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First impressions: The craftsmanship of the rims is simply amazing! I can not even tell where the rims were joined together. The carbon inlay is very nicely integrated and despite what I expected, the rims are anything but flexy. I can hardly twist or bend them.
@dcj9: thanks for the tip. I just changed the name of the topic
The rims weigh in at a little under 540 grams and the rim depth is around 22mm. The hubset weighs in at 425 grams without the skewers. With DT Swiss Competition silver spokes, the wheelset should weight just under 2 kg, which is pretty good I think. With tubular wooden rims and lighter spokes and hubs I could have built a really light set, but then again, weight is not my main issue on this build and I am not a big fan of tubular tires.
As you can see the inside of the rims features a carbon inlay. The inlay should make it possible to use the rims with high pressure tires. The rims are not hooked, so I am not sure if it is a good idea to use the rims with folding tires.
I think you're right about the issue with the swisstops - It was the first thing I thought about before finishing reading your post. Swisstops tend to leave a yellow mark on a lot of rims. It wouldn't look great. See how the braking checks out with the cork pads first, definitely.
The cross section of the LEW rim and a diagram of the concept looks very similar to that of my Ghisallo rims. Just check out the pictures below. I did find one bad review on the LEW rims on a German site, but I am unsure if that was due to the BSC concept or not. Adrien however tested it positive, so I am feeling a lot more confident to use the Ghisallo rims.
I will be able to let you know how everything turns out in about two weeks, when the wheels are built.
Lots of newer MTB rims designed for tubeless set ups have virtually no bead hook. Although they are generally run at much lower pressures, the force exerted by the tyre is still quite big because they are much larger.
If I'm reading this correctly, the model you have with the carbon inlay can be run at pretty normal road pressures though?
Luckily wood is not prone to overheating at all and I will be careful not to use latex inner tubes. I will also be running the wheels with 25c tires, so I will not need a very high tire pressure. The rims should be able to handle higher pressures though, according to the manufacturer.
would love two get a reall vintage bike and puts these whels on it.
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