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Best rim for a Clyde?

Old 05-25-07, 07:52 AM
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Best rim for a Clyde?

Thank you in advance for your opinions and advice. What do you think is the best(read strongest) rim out there for a Clyde? So far I'm looking at the Mavic Open Pro, and the CXP-33. Excel sports also offers a DT Swiss rim which I haven't seen around alot. They would probably be 32 spoke, 14g, 3X laced, built on Record hubs. My weight is 220 but coming down. More importantly, I would like to have a long-term set of training wheels that will come close to lasting forever. My bike came with 16 bladed spoke Gipiemme Parade wheels. I haven't had any problems with them but I've got 1600 miles on them now and I get more nervous riding on them as time goes by. Thanks.
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Well, rims are important but more important is:

1. Spokes - you want them double butted, probably 1.8-2.0
2. # of spokes, go with 36
3. Spoke crossing, go with 3x
4. Who's building the wheel. The proper tension all the way around makes a huge diff. the rim is only as strong as its tension with the spokes.

That said, Mavic Open Pros were recommended by a lot of bike stores.
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Zipp 404 Clydesdales. (You did ask what where the best)
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I've come from 225# down to 200# riding 32s OP/Chorus hubs 3X 14/15db never had a problem. Also have some lighter wheels on other bikes but I ride these the most
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*whispers*Deep-V, 32 double butted spokes, and PROPERLY BUILT*whispers*

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Originally Posted by Flyforyou
Thank you in advance for your opinions and advice. What do you think is the best(read strongest) rim out there for a Clyde? So far I'm looking at the Mavic Open Pro, and the CXP-33. Excel sports also offers a DT Swiss rim which I haven't seen around alot. They would probably be 32 spoke, 14g, 3X laced, built on Record hubs. My weight is 220 but coming down. More importantly, I would like to have a long-term set of training wheels that will come close to lasting forever. My bike came with 16 bladed spoke Gipiemme Parade wheels. I haven't had any problems with them but I've got 1600 miles on them now and I get more nervous riding on them as time goes by. Thanks.
The answers lie in your question. All good choices,what I recommend when asked. I never had DTs, I've had Mavic, I bought wheels built with Torrelli rims this past time,not relavent. NEXT time ,I'm trying DTs. Record hubs are great, I believe that you need not even go that expensive. Excell makes excellant wheels, they've repeatedly been ranked amoung the very best for twenty years. Your weight's no problem
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Originally Posted by donrhummy
Well, rims are important but more important is:

1. Spokes - you want them double butted, probably 1.8-2.0
2. # of spokes, go with 36
3. Spoke crossing, go with 3x
4. Who's building the wheel. The proper tension all the way around makes a huge diff. the rim is only as strong as its tension with the spokes.

That said, Mavic Open Pros were recommended by a lot of bike stores.
Excell's building them, many places that "have " wheel-builders use Excell, Colorado Cyclist and Frank's as well.
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Old 05-25-07, 10:53 AM
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40 spoke deep v's would do you well, and look blingin.
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I started last year at 261 lbs...i'm down to 228 lbs. I've been riding 32 spoke DT Swiss R1.1 with record hubs the whole time. I've got them trued twice in a year but mainly because I hate the slightest wobble in my wheels. Otherwise they have been a bombproof wheelset, I bunny hop everything!
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Old 05-25-07, 11:07 AM
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I have a set of Campy Eurus wheels...I was 300 at a point.....220 now....I have riden them through the whole thing...they probably have 7000 miles on them and I have never had one single issue...

I consider them to be bombproof..
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Old 05-25-07, 11:10 AM
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Me 220-230 depending on lunches that week.

Kyrsium Elite's with some ungodly low spoke count according to this thread, 24/20?

4k miles, haven't touched them, spin as true as the day I got em.

YMMV

Apparently Nashbar or somebody is blowing out older models for around $320 or so.
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Old 05-25-07, 11:14 AM
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+1 Mavic Open Pro

Replaced my stock (which CONSTANTLY were out of true) with Mavic Open Pro. I'm 235# and was at 250#. Got 'em via internet and had to take them to the LBS to be trued up, but they are still as good as the day I brought them home from LBS!
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+2 Mavic Open Pro

I actually broke an open pro rim a week ago and replaced it with a new Mavic Open Pro.

If you saw what I ride through, and the fact that they lasted me 2,000 miles, it's a miracle.
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Old 05-25-07, 11:25 AM
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you know whats weird, i have a set of crappy offbrand wheels from the 80s and damn if we've only had to get one of them trued once the entire time that my dad and i have owned the bike (its a handmedown) and that was because i was in a crash and broke a spoke. It makes me wonder.
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I ride a hand built 28 spoke rear wheel with a Mavic CXP 33 rim and its been straight as an arrow for close to 3000 miles. Throughout that time I went from weighing 230 to 203. With something more lightweight like an Open Pro, I'd probably go with 32 spokes. I'd rather err on the side of having wheels that are overbuilt rather than underbuilt. The weight of a few extra spokes is worth the comfort of knowing that your wheels will not fail you.

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Originally Posted by Scorer75
+2 Mavic Open Pro

I actually broke an open pro rim a week ago and replaced it with a new Mavic Open Pro.

If you saw what I ride through, and the fact that they lasted me 2,000 miles, it's a miracle.
That is hardly a credible recomendation. If you are only getting 2000 miles out of a rim, you really should try a different rim, or more spokes, or both.
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I've had 4 sets of Open Pros, and they're nothing special for durability, though they're better than a racing wheel.

If you want a really strong wheel, get a 36h Deep V pair. 700c 36h Deep Vs are common on several high-end tandems. I have 32 front and 36 rear on my bike. I race the wheels, and pothole-commute on them. They're not light wheels, but they aren't all that heavy either (I'm running Ultegra 6600 hubs).

You will wear out the braking surface before you lose any spokes to fatigue. These are 30K mile wheels.
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I have Ultegra 32 hole hubs laced to Mavic CXP 33 rims. My spokes are 14 gauge straight. I've ridden 500 miles on these wheels so far, and they are still perfectly true. I bought these wheels from Colorado Cyclist. They did a great job building these wheels, and the price was good too. I weigh 205 pounds.
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