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Old 12-06-06, 08:12 PM
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Mavic open sport rim

Is this rim any different from it's predecesor? Adequate for touring?
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Old 12-07-06, 04:35 AM
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Hi Peterpan, I bought a new bike from SJS Cycles in spring 06, best thing I did, and as I have mavic open pro on my Colnago I up graded my rims on the SJS Thorn Club Tour to Mavic open pro. Rode about on them for a 1000 miles and in Sept 06 I went to Italy and toured the whole south doing another 1000 mile on my bike. When I got back I put my bike in my LBS to make sure all was ok on it and to my horrow the open pro had cracks on most of the spoke outlets. My LBS man was also shocked and was saying that mavic rims were not what they used to be. When I rang up SJS the asked me my weight and how much I carried and later told me that the mavic rims were for light touring and that I should have gone with their Sun Rim as it is a touring rim. I did point out to Robin at SJS that when I came to them I did state that I wanted a bike to cycle to China and am always fully loaded as I wild camp. Any way being the company that they are they replaced my rims in 5 days free of charge. The sun rims are slightly wider and as Robin said more comfortable to tour with. So if I was you I would stick to touring rims. Make sure your rims will have 36 spokes. I also reckon that the rim being wider puts less pressure on the rim to displace the weight.
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Go with the Mavic A319s, 719s, Velocity Dyads, or the Sun Rhynolites if you are looking for BOMBER tough touring wheels...these are all 24mm or wider. I have a feeling the medium V profile rims stay true longer than the flat proviled Rhynolites - at the same time the Rhynolites are incredibly stout.

open sport is not optimized as a touring rim. Narrower, single cavity rim i believe, lightweight.

I've been digging around for a quality, medium width rim in 21-22mm for building up a new UNLOADED touring bike with, if i come up with anything skimming thru catalogs at work today, i'll post back tonight
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