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replacement rim for DT Swiss custom X420 rims

sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
edited March 2008 in MTB buying advice
Hi folks,

I love mountain biking, been doing it for years but I must admit I don't know much about the mechanics of the bike. I have a Specialized Epic 2008 which I came hurtling off the other day _ i'm still hurting :cry: . Anyway, the front rim is buckled beyond belief and I'm pretty sure it's going to need replacing.

The current rims are DT Swiss custom X420 rims and I'm struggling to find them anywhere online. Do you know of any decent rims I could replace them with?

Also, I have received advice from someone else about setting up different widths on the front and rear tyres for more stability i.e. 2.1 front 1.95 rear. Would I need different width rims?

Thanks in advance, oh and it's my first post so hello everyone!
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105

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  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    anyone?
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    replace with the same. take the wheel to your LBS and get them to sort it.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • personally for any and all wheel queries I would go to Merlin and only Merlin, their wheels are legendary and they will be able to recommend a good rim choice for you.
  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    Thanks fellas
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • jstaceyjstacey Posts: 12
    Same problem, bent the back rim of my 2008 enduro last month and my dealer can't get a replacement, apparently specialized are all out of DT Swiss custom X420 rims and they are on back order, seems a poor service from specialized. I've got one of my spare Mavics on there at the mo but it's like wearing odd socks, don't expect to pay that much for a bike and not be able to get the parts 4 months later. :x
  • The Big CheeseThe Big Cheese Posts: 8,651 Forum Tart 2010
    DT Swiss XR4.2d? From Merlin?
  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    I managed to get a replacement 4.20 - it cost me - £55 in the end so not too harsh but still not great considering it was my second ride on the bike. While I was there one of the technical guys said he knew exactly what had happened when I came off and he was almost sure it was due to the tyres. I've purchased the maxxis high rollers and am saving for the TrailRakers for next winter.
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • jstaceyjstacey Posts: 12
    it was only my 3rd time on the bike, i was a bit disappointed as i thought the off hardly warranted a heavily buckled rim. where did you get your new one from?
  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    I got it from Bike Scene in the North East, see link:

    Bike Scene

    Hope this helps :wink:
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I'd buy a new fron wheel from merlin, 717 on xt with dt comps, then either keep the old hub as a spare or flog it on ebay.
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