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Old 06-19-05, 04:55 PM   #1
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Good, black tubular rims

I'm getting closer to building an actual track bike now, and the first step will be to build the front wheel. I've got the hub now (a Phil, w00t), and am trying to figure out a good rim. I need a solid tubular rim, 36 hole, preferably black. It will see both track and street use. Any particular rims that any of you would recommend? I don't want to drop absurd amounts of money on the rims, but I'm not going to lowball myself on quality either. Thoughts?
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Old 06-19-05, 05:35 PM   #2
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My latest build has a black Alex Tubular 1 rim, but I just checked and their tubular rims are all 28 or 32 holed.
Maybe FSA has something.
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Old 06-19-05, 05:45 PM   #3
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http://www.sun-ringle.com/prods/roadrims.html

The M19A11 tubular rims are black anodized and come in 36 hole size.
They are also 370 grams. Sweet.
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oooooh.....I like the looks of the Sun rims. I'm running a Sun rim on my rear wheel right now and that thing is nigh on nukeproof. I am convinced of the quality.
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Ambrosio makes some nice tubular rims, they say they're black, but they're more of a very dark grey. I see some on ebay.
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riding a tubular on the street? i'm not familiar with them, but how often do you have to glue them? and do you apply an external patch if you get a hole in your sewup?
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Ambrosio actually has a Medaille d'Or Montreal rim (made as a strong road rim in 1976 for the Montreal Olympics) that is jet black and a very solid rim. And they came in 36 holes. There are some on eBay at $90/pair, which is, ahem, overpriced. For brand new rims you should be able to get them for around $60/pair. I recently got a pair from a local collector for that amount and can probably get you another pair or two if you're interested. Send me a message. (It costs about $13 to send one pair by Priority Mail within the US and about $1 extra to send a second pair, so you might want to consider a couple pairs if they're still available.)
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Campy Omega V's?
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Most of my road bikes run tubulars (or Tufo's) ... no flats yet.
I've never had to re-glue one unless it was one I bought used.
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I have the SUN MA3II clincher built with a Phil hub. It's a great wheel, and has held up quite well. Very true, very strong and feels very good.
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I would go with something like an Ambrosio Thesis:




Or something like an Ambrosio Crono F20 if you don't want an aero rim. A 340 gram rim like the Crono F20 will really spin up quickly.

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FD - Please let us know what you decide. I'd love to see what you put together and what your thoughts are.
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