Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 1961 Ideor, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, Perfekt 3 Speed of unknown age. Also a 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer for indoor exercise. And several others are now gone.
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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.