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ma3 rims?(7 posts)

ma3 rims?Frith
Jun 3, 2003 7:34 AM
any reason why it wouldn't be a good idea to use 36 hole ma3's laced up to miche pista hubs? I'm trying to put my fixie together from scratch on the cheap. I figure the miche pista groupo is a good start before gradually replacing each part until the frame is dressed in the jewels it deserves. I can save some money by going with ma3's instead of OP's for now. Will they take a bit of abuse though? Eventually they will end up on a cheap fixie commuter...when I get OPs/phil woods that is. I weigh about 180lbs.
Aren't they direct descendants of MA-2's and MA40's?dzrider
Jun 3, 2003 9:25 AM
I have 3 old wheelsets, 2 are MA-40's and one MA-2. They have been indesctructible on bikes used for commuting and touring, requiring next to no truing. One set came on a bike with alloy nipples that have been frozen in place for years and I still use them. They can also handle larger tires - I have a set on my commuter with 700-32 Avocet Cross on the back.
A good alternative to OP...biknben
Jun 3, 2003 10:58 AM
I had a wheel built in the fall with a MA3 rim. It's a little more box-like in section than the OP. It was holding up fine before I sold it recently. It's not as sexy as the OP but is just as durable if not moreso.
re: ma3 rims?brider
Jun 3, 2003 2:21 PM
The MA-40s and MA-2s were basically the same rim, but the 40s were dark/hard anodized. I rode a set of MA-2s for years, with a lot of abuse, and no complaints. Worked great for adding a set of wheel disk covers for triathlons. Eventually sold them to some one who used them for cross racing.

No reason the MA-3s wouldn't hold up as well as those did.
very good for the moneysnakedust
Jun 4, 2003 2:30 PM
in england a ma3 rim is around £18 as opposed to a open pro for £35 ish. the ma3 is only a little heavier. my 36 hole ma3 rims have been used heavily. they have been used on 2 wheel builds as my old hubs finally gave way during the winter. the rims have been used for general club riding on my winter geared bike. i have also done plenty of trail riding in the snow and mud with a set of cross tyres on them. the only work iv had to do on the rims/ wheels was a retension/check after around 100 miles when i bult the wheels and thats it, very good rims.
re: ma3 rims?curlupanddie
Jun 6, 2003 1:02 PM
i've got a 36h MA3 on the rear of my daily ride, and I have absolutely no complaints. no truing needed after 6 mos. of regular exposure poorly maintained roads.
MA3's work for meTig
Jun 6, 2003 4:16 PM
They are quite the work horse of rims. I use a 36 3x rear and they have yet to need the slightest truing. A 36 spoke 3 cross rides like a dream and is tough as nails. Riding fixed without being able to bunny-hop holes and big bumps would trash most other rims.

My next set of wheels for my geared bike will be good ol' 32 spoke 3 cross. The modern low spoke count high tension wheels just can't compete with the lateral stiffness, comfort, and durability, much less spoke availablity of 3x wheels on a great hub like Hugi or King.