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Is it possible to buy rims and only rims not full wheelsets?

Old 10-11-10, 06:58 PM
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Is it possible to buy rims and only rims not full wheelsets?

I have some brand new chris king hubs but after a wreck my dt swiss rims are destroyed.
I would like to use these hubs on my new pair of wheels but all i can find are the same brands i.e. dt swiss and mavic. I would really like to find some zipp101s or something simliar.
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Try wheelbuilder.com. They have Zipp rims, but not the 101s.
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Amazingly, they are still available if you know where to look:
www.cambriabike.com
www.alchemybicycleworks.com
www.ebay.com
www.wheelbuilder.com
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Anyone else find it disturbing that somebody is asking if they can buy just rims?

Are we getting that old, or are riders getting more naive.
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He probably just needs some 22's for his Crown Vic.
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Anyone else find it disturbing that somebody is asking if they can buy just rims?

Are we getting that old, or are riders getting more naive.
Bare rims are getting increasingly rare. Go into a handful of LBSs and see how many of them have bare rims in stock and ready to sell, let alone having the right size, color, and drilling you'd ask for.
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But still... it's just crazy how people come on here and ask a question and wait for real humans to come in and spend their time typing a response, when the OP could have just googled himself and got plenty of sources for rims. It just makes no sense!
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Bare rims are getting increasingly rare. Go into a handful of LBSs and see how many of them have bare rims in stock and ready to sell, let alone having the right size, color, and drilling you'd ask for.
the really cheap rims are hard to find, but mid range rims from the major makers are still readily available.
kinlin, DT swiss, mavic, Ambrosio, Zipp, Velocity and Sun Ringle are not that hard to find as rims only, but the cost quite a lot more compared to ready made wheels.
Exotic and boutique makers still have plenty of rims to offer at boutique prices.

What many people don't realize is how those ready made wheels should have an addition $50 tacked onto them, because they're almost always poorly tensioned. Manufacturer wheels are a different story.
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Anyone else find it disturbing that somebody is asking if they can buy just rims?

Are we getting that old, or are riders getting more naive.
No, not really. Do you already know everything, or do you sometimes have to ask? If you google "Zipp 101 rim only" you get a page full of built-up wheels.
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Originally Posted by teterider View Post
Anyone else find it disturbing that somebody is asking if they can buy just rims?

Are we getting that old, or are riders getting more naive.
Sadly, in many ways, the sport has turned into fashion show.

Yes, we're getting old, some of us.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
the really cheap rims are hard to find, but mid range rims from the major makers are still readily available.
kinlin, DT swiss, mavic, Ambrosio, Zipp, Velocity and Sun Ringle are not that hard to find as rims only, but the cost quite a lot more compared to ready made wheels.
I meant there are few stores that carry them. When I first started building wheels, most local shops had a selection of rims on hand, almost always including the top 2 flavors of the year in 32 spoke 700c rims (back then, it was Mavic Open 4 CD and Mavic MA 3 iirc). Today, I could walk into 10 shops in my area asking for a 32 hole rim, and they will all probably point to a ready-made wheel on the shelf. If I press for just the rim, they will offer to special order it.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I meant there are few stores that carry them. When I first started building wheels, most local shops had a selection of rims on hand, almost always including the top 2 flavors of the year in 32 spoke 700c rims (back then, it was Mavic Open 4 CD and Mavic MA 3 iirc). Today, I could walk into 10 shops in my area asking for a 32 hole rim, and they will all probably point to a ready-made wheel on the shelf. If I press for just the rim, they will offer to special order it.
okay, that's true.
you'd have to go to the oddball LBS that carries all those parts to get rims, which is about 3 shops out of around 50 in the city.
I just buy my rims, mainly, from ben's Milwaukee and bikewagon.
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