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Old 12-31-04, 07:30 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I am looking to buy some new rims for my Trek road bike. I feel that I have borken too many spokes (rear tire) over the last year and would like to get some suggestions on the best rims and spokes to look at. My riding is all paved road. I ride to train for some small-time racing and triathalons.

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Old 12-31-04, 07:39 PM   #2
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Hi,
Mavic Open Pros are a nice rim. Have the wheel built up by
someone who knows what they're doing. That can make a big difference.
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Old 12-31-04, 07:46 PM   #3
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Greetings,

I am looking to buy some new rims for my Trek road bike. I feel that I have borken too many spokes (rear tire) over the last year and would like to get some suggestions on the best rims and spokes to look at. My riding is all paved road. I ride to train for some small-time racing and triathalons.

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First you have to understand why you are breaking spokes.If it's a poorly built wheel,it can be properly rebuilt. If you are heavy,then you might need to consider stouter stuff like 36 hole cxp33 rims built by someone that knows what they are doing. For most people, 32 hole Open Pros laced 3x to ultegra hubs with 14/15 spokes work well and don't break the bank.
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I weigh 250, and have 32 spoke CXP 33 rims.
32 spokes is enough with that rim.
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Mavic Open Pros are probably the most popular and most reliable clincher rim.
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velocity rims are very nice and not very spendy about 50.00 I have the arrowheards and the deep v's and they are very nice. nicer then the open pro's I think and less money. the hubs are nice sealed cartridge bearing hubs.
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velocity rims are very nice and not very spendy about 50.00 I have the arrowheards and the deep v's and they are very nice. nicer then the open pro's I think and less money. the hubs are nice sealed cartridge bearing hubs.
Velocity Aeroheads are very nice. Very nice strong lightweight rim. you can even get rear offest rims for even more strength.
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I haven't done enough kms on my aeroheads (~4000km) to be absolutely certain. Rear wheel is an OC and was complete with hub from Velocity. I didn't see the point paying another ~AUD$40 for cartridge bearings. Front rim was used in a rebuild using my SON dynohub. Wheels are true on delivery (rear particularly so), machined joint. Much better than the Alex originals on the bike.

A good Aussie product. However, for locals... my LBS orders on an as-need basis for such things. Velocity sent an entirely wrong order first time. 32H straight rear wheel instead of 36H OC, and a 36H OC for the front????!!!!
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The most likely cause of spoke breakage , is a bad batch of spokes. It happens from time to time. The rims probably have nothing to do with it. This is the most common problem.
Get the same wheels respoked by an expert with butted spokes and just forget about it, and go for a ride.

What causes you to think it is the rims?

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The most likely cause of spoke breakage , is a bad batch of spokes.
also bad wheel build.
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Many variables can contribute to spoke breakage. Some are listed, but in addition, riding style can cause spokes to prematurely break. Some riders tend to be stompers. That is, instead of having a smooth cadence throughout their pedal stroke, they stomp hard on every stroke. This addtional stress can help to weaken the spokes.
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If you spend enough time in a bike shop and see enough bikes you learn what is the most likely thing. A bad build will cause an out of true wheel in fairly short order. It's noticable. In any case, just rebulid the wheel with butted spokes, done by an expert and don't worry about the rim.
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