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    Hey, I can't find this info, either on Mavic's website or at my LBS that has the rim. Does anyone know?

    The reason I'm asking is that I had a wheel with an MA40, that cracked at one of the eyelets, I think because it had been built with too high spoke tension. As such, the spokes probably don't have much fatigue and I'm looking for a rim with similar E.R.D. (effective rim diameter) to rebuild the wheel with the same spokes. MA40 has 613 E.R.D.; one option for rebuild is Sun M13II, which has an E.R.D. of 610mm. The Mavic MA3 had an E.R.D. of 611mm, so if the Open Sport is the same (the O.S. is hte replacement for the MA3) it should work fine. The Open Pro has a deeper cross-section of 605mm that probably wouldn't work with these spokes.

    For the record, ERD is measured to the end of the spoke, usually flush with the head of the nipple.

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    From the road forum: The ERD of the Open Sport is 611mm, so they are lower profile than the MA3 (which is 607.5, according to spokecalc).

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    Hey Tim,

    I asked about this a few weeks back:

    ERD of Mavic Open Sport?

    I also wrote to Sheldon Brown about it since he sold both the MA3 and the Open Sport, and he said he thought they were the same ERD or very close. A friend of mine measured the Open Sport at more like 607-608. So, bottom line, I'm not sure. I ended up not buying those rims.
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    Okay, interesting. I just took Thrifty1's word for it - he also posted the measurement of 611 in the thread that you started. (You had the same thread title as me, too; I should have searched.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by timcupery
    Okay, interesting. I just took Thrifty1's word for it - he also posted the measurement of 611 in the thread that you started. (You had the same thread title as me, too; I should have searched.)
    Hey, you know, you might not have found it in a search since I didn't use the periods after "E-R-D". Just between you and me (and the other dozen or so people who'll read this), I think that the search engine on the forums leaves a little to be desired.

    Anyway, are you lacing 3-cross or 4-cross? If 4-cross, your spokes may be just fine with this much difference in the ERD between your MA-40 and the Open Sport. They may be fine anyway, with 3-cross, since there's room for the spoke to protrude a little bit without interfering with the rim strip or tube. Just so you can get enough tension before you run out of threads. But you know all that.

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    How does the reported ERD for the Open Sports compair with Mavic's value for Open Pro's? I would think they would be the closest similar rim rather than the MA's.

    BTW, here is a technique for actually measuring the ERD of any rim. Get two spokes, and thread a nipple onto each. Thread the spokes through two spoke holes 180 apart and overlap them in the center of the rim circle with enough tension to be sure the nipples are seated in their beds. Make a witness mark across both spokes at some point where they overlap. Remove them from the rim, match the marks you made and measure the distance between the two nipple seats. That's the ERD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    How does the reported ERD for the Open Sports compair with Mavic's value for Open Pro's? I would think they would be the closest similar rim rather than the MA's.
    Actually, the Open Pro is a bit deeper profile, and has a listed ERD of 605 in Spocalc. Looking at the cross section of each of those rims on the Mavic site, it's possible to see that the O. Pro is deeper than the O. Sport.

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    Yup, the OP is deeper profile. I just compared my old cracked MA40 to a stock (unbuilt) Open Sport at a local shop, and I'm pretty sure the Open Sport is around 607.5 E.R.D. - exactly what the MA3 was. So, it ain't 611, although it might work fine with spokes that are calculated for 611, I'm just going to stay on the safe side and go with the Sun M13II - double wall single-eyeletted rim like the Open Sport and MA3, but with non-machined sidewalls (they're just brushed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by timcupery
    Yup, the OP is deeper profile. I just compared my old cracked MA40 to a stock (unbuilt) Open Sport at a local shop, and I'm pretty sure the Open Sport is around 607.5 E.R.D. - exactly what the MA3 was. So, it ain't 611, although it might work fine with spokes that are calculated for 611, I'm just going to stay on the safe side and go with the Sun M13II - double wall single-eyeletted rim like the Open Sport and MA3, but with non-machined sidewalls (they're just brushed).
    Tim, I think you'll be happy with the Sun M13II's. When I built up my old Schwinn road bike for commuter/touring duties, I got a very good deal at Nashbar on a pre-built wheelset with Shimano 2200 hubs (low-end hub, but very stout, apparently used on hybrids some) and the M13II's. The ones I got are 36 hole, with 14 ga. spokes, and I had to do the typical re-tensioning/truing that's common with pre-built wheelsets. But the darned things were less than $80 (plus shipping) for the wheelset, and I've put nearly 2000 miles on them now, and they seem bomb-proof. The polished aluminum finish on the rims looks good on an old bike, too.

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    I think those Suns are really nice, classic-looking rims. Personally, I hate the fact that Mavic has added those wear-indicator lines to the Open Sports. I know they'll be less noticeable eventually, but in the meantime, I hate that a groove has been carved into the sidewall, and they're just plain fugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawkd
    Personally, I hate the fact that Mavic has added those wear-indicator lines to the Open Sports. I know they'll be less noticeable eventually, but in the meantime, I hate that a groove has been carved into the sidewall, and they're just plain fugly.
    Well, the indicator may be unsightly but, take it from one who has had several rims crack, it would be nice to have some notice that failure is imminent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawkd
    I think those Suns are really nice, classic-looking rims. Personally, I hate the fact that Mavic has added those wear-indicator lines to the Open Sports. I know they'll be less noticeable eventually, but in the meantime, I hate that a groove has been carved into the sidewall, and they're just plain fugly.
    Those wear indicator lines are required by German law as a safety measure. My bet is that they are becoming more common for new models of rims, especially for any company that sells in Europe (like Mavic). There are worse things to have on a bike I imagine, such as a worn out sidewall.

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    I had to lace up a set of Open Sport rims and since they weren't listed in Bike-a -Log yet, I called tech support at Mavic and was told the E.R.D. was 606. I used this when I figured out the spoke lengths and it all worked out fine.
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    I don't particularly mind the wear indicators (though I've not had a bike with one) - I think they're a useful thing, although I dislike the tech-y rim look. I do think that the Sun M13II is a really nice-looking rim though, and the Mavic OS is not. That said, Mavic has a rep for better quality control - their rims are more consistent in weight, etc. Although the Sun M13II has a better rep in terms of not cracking at the eyelet (compared to the Mavic MA3; the Open Sport hasn't been out long enough to see how it compares to the MA3 on the cracked-eyelet count).

    Here's a thread I started in the road forum, asking for feedback on the M13II. Not bad, is the general feeling.
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