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    ... and if we just ... Need help with Trek 820

    Well, I got a bike a few months ago and rode from here to there but nothing major. I thought I would take it trail riding and fell in love. I have gone almost every day now for two months for about 1 hr/day. I am getting more aggressive as the days go on. Needless to say I have beat my poor 820 pretty hard. I have, of course, bent the back rim and have decided to replaced as opposed to have it trued since I have already done that. I am looking for a stronger rim that is compatable or maybe a website to look for one. I would upgrade to a better bike but since I am a med student I am kinda broke. Someday I am looking forward to dropping some serious dough on a sweet bike.
    Any suggestions would be great.
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    you got v-brakes right? you should be able to find a decent wheel for around $50. you might be better off buying a wheelset to replace both wheels if you've been riding your bike that hard.

    if you replace your rear wheel you'll have to change the cassette over from the old wheel to the new one. a bike shop will probably charge a few bucks to do that.

    http://www.greenfishsports.com/index...ROD&ProdID=261
    http://www.nashbar.com/subcategories.cfm?category=126
    http://www.blueskycycling.com/cat-wheelset.htm
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_id=5312

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    Quote Originally Posted by meldo
    Well, I got a bike a few months ago and rode from here to there but nothing major. I thought I would take it trail riding and fell in love. I have gone almost every day now for two months for about 1 hr/day. I am getting more aggressive as the days go on. Needless to say I have beat my poor 820 pretty hard. I have, of course, bent the back rim and have decided to replaced as opposed to have it trued since I have already done that. I am looking for a stronger rim that is compatable or maybe a website to look for one. I would upgrade to a better bike but since I am a med student I am kinda broke. Someday I am looking forward to dropping some serious dough on a sweet bike.
    Any suggestions would be great.
    Thanks
    Steel is real! Your going to kill that bike slowly. The good thing is as items start falling apart you can update the components. Then when you have some really cool parts on you funky bike you buy a frame & fork swap all the parts & your on your way to building a better bike.Awsome wheel set ready to be set up for disc even are Shimano with Ryno Lite rims. Cheap but supper strong.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Wheelset.aspx

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    Thanks you guys rule.
    I ahve heard that a fork upgrade will be needed down the road. What else do you guys think?
    Thanks for the websites by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meldo
    Thanks you guys rule.
    I ahve heard that a fork upgrade will be needed down the road. What else do you guys think?
    Thanks for the websites by the way.
    For components Shimano LX shifters & front derailleur, XT rear derailleur, Brakes Avid BB7's, Handlebar & stem RaceFace, Seat WTB, Tires Maxxis HighRoller.

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    Hey dogonfr thanks
    Those rims you recommended I can use those now and also if I upgrade to disc brakes down the road? Seems too god to be true. And they are cheap
    right on thanks

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    Is the 820 disc compatable?

    I am not sure that the 820 frame has the drillings for the Trek disc adaptor. Can you provide a photo of the non-drive side rear dropout?
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    Quote Originally Posted by damion
    I am not sure that the 820 frame has the drillings for the Trek disc adaptor. Can you provide a photo of the non-drive side rear dropout?
    ...or the fork either??

    About a new fork for the 820. Keep in mind a good fork will easily cost more then you paid for the whole bike, generally not a wise investment, but then agian, if you plan to swap all the good parts over to a new frame some day then it would work out....
    But also remember buying a frame and building up the bike piece by piece can cost much, much more then buying a complete bike, even on high end bikes so unless you plan on having a cassette, wheels/hubs, crank/bottom bracket, fork, brakes, chainrings, etc to move from the old bike to a new one, you risk wasting money......just food for thought

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    The wheel set is set up for disc but the rims are machined for V-brakes so he can do a straight swap. Out with the old & in with the new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    The wheel set is set up for disc but the rims are machined for V-brakes so he can do a straight swap. Out with the old & in with the new.
    Ya, I have an '03 or '04 Trek 820 in the garage and looked when I got home tonight. The mounts for disk brakes are there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride
    Ya, I have an '03 or '04 Trek 820 in the garage and looked when I got home tonight. The mounts for disk brakes are there.
    He will score big for the future then, cool.

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