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Old 12-10-05, 04:25 PM   #1
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Best Looking Rims

What are your opinion the best looking rims available today? Do not take in to account price or durability just looks...and pics are always fun.
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Old 12-10-05, 04:30 PM   #2
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Multicolored, polished deep-Vs
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Old 12-10-05, 04:39 PM   #3
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i'm always gonna be fond of open pros. but i'm not exactly one of those dudes who likes flashy stuff.
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Old 12-10-05, 05:09 PM   #4
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From Tomity's page:
http://homepage.mac.com/tomity/PhotoAlbum36.html

Sorry, I culdn't figure out how to show this a s an image, but it is a wooden rim.

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I like non-machined aero rims with a shallow, rounded, v-section... the Araya semi-aeros come to mind, as do Sun Mistrals and that sick pair of polished Saavedras that Dubteka is looking to unload. I have a pair of Campy Ypsilons that I quite like, and the Lambdas are pretty much the same.

Colours and Deep-Vs leave me cold.
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Old 12-10-05, 08:06 PM   #6
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Non-machined Deep Vs.
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Old 12-10-05, 08:17 PM   #7
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best looking are the blu velocity deepv rims that i got
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Old 12-10-05, 08:22 PM   #8
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Classic: Any campy track tubulars.

New-school bling: Non-machined deep vees.
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Old 12-10-05, 08:27 PM   #10
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Personally, i'd like to see some good pics. Especially of machined vs. non-machined deep v's.
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I really like anything hard anodized... Anyone know of a modern rim that is hard anodized? (That shiny dark grey, almost black, but kind of mirror looking finish...)
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Old 12-10-05, 08:38 PM   #12
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I really like anything hard anodized... Anyone know of a modern rim that is hard anodized? (That shiny dark grey, almost black, but kind of mirror looking finish...)
I thought that was smoked chrome?
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I really like anything hard anodized... Anyone know of a modern rim that is hard anodized? (That shiny dark grey, almost black, but kind of mirror looking finish...)
Same here. I have built a couple sets of wheels lately and have bought some NOS Mavic rims that have the hard anodized finished. My favorites are the Open 4 CD which I just finished building to a set of Dura Ace high flange track hubs.

The older Mavic G40 rims are nice looking too with a more box shape. I also have FIR ES 35 rims on my road bike and FIR M121 on my mountain bike in that finish.
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I really like anything hard anodized... Anyone know of a modern rim that is hard anodized? (That shiny dark grey, almost black, but kind of mirror looking finish...)

sun flipping m-14's. i've also got some wolber super champion alpines in a nice hard ano. i like to stare at them for long periods of time.
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Old 12-10-05, 10:31 PM   #16
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blah. i'm amazed that i found even this much of a wolber sca on the net. holler.


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ok. pics:

Freewheel Hayes, SF bling:
bling bling


non machined eggplant deep v's:

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... and that sick pair of polished Saavedras that Dubteka is looking to unload...



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I have the clincher version of those Saavedras. Nice, but I've given up on keeping them trued. Could just be my crappy wheelbuild though. I think they weight about 230 grams...?

I'm looking for some classic silver, low-profile clincher rims for a Record build...
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I like semi-aero as well.

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I have the clincher version of those Saavedras. Nice, but I've given up on keeping them trued. Could just be my crappy wheelbuild though. I think they weight about 230 grams...?

I'm looking for some classic silver, low-profile clincher rims for a Record build...
the saavedras in the pics are clinchers as well. super light, but haven't weighed them.
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After having messengered for years on deep rims - rigida, velocity, mavic cxp 33's, I am very much over them. sure they're stiff and don't go out of true as much, but they're heavy, accelerate slower and give a really harsh ride. from an aesthetics point of view, i like the look of a somewhat profiled rim, not boxed out, semi-aero, definitely nothing machined, or too deep, or with a step to break the line from spoke to bead.

the best riding and best looking would be older mavic open 4 cd, and fir ea 60. I like dark grey-brownish rims, i find they look the most elegant with a blackwall tire. very classic.
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