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Old 02-13-07, 07:39 AM   #1
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Rim recommendation, pls.

Can I get some suggestions on a tough 26"? Paved and unpaved roads. What are some people's favorites? Thanks.

Ok, after looking online a little (which is what I should have done before posting this) I've decided that the Sun Rhyno Lite line of wheels look excellent. Now, does anyone have an opinion on the Sun Lite vs. Sun Lite XL?

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Old 02-13-07, 08:24 AM   #2
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Mavic XC717. Light and tough. I've been riding a set...or, at least, the old version...off-road for 5 or 6 seasons now. Build them with DT Alpine III spokes and you'll never have a problem.
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I've read some threads over on the Lonely Planet site not favoring Mavics. I realize that rims will break down eventually, but I wonder if reputation of Mavic rims out last the actual rim.
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http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/me...E=1&parentid=0

http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/me...entid=0&from=1

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one thing about both those Rhynos, is they are heavy doggies, and are trad profile, which seem to me to go out of true quicker than rims with a higher profile rim design. just my impression, i still put the rhynolites on when i'm going off roading and jumping, but put the Mavics or Velocitys on for touring.

its all good, don't sweat it. you'll wear thru a rim in a couple of years of hard use and have the chance to try something new anyway.
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Can I get some suggestions on a tough 26"? Paved and unpaved roads. What are some people's favorites? Thanks.

Ok, after looking online a little (which is what I should have done before posting this) I've decided that the Sun Rhyno Lite line of wheels look excellent. Now, does anyone have an opinion on the Sun Lite vs. Sun Lite XL?
I have had the Rhyno lites on for 8k miles and haven't had a problem with them . I check the true on them as part of normal maintaince and I only had to adjust one wheel one time. I ordered XL/s but I ended up getting the regular lite rims. The unwelded rims work just fine, no thumping while braking.

I like Mavics also and have a pair of 26" wheels I built up with Mavics .For me it isn't any better or worse building wheels with Sun or Mavic rims
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I would have to second what Beke said. It's pretty hard to go too wrong w/ most MTB rims. I purcahsed some Velocity Aeroheats w/ LX hubs and at first I was worried that they would be too light but they have been excellent. I bought them through QBP and really recommend them for complete wheels. They do a great job. I also have some Rhyno Lites which I haven't used yet. Another $99 Nashbar special I couldn't pass up.
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Thanks for the input! I just got back from my LBS and they are ordering the Rhyno Lites for me. I've got some XT hubs and DT spokes. Looking fwd. to getting the wheels put together.
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I have road both Ryno, Ryno Lites, and Ryno Lite XL's all hand built. I am a really big rider who rides a lot and never put a wrench to any of these rims untill I wore the hubs out. They are all very tough rims. For touring the XL's are very wide and perhaps a bit of overkill. The Ryno Lites are the better choice in this group.
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