replace or renew?

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  1. ProfTournesol

    ProfTournesol New Member

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    for the first time ever I jammed by bike wheel in a tramline. Not to do things by halves, I have stuffed the wheel - the rim is dented and I now have uneven braking. As it is (was) a Campagnolo Proton, I can replace the rim, but the cost of replacing and rebuilding is the same as the replacement cost (considerable). Is there any advantage to a 'hand-made' wheel over a factory wheel?

    If there is, any recommendations for wheel builders in Melbourne?
     
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  2. mfhor

    mfhor New Member

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    FAQ FAQ FAQ -

    Yes. You just answered your own question.

    Proton = Sunday/race wheel. Concealed nipples. Incredible spoke tension.

    Me. I build good wheels. 32 spoke Record/Chorus / DT 240 / hubs, Ambrosio Excellence / Mavic Open Pro / CXP 33 / DT RR 1 / Velocity Razor rims (take your pick), DT New Aero/Competition DB spokes, 2.5 hours, you have a maintainable pair of wheels. Keep the Protons for Beach Rd/crits.

    Re-rim = approx. $150 (if you hit a cow/goat/truck/tramline/echidna)

    You must be in Melbourne. So am I. Let me know if you are interested.

    M"human tensiometer"H
     
  3. suzyj

    suzyj New Member

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    mfhor wrote:

    <lots of good stuff>

    He's right. Good quality hubs + good quality rims + 32 good quality spokes + some care and attention to detail in assembly = wheel that goes for ever and ever.

    A little linseed oil on the spoke nipples doesn't hurt, either :p

    Regards,

    Suzy (retro-grouch)
     
  4. mfhor

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    Ok, Ok, Ok - so I have a teflon lube fetish. I do put linseed oil on the furniture I make, 'tho (fortified with a bit of Tung and Almond - Grandpa H's secret recipe. Hmm. I wonder if they would work on stainless . . . NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Get thee behind me, Satan!). ;)

    M" vorsprung durch technik" H
     
  5. ritcho

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    Hubs = Ultegra (check)
    Rims = CXP33 (check)
    Spokes = 32x 14/15/14 DT (check) + Brass nipples (check)
    Care and attention (errrm... check)

    Linseed oil? I made do with some general purpose household oil (it had a nice squeeze bottle)

    I might become a retrogrouch yet! :)

    Ritch.

    PS. Nice frame btw.
     
  6. ProfTournesol

    ProfTournesol New Member

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    I can't afford both (now) so maybe I get the wheel rebuilt and then buy a 'daily wheel' later?
     
  7. mfhor

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    Don't start that agin . . . ;)

    M "stubborn thread" H
     
  8. mfhor

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    Why not get a pair built now, and rebuild your gee-whiz wheel later? BTW, was it a front or back?

    MH
     
  9. ProfTournesol

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    front. I'm doing the Kosi to StKilda ride next month and want to do it on my nice wheel:)
     
  10. flyingdutch

    flyingdutch New Member

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    if your desparate i gotta campag Atlanta front (and back) wheel sitting in the shed your welcome to borrow for your ride

    PS you done that ride before. sounds like fun...
     
  11. ProfTournesol

    ProfTournesol New Member

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    thanks. If I goota spend it, I'll do it now and hopefully the plastic will recover in time for the ride. I haven't done it before, it will be good practice for the Pyrenees in 2006:)

    What is a Campag Atlanta?
     
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  13. flyingdutch

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    Deep section wheels. basically a 32spoke version of the shamals
     
  14. mfhor

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    I know they'll look a bit dicky, but any front wheel will work OK for the time being - who quoted you the exorbitant price on repair?

    I re-rimmed a Ksyrium Elite (the steel-spoked one) recently - spokes are OK, reused the nipple eyelets (they screw out on the Ksyriums) the rim cost approx. $180 retail, the rebuild took about 2 hrs, go to whoa. about $210 all up.

    The Campag wholesalers will supply rims to reputable bike shops (in one of which I hope I can claim employment), and if you've twisted or dented, rather than buckled the rim, the spokes will probably be OK, being straight-pull and all. Bank on about the same price, or a little higher.

    M "subatomic particles should be stronger than that" H
     
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