How bad are my XCD Rims?

Ash82 Posts: 4
edited October 2018 in MTB buying advice
Hi all

Just upgraded my frame and now need to change my rear wheel to fit 12x142. I currently have some cheap Carrera XCD rims purchased second hand when rebuilding a frame after my nice bike was stolen.

Am looking at buying a decent hub, and considering some of the rims round the £30/40 price range from chain reaction for a nice new build.

I know the XCD's are built by formula so i am wondering if they are as crap as i think, or will the relatively cheap CRC rims just be of a similar quality for the price, making it a waste of money?
Am currently looking at these.... ... prod176854 ... -prod26288 ... -prod12317

Am mostly riding single track, bike parks, trail stuff, nothing mental...

Sorry if this kind of thing has been covered lots before.....



  • Not sure on your current rims, but if you want cheap but quite good ones hen look for some WTB Stu-25’s or 23’s. they’re pretty robust and not too heavy. Planet X were selling them for £15 each last time I looked.

    If you’re thinking about spending £30-£40 per rim I’d look at DT Swiss - if you search for a bike website called ‘star bike’ they usually have the best prices for hat make. I got some DT XM481’s from there miles cheaper than anywhere else.
  • Ash82
    Ash82 Posts: 4
    Thanks very much for that, will have a look at all of that stuff!
  • cycleclinic
    cycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    I have yet to find better rims than the kinlin Tl23 and 29. What is good about them is how securely a tubeless tyres locks into the rim. Burping is practically impossible. They are very round and straight. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    The XCD rims are OK, but by the time you've bought new hubs and almost certainly new spokes it makes more sense to sell your old wheel intact and get a better rim for your new wheel.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • Ash82
    Ash82 Posts: 4
    I think that makes most sense to me too....I have now been looking at some eBay/classifieds wheel sets with better hubs, just to take away the hassle of building new wheels, and may keep the XCDs for my old frame and build a commuter bike.

    Thanks for the help and advice guys!