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Any one used IRD cadence Niobium rims?(4 posts)

Any one used IRD cadence Niobium rims?kilimanjaro
Jun 4, 2003 10:08 AM
They have eyelets, are semi-aero, cheap, light, and have differential eyelets in the rear to reduce dish.

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re: Any one used IRD cadence Niobium rims?russw19
Jun 4, 2003 5:38 PM
I have a set of American Classic 350 wheels. It's the same rim minus the eyelets. They are nice. I think I am going to rebuild my Dura-Ace Open Pro wheels with the IRD rims. I like the AmC 350 wheels, but I only wish they had eyelets, so I guess I will build up a set of the IRD's next.

Do eyelets increase the strength of the whole rim?niteschaos
Jun 5, 2003 11:55 AM
I was interested in getting a wheel made of these rims. If they are the same as the AM350 rim, then they probably are durable enough for someone 185lbs and likes to do rough crit courses, even if I get them in a 36 spoke build.
Do eyelets increase the strength of the whole rim?russw19
Jun 6, 2003 3:26 PM
The eyelets in theory should make the rim stronger, but with modern rims, I don't think it is as important as it was 15 years ago. I think it is mostly in my head...

That said, you can't buy the American Classic 350 rims anyways. They only sell them as complete wheels. So get the IRDs. And I am bigger than 185 and have mine built with 32 spokes and have no problems. Although I ride much lighter than my weight. I ride like I weigh 160 lbs. I would imagine that they will be plenty strong for you, but 36 hole wheels are only marginally heavier than 32 holes, and much stronger.