Hey, some advice please!
I'm living in Germany at the moment. Back in the UK I have a generic but fairly decent SS wheelset from an extremely beloved rat bike (a ~56cm road conversion), which sadly died a horrible death shortly before the move. I want to build up a nice sturdy Steamroller in its place; unfortunately however I can't afford to splash out near a grand (€, but still) on a complete new build from one of the LBSs here, and I'm also keen not to ditch perfectly usable parts if I don't have to. So, tl;dr, I'm thinking about getting as many of the components from a rat bike over to a new Steamroller frame. However I'm still a novice in lots of areas with a lot to learn about component standards, so if you'll indulge me, here are a few probably pretty dumb questions before I go to the hassle of bringing parts over in person:
- Are hubs for 700C wheels a universal size? ie. if the rat bike took 700c wheels, will that wheelset definitely fit a newer bike, or is it not so straightforward?
- The BB on the rat bike (square taper, from what I've gathered) was on its last legs, so that can go. I have its crankset and chainring over here with me already; if I were to get the wheelset over, and they fitted the new bike, would I just need to have a new BB of the same type as the old one installed in the new frame (or again, is it not so straightforward)?
- Can headsets be rescued and transplanted onto newer bikes, or would that be something really worth getting new for a new frame?
- Are brake calipers also pretty universal? The set I had on the rat bike were perfectly good and had a lot of clearance, and I would guess they'd fit onto the new one but again, I could be wrong.
Any advice from more experienced bike builders will be extremely appreciated! Viele gruße.