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    700C Rim Set Recommendations

    I had a bike rack drop down while traveling a mountain road last week and the Alex DC19 rims were destroyed on my new Jamis Endura road bike. Without spending an arm and a leg for rims I'm wondering what recommendations people could give me so far as a comparable lightweight rim set? The frame was not damaged and I'm willing to upgrade to a set that might cost between $200-400 and a spoked set, something with 36 spokes and that will accept the Shimano 10 speed cassette. I ride basically for fitness, am not doing any races or competitive riding, but strictly to stay in shape and primarily on road surfaces. It's a bit awkward deciding on new rims with so many variables out there and so many distributors. I weigh around 230 lbs and would like to keep the bike light, yet ride on some comfortable, lightweight and dependable rims.

    Any suggestions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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    Cheap, lightweight, dependable, 36 spokes? Hard to have all that at once. I'd shop around for something like a 32f/36r 105 hubset with 23mm rims (H Plus Son Archetype, etc.).

    Here's an example - though not a direct endorcement:
    H Plus Son Archetype Rims Shimano 105 Road Bike Wheelset 8 9 10 Speed | eBay
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    interesting rim reviews

    2013 Rim Roundup - Fair Wheel Bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by unionmade View Post
    interesting rim reviews

    2013 Rim Roundup - Fair Wheel Bikes
    Looks really useful, though they left off the DT Swiss RR585. For a long-lasting rim, that's great. Heavy as heck, though, and narrow.

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    Flo 30's are now available as rims only as well.

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    I'd get something like the sun cr18 (relatively inexpensive but strong) or the H Plus Son TB 14. These are traditional box section rims that are very strong. The H Plus Son TB 14 is also a bit wider which is a plus I think.

    The other possibility is to go with a deep v section rim as those can be--if well made--very strong.

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    Thanks for the great comments and advice! I found a pair of the original Alex DC19 rims I had on the bike on EBay relatively cheap and in excellent condition. This is not to say that they will be mainstays, but filler rims until I make up my mind as to a permanent set of upgrades.

    Any sentiment or advice on Mavic rims? The local bike shop had a set for about $500 and spoke highly of them (with flat spokes), saying that it would improve pedaling and riding. I'm not a seasoned component guy so far as add on equipment so what do I know? LOL

    I'm also wondering what the maximum air pressure is on the current Alex DC19 rims are? Seems that when I purchased the bike the bike shop down in Venice, Fl said it was 130 lbs?

    Thanks!

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    I've read mixed reviews on Mavic so it's not easy for me to say. Some of it may be irrelevant (the time they changed materials due to changing to 32 holes and when they started outsourcing out of France). But a lot of positive comments for Velocity as far as building with them. As a passing thought, I know there were some concerns about them now manufacturing inside the U.S. instead of Australia.

    In any case, Velocity Wheels (list of Velocity road rims) out of these I'd find the Fusion (and perhaps the A23) interesting. The Dyad is used for touring.
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    Thanks for the link and for taking the time to answer the question.... But for the majority of us "newbs looking rims" information, looking at all those cross-reference drawings and trying to figure out what this all means is difficult. I certainly don't mean to sound less than ingenuous here, but I wouldn't have a clue as to the differences in the construction other then some are larger or smaller in diameter than others. I probably need to speak to a bike shop and have them educate me on the nuances of the drawings and what they might mean so far as durability and over all performance. The first time I saw one of the drawings I was scratching my head until it dawned on me that these are frontal views of rims and that they show varying sizes and configurations. I'm always open to learning and one day will have a better grasp of the differences and how they equate out to performance, weight variances, materials used in construction and the long term implications of use for a novice range rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigan_Mike View Post
    Thanks for the link and for taking the time to answer the question.... But for the majority of us "newbs looking rims" information, looking at all those cross-reference drawings and trying to figure out what this all means is difficult. I certainly don't mean to sound less than ingenuous here, but I wouldn't have a clue as to the differences in the construction other then some are larger or smaller in diameter than others.
    Hi Mike... Jon from Velocity here in GR (we're practically neighbors!). I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about a rim or wheel recommendation.

    Off the top of my head, my recommendation would be our A23 rim, 36H, laced to our Sport hub. The hub is 10spd compatible, and has a steel freehub body and sealed cartridge bearings for a long service life. For larger riders, the wider rim will not only be stiffer, but it helps avoid pinch flats too by effectively increasing the volume of the tire. Generally, you'll be able to get away with a little less air pressure for a more comfortable ride.
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    Every other day this topic comes up and every other day I recommend Vuelta wheels. I'm not going to do it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigan_Mike View Post
    Thanks for the link and for taking the time to answer the question.... But for the majority of us "newbs looking rims" information, looking at all those cross-reference drawings and trying to figure out what this all means is difficult.
    OK, some road frames don't take more than 25mm tire size. Cyclocross frames may allow up to 35mm or more. So if you look at the Sheldon Brown web site on tire size: Tire Sizing Systems
    and scroll down to "width considerations", you'll see there's a maximum tire size that corresponds to each rim width.

    If you look at the Deep V, you'll see it's wide from the side. Some people over 200 lbs like the Deep V. However, some people have said here in strong winds at high speed (like going down a hill), the crosswinds against a wide rim like that could be dangerous. That's part of the reason why I said the Fusion is interesting to me. It's shorter than the Deep V but still looks strong. It's a personal choice in the end.
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    I'm planning to use my Flo30 hoops with R45 hubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    Lipstick on a pig. Or maybe pig iron would be more accurate.
    Still mad? Really wide and strong for a 185lb rider on crappy roads. Reliability, then aero, then lightness. I've been stranged twice because of broke free-hubs. Pacentis could still be in the cards but they're like 1.5mm narrower than the Flos.

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    Yeah, I don't really want to do this whole run around every time Flo's are mentioned either. It's a pretty tired routine (pun intended).

    I just had Pacenti SL23's laced up to R45's. Also have a few miles in on some HED Belguim C2's laced to DT350's. I outweigh 'Sir' by a bit and both are 28/32. We'll see how everything holds together. Now have some Ksyriums to unload...
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