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What Does Everyone Use for Rims???(9 posts)

What Does Everyone Use for Rims???UTE
May 13, 2002 11:11 AM
Yep, its me again. Today's topic of debate is rims. I think I have decided on Phil Wood hubs to build up the wheels for my new cross rig, but need help with rim choice. I am not going to be racing, but really building a do everything bike. I gather that the Open Pros might not be burly enough to use consistently off road. Salsa has the Delgado Cross Rims, and Movic has a couple of touring rims that look interesting. Love to hear other suggestions - THANX !!
re: What Does Everyone Use for Rims???atpjunkie
May 13, 2002 11:33 AM
Delgados are cool. WTB makes a cross/ 29er MTB rim that's supposed to be strong as hell. Alot of people use velocity arrowheads as well. I'm 230 and have 1 set of open pros and they seem to be doing Okay.....not great, I've whacked them out of true a couple times but pretty well given my size and riding style/terrain.
re: What Does Everyone Use for Rims???BAM
May 13, 2002 7:31 PM
For offroad:
Bontrager Fairlane $30(doublewall) or better yet Bontrager Clyde $60(3 channel box rim). Both are wider rims like the Salsa Delgado. The Fairlanes have been holding up to offroading without so much as a whimper.
All Around:
Any aero rim such as Mavic CXP rims or Matrix ISO 3( even better if you can find a shop that still has the ceramic ones)
Curious....why the PW's over the CK's?SS_MB-7
May 14, 2002 4:25 AM
I'm curious why you opted for the PW's over the CK's?

I'm currently building up a singlespeed fixed-gear/'cross bike and I went with a set of PW's hubs: rear flip-flop fixed-free hub (135mm) with KISS front hub. These are laced to a set of Mavic Open Pro ceramics with Revolution spokes. The PW hubs are gorgeous:

I'm going with a set of 3TTT bars (Prima 199) and stem (Zepp). What little drivetrain there is will be a Dura-Ace crank and BB with a 42T ring and a 15T Shimano Dura-Ace track cog for fixed-gear riding and a 18T ACS freewheel for 'cross racing/riding. Pedals will be EggBeaters -- these are incredible pedals...and I've used Time ATACs for 4 years.

For brakes, I went with a set of XTR V's coupled with a set of Dia-Compe 287V (V-compatible) levers.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Curious....why the PW's over the CK's?UTE
May 14, 2002 6:47 AM
Let me begin by saying that I have been a huge fan of my King hubs on my MTB. I recently swapped for a PW BB and did that after reading reviews and comments. I also lobbed a couple of questions to the PW folks and was amazed at the level of customr service. Someone recently pointed me in the direction of a local wheelbuilder who I posed the same question to and his response was emphatic - PW!!!! He basically said that while the CK Hub is obviously of the highest quality, when he saw their booth at interbike last year, he felt the hubs were becoming a bit 'thin.' He also said that bar none, for the products they produce, no one does it like PW. After talking about wheels with him for a while his dedication to the 'craft' became apparant. He also said he felt that PW was the only company out there who shared the same dedication and attention to detail with wheels that he did. HE said that there is a weight 'penalty' with PW, but the durability, serviceability and more than make up for the extra grams. I am still trying to decide on rims, but am convinced about my hub choice.
I've got a PW Ti BB on my singlespeed MTB and it is great...SS_MB-7
May 14, 2002 7:55 AM
I've got a PW Ti BB on my singlespeed MTB and it is great! Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is a little heavier than some other BBs, but it just keeps spinnin' and spinnin' and spinnin' despite the mud, snow and ice I keep riding through.

Also, PW's customer service (Brent) is incredible!

BTW, what frame/fork are you going with?

Just curious, are you the guy with the Matt Chester Ute with the derailleur hanger?

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Yep, I Have THE Geared (Gasp) Chester...UTE
May 14, 2002 8:31 AM
I just ordered a Cross frame from Rick Hunter and the PW wheelset would be for that. I was thinking about going with an ISIS BB for thr Cross rig, but will likely stay w/ taper as PW doesn't have the ISIS option yet. Rick called the very existence of my geared UTE sacrilegious while we were going over the generic specs for the Cross frame. Just thought that the PW's would make a appropriate addition to Rick's frame. Next project will likely be a SS.
Curious....why the PW's over the CK's?soulFire
May 15, 2002 2:38 PM

What frame and fork are you puttin' all these great parts on? I've been following your posts on the selection process of frames, but totally forgot what you decided on. True North?

Just curious,

Op's not strong enough?muncher
May 14, 2002 4:46 AM
Who told you that?

I'm 210lbs, and have had my 36OPs on for two years of hammering without even a truing - they are bombproof if built-up well.