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Old 10-16-09, 04:13 AM   #1
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36-hole rim bonanza festival!

I bought a set of IRO high-flange hubs from the bargain bin yesterday, with expected delivery next week, and have been looking into what rims I should get to accompany them. It seems like 36-hole hoops are getting harder to find, but I still haven't gone into my LBS and looked through catalogs, just browsed on the internet. I was planning on having a rear Velocity Fusion with a front Velocity Aerohead, but when you get into the higher spoke counts your options seem to change around a bit. I figured since I'm going with a high spoke count I may as well get a low-profile rim and end up with an understated, classy wheel set.

So far I'm looking at Velocity Aeros, Aeroheads, and Fusions as well as Sun CR-18s. Not really interested in Open Pros, since I'm hoping to keep costs down somewhat. Anything else out there that I should know about with a 36-hole drilling?
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Old 10-16-09, 07:14 AM   #2
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I just last night picked up my Ambrosio Excellight SSC's in 36H for my bargain bin IRO hubs too...... weird.
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Old 10-16-09, 07:53 AM   #4
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Mavic Open Sport, descendant of the MA-3. I've beaten the crap out of mine for several years, and they've held up great.
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VO PBP's look nice. They are a polished box section rim.
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VO PBP's look nice. They are a polished box section rim.
I was pretty excited for these, but I just saw they're 13.2mm inner width. Is everybody riding decent widths switching to 650b or something?
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Yeah, those VO rims looked off to me. I liked the idea, but they looked really tall for a box section...
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That title made me think I had strayed into youporn.com
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If you pick up some sun CR-18s you'd probably be able to break the frame before tacoing that rim. Those ****ers are indestructable.
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I was pretty excited for these, but I just saw they're 13.2mm inner width. Is everybody riding decent widths switching to 650b or something?
What's wrong with the 13.2mm width?
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If you're looking for something cheap, the M13 II by Sun isn't bad.

If you're into tubs and willing to wait a bit, I love the campy record crono rims.
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What's wrong with the 13.2mm width?
Too narrow for my taste. I wouldn't feel secure riding wider tires (i.e. 30mm and up). That's actually what I expect for most rims these days, but I would have thought VO would source something more compatible with beefy tires, like what they themselves are selling.
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That title made me think I had strayed into youporn.com
Reading back over the thread title as I was clicking on it I realized how it could be construed to sound sort of dirty. Oops.

PS, I was walking downtown a few minutes ago and saw some Velocity Aeros on a Milwaukee frame, and it was the classiest thing ever. I need those rims now.
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Old 10-16-09, 03:51 PM   #14
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I had a set of 36h CR-18s and they were really nice. I ran 35's and 38 on them...only downside is that they are a bit of a pain to get tires on and off of
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What about Araya's?

They make for a classy looking wheel.
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Araya red labels... they are so bad they should be sent to me for secure disposal so that no-one else uses them.
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I take it that is not bad as in bad, but bad as in good!
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Too narrow for my taste. I wouldn't feel secure riding wider tires (i.e. 30mm and up). That's actually what I expect for most rims these days, but I would have thought VO would source something more compatible with beefy tires, like what they themselves are selling.
I recall the PBP (Paris-Brest-Paris) were designed to take the 28mm tires that most people use on said sporting event. Yeah, it's a bit small, but I'm sure 32mm would fit just fine, if a little less round. And if you do want wider, well the sun CR-18 is a damn good rim
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I take it that is not bad as in bad, but bad as in good!
No... they are really really horrible.

I will even pay the shipping on any sets people want to send me... all for the public good of course.

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Check these out

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mavic-CXP33-V-Sh...#ht_500wt_1177
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I have Mavic a319s laced to Surly hubs [via universal cycles]. I'm pretty heavy and ride on some rough streets, go off curbs, etc. I've only had them 2 months but they're still true. The max rim pressure is only 100psi though, which is fine since I run 28mm Armadillos (also the minimum tire width on the rims).
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Yeah, those VO rims looked off to me. I liked the idea, but they looked really tall for a box section...
They are not really all that tall. There's room for a brake track, and a little wiggle room besides. They look a lot like my Mavic MA-2's, a classic polished box section rim that you could also consider looking for.

Mavic's A319 and A719 are great rims and beefy as **** though you you do pay for it with that bit of added weight. I would confidently do small stair drops on my 36 hole A719 rear wheel.

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I would like to place another vote for CR-18's. These can take a serious pounding.
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