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what rims are you guys using?(11 posts)

what rims are you guys using?dustin73
Oct 8, 2003 12:47 PM
looking for rim options, more concerned with durability than with weight.

how well do Open Pros hold up?
re: what rims are you guys using?MShaw
Oct 8, 2003 1:46 PM
I think that the concensus around here is that Velocity rims are liked better.

I run the Escapes (tubulars). ATPJunkie has a bright yellow pair of Aeroheads.

I saw several OPs last night at the cross workout, and they seemed to do OK.

Obviously, YMMV depending on how hard you tend to hit things...

CPX33 user...Stampertje
Oct 9, 2003 6:23 AM
...but never raced. (Yet!)

They have held up well even on rooty & rocky trails but I've only had them for just over a year. 36h 3x, 190lbs. (That's my weight, not the wheels.)
soon, Fiamme Red Labelsweiwentg
Oct 9, 2003 8:53 AM
not exactly the rim for someone concerned more with durability than weight, but I am very light. OPs will hold up fine, but v-section rims tend to be stronger. I don't know how heavy you are, but I'd recommend Velocity Aeroheads or Fusions.
re: what rims are you guys using?flyweight
Oct 9, 2003 9:25 AM
Never had a problem with Open Pros. If you're more concerned with durability go for MA3's.

For tubulars the best is probably the Campy Barcelona as it has a wider, shallower bed that provides a better base for gluing than narrower tubular rims. Mavic Reflex is also great.
re: what rims are you guys using?atpjunkie
Oct 9, 2003 10:06 AM
O/P's are great for lighter, more delicate (read clean) riders. For bigger guys or sloppier riders I say Velocity Aerohad front, Fusion rear. Vee'd rims shed mud better, are a tad stronger and work like a rudder in sand or slop. If you were a lighter rider and the courses were more grass crit I'd say O/P's. I like them but I tend to whack them out of true more easily.
Oct 9, 2003 10:17 AM

One CXP33 front, a Velocity Spartacus (DeepVee rim) rear


Wolber Profil 20 Front & Rear
FiR Isidis Front & Rear
Mavic GL330 front

And Open Pros should do just fine -- plenty of folks are running them.

I found that GL330s weren't doing it for me.MShaw
Oct 10, 2003 10:42 AM
I had a pair of road wheels that I'd never had any problems with, that I turned into a pair of 'cross wheels till I had something stronger built.

I still don't have them back to true and round...

Generally I'm pretty easy on wheels, so I figured that the GL330s wouldn't be too bad, but oh well. YMMV of course.

My Velocity Escapes are ever so slightly out right now, and that's after bashing them around for the last few months.

I'd really looooove some 404/440 'cross wheels, but I know that they're not going to help me where my problems are: dismounts and general fitness. At this point I've had the "screw-its" for about 3 mos and I'm fat and out of shape. Boutique wheels aren't going to help me keep up with guys that have been training while I've been screwing off.

Now, about that magic pill that removes 15# of fat, makes you fit, fast, and makes cross painless...

330/280 rimsflyweight
Oct 10, 2003 1:45 PM
Not too surprised you had problems with those rims. The old GEL 280/330 rims are great examples of how far rim manufacturing has come in the past 20 years. Lay a modern rim down on a perfectly smooth surface and it'll lay perfectly flat. Do the same with an older rim and often you'll find the rim won't lay flat. I built wheels with 280 and 330 rims and they were always a hassle.
OK in this Applicationtriangleforge
Oct 11, 2003 6:52 AM
FWIW, I happened to have an old GL330 front wheel hanging around (the rear from this set had long since succumbed to the combination of really light rim + 9-speed severe dishing), and a Clement file tread Grifo. It's a great tire for smooth, fast courses, but doesn't really see a lot of use, and when it does it's not pounded nearly as hard as any of the other wheels.

araya 7000 circa 1986dpb
Oct 9, 2003 10:43 AM
I'm using Araya 7000 rims from my 1986 roadie. Single cavity, no eyelets, 36h. I built them myself on on a 105 rear and a Suntour front hub using 14g straights, and beat the crap out of em regularly on the toughest off-road stuff I can find.

What's my point? I dunno, get what you like, what you can afford, and get them well built. And get some sweet tires while your at it :)