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Old 06-12-06, 10:27 PM
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NOS rims?

So I check ebay auctions every now and then since I'm saving up to buy the parts to build my next wheelset. I have record hubs already (24h front, 28h rear) and was considering buying some Velocity Aeroheads at $50 each. Now I found on ebay 2 pairs (24h and 28h) of NOS Saavedra aero rims from the early 80s for $30/pair. They weigh in at 380 grams per rim, including the washers! Since I have an extra 24h front hub, I could build a second set of wheels for a friend or to sell. Would these be a good weight saving choice, or am I sacrificing stability by getting older rims? Also, I have only built modern rims, is there anything special about building wheels with nipple washers?
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Bump nobody have any opinions? I guess I should just get the Velocities since they come in black
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I would stay away from them.
there was a good discussion on theme here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/183412-saavedra-featherweight-rim-problems.html
You would do much better with something like a Mavic, Fir
or Ambrosio rim.

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Wow, good read. I don't want a wheel that pulls the nipples through just by building! Considering your suggestions, all the Fir rims available as seperate pieces are heavy (if I could find out which rim is on the Klever, I'd consider that), Mavic doesn't seem to like selling 24h rims, and I do look at the Ambrosio rims on ebay from time to time, but I think Velocity is still my top choice, followed by the Speedcific Niobium, which is a deep profile rim at only 460 grams.
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Ok,
as a start are you looking at Tubular rims or clinchers
(and I was addressing tubular only above) ?

Nothing wrong with the Velocity rims, and it may be worth
the extra $ for the peace of mind factor.
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