Salsa Cycles Delgado Race 29er Rim

2.63/5 (8 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Designed as a disc specific, competitive performance 29’er rim
  • WARNING – Do not use with tubeless systems. This rim is designed for use with a tire and tube
  • Welded seam for increased strength
  • 25mm width, 455 grams
  • 32 or 36 hole, ERD 604
  • Single stainless eyelets
  • Black or Polished Silver

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    Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by solavelocidad a Cross Country Rider from Portland, ME, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010

    Strengths:    Trouble-free, strong and reasonably light

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    I noticed that there have been a lot of complaints about this rim so I will qualify my positive review - I am running these rims on a Salsa La Cruz cyclocross bike with 35c Panaracer tires. With that said, I do NOT hold back on these rims....I ride this bike like a cross-country MTB on gnarly New England singletrack complete with jagged rocks, roots and drops. I have hit rocks and roots so hard that I have pinch-flatted while running 60psi and still not dented, taco'd or otherwise damaged the rims. I have well over 1000 miles on these and only recently had to true the rear rim after sucking a 1 inch diameter stick into the spokes (replaced a spoke too.). As an aside: I weigh 175lbs and ride and have been riding offroad for 20+ years.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bradbury

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Bontrager Race XXL, Stans Flow

    Bike Setup:   Salsa La Cruz CX - factory built stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by djw a Cross Country Rider from Reston, VA

    Date Reviewed: December 8, 2009

    Strengths:    light, good looking

    Weaknesses:    I've heard these don't setup tubeless well so I'm building a set of tubeless wheels

    Bottom Line:   
    I read the terrible reviews when considering this bike purchase and was worried that I would need a new set of wheels immediately. After 3 months of riding 4x per week the delgados are holding up fine and are still true. I ran most of the time with WWLT 2.55 tires and a rigid fork and recently switched to ignitor 2.1 and the fox. I can't speak for the long term reliability yet but they haven't come out of true in several hundered miles of riding. I weigh 180 and ride mostly east coast singletrack.

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    Favorite Trail:   the one near my house

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   Bought on Ebay with

    Bike Setup:   niner SIR9, single speed, fox fork, WI hubs and DT comp spokes

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jk a Racer from downingtown, pa

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2009

    Strengths:    i purchased these built up with dt swiss spokes and wtb laserdisc light hubs and have to say that after 1000+ miles these have not let me down. i've heard from some that rider weight is an issue, but since I'm 145lbs i guess that excludes me. i have to true them every so often...nothing unusual. the hubs are actually the weak part of this wheelset.

    Weaknesses:    not sure why so many bad reviews. they've served me well.

    Bottom Line:   
    if you are not a clydsdale these may work well for you.

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    Favorite Trail:   skelp level/french creek/wiss

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $380.00

    Similar Products Used:   bonty xxx, mavics, wtb's, stans, dt swiss

    Bike Setup:   singlespeed kula 2-9

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by montclairbobbyb a Cross Country Rider from Belle Mead, NJ USA

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2009

    Strengths:    Look cool... that's about all

    Weaknesses:    Weakest rims I've ever seen! I laced up these 36 hole Delgado Race Disc rims, and as I was evenly tensioning the spokes (WITH use of a Park tensionmeter) the wheel suddenly "potato-chipped" on their own... even before I could get the tension up to 90 lbs per spoke! Any more warpage and they would have been officially called a "taco". Weirdest thing I've ever experienced. Once I unlaced them, the rim snapped back into shape... But I WON'T relace these.... there's no way they can handle the 100 lbs I plan to put on each spoke...

    I've laced up over a dozen sets of wheels over the past 2 years, and I've NEVER come across anything like this.

    Bottom Line:   
    These rims could not handle 90 lbs per spoke... On a 36-spoke wheel, there's little excuse for that.

    I WILL write to Salsa and to the online reseller to tell them about this, but frankly I wouldn't accept a replacement if offered... I'm going with another ZTR Flow 36... never have had any problems with them, AND you CAN run these tubeless... WOO HOO!!!

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    Similar Products Used:   Salsa Delgado Disc, 36 hole - Laced to SS hub

    Bike Setup:   Karate Monkey with Alfine 8-speed hub on ZTR Flow 36 hole rear wheel, and (now) a DelTaco potato chip laced to a DMR Revolver disc hub.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by crux a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque NM

    Date Reviewed: April 14, 2009

    Strengths:    NONE

    Weaknesses:    Rim will not run true and is unsafe to ride.

    Bottom Line:   
    Rims have been in hanging from the ceiling waiting on the frame and other such parts. Wheels were "professionally" built up by QBP and came out of true after resting, never mind riding. Had the LBS true them up and went out for a shakedown ride. Rim is out of true again with less than a mile on it. LBS tried to swap them out with another Salsa rim. I was told they would grant $30 for labor only and I would have to cover the cost of replacement myself. WTF new wheels built up at Salsa/QBP NOT being covered? Only have parking lot rides on them and they will not stay true. This is the worst bike product I have ever had the misfortune of having. I wonder why Salsa stopped making these things.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   DT, Mavic

    Bike Setup:   IF Deluxe

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Taos Bike Guy a Weekend Warrior from Taos, New Mexico USA

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2008

    Strengths:    Salsa Rims come from a strong family of reliable rims. I have used Delgado's in the past with great success.

    Weaknesses:    Very short lived rim that needed constant attention from the beginning. It came from a reputable wheel builder, yet failed under heavy pedaling.

    Bottom Line:   
    Everything was fine at first with the usual truing adjustments, not out of the question considering our terrain. Then while crossing a busy street on the way to a ride, the wheel folded completely under a sprint load. This forced me to walk it home. Very disappointed as Salsa rims have been good to me in the past. I have some Delgado rims that are several years old and have almost worn through the braking surface. I cannot recommend this rim to anyone.

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    Favorite Trail:   South Boundary Trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Taos Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Salsa Delgado

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth Evolve with Schwalbe Little Albert tires.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by J Bold a Cross Country Rider from Agoura Hills, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

    Strengths:    Light, nice looking, good company

    Weaknesses:    Hard to keep true

    Bottom Line:   
    Wheels felt pretty good after the first couple of rides and then wimblee wobblee. No major jumping or anything- had it trued by my mechanic and took it out again- Wheel became wobbly, took it back again and same thing happened. Again no major jumping, little bunny hops.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hummingbird

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Came w/bike

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Salsa Dos Niner with SRAM stuff (X.O and X.9) WTB lites and Delgados

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

    Strengths:    Look good, Easy to build up true, Nice and light, good width, free stickers.

    Weaknesses:    Tyre fits very very loss. Why can't they be run tubeless???

    Bottom Line:   
    Nice light 29er rim that builds up good light XC wheels.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   Lifecycle Bicycles S.A.

    Similar Products Used:   DT, Alex, Mavic.

    Bike Setup:   Avanti K.I.S.S 29er blinged up to the max. Chris king, Hadley hubs, XTR 180mm cranks, Hope mini mono brakes, carbon bar, Thomson post and stem. Ti Ti pedals. nice 8.5kg 29er SS.

    Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

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    Delgado Race 29er rim

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