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Let me start by saying that I'm only a very amateur wheel builder, and with direct experience with only 2 of the rims you discussed - Open Pro and Stans 340.
I felt the review was a little harsh on the OP's. I love my wheels built with them, they have always been a pleasure to build up, and the spares I have both weigh exactly 435g - a little lighter than your samples and the 4th lightest out of the 14 reviewed I might say. Not so bad for such an old design.
Perhaps I was just unlucky with my Stans, but considering the premium price they were a complete PITA to build up, they were not round, and then have required several retensionings. The weight was good though. And so far they have held up.
How many drivers does a buggy have?
So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
What sort of warranty issues have you experienced with Stans? I had some issues with the first generation Alpha340, and they had a replacement out to me (2nd gen, slightly heavier with thicker spoke bed) up to Canada in less than 3 days. No hassle and couldn't have been happier with the way they treated me.
Of course, I wish the rim never cracked, but from many accounts, it looks like they have improved the product.
I have been interested in the H+Son rims but wondering how the hard ano looks after a while. I know the black ano wears off pretty quick and I've heard mixed things about the hard ano version.
kulivontot wrote:On paper, the Stans rims seem pretty competitive, but the durability of these rims seem to be suspect and their flexiness has been discussed quite often. I'm riding a pair of the V1 rims and sometimes wonder if I'm sitting on a ticking time bomb. Besides the tire spontaneously popping off the rim, what other problems have you seen from a quality perspective?
IME the roundness and straightness seem about average. Also I think they are plenty stiff, considering how light they are. Tire inflation effects the rim diameter more than most rims, which means the tension will drop with the tire mounted... just something you should be aware of when building. The new rims have a welded seam and are offset drilled... and a lot of material has been added to the spoke bed.
The best feature is how the tire takes a bigger and rounder profile than with any other rim... that includes the 23mm wide ones. That should enhance traction, ride, handling, and Crr.
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