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thedonnydino
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by thedonnydino

Hi all,

I have a nice set of CK R45's on ENVE wheels that I would like relaced to alloy wheels for my titanium bike.

I would like to use this bike for road races on dead country roads and long rides.

Accordingly, I would like a nice, light clincher wheelset that is durable, and has a wide internal rim width to run low pressures.

Even considering tubeless options.

Some rims that come to mind include HED Belgium +, Easton 90's. Pacenti SL23's also come to mind, but they seem to be touch and go on quality.

Are there any other rims to consider?

mentok
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by mentok

What do you weigh?

I wouldn't touch the Pacenti SL23 again, though I'm happily running a Pacenti Forza on the rear which has been good so far.

New Mavic open pros are coming soon. Kinlin XR22 is also worth considering

thedonnydino
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by thedonnydino

mentok, I weigh about 75 kilos.

Mindful of the Mavic Open Pros but after the initial announcement everything has gone quiet! I would not mind the non exalith version.

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by sugarkane

Eastons They are a touch Lighter than the Belgium's, a bit cheaper and a lot stronger than the other rims mentioned, I know a guy who can help :wink:
The new open pros won't work cause they are 24-32h also the tension limits stated for them are not super encouraging

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by patchsurfer

How about the HPlus son Archetypes?

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by mpulsiv

Campagnolo Scirocco 35mm wheels is ideal race clinchers. Strong, stiff, durable, aero and affordable. C17 (17mm inner) was recently announced http://www.bikerumor.com/2017/05/16/cam ... heelset-qr.

http://www.probikekit.com should have them in stock next week.
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by sugarkane

read the posters post much @mpulsiv :shock:

@patchsurfer H plus Sons are ok but not on the same level of durabitly as either the HED Belgium's or the Easton r90sl rims, i thinks the shape and design of the rim bed and the way the spoke holes are designed work as a stress riser for the rim bed and while its not as big of an issue as the pacenti rims they are prone to cracking at the spoke holes

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by jbaillie

I've raced on my Belgium C2's (w/ DT Comp spokes & White Ind T11) on occasion and they've been absolutely fine. They're bombproof and comfortable but probably slightly less aero than the Easton R90SL or H+S Archetypes. I've heard some local horror stories about failures of Pacenti and Kinlin rims.

Not yet mentioned: What about Velocity? The new Quill looks like a really nice rim.

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by bremerradkurier

BDOP Novatec/Kinlin XR31T/Sapim Xray DIY kit for $320 shipped worldwide is tough to beat from a bang:buck ratio if you're able to build your own wheels.

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by istigatrice

The BDOP kits are good bang for buck, but judging by the OP I don't think bang for buck is a huge concern. Also if you've already got CK hubs I wouldn't bother getting novatec hubs. I haven't seen the Easton rims in person, but the Belgium rims look great, really high quality finish and nice shape. The only reason why I would choose this rim over a Belgium or an Easton would be for aero, but know that they won't be as round (you can still build a true wheel with reasonably even tensions though).

If you want something lighter and/or not as wide (18 internal vs 20) I've just built up a set of DT Swiss RR411 rims and initial impressions are good. Slightly lower quality than the Belgium but a little bit better than the H+Son rims. Pricewise, they slot in between them. Actual weight for the front rim was bang on claimed (436g), but the asymmetrical rear was 20g over. Annoyingly supplied with pro-lock nipples but that's an inexpensive thing to substitute.

Another rim to consider would be the A-force. Goes OK in the wind tunnel, I haven't seen too much of this rim so maybe others can comment on quality.
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