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Rim choice for " stealth" modern period-looking wheel build -what do you like?

Old 05-13-13, 06:40 AM
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Rim choice for " stealth" modern period-looking wheel build -what do you like?

I am going to be building some wheels on vintage hubs to replace tubulars with clincher rims for some of my bikes (or maybe a nice set or two that will "float" to fill in for the original tubulars for certain types of rides)...anyway, I'm looking for currently available modern rims that I could get in 32 hole (some of the hubs will be 36, though) that can reasonably be expected to build up to a nice, light wheel set that performs as modernly as possible but looks as close to "period" as possible. So....what's the current favorite?
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Old 05-13-13, 06:49 AM
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Mavic open pro might be a choice.
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Old 05-13-13, 06:52 AM
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I'm really enjoying my Velo Orange PBP rims.
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oh...a little aero I could deal with too....
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eBay - Guide to Vintage Tubular Bicycle Rims
https://www.ebay.com/gds/Guide-to-Vin...9379704/g.html

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I'm really enjoying my Velo Orange PBP rims.
+1. Been very happy with mine. They're look a lot like the Rigida AL1320. And they've remained strong and true on my daily commuter.
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open pro CD.. I love grey ano on anything mid 1980s and newer. Might not be available anymore though? ALso H+ son has some rims worth checking out.
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli View Post
...nice, light wheel set that performs as modernly as possible but looks as close to "period" as possible.
There is nothing wrong with the performance of old wheels. But... 32 or 36 spokes will automatically push you into non-aero territory... unless you use some funky reduced-spoke lacing. But unless you are racing or uber competitive, I don't think it should matter to you. And I don't think aero rims are going to look period-correct either... certainly not with that many spokes.

On the other hand you can build a very nice set of wheels that are light and smooth riding with the silver polished Pacenti PL23 (box section, 430g and 23mm wide), the lightest DB spokes (Sapim Laser, DT Rev), and aluminum nipples. Put some wide open-tubulars on with latex tubes, and enjoy a very smooth and fast ride.
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As others have said, the 19mm wide Open pro for aero;



Or Sun CR18 for 22.5mm wide and a more rectangular shape;


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I like the Velo Orange Raid and H+Son TB14 for classic looking wheelsets. But, you'll likely have a hard time finding a pair of 36h in the latter.
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Agree on the Mavic Open Pros.

I have just a few miles on this pair of Velo Orange PBP 36h, but then this is not exactly a performance application. May be a bit too light for your use.
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The raid is 40g heavier and $8 more expensive than the H+ son. and the H+ looks better with the narrower braking track IMHO.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
The raid is 40g heavier and $8 more expensive than the H+ son. and the H+ looks better with the narrower braking track IMHO.
I agree, but no one stocks the 36h version.
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Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
The raid is 40g heavier and $8 more expensive than the H+ son. and the H+ looks better with the narrower braking track IMHO.
And the Pacenti PL23 is 60g lighter than the H+Son, but gives up double eyelets and costs a bit more. For the OPs application, I think the weight savings might be worth it. Not that the rim weight is going to make a difference in speed, but it makes the bike "feel" lighter.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
I agree, but no one stocks the 36h version.
I believe you can order directly from factory;

https://shop.hplusson.com/products

I did and have yet to get a notice of being out of stock.
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I like my Ambrosio Excellight. (Available 28, 32 & 36H, and black anodised or silver)



Or there's the Excellence which have more of a box profile.
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I like the Mavic CXP-33 best, but Open Pro's are right up there.
Then, Aeroheads.
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Mavic Open Pros with the Couche Dure or ceramic option, the braking surface is machined but still black

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If you want to get a bit more aero, how bout the A23s in silver? I built up a set around some campy hubs and love them. Probably too modern though, huh?

Here they are in 650B, but they sell in 700C too.

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Originally Posted by 2112YYZ View Post
I believe you can order directly from factory;

https://shop.hplusson.com/products

I did and have yet to get a notice of being out of stock.
I've contacted them. I doubt they sell directly (retail), but I know the MOQ for shops is 5 rims plus shipping from China.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
I've contacted them. I doubt they sell directly (retail), but I know the MOQ for shops is 5 rims plus shipping from China.
Who did I order from then?

The link seemed to be the official factory outlet. Hope they come.
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I didn't check your link. Looks like they do sell directly. I'm sure you'll get them.
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Well, I will let you know.

Prices were kinda steep. Shipping was expensive BTW.
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Originally Posted by 2112YYZ View Post
I believe you can order directly from factory;

https://shop.hplusson.com/products

I did and have yet to get a notice of being out of stock.
The TB14 section looks nice. Who makes those? Country of origin? Are folks happy with them? The Pacenti rims look very interesting, but are awfully pricey for a single-ferrule Chinese-made rim, imo....

Edit: Duh, shoulda read further into the thread. Sorry. Chinese-made. Justin, are you fully satisfied with them?
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If Michael Angelo recommends them, I would take that as an endorsement we count on.

Not crazy about where they come from either. It is getting harder and harder to find stuff not made there.
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