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Old 04-02-13, 07:16 PM
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Rims for a new build?

I am looking to build a new set of wheels so I can run up to 34mm on my current build project. I'm building an all-rounder that will see all varieties of surfaces and terrain. I would like the ability to run anything from 28mm tires up to 34. Originally I was thinking of Sun cr18 due to price. Now I am thinking I want something nicer such as Velocity Synergy (I think Photogravity did well with those on his Norman), or H+Son TB14. They will be laced to 32h Campy freehub set (not sure of the model). I want polished so if I get something with anodization I will have to deal with removal and polishing.

If anyone has experience with any of the rims mentioned above I would love to hear what you think. Also open to considering other rims if there is good reason.

Here are pictures of the hubs (currently laced, obviously), if anyone can tell me what part of the family they are in I would appreciate it. They came to me with a mix of Athena 9 and Daytona parts.
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I've been wanting to use the TB14 rims, but have not been able to see one in person. I have used the CR18's, they are good rims, but the profile gets some getting used to.
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I have the H+Son TB14s on my Nishiki Prestige. I've given the bike decent use, when I've had access to it (I was away all last summer and fall), since having them built up 18 months ago on modern Shimano 105 hubs (5700s). The rims have a great classic look, and they haven't let me down. I'm fond of the ceramic ano coating reminiscent of old Wolber or Mavic offerings on mine, but as you well know, also available in 'high polish'. These have held up well, even with only 32H rolling under my ample frame (~230-250lbs on 62cm), though I haven't put a huge number of miles in. They look right, and appear to be a quality product.

EDIT: I should add, in light of your intent to put yours to "all varieties of surfaces and terrain", that I ride mine mostly on nice roads, but they have served well on not-too-rough hard-packed dirt & gravel urban trails in the Vancouver area (one of my regular rides includes several miles of gravelly bits, dirt, dips and bumps in each direction). Can't speak to more 'trying' conditions. I actually run with 23s (as the H+Son blurb appears to endorse), but the range of possibilities for tire width is a plus...obviously an essential from your point of view.

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I'll be using polished CR18's with low flange Record hubs on my Guerciotti. It came mounted with tubulars but were mismatched and the rear needed replacing. I never cared for for the dark grey anodized stuff around that time period. Plus their very reasonable in price for a polished rim. I think I paid 54 shipped for the pair so I'm more then happy.
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If your max is 34C I'd say pretty much any good rim would suit your needs. Those Suns are fine enough rims, you even get away with the M13s if you wanted a slight weight decrease.
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I've recently built wheel sets wit CR-18 (27"), CRT 16 (NOS) & M13's in 700c.
I'm using the M13's on my Hybrid with 23 & 28mm F/R tires. I really like the look, although sometimes they remind me of chrome plated steel rims at first glance. I'm not sure if I would go over 32 with them. It might work OK, but I think it may start to look a bit "funky".

BTW, 5/6 of the rims had a minor flat spot I couldn't get out at the rim joint.
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I have built wheelsets with the VO Raid and H+Son TB14s recently. Both look fantastic and build up really well. If you want a new, very nice, classic looking rim I would choose one of those. I've built up a few wheelsets with CR-18s and they're fine rims, but not at the level of the previous two I mentioned.
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I've built a few pairs of CR-18 rims and like them quite a bit, though I like the Velocity Synergy rims a bit more. I am not a wheelbuilder by any means, but found I spent less time working on the Velocity rims to get them trued than with the Sun rims. Whether that is a function of me getting better in my wheelbuilding skills or can be attributed to the quality of the rim I can't really say.

As far as the look of the rims, once the anodizing was removed from the Synergy rims, they are very similar to the CR-18. I'm aware of others that have had good experiences with the H+Son and the VO rims, but I've not personally built any of those rims so far. I really wish there were more offerings in rims that are either clear anodized or unanodized.
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