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Sun-Ringle DS2-XC Rim

3.67/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 405 grams

Product Description

  • Hole Counts: 32

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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2013

Strengths:    Great rims light and sturdy they take a beating!!!!!

Weaknesses:    None!!!

Bottom Line:   
Get them if you can they are perfect for XC

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jobrienau a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2008

Strengths:    There are none, they might be cheap but there are dozens of other rims cheaper and either lighter or stronger or both.

Weaknesses:    This rim has no structural strength at all. Also the moulding has had the eyelet holes stamped after manufacture and however they have done this it causes structural fractures at every hole. The rim will start to split in half at every juncture. The join is not welded and if a rim starts to fail the joint will fly apart and the rim fails catastrophically. (I found this out the hard way)

Bottom Line:   
I can't believe all these other reviews. I have come across several riders with the exact same bike as mine and all had had complete wheel failure due to this rim. My front rim had colapsed on only it 3rd outing on a cross country ride and had not done any drops etc. I hit a small bump on a very steep fire trail and the rim failed completely. I replaced this and over the last few months the rear rim has been slowly buckling and folding up. I have tried to keep this in check with the bike shop regularly truing it up however it is now splitting in half through every spoke hole in it. Bad rim design and manufacture don't waste your money or take the risk.

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Favorite Trail:   Wombat trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Came with Kona Kula

Similar Products Used:   Araya, Bontragger,

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Deluxe as standard.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tmn564 a Cross Country Rider from Carlsbad, CA

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2008

Strengths:    They take a beating and have been great right out of the box. Over 500 miles on these rimes & they're still rolling well - No pinch flats.

Weaknesses:    Like others have mentioned, it's tough to mount tires (WTB, Maxxis, & Nokian). Carry a great set of tire levers in your Camelback and you'll be OK. They're a little heavy, but for $89, what do you expect. Way too many labels, but they do come off with a little elbow grease. Deore hubs need to be repacked, but with a little care they'll last as long as you can dish it out.

Bottom Line:   
Solid wheelset for the price. I've banged these around all over So Cal, Moab (Slickrock, Porcupine, Amasa Back), Gooseberry Mesa, Brianhead... They're still true, round and tight.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, Mavic 319, Sun RhynoLite

Bike Setup:   Trek Liquid, 5 inches of plush XC fun w/lots o' upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck a Cross Country Rider from Fitchburg Ma. USA

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2007

Strengths:    Pretty light, very strong.

Weaknesses:    Don't know of any

Bottom Line:   
I weigh 300 pounds and have put 800 miles on these rims in the infamous New England rock gardens in the last four months. After a lot of pretty hard hits and a lot of rookie mistakes they are still true. I will probably use these when I upgrade my hubs.
I was reading the reviews here and was dreading my first tire change on these rims, turned out I didn't even have to use a tire tool. The tires pulled off and went back on by hand just as easy as you please.

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Favorite Trail:   Leominster forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Gearworks cyclery

Similar Products Used:   This is my first bike

Bike Setup:   2006 Rockhopper comp disc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TKUL a Weekend Warrior from LISBOA/PORTUGAL

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2007

Strengths:    Weight

Weaknesses:    Width

Bottom Line:   
This rims have been riding for 2 years, have done 1 DH Marathon Race.

Drops/Jumps (+/- 3/4ft to 5/6ft = +/- 1 a 1.5m).
If you want to use tires less than 2.3 in with, and if you land soft with the bike, this is a good rim and have been on my bike for 2 years.

Had a lot of snakebikes with 2.35".

Now I have to flat spots on the rear wheel for climbing stairs! it`s normal.

Probably my next wheels will have the DT4.2 or DT5.1

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Favorite Trail:   SINTRA

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Came with the bike - Mondraker FoxyR

Similar Products Used:   Mavics

Bike Setup:   XT/Swinger4way/AM1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Weekend Warrior from Rainier, OR

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight, low price, durability under my fat arse (230lbs)

Weaknesses:    Some tires hard to install and remove

Bottom Line:   
Purchased these over three years ago as a cheap wheelset (with deore disc hubs and generic 14ga spokes) from Jenson USA. As a former bike mechanic, I properly tensioned the spokes and used spoke tight on the nipples. This I'm sure has greatly contributed to their incredible durability. As far as the common complaint about mounting tires...well I think the tire manufacturers are to blame just as much as the rim. Panaracer and IRC tires mount w/o any tools. Nokian and WTB tires require a major effort to install and remove on these rims. Not sure I can blame the rim for tire bead diameter inconsistencies.

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Favorite Trail:   Stella Ridge

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Mavic X223, Sun Rhyno Lite, Mavic 217

Bike Setup:   2005 Jamis XLT

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mark b. a Weekend Warrior from fort wayne,in,usa

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2007

Strengths:    sturdy, reasonable weight

Weaknesses:    insanely tough to change tires/tubes; pulled a spoke through a split rim bed

Bottom Line:   
i'll never buy another sun rim unless i can find one with a better rim bed -- that's why tires are so aggravating.

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Favorite Trail:   the next one

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   jenson online

Similar Products Used:   mavic 223, giant oem, alex

Bike Setup:   a couple different ones (too stubborn to lose them after paying for them)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Timmy a Weekend Warrior from Australia, Sydney

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    pretty sturdy rim can handle alot mmore abuse than you would expect from a dedicated XC rim.

Weaknesses:    SOOO DAMN HARD TO GET FRKN TIRES OFF!!!! ahhhhh

Bottom Line:   
pretty awsome rim .. I havnt got 1 pinch from these rims yet so... *thumbs up*..
AAAHHHH someone help me get the tires offf!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   05 kona kula, fox vannilla, XT, raceface

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Thomas Lowry a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2006

Strengths:    Strong, durable, light-weight, colour looks really nice

Weaknesses:    Really hard to get tires on and off.

Bottom Line:   
Great rims, no complaints with the way they ride for xc type of stuff. They have held up to a fair amount of abuse on the trails but I have pinched quite a few flats, but thats probably my fault for not watching the air pressure.

These rims like a few of the other Sun Rims are really hard to change tires on. I find it is fairly easy to get the bead off the rim, but once you have changed the tube and need to put it back on it is really tough. Email me if you have any tips!

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Came with 2006 Kona Kula @ Dukes on Queen

Bike Setup:   2006 Kona Kula

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