Bontrager Clysedale Rim

5/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Super strong 3-cavity design
  • 6061 aluminum
  • Great for tandem use
  • Stainless steel eyelets.

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    Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Theodore Jump a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

    Date Reviewed: October 16, 2002

    Strengths:    Bombproof.

    Weaknesses:    Weight, for the gram-counters out there, for the rest of us none AFAIK.

    Bottom Line:   
    I broke three rims the first six months riding in Austin ( 2x Mavic, 1x Bontrager ) with either radial cracks from spoke holes or longitudinal cracks, all on the rear wheel.

    Got the wheel built up with the Clyde rim, DT double-butted spokes, and have had zero problems since then. I have around 2500 miles on the wheel on my hardtail, and over 2000 on the wheel on my Enduro, both rims have stayed round & true far longer than I have expected, and have required little truing maintenance.

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    Favorite Trail:   Emma Long Motor Park, Austin, TX

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Freewheeling LBS, Austin

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 217, Araya RM-17, Aray RM-20, Bontrager Mustang Asym

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale hardtail/headshok, Shim XT hubs/cranks, DT DB spokes; Specialied Enduro, Chris King hubs, DT spokes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marcus Van Kommer from Yakima, Washington, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

    Strengths:    very strong, have not had to true rim since initial build

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    built up on a fixed gear road bike commuter, wanted a rim I that could handle the curbs when someone trys to run me over. I have sold them off and the new owner still hasn't had to true them

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David Martin a Weekend Warrior from Kirkland

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000

    Strengths:    I ran this rim for almost two years and never had to true it. I ran it in the rear with XT hub. I just got rid of it due to a crack in the side wall. I did a lot of street riding with it. the only reason it got a crack in the side wall is because i ran my tire with way too low tire pressure on accident one day. I bunnyhoped up three stairs at full speed and tagged the top stair and bent one side of the rim all the way in. I tok a pair of canel locks and bent it back out and rode it for 6 more months. THE RIM NEVER WENT OUT OF TRUE! It was still riding fine the day I cut it off.

    Weaknesses:    Weight is the only weekness that I can see. I decided to run this rim though because I was constantly bending rear rims. At 200 lbs I needed the Clydsdale. Even with the crack n the side wall I did some 3-4 ft drops to flat pavement on street rides and the rime never even budged. Kudos to Kieth Bontrager!

    Bottom Line:   
    If you need a bomb proof rim that will not bend and will stay in true under weight then run the Clydsdale. Properly built, it will not let you down.

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    Favorite Trail:   Lock-em-up in Santa Cruz, CA

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   I am running a Sun Rhino Lite now so we will see how it compares

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FS 1995 with Icon risers and stem. LX cranks, XT derailures, XT hubs, Mavic 217 front rim, Clydsdale rear rim, richey seat post, Coda Saddle, XT brakes and levers, Cane Creek headset, Oury grips, Michelin Wildgripper Lite tires.

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    Any Clysedale freeriders?

    I am 6'4", 250. It seems most clydes on the forum here are XC guys and I'd say I'm more freeride/allmountain. I like the ride up but would much rather hit jumps and drops (up to 5-6 feet max on mt I ride). I ride a Norco Manik freeride hardtail and it handles everything I've dished, but would lo ... Read More »

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