I am in the process of building up my dream touring bike, but have come to a bit of an issue.
I will be running 26" rims, 36 hole, rim brake.
I am wondering what peoples thoughts are on welded/machined vs. pinned rims. I have only used welded/machined rims on my recent bicycles. Any real life feedback would be great. Particularly interested in smoothness of braking at the joint and strength.
I have set of pinned Rhyno Lite 48 hole rims. I found the joint on both rims was not smooth and I could feel the bump when braking. I used sandpaper and with light rubbing for a few seconds was able to obtain smooth finish on each rim. This is my touring and commuting bike and I now have ~3800 miles on those rims.
I am not sure what construction spec my Salsa Gordo rims are, but am quite happy with them.
When I decided to build up a 26 inch touring bike a year ago, I asked a few mechanics in town for opinions. One suggested Velocity or Salsa. I researched the Salsa a bit more and found that Surly used the Gordo for their cargo bike (Big Dummy) and I took cargo bike use as a good recommendation. My other criteria was that the rim I wanted should be used by tandems even though I wanted to use a 36h rim, the Gordo is also available as a 48h rim for tandems and that met my criteria.
The Salsa Gordos I bought were drilled for Presta, I drilled them out for Shraeder although I plan to run only Prestas because I did not want to become stranded in Shraeder land if I ran out of Presta spares. I put the Wheels Manufacturing Presta/Shraeder adapter in the holes before I put on the rim tape.
I do not notice any bumps on the braking surfaces.