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Old 05-09-07, 11:21 PM   #1
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Velocity Fusion?

any good words on these? I like the deep Vs but these are lighter. Im looking for a strong high profile rim that doesnt have a lot of weight and wont cost me a small fortune. For the rims around $100 each is about my limit but I can spend more if they are really worth it. Please help me figure this out!
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they're good rims. you'll feel the difference between riding these and deep-v's. i was debating with myself between aeroheads and fusions for so long, but finally settled on fusions.
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I like mine. Solid and no problems.
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any good words on these? I like the deep Vs but these are lighter. Im looking for a strong high profile rim that doesnt have a lot of weight and wont cost me a small fortune. For the rims around $100 each is about my limit but I can spend more if they are really worth it. Please help me figure this out!
I just ordered a set to be built on some hubs I sent off. These rims should only cost you $60-70 max. I talked to the owner of www.Spinlitecycling.com and he was SUPER helpful. He told me he was in the process of building up some fusions for himself. If a guy who has access to any rim on the planet and for cost is going with the fusions, I don't see why they would not be good enough for me.

They only weigh about 40ish grams more than the aerohead and look better IHMO. If you are looking for some aero rims I cannot think of a better, lighter, more economical choice. The Deep V's are too heavy for me to consider them.

I can report back to you when I get them (about 2 weeks) if you are really interested.

All else fails, go to spinlitecycling.com grab their number and ask Lyle what he thinks. He works with them every day so he should know :-)

Hope this helps.
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Old 05-10-07, 12:02 AM   #5
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i've been running a fusion up front for about 3 weeks now and i can't complain. it's the perfect compromise between a box and a deep section rim.
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Fusion rims do well as far as all around performers - they can take some street abuse and still come out ahead.

Seeing that Deep-Vs were initially meant for aerodynamic purposes to reduce drag and they have evolved into something akin to a bandana for your bike, I would look to something more efficient and less flash if you are truly concerned about weight and performance. The misinformation that a Deep V is stronger based on a higher profile is definitely not true. Less lateral flex? Perhaps - but this is only due to shorter spokes and a wheel built by someone who knows proper wheelbuilding.

I am sure you will be happy with the change in rotational mass and not being such a target for crosswinds - if that is your journey
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I've built with both the Fusion and the Deep V, and they both make really good wheels. That said, the Fusion is a better "do everything well" wheel. Plenty strong, still easy on the eyes, and not a total tank on the scales. You will definately feel the difference in the spinup of the wheels when going from the deep v to the fusion.
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Well I just bought an aluminum KHS frame and want to built it with weight in mind. I do like the look of the deep Vs but I have heard they are heavier than needed. Any other good high profile rims out there that dont break the scales?
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Well, excepting carbon rims, and the high profile American classic alum. rims, most high(er) profile rims (30mm) are going to be in that 500+ gram range. Even the CXP's are up there. So, no easy route to ride. There is a bit of a benefit to the heavier rims, in that they do hold their speed pretty well. Slower to get up to speed, but once there, you tend to work less to keep it there.

Some of the IRD rims are getting good reviews and they are a "bit" less weight.
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Old 05-10-07, 09:55 AM   #11
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So what about strength for whipping out sideways skids on the rear wheel? I still haven't managed to knock my rear out of true or snap a spoke doing this myself, but how much of an issue is this with rim selection?
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why is this an issue at all?

You should really PM dutret on your question, dudezor
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Why thank you, 165. I knew you would have just the right answer after your talk of lateral flex ^_^

Seriously though, I am curious about this.
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I still haven't managed to knock my rear out of true or snap a spoke doing this myself, but how much of an issue is this with rim selection?
Not much. Any well-built wheel with a decent rim won't have a problem.
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Not much. Any well-built wheel with a decent rim won't have a problem.
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heheeh.. that just looks really wrong without the K for Kool.
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I just built up a set of Fusion rims with a Powertap hub and a front Coda hub. They are going to be my training/do everything wheel set. Rode 'em in to work today and I like them just fine. I bought the rims and front hub on Ebay; the rims were something like $28 each because they were powdercoated a hideous lime green. I stripped the powdercoat off and they polished up nicely! I used double butted spokes, 28h laced 2X, and they are reasonably light (though the rear hub is of course quite heavy).
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Check out the DT RR1.1 rim. Lighter, about $63 ea., only 3.8mm shorter profile than the fusions.
IMHO, the best aluminum clincher rim on the market.
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Old 05-10-07, 02:27 PM   #21
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not to hijack this thread but what is the skinniest shallowest strongest rim you can get ? open pros?
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