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Old 08-28-06, 08:32 PM   #1
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What rim/wheel to buy? Help!

I need to replace my Sunrim CR-17 rear rim cuz it won't true anymore. My local bike shop says i might as well buy a new wheel for the price it would cost to replace all the parts from my old wheel to whatever new rim i get. Should i buy a rim and try to do it myself? Should i just buy a new wheel? Should i buy a new set of wheels (5000+ miles on them now)?

If i buy a new wheel, how many spokes should i get? I want a durable wheel that won't keep going out of true everytime i might happen to jump a little curb... I have a 1997 (?) Cannondale T-2000 with 130 or 135 mm hubs, rims are 700c. I would also like a narrow rim to reduce rolling resistance (I use the bike for riding with racers, too).

Can anyone recommend something for me? Thank you!
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Check velocity DYAD rims, 36 spoke. You won't hurt those.
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Hi,
if you are using 32c tires or smaller you can use Mavic CXP33 rims. These are incredibly tough. But... if you are using touring tires you need to match them with
a wide rim like the Mavic A719.... or the Dyad.

If you want to save money you can get Quality Wheel House cyclocross wheels.
http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/WECRQWH/WE7261
http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/WECRQWH/WE7260

They make rugged wheels that cost half what those cost. That is what I would get
for loaded touring. With machine made wheels you usually need to get them trued up
after riding them for a while.

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Check velocity DYAD rims, 36 spoke. You won't hurt those.
For wide tires these are excellent rims. Also Velocity Deep Vs with 32 spokes are tough to break and are closer to the size of your current rim.
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Mavic CXP 33s are a good rim. CXP 22s are also good, but a tad heavier. Lace them with DT spokes to a 105 or better hub, and you've got yourself a good serviceable wheelset.
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Thank you for all the info. Could someone tell me if the following wheels are appropriate for commuting? Are 32 holes enough for my purposes?

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/199484486.html
"Set of shimano 105 road wheels built (By local a LBS) on Mavic 32 open pro rims. The rims have seen light miles. These would make a great pair of backup racing or cross rims."

Thanks again.
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