Utility Cycling - Rim for a cargo bike wheel?
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11-17-10, 09:54 AM
I need to get a new front wheel built for my Yuba Mundo. It has gone too long without a dynohub, and I'm going to be upgrading to disc brakes in the near future as well.
Since I want an Alfine dynohub in a 26", 36-spoke wheel, I'm pretty much stuck with a custom build.
I'm wondering what a good rim choice would be? Browsing the Sheldon Brown/Harris Cyclery web page (http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/rims/559.html), it sounds like the Sun Rhyno Lite would be a good choice. 36 spoke, heavy duty, wide for wide tire mounting.
Does anyone have any other suggestions or comments?
11-17-10, 09:06 PM
I have not a lot of experience with severe loading yet, but i like the design of the Salsa Gordo in 26" that I have on the Dummy.
11-17-10, 09:15 PM
Mavic EX 721 is a top quality rim .. welded joint, brake track machined .
Any reasonable rim will be fine. The front wheel isn't heavily loaded and even with a disc is almost symmetrical so it will be quite strong. You don't need to go nutty and get a super heavy duty rim for that application.
The Rhino Lite would be fine, but is also way more rim than you need.
11-18-10, 06:37 AM
Rhino Lite is probably the best bang for the buck. There may be stronger rims, but not many.
11-18-10, 08:05 AM
Sounds like the Rhyno Lite is a good choice given what I have readily available. It my be overkill, but it's also one of the less expensive options available. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
Thanks for the input everybody.
11-18-10, 01:47 PM
For my Big Dummy dynamo wheel build I used the Salsa Gordo. It is the same rim Surly used for the original wheel and I found that Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are very easy to mount on it, unlike many other rims.
11-25-10, 05:55 PM
I'm on my 3rd set of wheels for the BD.
currently on a set of WTB LaserDisc DH 36h, laced 4 cross to XT hubs with AVID BB7's
I should have started on this wheelset, a set of Rhyno Lites lasted about a year, first on an XtraCycle convert job bolted to a Cdale F900, then a few months on the BD.
The Rhino Lite is fine for the price, but I'm finding it more underkill than overkill. They've been holding together OK for a few years on my cargo bike, but I would feel better with an even beefier rim; I have the feeling they don't have much time left on this earth (I have to keep retruing, and I'm waiting to find some cracks near the eyelets). Next time I want to try a 40-spoke wheel, at least for the back. I carry passengers and heavy loads a lot, and I think a pretty mongo wheel is called for. 48 spokes is probably ridiculous, though (and I'd get carpal tunnel syndrome building them up!).
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