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Tubular Rims(6 posts)

Tubular Rimsalexfr((
Oct 11, 2001 12:29 PM
I'm looking to build up a pair of wheels using tubular rims.....any suggestions on what a good light aero rim might be and where the best source is to procure?
Light and Aero...TJeanloz
Oct 11, 2001 12:35 PM
You seem to want both, so we'll assume that price is not an issue?

1. Zipp 303, a very light and moderately aero rim.

2. LEW Composites, very light, more aero than Zipp, very expensive rim (~>$1000/pr).

Other than CF rims, there isn't a lot out there that fits the light and aero qualifiers. Sun makes (made?) the MA19, which was more aero than a box section and quite light, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it aero. It is also a very fragile rim. There are a few aero, but heavy rims out there, FIR makes one. And a few light box sections, ala Campy Barcelona or Mavic Reflex. But if you want to have it all, carbon rims are about the only choice.
agree. not that many options unless you have $$$dupe
Oct 12, 2001 12:12 AM
i have had good experiences with sun rims but have not tried the m19a. i too am not sure whether they are still in production but i did find them at bike nashbar.com altho i have never bought anything from them.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=113&subcategory=1128&brand=&sku=3182&storetype=&estoreid=

also http://www.labicicletta.com/wheels.html has a diehard section of tubular rims to offer which is a rare thing. these guys can actually build a decent wheelset if you dont have anyone in mind.

other than that get ready to lay down those $$$$$$

ciao, ben
BTWDAC
Oct 12, 2001 4:42 AM
Checked out the labicicletta site: I like the model names, such as "POS" and "POSHITE"!! Maybe a couple of those would be good tubular stretchers??
Sun MA19DAC
Oct 12, 2001 4:44 AM
These are light, cheap, a little crude, but fairly solid. You could do worse, but don't expect miracles from them.
and no nice eyelets or machined sidewalls like mavicdupe
Oct 12, 2001 6:20 AM