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Old 08-30-05, 10:34 PM   #1
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Hey all, my rear rim is bent and im not sure what to do about this...lol

Im pretty sure I bent it when it hit this 4ft. drop by my house. So I want to fix it but have never had to replace a rim before so I have no clue what to do.

Do I:
- Buy a rim and have the LBS lace it up to my existing spokes and hub?
- Use my old hub and replace the rim and spokes?
- Or buy a whole new wheel?

I know what ever I do been be an upgrade. I dont want the same kind of rim back on there.

Ok I checked and the bent rim is a WTB Dual Duty XC. Yes I know it is certainly not made for 4ft. drops, my bad.

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Old 08-30-05, 10:51 PM   #2
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Also, Ive been looking at these tubeless tires. Would it be worth it to upgrade the rims to tubeless rims?

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Old 08-30-05, 10:59 PM   #3
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Hey all, my rear rim is bent and im not sure what to do about this...lol

Im pretty sure I bent it when it hit this 4ft. drop by my house. So I want to fix it but have never had to replace a rim before so I have no clue what to do.

Do I:
- Buy a rim and have the LBS lace it up to my existing spokes and hub?
- Use my old hub and replace the rim and spokes?
- Or buy a whole new wheel?

I know what ever I do been be an upgrade. I dont want the same kind of rim back on there.

Ok I checked and the bent rim is a WTB Dual Duty XC. Yes I know it is certainly not made for 4ft. drops, my bad.

Thanks

Best way to learn is from one's mistakes.

When building a wheel or when having a wheel builder build a set of wheels for you, things can get expensive fast. In your case, you would have to order a new rim that has the same correct amount of holes, and rims aren't exactly cheap by the way, then you have to see if the shop has the correct sized spokes laying around, this is done by a calculation, or you can go online and use a spoke length calculator. If they don't have the spokes, you will have to order spokes, and spokes are something like 50 cents a spoke, so a box of a 100 spokes equals $50, which that can build 3 wheels from if they are 32 holes, going through a site like nashbar for spokes is good for getting replacements, but they just don't have the full selection of spokes or spoke lengths that one needs to build a full wheel, plus they come in packets of 10 for $3-$10 depending on the type of spoke. It's cheaper in the long run to get the box of 100, besides some shops will buy back the unused spokes for the going rate. If built by someone, labor is figured into it as well. But, the end result is great, the wheels will last much longer than the machine built counterparts. After the first retightening, handbuilt wheels hold up better.

You other option is to buy a new wheel, will more than likely be machine built though. Machine built wheels don't hold the tension as well as hand built does, since the purpose of machine built is to get more done in a shorter time which brings the price of the wheels down.

Between the two I would dish out a little with a hand built wheel that was built by someone who knows what they are doing, and that the old hub can be reused with the new rim which will drop the price some as well.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:11 PM   #4
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Alright, so what rim should I go with then? Then ill figure out what spokes to get it sounds like.

EDIT: I need a 32H rim.

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Since you're dropping off of stuff, you'll need a burlier rim. A Rhyno Lite should suit you well.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:24 PM   #6
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Alrighty, Wher could I pick one of them suckers up?!

Thanks for the quick replys!
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Can order it through a shop, or one of the online shops have them, I'd go through the shop though, mention that you will need the spoke length, when they order it, they can take care of the spokes at the same time.
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Might as well do a complete set.
Disc : http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/120...-Lite-Rims.htm
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http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/132...-Lite-Rims.htm
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Hit it with a hammer like they do at walmart!
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see bruiser2's post...just thought this was funny....get a rubber mallet....
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Hit it with a hammer like they do at walmart!
I think it was meant as a joke but that's what I would do. Unless it's completely trashed, you should try to fix it. I read an article that if the wheel is seriously bent, you should first try to get it into roughly the right shape by means of a rubber mallet because tightening the spokes alone would snap them. If you're thinking of replacing anyway, you might as well try fixing it before spending your money.
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Old 09-01-05, 02:09 PM   #12
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Its still rideable, but its only going to get worse. So I was just figuring out what I want when it does.

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Old 09-01-05, 02:13 PM   #13
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I'm not sure how serious your problem is, but if it's still rideable it's most likely still fixable.

Here's a link http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/fix/tiretrue.htm
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