Low weight aluminum rims?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
peterpen
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by peterpen

Playing around with ideas for a set of light weight wheels for my races with the most climbing.

Want aluminum rims and think my choices are basically:
Ambrosio Crono F20
Mavic Reflex
IRD Cadence
or buy a used set of American Classic 350's just for the rims.

Am I missing anything? Any favorites? These will be with White Industry hubs, 28 CXRays 2x, and I'm 140lbs/ 63.5 kg.

TIA,
Peter

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drjones96
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Are you wanting clinchers or tubulars or does it matter one way or the other?

I ask this because your list has has both clinchers and tubies.

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Doesn't really matter. Ideally they'd be clinchers (lower rolling resistance, more convenient) but since they will only be used for races it's not that big a deal.

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Mavic or 7

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I don't think you'd have to buy an AC350 wheelset really. I've been told rims can be sourced from Europe.

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peterpen wrote:Ideally they'd be clinchers (lower rolling resistance, more convenient)

:roll: :shock:

As to extend your list personally for clinchers I do find the Alex rims pretty interesting too.
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Some tubular rims and there weight
Mavic or7 ou argent7 262 Gr.
Super champion medaille d'or 268
Super champion performance 275
Mavic GEL 280 298
Super champion competition 298
Wolber profil a 300
Super champion Record du Monde 310
Mavic CX18 324
Campagnolo Record Crono 334
Super champion arc en ciel 335
Mavic CX18 343
Mavic Argent10 ou Or10 345
Mavic GL330 349
Super Champion Route 350
Wolber Aspin 360
Ambrosio Crono F20 364
Mavic reflex 370
Super Champion Étoile 390
Mavic Monthlery Route 402
Mavic Paris-Roubaix 403
Mavic GP4 404
Super Champion Record 410
Mavic SSC 413
Ambrosio Medaille D'Or 431
Mavic GP4 480

Only problem is that most of the rims are very old. So they are very hard to find :(

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Alex R3.1 370 grams- you can get them in the US.
AC350 365 grams- 80 euros each plus shipping from Germany.

I know which one I would buy 8)
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56 Euro for the AC rims if you order from the US.

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divve wrote:56 Euro for the AC rims if you order from the US.

That's minus the VAT I guess ???

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Westbank wrote:
divve wrote:56 Euro for the AC rims if you order from the US.

That's minus the VAT I guess ???


Yes and with sales tax it's €65.

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Tube wrote:Some tubular rims and there weight
Mavic or7 ou argent7 262 Gr.
Super champion medaille d'or 268
Super champion performance 275
Mavic GEL 280 298
Super champion competition 298
Wolber profil a 300
Super champion Record du Monde 310
Mavic CX18 324
Campagnolo Record Crono 334
Super champion arc en ciel 335
Mavic CX18 343
Mavic Argent10 ou Or10 345
Mavic GL330 349
Super Champion Route 350
Wolber Aspin 360
Ambrosio Crono F20 364
Mavic reflex 370
Super Champion Étoile 390
Mavic Monthlery Route 402
Mavic Paris-Roubaix 403
Mavic GP4 404
Super Champion Record 410
Mavic SSC 413
Ambrosio Medaille D'Or 431
Mavic GP4 480

Only problem is that most of the rims are very old. So they are very hard to find :(


some more weights:
American Classic Magnesium - 300 gr!!
American Classic 350 - only 350 gr.
AC 420 - 420 gr

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bikemesenger wrote:Alex R3.1 370 grams- you can get them in the US.
AC350 365 grams- 80 euros each plus shipping from Germany.

I know which one I would buy 8)


Is the Alex rim OK for the rear too, or is it a front only rim? And how do you find the breaking surface?

Also, I should have clarified that I'm only interested in rims that are currently in production.

Thanks for the suggestions! looking like the Alex R3.1, the Ambrosio, and the AC 350 are the finalists so far... Although, if the Mavic Reflex really only weighs 370, it would be considered as well- love the Mavic breaking surface.

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by lemmy999

I think the Alex 3.1 rims are for the front and the 3.2 are for the rear (offset) and weigh 420g.

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lemmy999 wrote:I think the Alex 3.1 rims are for the front and the 3.2 are for the rear (offset) and weigh 420g.


You don't really have to have the offest rear specific rims for the rear. You could always just get the 3.1 and dish the spokes differently (just like any other rim). But bikemessenger could tell you that for sure as he is a wheel building guru.

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