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Old 07-31-09, 09:45 PM   #1
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Rigida Sputnik Rims Available in USA?

I've read some really good things on the European touring forums about the Rigida Sputnik rims, but I can't find a vendor for these rims in the USA.

I'd like to build up a set of wheels using the Sputnik rims. Does anyone know of a USA vendor, or a European vendor that will ship to the USA for a reasonable cost?
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spa cycles in the UK sell sputniks and claim to ship worldwide but I don't know how much it would cost. They are a well regarded touring specialist shop and their custom wheel builds are often recomended. I am sure if you email them they would give you more details of costs.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s177p0
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I've read some really good things on the European touring forums about the Rigida Sputnik rims, but I can't find a vendor for these rims in the USA.

I'd like to build up a set of wheels using the Sputnik rims. Does anyone know of a USA vendor, or a European vendor that will ship to the USA for a reasonable cost?
At 745g those rims are HEAVY

http://www.rigida.com/en/products/hy...ms-5/sputnik-4
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Holy crap! I missed that.

I want to build a new set of 26" touring wheels and run 1.5" tires. I've considered the Mavic xm719, but it's EXPENSIVE! I've also considered Sun Ryhno Lite XL, but the thing is ridiculously wide @ 29mm. Got any other suggestions?
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I have sputniks from Spa cycles, they're heavy as I'm running them with 2.0" Marathon XRs. They're bombproof though, double eyeletted and thick braking surface. Recommended for rough roads
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spa cycles in the UK sell sputniks and claim to ship worldwide but I don't know how much it would cost. They are a well regarded touring specialist shop and their custom wheel builds are often recomended. I am sure if you email them they would give you more details of costs.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s177p0
I sent an email, they wont ship rims to the US.
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If you don't mind a heavy rim, check these out:

http://www.krisholm.com/khu/rims
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Holy crap! I missed that.

I want to build a new set of 26" touring wheels and run 1.5" tires. I've considered the Mavic xm719, but it's EXPENSIVE! I've also considered Sun Ryhno Lite XL, but the thing is ridiculously wide @ 29mm. Got any other suggestions?
Dayum!
You are right.
Hmmm...I have a pair of used black 32H xm719's hanging on the wall of the garage.
I may need to put those on eBay.
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I have sputniks from Spa cycles, they're heavy as I'm running them with 2.0" Marathon XRs. They're bombproof though, double eyeletted and thick braking surface. Recommended for rough roads
I'm actually running a set of Alesa Sputniks (I believe they are they same company now) on my LHT.
40 holes and totally bombproof. I don't mind the extra weight given that I use my LHT for everything and show it no mercy (jumping on/off curbs fully loaded etc) and the wheels are great.

I'd love to know where to get more in Canada/USA if you find out.
This pair was an old pair sitting in a bike shop before I had them built up.
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If you don't mind a heavy rim, check these out:

http://www.krisholm.com/khu/rims
Thanks, Mr. Wise Guy, but I don't need to buy any rims @47mm wide. I've got a set of Yamaha rims off a DT 250 that are narrower than those unicycle rims.
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I'm actually running a set of Alesa Sputniks (I believe they are they same company now) on my LHT.
40 holes and totally bombproof. I don't mind the extra weight given that I use my LHT for everything and show it no mercy (jumping on/off curbs fully loaded etc) and the wheels are great.

I'd love to know where to get more in Canada/USA if you find out.
This pair was an old pair sitting in a bike shop before I had them built up.
The only online cycle shops that stock Sputniks appear to be in the UK. I've never had any luck trying to get a UK cycle shop to ship to the USA. Every time I've asked, I was ignored, or flat out told, "no". I find this attitude on the part of UK businesses to be very puzzling. I once ordered BB taps from a tool supplier in Japan. The taps were sent from Osaka, Japan and arrived in New Jersey IN 3 DAYS! Over 12 thousand miles, and I got my BB taps in 3 days. The UK is only 5 thousand miles from New Jersey. Maybe the UK postal service is now such a shambles, they deliver the mail via donkey cart. They're currently working on breeding a donkey that can swim across the Atlantic.

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