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Old 03-20-12, 04:04 AM   #1
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SR Rhyno Lite Rims - anybody have any experience or opinions?

I'm going to build up some 29er wheels and was thinking of the SR Rhyno Lite rims because they have a wider footprint and are compatible with rim brakes. Has anybody used and liked or disliked them for any reason?

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I've had a few of them (26") and liked them. They were, for years, a defacto standard for lacing up when you destroyed your stock rim and wanted something tougher. They can take downhill racing punishment but are easy on the budget.
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I did pretty much what dminor described on an old HT. They served well. Mine were 26", but the name has always been a solid name.
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I had the same results as D & D.
26" & they held up pretty well.
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SR is THE NAME as far as I'm concerned for MTB wheels.

I put a set of Rhyno Lites on my sister's bike; then, one winter, my Mavic 819 rear rim split, she let me borrow the RL's. A bit heavier in rotating weight, but durable and dependable. She still has them, 2 years later.

I bought a set of Equalizers, they're on their second bike.

The ONLY bad experience I ever had with a Sun wheels was the DS-2 rim, which was awfully tight; kevlar beads were tough to mount, wire was impossible.
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Thanks for the responses, I had read one review which claimed they were badly machined with a sloppy weld that causes failure. I'm pretty convince that must have been an isolated failure or just plain abuse.

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Marc, I've seen some recent Sun Ringle' Equalizers and Inferno 25 rims and they both look very well built, with perfect welds. Plus, the newer Inferno's look cool. Thanks
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Shucks, even the old pinned Rhyno-Lites were pretty good. I never could spring the extra for the welded and machined XLs but they, for the most part, held up amazingly well.
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i work at a shop. we have a (probably 225 pound) customer that brought his walmart schwinn hybrid (21 speed, front suspension, suspension seatpost, single wall 32h 3x 700c wheels) to us with a few broken rear spokes. one of the other guys replaced the spokes and trued up the wheel and sent it back out. 2 weeks later he was back and wanted to talk to me (recommended from a friend). i started talking to him, and he said he was going 50-60 miles a day with up to 80 pounds in a BOB trailer. google the trailer if you want, but it's a single wheel trailer that leverages most of the weight onto the axle of the rear wheel. his weight plus the weight of the trailer was just destroying the spokes. we replaced the wheel with a 36h mavic double wall of some kind laced 3x to a deore hub. supposedly a really stout rim. before i sent it out, i took all of the spokes out of tension and brought it back up to tension, just to make double sure it was properly done. he trashed it in about a month. i replaced his rim with a 36h SR Rhyno Lite laced 3x and he hasn't even needed a truing since. that was 6+ months ago. when i had just the rim in my hand, i put a hand on each side of it and tried to flex it by putting the rim on the edge of our work bench. i could pick myself up (150 pounds) without feeling the rim flex at all. i tried it with the mavic rim while it was still laced to the hub and could flex it with my bare hands. without being laced to the hub that rim was a limp noodle.

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i told him if he ever wants to sell the rhyno lite wheel to bring it back to me. i'll be able to pass that wheel down to my great grandkids.
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Thanks for the responses, I had read one review which claimed they were badly machined with a sloppy weld that causes failure. I'm pretty convince that must have been an isolated failure or just plain abuse.
I had a Sun Zero Degree Lite that seemed like it was "overmachined". Sidewall split in one spot with very few miles on it. This rim was from around 99-00.
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