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touring rims

vladovlado Posts: 41
edited March 2012 in Tour & expedition
I'm upgrading my bike for my europe touring this may and would like to buy some good, reliable touring rims. It will be my first big tour so I need some help. Size is 700c, 36 holes and tyres 35c. Can anyone help with this?
Thanks for any info.


  • DF33DF33 Posts: 732
    Chrinas if they go to 35c. cheap, good balance twixt weight and strength, Spa's preferred wheel for general touring I believe.
  • I'm using a set of DT Swiss TK 540's on my touring bike, been very impressed so far, have stayed true despite being a bit overloaded on a 1000 mile tour last summer when my front rack broke(I love baggage handlers) so everything for 2 weeks got loaded onto the rear rack including camping gear. They are not cheap, but get a set built by a good wheel builder and they should serve you well for years!
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    I have Spa built Chrina Sputniks with Ambrosio hubs on the Galaxy - double wall but not excessively heavy

    Of course hand built wheels mean its easier to replace spokes should the need arise
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    Chrinas are a good recommendation. I've not had any problems though with Mavic Open Pros but the last time got some wheels built independent wheelbuilders were finding it hard to get Mavic rims..

    My advice though would be to go to a specialist wheelbuilder and get them to build the wheels for you. I've been very happy with wheels from Spa but also Harry Rowland.
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    I have Spa built Chrina Sputniks with Ambrosio hubs on the Galaxy - double wall but not excessively heavy

    Just to avoid confusion.

    Chrina is the name of one of the rims made by the French manufacturer Rigida. They also make a rim called the Sputnik which is a really heavy-duty rim. If there is such a thing as a bombproof rim then the Sputnik would be a candidate, but it's pretty heavy and a bit over the top for general road touring. (although I have to admit to riding with one on the back for off-road loaded touring).
  • vladovlado Posts: 41
    Thanks a lot to all.
  • rakerake Posts: 3,204
    planet x model b. :mrgreen:
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    If there was a way to attach the Rigida Sputnik to the hub without spokes then it probably still would stay true. Bit heavy at 750g/rim though!
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  • frozefroze Posts: 160
    Mavic makes a nice touring rim model A719, as is the Velocity Chukker which is a little less money then the Mavic, or the real cheap Sun CR18, but the Sun rims are not made to the same exacting specs as the Mavic or the Velocity so it usually takes more of a truing effort to build the wheel; and if you're going to be doing heavy touring I would go with 40 spokes on the rear; then to save money on spokes use Wheelsmith double butted 14/16 spokes instead of DT brand; and White Industries Racer X40 for the rear and X36 on the front, or save some serious cash and get the Velocity hubs which also come in 40 and 36 drillings.

    More confusion, just what you needed.
  • saladdayssaladdays Posts: 95
    I've used this very wheel, touring around north-western Scotland including bridleways. Good value. It does have an 135mm axle, a tight fit in some frames. ... l-ec001951
  • mercia_manmercia_man Posts: 1,426
    I wouldn't use Rigida Chrinas with 35mm tyres. These rims only have a 13mm internal width which makes them suitable for 18 to 28mm wide tyres, according to touring and wheel specialists Spa Cycles. Good for fast road use but not so good for European touring with wide tyres.

    I'd recommend Exal LX17 rims (also sold by Spa) which have a 17mm internal width and are suitable for 25 to 54mm wide tyres. At 575g they are also slighter lighter than the 590g Chrinas. Rigida Sputniks are 19mm internal width and much heavier (745g). They are best suited for heavyweight touring.

    I fitted a pair of Exals to my touring bike to replace my worn out Alesa rims and they were pretty easy to build up because they were true and round to start off wth.
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    edited March 2012
    A good point - although Sheldon Brown (whose table on recommended tyre widths is the bible on this) says that the recommendations are on the conservative side and that many cyclists exceed theses recommendations without problem - eg many mountainbikers use 50mm tyres with 17mm width rims. That said I'd go down a size on the tyres or up a size on the rims to 15mm. (Nb the minimum tyre widths are important).

    Find a good wheelbuilder and let them advise you.
  • andrew_sandrew_s Posts: 2,511
    I use LX17 with 35c tyres, no problems. They are nice rims and build up easily. A slight drawback compared to Rigida is that the wear indicator is a vanishing groove rather than a cavity that gets exposed (which is harder to ignore/fail to notice).
    As stated above, Chrina (13mm) are too narrow. Open Pro (15mm) is the narrowest I'd want to use 35mm tyres on, and with them you are really better off sticking to 32mm.
  • richhrichh Posts: 187
    You could go for the Ridiga Snyper rims instead. I've got a pair build onto 105 hubs by SPA and they're excellent. Definitely recommended (both the wheels and SPA).
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