'hack' wheel you offend me sir
Sorry to offend, but that's not my intention at all. We probably all have sets of wheels that do the job perfectly, whether it be winter work or everyday use which is all very practical and sensible and to be honest to most normal practical people durability would be their dream wheels in fact. Your wheels are fantastic and I love the 217's, but try finding a NOS or mint set these days. 717s would be my first choice for a modern build, but for an exact period mint dream superbike build, wear is the last thing on your mind.
I carefully started this thread with the title 'dream wheels' and yes, I know its sad to put period correctness and a certain 'look' above all else, but if you have longed for a certain bike with exact parts for over 13 years, sometimes you just have to 'scratch that itch' to get it out of your system.
Also if they do wear out very quickly as you state, then anyone who does have a mint set and looks after them will end up with VERY rare piece of period mountain bike memorabilia, which is what collectors love!
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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