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Anyone Using Velocity Rims?(16 posts)

Anyone Using Velocity Rims?jzinckgra
Jul 31, 2001 11:42 AM
My current rims are cracking at the each spoke nipple (venus sun's with about 2k miles)) and am considering some velocity rims. Anybody using these? Which model and how do you like them? I can get the Venus's replaced provided they are covered under the warranty (may be beyond the 1 year cutoff) or wait a couple months and get my rims rebuilt with the velocity rims. Any thoughts? Thanks. john
25mm Velocity rim???JohnG
Aug 2, 2001 7:32 PM
Hi

I sent an email off to velociy USA about this rim. No response yet.

Where did you hear about this rim??? Any info on the expected rim weight??

TIA
JohnG
re: Anyone Using Velocity Rims?Kerry Irons
Jul 31, 2001 4:46 PM
Lots of good reports on the Velocity rims - both the Aerohead and the Deep V. The Aerohead is one of the lighter rims on the market, and pretty strong/durable as well.
re: Anyone Using Velocity Rims?PATRICK E
Jul 31, 2001 5:14 PM
Great results with Velocity Aerohead rims. Great customer service too. I built a pair of wheels with Record hubs, DT Revolution spokes and black Aeroheads. Total weight was 1650 grams, comparable too a pair of Neucleons or Heliums at half the price. Nice ride quality, faster due to the slight aero shape.
re: Anyone Using Velocity Rims?GTRider
Jul 31, 2001 7:45 PM
I am using the deep v's with 14/15/14 spokes and love them.I weigh 235 and they handle it well,plus it helps to have whom i consider the best wheel builder in the state of Washington lace them up for me.A very good rim if mavic CXP 33's are out of you budget.
Same wheels as GTRider; working well for mecory
Aug 1, 2001 7:40 AM
I had problems with the stock wheels on my Allez (there's a shock!), and finally had the LBS built a set of Deep Vs with 14-15-14 Wheelsmith spokes on my old hubs. I'm passing through 225 pounds on my way from 260 to 210, and they've stayed true. Heavy suckers, but worth it to me for the durability.
re: Anyone Using Velocity Rims?climberted
Jul 31, 2001 8:07 PM
I have a set of aeroheads, superlight like 405grams. Mucho lighter thatn the open pros, which I feel are what they compete against. Have mine built up with an american classic ultralight TT from hub and a CK rear, these are lighter than my K's by a lot. Oh and they are very strong too.......
re: Anyone Using Velocity Rims?jaybird
Aug 1, 2001 5:01 AM
I just built a set of wheels with Velocity Razor rims and old Campy super record hubs. I use the wheels on my daily commuter and have about 400 miles on them so far and I havent had to retrue them at all but then again that is just a function of the build. Bottom line, I love them.
good rimsJohnG
Aug 1, 2001 6:32 AM
Very nice rims! I built my new wheels with aerohead II's and Revo spokes. Nice light and comfy wheel.

Oh, my two rims weighed both 420gms. I've seen reports of the aeroheads coming in at 405gms .... wish mine were. :(

The previous post about the 25mm rims sounds VERY intering.
JohnG
no direct comparison here... sorry, ...nmJohnG
Aug 1, 2001 9:06 PM
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mmmm... velocityak
Aug 1, 2001 6:34 AM
Just like a little kid getting his first hit of cocaine for free, I got my first set of rims for free and have been addicted to them ever since. I prefer the aerohead in yellow as I just built up a new front with this, some dark green nipples, a CK hub and DT AeroSpeed bladed spokes. I threw a Salsa Rasta skewer on it and some red/white/blue Michelin Alxial Ultralights. It definitely turns heads. I'd buy Velocity over any other rim every day of the week; I don't use anything else. The strength/weight ratio is awesome and they come in some pretty wild anodized colors (just a little perk) you can get them drilled any way you want (24,28,32,36) with or without eyelets, machined sidewall or not, they're awesome.
mmmm... velocityjzinckgra
Aug 1, 2001 11:08 AM
So what's the advantage to machined sidewall's? Could you explain? Also, what would the average bike shop charge for building a set of Aeroheads for instance if I provided them the spokes and hubs? I'd consider building myself, but that's something I've never ventured into.
mmmm... velocityak
Aug 2, 2001 5:42 AM
I've no idea what the average shop charge would be, but I usually charge between 30 and 60 depending on what it is and how much free time I have. Machined sidewalls give you a better breaking surface and (imo) a stronger wheel due to the physics involved in having sharp corners instead of rounded ones. You might be better off having the shop put the kind of spokes you want in, instead of giving them your own spokes. if they do a lot of building they'll have a bunch of spokes in stock and maybe the ones you want in your size. It can be difficult to determine the proper spoke length if you've never done it. If they do a lot of building they'll probably not mind only charging you for the spokes you use instead of for a whole box (some spokes only come in boxes of 100+); doesn't seem like a big deal, but with DT aerospeed bladed spokes costing potentially more than two bucks a spoke, it can add up pretty quick. If you're in the Little Rock, Chicago, or Southern Indiana area (I move around a lot) Send me an E-mail.
mmmm... velocityjzinckgra
Aug 2, 2001 10:00 AM
Thanks for the info.
I have the Aeroheads12x23
Aug 2, 2001 6:36 PM
built by American Classic with AC hubs and Wheelsmith XL spokes, 32/28. The wheelset is 1427 grams and I'm happy so far at about 1,200 miles. Plus, I don't have to listen to the clicking I hear with my Heliums and Classics Pros.
See American Classicfreewheel
Aug 4, 2001 1:10 PM
For those of you who want a great handbuilt set of wheels to your spec(color, type and # of spokes). Contact American Classic. For about $400-450, they will build a custom laced set with spoke prep and pre-tensioned. I have for the last 3 months had a set from them with 18 hole front(radial) and 24(2x cross)with bladed spokes and their own lightweight hubset built using the Arrowhead rim. These spin a good as any Mavic set, weigh about 1600 grams and run fast and true. You can contact them through their website.