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Old 04-30-07, 07:21 PM   #1
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Mavic a319...decent rims? vs alex adventurer?

46" Surly LHT build ongoing
(takes 26" rims):

my LBS offered to swap out the stock alex adventurer rims for a set of
mavic a319 rims ...any feedback on these (I've read plenty on the 519 and 719
but not so much on the 319

...or should I request a different set of rims?
(some have suggested keeping everything as is
and saving the cash to buy a set of wheels later).

Basically I'm wanting to get the best bang for
the buck in terms of lightweight and durability
for both commuting/fire trail riding and loaded touring.

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Old 04-30-07, 08:50 PM   #2
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Anyone who rides a 46cm isn't going to be a clydesdale. On that thought I imagine that the stock rims would hold up fine, especially with the 26" wheel size. I would get the LBS to check the tension on the new wheels, and call it good. If you want a lighter set of wheels eventually, wait until you can buy some nice ones. I'm no expert though, just some thoughts.
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Alex doesn't have the best reputation in the world, but there've been grumbles about Mavic's customer service and the quality of some models (most notably the MA-3) as well.

It looks like the Alex is lighter and wider. I believe the Adventurer is double-eyeletted and don't know about the A319. You might want to check that.

I'm sure that either one will be fine if the wheel is properly tensioned by someone competent.
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I'm sure that either one will be fine if the wheel is properly tensioned by someone competent.
I agree.

Will the hypothetical replacement mavics be on 32-spoke hubs or the 36-spoke hubs that the bike will ship with?

d'oh! I re-read your post, I thought you were modifying an LHT-complete-package, not building up from scratch.
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I just noticed that this is a 26" wheel build. I could be wrong, but I don't think the A319 is available in 26". Maybe the XM317 is the Mavic rim to consider.
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it just might be the xm317...maybe the lbs had the wrong number.

but any other suggetsions?
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Maybe someone can confirm this but my LBS told me that Alex has made rims for Mavic in the past. Probably Mavic's lower end ones.

There are a lot of good 26" rims out there and if you trust your LBS, go with their recommendation. You are less likely to choose an inappropriate 26" rim than a 700c rim and like someone stated above, the build is more important. I have purchased several wheelsets built by QBP and they do as good a job as any shop and at a beter price. My last wheels were Velocity Aerhoeats and they have been great.
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I have the a319 rims, 36 hole, Shimano disc compatible 700 wheel. It came standard on my Devinci touring bike. I have only put 300 kms on it so far but it appears more than capable for the touring role. I will give an update after my first lengthy, loaded tour.
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46" Surly LHT build ongoing
(takes 26" rims):

my LBS offered to swap out the stock alex adventurer rims for a set of
mavic a319 rims ...any feedback on these (I've read plenty on the 519 and 719
but not so much on the 319
I wouldn't bother. The wheels on the stock LHT seem to be just fine; I've put a few hundred miles on mine already without problems. And I'm a clyde (6'4", 255lb, 700c wheels) who's usually either carrying a pannier or two of stuff or towing a kid trailer.

They're still straight and true, and haven't had any problems.

I'm not sure I'll put the same rims on when they wear out, but I see no reason to replace them until the rims wear out or there's some other reason to rebuild the wheels (DT spokes, so the spokes should outlast the rims)
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recommend XM719's

I'm pretty sure the A319 is a 700cc rim, so think your LBS is confused.

I recommend the XM719 (replaced the F519 and 319 rim) as the best match in a Mavic 26" rim with the LHT. It's a little wider and beefier than a 717 (replaced the 517 and 317) yet narrower and lighter than the XM721's (the beefiest 26" rim mavic makes for rim brakes). Can't say if it's better than Alex, but I can say that a handbuilt wheel is better than a machine built wheel. Recommend you go XM719 with double butted spokes and alloy nipples and save your partner some rotational weight whilst building a strong wheel.

Anyways, I've built at least 4 wheels with 719's and am really happy with their durablity and quality.
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