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its a singlespeed, not a fixie.
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Get a front brake.
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^ + 50

We don't deal in "fixies" either pal.
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^ + 50

We don't deal in "fixies" either pal.
is that directed to me?
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It has nothing to do with being fixed or freewheel. If anything, riding a freewheel makes it even more important. By going without a front brake, you're losing the majority of your stopping power, making yourself and others on the road less safe.
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What? are you the single speed police? keep your personal comments to yourself, that is not a contribution to a forum. you know nothing about me or my bikes. perhaps this is a show bike, ...let those that ride decide!!!!
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
It has nothing to do with being fixed or freewheel. If anything, riding a freewheel makes it even more important. By going without a front brake, you're losing the majority of your stopping power, making yourself and others on the road less safe.
the subject is about wheels, not brakes .....its just a pic....get over yourself
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Yup, somebody is off their meds.
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