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Old 07-31-09, 09:45 PM   #1
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Rigida Sputnik Rims Available in USA?

I've read some really good things on the European touring forums about the Rigida Sputnik rims, but I can't find a vendor for these rims in the USA.

I'd like to build up a set of wheels using the Sputnik rims. Does anyone know of a USA vendor, or a European vendor that will ship to the USA for a reasonable cost?
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spa cycles in the UK sell sputniks and claim to ship worldwide but I don't know how much it would cost. They are a well regarded touring specialist shop and their custom wheel builds are often recomended. I am sure if you email them they would give you more details of costs.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s177p0
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I've read some really good things on the European touring forums about the Rigida Sputnik rims, but I can't find a vendor for these rims in the USA.

I'd like to build up a set of wheels using the Sputnik rims. Does anyone know of a USA vendor, or a European vendor that will ship to the USA for a reasonable cost?
At 745g those rims are HEAVY

http://www.rigida.com/en/products/hy...ms-5/sputnik-4
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Holy crap! I missed that.

I want to build a new set of 26" touring wheels and run 1.5" tires. I've considered the Mavic xm719, but it's EXPENSIVE! I've also considered Sun Ryhno Lite XL, but the thing is ridiculously wide @ 29mm. Got any other suggestions?
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I have sputniks from Spa cycles, they're heavy as I'm running them with 2.0" Marathon XRs. They're bombproof though, double eyeletted and thick braking surface. Recommended for rough roads
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spa cycles in the UK sell sputniks and claim to ship worldwide but I don't know how much it would cost. They are a well regarded touring specialist shop and their custom wheel builds are often recomended. I am sure if you email them they would give you more details of costs.

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s177p0
I sent an email, they wont ship rims to the US.
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If you don't mind a heavy rim, check these out:

http://www.krisholm.com/khu/rims
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Holy crap! I missed that.

I want to build a new set of 26" touring wheels and run 1.5" tires. I've considered the Mavic xm719, but it's EXPENSIVE! I've also considered Sun Ryhno Lite XL, but the thing is ridiculously wide @ 29mm. Got any other suggestions?
Dayum!
You are right.
Hmmm...I have a pair of used black 32H xm719's hanging on the wall of the garage.
I may need to put those on eBay.
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I have sputniks from Spa cycles, they're heavy as I'm running them with 2.0" Marathon XRs. They're bombproof though, double eyeletted and thick braking surface. Recommended for rough roads
I'm actually running a set of Alesa Sputniks (I believe they are they same company now) on my LHT.
40 holes and totally bombproof. I don't mind the extra weight given that I use my LHT for everything and show it no mercy (jumping on/off curbs fully loaded etc) and the wheels are great.

I'd love to know where to get more in Canada/USA if you find out.
This pair was an old pair sitting in a bike shop before I had them built up.
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If you don't mind a heavy rim, check these out:

http://www.krisholm.com/khu/rims
Thanks, Mr. Wise Guy, but I don't need to buy any rims @47mm wide. I've got a set of Yamaha rims off a DT 250 that are narrower than those unicycle rims.
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I'm actually running a set of Alesa Sputniks (I believe they are they same company now) on my LHT.
40 holes and totally bombproof. I don't mind the extra weight given that I use my LHT for everything and show it no mercy (jumping on/off curbs fully loaded etc) and the wheels are great.

I'd love to know where to get more in Canada/USA if you find out.
This pair was an old pair sitting in a bike shop before I had them built up.
The only online cycle shops that stock Sputniks appear to be in the UK. I've never had any luck trying to get a UK cycle shop to ship to the USA. Every time I've asked, I was ignored, or flat out told, "no". I find this attitude on the part of UK businesses to be very puzzling. I once ordered BB taps from a tool supplier in Japan. The taps were sent from Osaka, Japan and arrived in New Jersey IN 3 DAYS! Over 12 thousand miles, and I got my BB taps in 3 days. The UK is only 5 thousand miles from New Jersey. Maybe the UK postal service is now such a shambles, they deliver the mail via donkey cart. They're currently working on breeding a donkey that can swim across the Atlantic.

