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Reynolds Alta Race campy conversion
I've been looking in to a new set of wheels, and the Reynolds Alta Race/Solitude on ebay are an nice deals. The only problem, is that I'd need a campy compatible one, and those are few and far between on ebay, so I'm considering buying a shimano compatible one and converting it to campy. I emailed Reynolds, and they said it could be done at a LBS and it might cost "$50 to $150", depending on what hub the wheel had. One end of that spectrum is ok with me, the other is not. I also don't mind doing it myself if it's not too hard.
I assume that the freehub body (is that the correct term?) needs replacing and possibly the wheel needs redishing. Anyhow, I'd like a better estimate of cost before I buy. Say I buy this one (there's a big picture of the hub, so maybe it can be identified), can anyone tell me what part(s) I'd need and point me to a source with a price? Thanks.
I was thinking of doing the same thing a few weeks ago. I tried calling Reynolds to ask if they have Campy freehubs. I left a message and never heard back. You might consider buying the Shimano wheel and just using a conversion cassette. I believe American Classic and Wheels Manufacturing make them, or search RBR for "conversion cassette."
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I just got a new campy cassette, so it seems a pity to buy another cassette so soon. Anyhow, here's the entire reply I got from reynolds (they're good about responding to email).
Originally Posted by team_sheepshead
********Yes it is possible and you can order the pars through your favorite
local bike shop. *Depending on what model year and hub type it will probably
retail for around
$50 to $150. *You may have to re-dish the wheel after the swap. *Please let
me know if you have any other questions.
*Domestic OE Manager
*Central & South America Distribution
*866-798-3040 *ext. 124
*3392 W. 8600 S.
*West Jordan, *UT 84088
From: Leon Nathaniel Maurer [mailto:Leon.N.Maurer@Dartmouth.EDU]
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2007 1:56 PM
Subject: Shimano -> campy conversion
********I was wondering if it was possible to convert an Alta Race rear
Shimano to Campagnolo. If it is, what parts would I need, where could I get
them, and how much might it cost? Thanks.