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Rim height - 23 or 32?

Old 01-30-19, 07:02 PM
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Rim height - 23 or 32?

Hey riders, I'm looking for a new set of wheels for my bike that is mostly used on roads around NYC/NJ for exercise. I run 700x28 tubeless tires on them.

Currently looking at the DT SWISS ER 1600 SPLINE set, but am having a hard time deciding which to get... the one with 23mm or 32mm rim height.

The 32 is about 1/4 lb heavier and welded. Should be better for some of the rougher roads and looks a little nicer. The 23 should be better at climbing and speedier but probably not much... looks to have some toughness to it as well. Prices are the same.

Is there something I overlooked? Am I over analyzing it? Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 02-01-19, 07:37 PM
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If you are looking for durability, get the higher profile rim (32mm). It will handle abuse better than a standard 23mm profile rim. More mass plus the shape works together for a more durable rim. I have a 30mm rim on my long commute/touring bike and it has been exceptionally durable over the past 7 years on my bike and a couple on my friends bike. I am building a set of touring wheels right now using 30mm profile rims because I know they will handle the loads well.
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1/4 pound isn't going to make a noticeable difference for climbing, this is coming from someone who's heavy by road standards and rides mountain passes.

If you're worried about rough roads, the heavier rim is probably stronger. The shorter spokes are better for abuse.

The main thing it comes down to is you said you prefer the looks of the deeper ones. The rest is just how you justify that. Trust me on this.
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Thanks for the replies. I think the 32 is the way to go. I've come across some other rims, will have to make a new thread I guess for more opinions.
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