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Rim Upgrades(2 posts)

Rim Upgradeslexington476
Mar 30, 2003 1:13 PM
I have Alex Rims DA16 rims on my 2003 Specialized Allez 24. I am thinking about putting some better rims on the bike. What would be some better rims, that will not put me in the poor house (racing on a budget here). How good are the DA16s?
re: Rim Upgradesrussw19
Mar 30, 2003 11:41 PM
I hate to tell you this, but they are not very good. The good news is that if you replace your entire wheelset, you can still use these as a training wheel. I would say you should get a nice hand built wheelset and stick to something basic. After you get some more expirience and save up some cash, then splurge for the nice wheels. But stick with an Ultegra hub and a Mavic Open Pro (which I don't personally like too much) or a Velocity Razor or Aerohead wheel. They are durable and pretty easy to work on. Learn how to maintain your own stuff as soon as you can, it will save you a lot of money. Take a 6 pack or two into the local shop and bribe them into showing you how to true a wheel and how to check if your bearings are adjusted right and how to feel when they need to be rebuilt. I also recommend new riders (new to doing their own work) pick up a copy of Park Tool's book Tool School. It's a nice simple book that walks you thru repairs.

But stick with a wheel that you can work on yourself and is simple to repair too. That way if you eat it in a race, you don't have to wait 4 weeks to get in the special spoke your trendy wheels may need. Most good handbuilt wheels are just as good as many of the lower and mid-priced boutique wheels out there. The rage in boutique wheels was started by Campy and Mavic, but every company wants to make them because then instead of selling just a hub or a rim, they are selling you whole wheels and making more money from you. Don't get me wrong, some of the high end ones are amazing, but you most likely don't need it right now, especially if you are on a budget.

Hope this helps you out some,
Russ