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Old 04-06-10, 05:27 AM
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Wheels and hubs

I have to ask.....I need to replace my worn out touring wheels ( 26" ) in which I use cantilever brakes, my problem is its been so long sice I replaced these ones that Ive lost count of what options. I believe in not going full top range as its unnecessary for me as my last set which are just ordinary 36 spoke suntours have done countless KLM fully loaded over the past 6 years.
I was thinking along the lines of XT hubs with Mavic ryms **********???
Any help would be apprieciated
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Old 04-06-10, 07:01 AM
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Don't know much about rim specifics. Do know that Sun Rynolite seems to have a good reputation among tourers.

https://www.mtbr.com/cat/tires-and-wh...84_139crx.aspx
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Mavic 719 or A719 are great. The A719 is quite a bit stronger and heavier than the 719, but both are great options for loaded touring.
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Velocity makes great rims, and being Aussie, you should be able to get them at
a good price. My wife rises Synergy rims, very nice.

https://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=598
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I use Mavic EX721's on my LHT and they are also a very nice rim. My logic in specking these rims for my build was that I wanted as strong of a rim as I could get so I chose a downhill / free ride rim that is designed to see more abuse than any other kind of purposeful riding. These rims are made to take allot of abuse and so far I haven't had a single issue with them.
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I use XT hubs, 36 hole DT Swiss Champion double butted spokes, 3x on Velocity AeroHeat rims.
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Have these for my Surly LHT - nice.
https://www.bicyclestore.com.au/veloc...at-wheels.html
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Originally Posted by tiggermaxcocoa View Post
Mavic 719 or A719 are great. The A719 is quite a bit stronger and heavier than the 719, but both are great options for loaded touring.
Not in 26" (559mm) size. Mavic XM719 or XM517 would be the equivalent in mountain bike rims.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Not in 26" (559mm) size. Mavic XM719 or XM517 would be the equivalent in mountain bike rims.
any thoughts on the relative strength of the Alex Adventurer and a XM719? I wonder how much one is paying for marketing and QC with rims that are near the lighter side of the scale compared to rims that are simply thick and moderately heavy. The Adventurers weigh about 20% more and cost 1/3 as much as the XM719.
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I use XT hubs and salsa delgado cross rims 36spoke. very happy
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Not in 26" (559mm) size. Mavic XM719 or XM517 would be the equivalent in mountain bike rims.
My mistake. Wrong letter. We have the XM719. It's been faithful.
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We have had bad experiences with the XM719 - not exactly sure why but we have had three fail all on the rear of my (x1) and my girlfriends (x2) bikes. My theory is that the problems (splitting between eyelets where the tube sits) have developed due to the combination of wide tires (2" Marathon XRs at the maximum width recommended by Mavic), heavy loads (no problems with the front rims) and small quantities of rough roads.

Reading this forum lots of people have had good success with this rim (which is why we choose them to start with) - we have now moved to Velocity Pyschos. They are very heavy, but not an issue for us given the amount of weight we carry when touring and also do not have a machined braking surface. We have only had the them on our bikes for a couple of days now.

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As a follow up to my previous post here are some pics of the old damaged XM719 and the new and wider Velocity Pyscho...






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Sam,
If you like the suntour hubs, consider keeping them and building new wheels with them. Hubs that have been taken care of can last forever, and if you're going to get custom wheels built up, might as well save money by not buying new hubs. If those old Suntours are freewheel style hubs and you want freehubs instead, then the XTs are a great option. Cheap, quality, and widely available.

As for rims, I personally like Sun rims because I'm a fan of cheap and tank-like things. Also, perhaps someone can verify or disagree with this from a wheelbuilder's perspective, but I havn't been very happy with my Velocity Dyad rims. The wheelbuilding didn't go smoothly at all, and I've only been riding them for a few months and have already gotten some loose spokes. All the wheels I've built with Sun rims went smoothly and are super bomber. I highly reccomend the CR-18s.

As for Mavic, well they're the best in the biz. And you pay for it. Worth it to those who truely use them though.
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