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Old 03-07-13, 05:49 AM   #1
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32h 26" rim braked rims for tandem ?

We've got a Viking Saratoga which came with useless 160/140mm cable discs. I've upgraded to 200mm Hope hydraulics and added a Magura HS33 on the back as well.
I've bought a Rohloff hub now, so I'm looking for a suitable rim to build on to it.
I've checked Alex, Mavic, Stans and DT Swiss and nobody seems to make rim braked DH rims any more, I guess they're obsolete now.

Any suggestions ? Preferably available in the UK.
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Old 03-07-13, 07:58 AM   #2
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how about the velocity Aeroheat or cliffhanger ?
http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=594

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Old 03-07-13, 09:25 AM   #3
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We have a 32-hole Roholff hub and the wheel was built with a 26" Velocity Chukker rim. It's a heavy but very strong wheel. If the 36-hole hub had been available when our tandem was built I would have gone with a Velocity AeroHeat rim. I still wonder if the Chukker was overkill, even with only 32 holes.
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Old 03-07-13, 04:02 PM   #4
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Velocity have very poor availability in Europe. Brick Lane Bikes in London, UK, are the main (maybe only) importer, but they only care about the models that they can sell to the Fixie crowd - they weren't interested when I wanted to buy some 40-hole tandem rims from them a couple of years ago.

Have you tried contacting St John St Cycles? They have lots of tandem knowledge and a pretty big range of 26" rims, so they might be able to recommend something.

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Old 03-08-13, 11:05 AM   #5
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This rim: http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/rigida-an...ing-prod13269/
is specifically drilled for a Rohloff hub. The flange diameter and width is greater on a Rohloff hub, so the spokes insert the rim at more of an angle. This rim has the holes drilled at an angle so that the spokes don't bend at the nipple.
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Old 03-08-13, 03:24 PM   #6
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Thanks all. I did some searching when Velocity were mentioned twice and it looks like Brick Lane Bikes are the only UK retailer. They've got the Chukka in stock in 32h, although not in the funky colours.
Sun Rhyno from SJS sounds good too.

I'm waiting for someone to get back to me about a pair of second hand Mavic D521 rims. If it turns out they are not 32h, I'll go for one of the suggestions above, thanks.

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Old 03-25-13, 03:40 AM   #7
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Talk to SJSC about the Rigida Andradas with the CSS coating on the braking surface and the blue pads to suit. We have a Thorn tandem with this setup and using XT V brakes we can out brake a lot of single bikes.

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Old 03-25-13, 02:26 PM   #8
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We've got a Viking Saratoga which came with useless 160/140mm cable discs. I've upgraded to 200mm Hope hydraulics and added a Magura HS33 on the back as well. I've bought a Rohloff hub now, so I'm looking for a suitable rim to build on to it. I've checked Alex, Mavic, Stans and DT Swiss and nobody seems to make rim braked DH rims any more, I guess they're obsolete now. Any suggestions ? Preferably available in the UK.
Can't quite tell ifyou are asking help on a rim braked or disk braked rim or both or something else. Anyway, you might consider Sun Ryno or Ryno lites. Good rims that are not expensive. Both have massive braking surfaces on them. I believe you could find suitable rims on amazon or on ebay pretty easily. If you clarify what you need, we could post you URLs (maybe not even using the the "let me Google that for you" linkage ];o). Also recommend looking at Peter White cycles website for many uncommon rims and hubs.
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Old 04-02-13, 01:18 AM   #9
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What I meant was, the tandem came with derailleur gears and very poor cable operated disc brakes.
It also came with rims and frame bosses suitable for rim brakes, but no rim brakes fitted.
I upgraded the disc brakes to bigger hydraulic ones and fitted a Magura hydraulic rim brake on the back. (Three brakes in total)

I have now bought a Rohloff rear hub, so I need a 32h rim, suitable for a MTB tandem and rim brakes, to build on to it.

For an MTB tandem, I thought we'd be best off with a downhill rim, as they are stronger than regular XC rims.
32h tandem rims are a bit of an oddity though, as are rim braked downhill rims these days.
32h, rim braked DH rims are a rarity amongst rarities.
Thanks to the replies here, I know what I'm looking for now.
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