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Old 09-23-04, 05:24 PM   #1
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Rhyno Lite XL's vs SingleTracks

JensonUSA.com has the Rhynolites with XT disc hubs for $160, and the Sun Singletracks with XT hubs for $145. Whats the real differences between these rims? I checked the ssun website, but theres not much comparison charts and such. I know the build design is different, but what are the strengths/ weaknesses of the two?
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JensonUSA.com has the Rhynolites with XT disc hubs for $160, and the Sun Singletracks with XT hubs for $145. Whats the real differences between these rims? I checked the ssun website, but theres not much comparison charts and such. I know the build design is different, but what are the strengths/ weaknesses of the two?
I haven't used the singletrack myself. But I run two Rhynolites and my friend runs two of them. The Rhynolites are amazing rims. I haven't wrecked one myself yet, and my friend breaks frames on a regular basis, and he still runs his first RhynoLite on the front. You cant go wrong w/ it...

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there's no real difference between the two. from what i know - and i could be mistaken - is that the singletracks are the disc specific versions of the rhyno xl's.

i've got a set of singletracks on my fluid and they haven't needed truing since getting them.
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there's no real difference between the two. from what i know - and i could be mistaken - is that the singletracks are the disc specific versions of the rhyno xl's.

i've got a set of singletracks on my fluid and they haven't needed truing since getting them.
The two rims are built differently if you compare them side to side (the cutaway views). The rhyno XL's look a little more beefy, but I'd think singletrack wheels would also be pretty stout (or is this just called a "singletrack" wheel). I weigh in at like 280lbs right now, so a strong set of wheels are important to me.
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Well they are similar in strength. I use both and haven't had a problem dhilling on either.
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check the measurements for the two to see if they're comparable... i can't read them on my screen. the picture's too small (that's what i get for having my resolution set at 1152x864, haha).
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i'm using singletracks/xt at the moment... im by no means an aggressive rider but these wheels seem pretty tough. wide and heavy.. in fact a little too heavy for my liking but that's another story.
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Well they are similar in strength. I use both and haven't had a problem dhilling on either.
Would you recommend one over the other though?
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check the measurements for the two to see if they're comparable... i can't read them on my screen. the picture's too small (that's what i get for having my resolution set at 1152x864, haha).
I can't read the fine print either, even on a super sharp monitor. The weights are pretty close for both though, so I'd guess the sizes are pretty comparable.
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when i was shopping for a new wheelset, it was trying to decide between the two also. well, kind of. i was trying to decide between the regular rhynos and the singletracks. i opted for the singletracks because of the fact that they were disc specific and also because of the bling factor - they were all silver. silver rims, spokes and xt disc hubs. can't go wrong with that


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Well they are similar in strength. I use both and haven't had a problem dhilling on either.
Yeah you were a tough sell too. Didn't want to believe lil' ol' me. Heh

I've had my Rhynolites (XT disc 14 ga 3x) for almost two years and have cased on them pretty hard. I give up about 25 pounds or so to you squirrel but I'm not what you'd call a technique rider. NOT SMOOTH at all. They're still as straight and true as the day I got them.
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I remember...I don't know how they hold up to serious freeride abuse. But under my 270pound ass they have lasted on upwards of 6 foot drops consistenly and 100's of hours of lift assisted dh.

At the very least these are great trail rims. Strong and light. And possibly light fr and some dh. I also have a high end hub on both and 36 hole for both which helps in wheel strength signifigantly.
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,snip> I also have a high end hub on both and 36 hole for both which helps in wheel strength signifigantly.
That certainly does help out.
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I killed my front Rhyno Lite XL wheel when I hit a roll-out all wrong. I think ANY wheel would've suffered. I replaced it with the same and haven't had any problems in over a year of riding. The back needed a little truing after initially breaking in, but that's normal for a wheel, especially a machine built one. (vs. Hand Built).

I'd go with either one, and have been looking at the Singletracks for my next set.

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I killed my front Rhyno Lite XL wheel when I hit a roll-out all wrong. I think ANY wheel would've suffered. I replaced it with the same and haven't had any problems in over a year of riding. The back needed a little truing after initially breaking in, but that's normal for a wheel, especially a machine built one. (vs. Hand Built).

I'd go with either one, and have been looking at the Singletracks for my next set.

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I was considering the rhyno XL, but the single tracks are a few bucks cheaper (if you bought a prebuilt wheelset, otherwise they costed more per rim). Seems you can't get a 36h from either set though unless you go the custom built route
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I know a lot of people who run 36's, I've been riding 32's and haven't had problems. Although, I use straight 14 gauge spokes so my wheels are a little bit stronger than a 36 with butted spokes.

Not to start a debate, but I've just had better luck with straight gauge over double butted regardless what the engineers say about "strength to weight ratios, butted are just as strong....blah, blah, blah".
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I know a lot of people who run 36's, I've been riding 32's and haven't had problems. Although, I use straight 14 gauge spokes so my wheels are a little bit stronger than a 36 with butted spokes.

Not to start a debate, but I've just had better luck with straight gauge over double butted regardless what the engineers say about "strength to weight ratios, butted are just as strong....blah, blah, blah".
weights not an issuse at all (for me), these have the 14g stainless spokes (I'd assume they are 14g, though the ad doesn't specifically say
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ive ordered a Sun Rhyno Lite XL on Friday for the back because my other one is that bent it looks like it got hit by a car. Also im getting new spokes and using the exsisting hub because i havent got the money to buy a new one, its gonna cost $145 AUD because it is gonna be hand laced. Are rims that were hand laced better than machine done ones?
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but that's normal for a wheel, especially a machine built one.
1. How in the world did they develop a machine to build a wheel?

2. Where can I get one?
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1. How in the world did they develop a machine to build a wheel?

2. Where can I get one?

Had the EXACT same questions myself.
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I know a lot of people who run 36's, I've been riding 32's and haven't had problems. Although, I use straight 14 gauge spokes so my wheels are a little bit stronger than a 36 with butted spokes.

Not to start a debate, but I've just had better luck with straight gauge over double butted regardless what the engineers say about "strength to weight ratios, butted are just as strong....blah, blah, blah".
I'm another that uses the 32's w/ 14ga. setup with no issues and I've got A2 by a bit in the size dept.
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Thanks for the info guys. With the Rhynolite XL's out of stock untill sometime mid-late october, I think I'm going to order the singletrack/xt setup tonight.
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Ive been looking at purchasing some rhynolites as well but i dont need the xl version since i just do xc. Anyhow what the does atb and tcb mean?
It doesnt say on their website. or at least i cant find it.
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hey just out of curiousity, why are you guys all so damm fat? talkin bout weighting like 220+....man taht huge, unless your like 7 feet tall, my skinny ass is 5'8" and i weight 140-150, not too sure...i mean, you guys putting in like 100 pound on me...jesus, at this rate my wheels should never break, if yur fat asses can ride them...lol, not tryin too offend btw, just curious...
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6'5 (not quite 7) and 250 to 270 depending on the seaon. Years of football, basketball and then 7 years as a gym rat. That and I carry a bit of weight in the wrong places too hahaha

You are the same size I was in grade 4 almost exactly (maybe grade 5...). I was 6'5 by grade 8 and 210. My leanest since was season one of football at 220. I will never be a small guy.

No offence taken. Excluding some excess body fat, I love the way I look and wouldn't have it any other way.
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