Greetings all, I have a tendency to give out bikes during the holidays (gave 2 kids bikes to friend's son and to another friend's nephew) and to keep with the spirit, I am planning on fixing up a bike for a clyde friend of mine. I snagged a Trek 7300 FX frameset that was parted out and plan on using that as the base. Naturally it doesn't have wheels. I currently have a set of A class wheels from a recent purchase that I am willing to part with but not sure if it will handle his added weight well (20/24 spoke front/rear). Anyways, here's my list:
- Why do you want new wheels? What's wrong with your old ones?
New wheels for a Trek 7300 FX hybrid frameset
- What are you old ones? (rim name, hub name, spokes, their numbers)
Have a set of A Class Wheels that can be used for this build, but 20/24 spoke.
- How much do you want to spend?
- How heavy are you?
- Do you ride "light" or "heavy"? Are you powerful or smooth?
Getting back into cycling after a 25 year gap, not sure of riding style
- Have you had problems with your current wheels and if so, what?
- What condition are the roads in that you ride?
Sidewalk,MUT and some park dirt paths
- What tires, widths and pressures are you using?
Tires for a hybrid. 700x32 or 700x35
- What do you expect from your new wheels that your old ones can't deliver? (be reasonable and realistic here!)
Looking for something that will serve well for heavier rider
- What are you going to use the wheels for - recreational riding, touring (loaded), training, racing, general purpose?
Recreational (<20 miles per ride, possibly up to 40 in the future)
- Do you want custom hand-built (designed for you) or factory pre-built?
- Do you want wheels that are easily repairable with readily available, reasonably priced spokes and rims or are you ok with maybe having to ship your wheels back to the factory and wheels that contain expensive, proprietary spokes and possibly un-obtainium replacement rims?
Easily repairable is preferred
- Do you need 11spd compatible wheels (can be used with 8 ~10spd cassettes too by using a spacer) or are 10spd wheels ok? (can only be used with 8 ~ 10spd cassettes). Edit - This info is for Shimano & SRAM related cassettes; not Campagnolo.
May as well be 11 spd compatible (using a SRAM Red 10 speed groupset)
- Do you want the wheels to be oriented towards "aero" or "light"?
- Do you want to use regular clincher, tubeless, or tubular tires?
- Aluminum or carbon rims?
- Rim brakes or disk brakes?
- Rear hub width? (120, 126, 130, 135MM)
- Do you want adjustable loose ball bearing hubs (almost exclusively Shimano) or cartridge bearing hubs (almost everything else)?