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As already stated by @Batman, the wheel of a Walmart bike won't be worth the effort. Do you have a local bike co-op, or a recycle center - you can probably scavenge a wheel of an old bike? Try to get in touch with a local cycle club or local cycle group - most cyclists I know have a selection of spares they would be more than happy to 'rehome' ...


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First, note that if you're using indexed shifters that you need to match the number of cogs on the cassette to the shifters. Cheap wheels are normally not worth the money -- you'll have trouble keeping them true or from failing, especially in a difficult situation like mountain biking. On freewheels and cassette installation, I'd suggest reading this link ...


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The wheel by itself will likely be of much better quality, as one of the main places costs are cut when building BSOs (bike-shaped objects) is in the wheels... so you will either have a few okay bike parts and some okay tools you can re-use or a lot of worthless bike parts. Your choice.



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