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Good rim recommendation?(8 posts)

Good rim recommendation?kilimanjaro
May 2, 2003 3:44 PM
Looking for a quality rim for my up and coming all arounder. From lurking here and elsewhere it seems that the ideal rim would have the following

1) Double walled construction
2) Double eyelets
3) OCR for the rear (for easier dishing, specially w/ Campy hubs)
4) mahcined sidewalls (for better braking?)

Any other characteristics I missed? Any rims that might fit the bill?
Mavic MA3.........forget the offset drillingMR_GRUMPY
May 2, 2003 5:11 PM
How much difference do you think 2 or 3mm makes anyway? If OCR rims were so great, everybody would be doing it. MA3's are cheap, strong, and easy to build up.
re: Good rim recommendation?seyboro
May 2, 2003 5:43 PM
These would be the ones I'd recommend for an all-around purpose:
Ambrosio FCS 28
Ambrosio Balance
Mavic CXP 33, if you can find them:
Campagnolo Atlanta 1996 (two shades of polished silver and oh-so-purdy...)
Mavic CXP 30 (somewhat bland looking...)
Ambrosio focus ( very hard to come by in the US...)
The bottom three have not shown any problems being laced to Record 10 hubs, indestructible, but maybe too heavy for some tastes.
The CXP 33s are not as deep, but very solid and not as heavy. Plus, they come in all colors.
The FCS 28 and Balance are a little deeper, not as light, but bomproof. Very nice matte black finish with tasteful white lettering.
re: Good rim recommendation?russw19
May 2, 2003 9:04 PM
Just wanted to add three more...
If you can still find a hard anodized version... the best commuter rim ever made was the Mavic MA-40 the MA-3 is the same thing, but not hard anodized to my knowledge.

But two from Velocity that are very nice and strong...

The Deep V which you can get in up to a 48 hole drilling is a common cyclocross and tandem rim.

and the Fusion.. not as deep of an aero profile but lighter and available in up to 40 spokes.

Look into alumium deep V rims, they are very strong and durable, but not that light... but for a commuter rim, who cares how light they are?

Some infoNessism
May 4, 2003 7:56 AM
The MA-40 is a hard anodized version (denoted as "CD" in Mavic vernacular) of the MA-2. Some so called wheel experts claim that the CD process makes the rim more prone to cracking, although I don't think this is a major issue. The MA-3 is a newer rim than the MA-40/2 which are no longer produced.

Going back to the origional question, I'm not aware of any rim that fits the guidelines specified. More specifically, no company makes a OCR rim with eyelets.

Good luck.

I wouldn't say they're "so called" expertsTrent in WA
May 4, 2003 9:13 AM
A lot of the engineers and long-term shop rats on (including Peter Chisholm, Jobst Brandt, and Mike Jacobouwsky) have written at length about actual, real-world problems with hard anodized rims, most of which involve the anodizing cracking and allowing spokes to pull through the rim.

Having said that, I think you're right about the OP's guidelines: there aren't any rims that are double-walled, double-eyeleted, and OCR. There aren't that many double-eyeleted rims out there, period, but the Torelli Master (which is) is a really nice rim.

Some infohdnoise
May 7, 2003 12:35 PM
Do you know the story on a Mavic G40 rim? I have two on an 80's good bike......They look a bit more rounded than MA40's. Lighter, cheaper stronger?????????????? Curious...
MA3 and other optionsJeff_S
May 30, 2003 5:25 PM
I've heard of regular problems with the MA3 due to the eyelets. Have you considered the FIR Zenith?