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Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I have exactly the same question posed here: anyone know of a US distributor for Ryde/Rigida Sputnik rims? I'm striking out on Google.

Alternatively, would anyone be interested in a pair of black 700c 32h Sputnik rims if I were to acquire a pair? I found an auction from a UK seller that would net me the rims I want (700c 36h), but it requires that I buy these as well. The price would work out to about $72 plus 50% of shipping from 13210 - not bad, but a US distributor should be able to do better.
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Looks like Ryde's Andra (identical to the Sputnik but is eyeletted) is distributed in the USA. Follow this link. Or this one. The CSS version, however, is harder to find.
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Thanks, that's a good option. The Sputnik should be considerably cheaper if I can find it (it retails for about $30 in the UK) so that's what I was hoping for.
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SJS will ship to USA. My Ryde Andra 30 CSS rims came from SJS, but they were in a box with a bike frame. I have no clue what the shipping for a pair of rims would be but I suspect that the shipping cost might exceed the cost of the rims.
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/search/?term=ryde&geoc=US

I was unaware BikeHubStore.com carried Ryde rims, thanks for posting.

Two months ago I built up three wheels with Dyad rims (700c) but I do not know if they come in 26 inch (559) or not. I thought the Dyads were really good rims.

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...Two months ago I built up three wheels with Dyad rims (700c) but I do not know if they come in 26 inch (559) or not...
Dyad does come in 559BSD, but they're called Aeroheat in 26. Available in black, silver, 28-32-36-40h.
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Sometimes resurrecting an old thread is just what people need. I’m building up a Soma Double Cross for a friend who is 6’10”. I order a Sputnik wheelset from Spa Cycles in the UK, 40 spokes rear, 36 front. The wheelset plus shipping was $330. It’s bombproof.
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Good to know. I've got my hubs already (100/130mm OLD Deore XT, going onto a 1990 Cannondale ST400), just need rims and spokes. So far all the options I've found for Sputnik rims from the UK are going to cost $40 to ship, which is about the cost of the rims. I've sent a request for a shipping quote to Spa Cycles, hopefully they can do better.

The thing is it's still not a terrible deal compared to what I'd have to pay for equivalent rims here (~$100+shipping), so I may just do it anyway. Am I crazy?

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Good to know. I've got my hubs already (100/130mm OLD Deore XT, going onto a 1990 Cannondale ST400), just need rims and spokes. So far all the options I've found for Sputnik rims from the UK are going to cost $40 to ship, which is about the cost of the rims. I've sent a request for a shipping quote to Spa Cycles, hopefully they can do better.

The crazy thing is it's still not a terrible deal compared to what I'd have to pay for equivalent rims here (~$100+shipping), so I may just do it anyway. Am I crazy?
There is a lot of stuff sold in Europe that is virtually unobtainable in USA. Whenever I buy from Europe, I look to see whatever else they have that I might be able to use because once you have a high shipping cost for the first item, additional item shipping costs are often quite reasonable. I have often bought some additional stuff that I was not planning to buy otherwise.
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Update: I did finally find someone in the UK who could help. Spa Cycles turned me on to their colleague John at Jade Cycles who has an eBay store, and therefore has access to eBay's international shipping rates. He put together a package deal for me:

2 Ryde Sputnik 36h 700c rims: $49
80 Sapim Race butted spokes & brass nipples: $64
Shipping: $27

Altogether, $140. I'm happy with that. Thanks to @revcp for the tip about Spa Cycles, that led me in the right direction. Anyone else looking for Ryde rims, I wouldn't hesitate to contact John, he was very knowledgeable and easy to work with.
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Update: I did finally find someone in the UK who could help. Spa Cycles turned me on to their colleague John at Jade Cycles who has an eBay store, and therefore has access to eBay's international shipping rates. He put together a package deal for me:

2 Ryde Sputnik 36h 700c rims: $49
80 Sapim Race butted spokes & brass nipples: $64
Shipping: $27

Altogether, $140. I'm happy with that. Thanks to @revcp for the tip about Spa Cycles, that led me in the right direction. Anyone else looking for Ryde rims, I wouldn't hesitate to contact John, he was very knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Happy to have been of help. Sounds like a great deal!
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