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Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?(12 posts)

Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?PeterRider
Nov 21, 2003 6:46 PM
Last year, I got a pair of pre-2000 aeroheads for a good price at Nashbar ($20 each). Well, after about 4000 miles - maybe 5000, both rims are trashed.

So, am I really very very bad on wheels ? Should I not believe the good reputation of those rims ? Are post-2000 rims much better than pre-2000 ? I don't have those problems by riding open pros and cxp-33s...

Planning to rebuild this set with IRD cadence rims. If I kill these ones, I'll definitely give up the idea of sub-450g rims.

Here's the front wheelPeterRider
Nov 21, 2003 7:01 PM
Front wheel was laced with DT 15-16, 2x. Hub was a DT Hugi 95 (great hub, heavy for road standards but really nice).

I killed this rim on a grid on the 101 freeway. Was about 9pm and I didn't see it at all in the dark. I have no idea how come I didn't crash.
rear wheelPeterRider
Nov 21, 2003 7:04 PM
Most likely this rim died at the same time as the front one, but I am not 100% sure. The dent is not as bad.

By the way, the whole rim was black initially. Braking was poor on the black surface since the beginning, and the black started to wear off after a few rides. During the spring, a few rides in the rain and it was looking really bad.

Didn't break any spokes, hubs are fine...
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?russw19
Nov 21, 2003 9:46 PM
Don't get me wrong, but you hit something hard, don't know how you managed to stay upright, and you are questioning your rims? Sounds to me like they were strong enough to keep from taco-ing under you causing a nasty crash.

Yes, that rim is plenty strong, but I don't know what improvements they have made to it since 2000. The IRD Cadence rim is ok, but not super strong. It's more designed towards being a lightweight rim. I haven't riden them yet, but I would suggest you check out the new DT RR 1.1 rim as another choice. If you want strong and don't mind the 450 gram range, the Velocity Deep-V is quite a bit stronger than the Aerohead.

Best of luck,

isn't taco-ing more a problem of good build ?PeterRider
Nov 22, 2003 2:03 PM
I had also a wheel taco-ed (yes, one more). But that was due to a car hitting me.

For the front wheel I don't say too much, I hit the grid really hard. I even dragged it with me a couple meters. The rear wheel I'm not 100% sure of what killed it. And there's not only a dent, it's also out of round. I noticed also a couple occasions in the past where the rim was not straight (I mean, there would be one section where it would be wider than average).

Globally I don't complain, I got a good price and used them for 4-5000 miles. But not sure I would buy them again full-price.

More of a problem of a rim failingrussw19
Nov 22, 2003 7:21 PM
If a rim tacos, it is more a problem of the rim failing drastically. If you continually break spokes, that is more a symptom of a poor wheel build.

I understand where you are coming from on the Aeroheads, but the truth is that they are just about as strong a rim as any other in its class (sub 500 grams) and I wouldn't say your experience was rim related, but just bad luck from hitting something that hard.

Try a set of WTB SpeedmastersAJS
Nov 22, 2003 3:42 AM
I know WTB isn't the most popular in roadie circles, but I have a pair of 32H on 14/15ga DB spokes with WTB Speed FX hubs (3X rear/radial front) on my K2 Enemy cyclocross bike and no problems yet after about 4 months now. I use Vredestein Campo 28c and 32c tires, and I weigh between 195-205 lbs, depending on the season.

WTB specs them at 570 gm., but the Weight Weenies site lists them at 480 gm. "real" weight. They do seem as light in actual use as the Open Pro's and Aerohead's I've had.

Who'da thunk it?!
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?curlybike
Nov 22, 2003 6:23 AM
You should be able to remove thos dents using an adjustable wrens on the sidewall to pull it back. If the rim is out of round, nevermind.
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?lyleseven
Nov 22, 2003 7:04 AM
I did that much damage to a set of campy neutrons and was able to repair them to almost perfect roundness. Hit a pothole in the dark. I do like eyelets in my rims, but I don't think that makes them stronger.
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?Woof the dog
Nov 25, 2003 5:01 AM
i concur
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?SJT
Nov 22, 2003 8:15 AM
I run a set of the Aeroheads built up by Mike Garcia on my cross bike and I can say they are very strong rims. I ride this bike on some very nasty trails and they have neve gone out of true. The only problem I have had is a sidewall ding I got, similar to your first picture, from when I pinch flatted during a race on some singletrack. The rim held up great and I haven't bothered to try and straighten the ding because I use disc brakes. So as far as strength I'd give them a high rating and I think I'd rather have the sidewall give a little than the rim cracking and failing. Good luck with your next build.
re: Are Velocity Aeroheads all that strong ?altidude
Nov 25, 2003 5:50 AM
How much do Velocity Deep V and Velocity aerohead rims weigh? I have been told the Deep V rims are over 500 grams.