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New rear wheel and inner widths

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Old 02-10-19, 01:12 AM
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New rear wheel and inner widths

Hello, I've been looking into some new rear wheels on a rather tight budget, give or take a hundred.. Mainly Velocity Aero & Halo Aerorage , though I most likely will ditch the Aerorage since it doesn't allow 35c tyres. Velocity also has the Dyad and it seems great and accepts big tyres, though I would have to assemble it myself (which I can't do nor have the tools for) or take it to a shop to be assembled and the total cost of it would break my budget.

The inner width of Aerorage is 14mm and the Velocity Aero 14.6mm. I emailed BLB about the Velocity and they said it would take up to 35c tyre, which I want. I've been looking into some tyre / rim compatibility charts and they either don't make sense to me, or they do and tell me that 14mm inner width wouldn't be enough to safely ride a 35c. In general there seems to be some varied reasoning on the matter so I'm not feeling really reassured.

I doensn't really matter if the tyre looks like a light bulb mounted on this rim, but rather that I would not pop out spontaneously while cornering or doing whatever at high speeds.

Also, I'll just thank people helping me with the Redline in this thread rather than bringing it up. So thanks

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Old 02-10-19, 09:36 AM
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Its pretty strange how your and my wants? needs? experiences? are sort of intersecting...
While my 9 to 5 is long gone - I also have been researching lately with the intent to purchase a new wheelset with wider rims - for a different bike I have now that IMHO I made a mistake on when I built it with wheels with an inner width that is pretty similar to the ones you mentioned you are considering, knowing it was a perfect candidate for big, & bigger tires.

And knowing what I know now from riding that bike with, what many would consider rather small, 28mm tires...I think it is a mistake to get a wheel(s) that have just 14-15mm inner width with the intention to run 35mm tires on it. Sure it can work, but will it work well? Even though you don't care about "lightbulb effect," while my bike doesn't even really have that - I am less than happy with the ride. I was hoping to experience the comfy ride from lower pressure that I continuously hear about from big tire afficianados, but unless I pump my tires up pretty hard, the handling is always kind of vague and the front has a lot of roll-over if I get at all aggressive.

I'm sorry, but like it or not, I gotta bring our 925s into my once again TL;DR response here...
I am not going look up the specs for your newer model, but since near the end of its time with me I did a lot of real MTBing on mine and of course needed more tire on it for that - I checked first and distinctly remember that my 36 spoke wheels had pretty darn wide Alex rims so were easily capable of taking the 35mm CX tires I used, and even larger tires. If yours is at all similar to what mine was, and I can't see Redline ever narrowing the rims on bike like the 925 - why would you go to a narrower rim, especially when wanting to run wider tires? I'm sorry (again) to say this - but it doesn't make any sense to me.

You mentioned you are on a budget, which I can appreciate, but in today's gravel/adventure "wider tires are better" environment, there are more than a few wheels with 17/18-20mm interior rim widths and 120mm track axles at low-to-high price points floating around out there. Based on my own real world experience that I long windily, maybe even pedantically, put out here...I'd suggest and hope that if you are serious about putting 35mm tires on your bike that you turn your shopping in that direction.

Good luck and ride safe...

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You mentioned you are on a budget, which I can appreciate, but in today's gravel/adventure "wider tires are better" environment, there are more than a few wheels with 17/18-20mm interior rim widths and 120mm track axles at low-to-high price points floating around out there. Based on my own real world experience that I long windily, maybe even pedantically, put out here...I'd suggest and hope that if you are serious about putting 35mm tires on your bike that you turn your shopping in that direction.

Good luck and ride safe...
Ohoy fellow 925'er! Yeah, these Alex G2000 rims have an inner width of 17 and they seat my current 35c's beautifully. I'm not looking to switch into a narrower rim by force, but I can't seem to find readily built wider rims with a hub for a freewheel. The DT R460 looks like a solid upgrade, but all the built rear ones I've come accross are equipped with a hub for geared bikes. Maybe I'm not just looking hard enough!

Theres always an option for building them, but I'd think with labor the overall cost would climb up too high for me at this moment. I'm not in a hurry to get these so I could always try and stay patient, if such thing is humanly possible in things of this sort.. One could always just sort out the slight play on the wheel with new set of bearings, but this is a fine opportunity to justify a purchase!
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