Old 12-26-14, 12:11 PM
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They still show up on the Sun-Ringle website MTB | SUNringlé so I doubt they've been discontinued.

You may be seeing the cost increase due to cost of materials/labor increasing. As to scarcity, it's a rim brake rim in an era of increasing disk brake popularity. Manufacturers are specing disk brakes on every type of bike now: atb, cyclocross, and road. New buyers seem to be embracing disk as an upgrade over rim brakes. As with my lugged steel road bike, you will pry my v-brakes (admittedly more modern than cantis) out of my cold dead hands.
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