Airbomb Sun Rhyno Lite with WTB hubs Wheelset

Sun Rhyno Lite with WTB hubs

Airbomb Sun Rhyno Lite with WTB hubs

User Reviews (17)

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Wilson   Cross Country Rider [Nov 09, 2002]
Strength:

Strong, well built. Have stayed true through quite a bit of riding, including some downhill stuff at Big Bear.

Weakness:

Packaging?

I bought this as a package deal with an Avid Mech Disc. I upgraded the hub to a Hope XC from the stock XT and the rim to a Sun 0 Degree XC rim (It's 3x, 32h, straight 14g spokes). I'm a pretty light guy, but in all my travels, this (front) wheel has stayed true. I was impressed as most wheels I've had (besides my Cane Creek rear wheel) have required a bit of truing after the initial break in period. Perhaps the handbuilding of this wheel helped. I dunno. Either way, it's been a trouble free wheeel and I guess that's a pretty good compliment. It sounds like I might be the minority but when I called them to change the hub and rim on the wheel, they were more than willing to discuss the weights and specs of different parts with me and were very helpful in general. Also, I was impressed that they allowed me to swap parts on a package deal. Oh, about the weaknesses: the "box" that the wheel came in seemed like it was a handmade box from other flaps of cardboard. Everything was fine but it wasn't the most impressive thing I've ever seen...

Similar Products Used: Stuff that rolls
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
John Fleming   Weekend Warrior [Jan 21, 2002]
Strength:

Really really strong. Have stayed true longer than expected

Weakness:

Rims are ATB surface, don't have the machined sidewalls (like the XLs) They would be even stronger. Airbomb builds a very good custom wheel but take about 2 weeks to get them out the door.

Go for the custom wheels if you are heavy, it pays in the end

Similar Products Used: Cane Creek Cronos
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
James Seattle   Weekend Warrior [Dec 29, 2001]
Strength:

Nice black on black, great deal, came fast. Skewers included- I got the Deore Hubs on R.Lite rims and they have been perfect for a machine built wheel especially

Weakness:

Deore hubs are heavy

nice, tough, cheap wheels. These guys have Kenda 2.35 tires that are pretty good fit with the wheels

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Grant   Cross Country Rider [Nov 06, 2001]
Strength:

Rock Solid. Mine are built around Shimano Deore hubs, though they did come form Airbomb.

Weakness:

Might be a little heavy if you care about heavy. I don't.

I rode the trail today on Rhyno lites that convinced me that Mavic 221's are for those with a death wish.
I was amazed after having ridden my favorite local trail on Bontrager Corvairs first, then cruddy Mavic 221s, to find that the Rhyno Lites are still as true after that same ride as when we left the house.
The trail was rocky with rocky climbs and rocky downhills and....did I mention rocks? With no grace whatsoever from me, these things did well throughout. Not even a hint off wobble.
Also, they just felt good. Hard to explain, but the whole ride just felt solid and kind of locked in.
I heartily suggest them.

Similar Products Used: Mavic 221 UB
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5
VALUE
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5
Asif Shaikh   Cross Country Rider [May 26, 2000]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

Extremely poor quality. Very poor customer service

I would never buy anything from airbomb.com again. Wheels are not even close to being true. Very poor customer service. It seems, according to one employee, Bevin, that expecting the same quality as a local bike shop is absurd. Bevin explained that since they are an internet business, a customer should not expect anything much in the way of customer service unless he were spending " $7000 or $8000 " and then maybe that would be a long shot. Bevin was also kind enough to explain that the fact that I had just spent $1500( not close enough to his 7-8 thousand mark) at airbomb.com the previous week did not entitle me to any expectation of customer service any that I should quit "moaning" if I was still unhappy. I would never trust these people again with anything.

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1
VALUE
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1
Asif Shaikh   Cross Country Rider [May 26, 2000]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

Extremely poor quality. Very poor customer service

I would never buy anything from airbomb.com again. Wheels are not even close to being true. Very poor customer service. It seems, according to one employee, Bevin, that expecting the same quality as a local bike shop is absurd. Bevin explained that since they are an internet business, a customer should not expect anything much in the way of customer service unless he were spending " $7000 or $8000 " and then maybe that would be a long shot. Bevin was also kind enough to explain that the fact that I had just spent $1500( not close enough to his 7-8 thousand mark) at airbomb.com the previous week did not entitle me to any expectation of customer service any that I should quit "moaning" if I was still unhappy. I would never trust these people again with anything.

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1
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1
tony   Cross Country Rider [Jan 16, 2000]
Strength:

a great wheelset for clydesdale riding.
solid and true construction.
good value.

Weakness:

doesn't come with rim liners.

i'm thoroughly pleased with this wheelset. i'm 240 pounds and with complete confidence have ridden this wheelset on some of the most rugged trails in alabama, tennessee and pennsylvania. for the price, $125 plus s&h, these wheels are of great value. as the others have said the service at airbomb was excellent.

Similar Products Used: mavix 221 w/lx hub and specialized radial stout front
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5
VALUE
RATING
5
Rieta Ulativ   Weekend Warrior [Oct 23, 2000]
Strength:

Keep on staying true, sidewalls not worn through

Weakness:

Rims are heavier than I thought

A handbuilt wheelset usually costs way more than this, they
told me one of the secrets is linseed oil instead of spoke
prep and a ton of pre-stressing. Get brass nipps.

Similar Products Used: X517 (bent)
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Mark   Cross Country Rider [Jun 20, 2000]
Strength:

Bomber build, staying true riding hard!

Weakness:

Weight!

Can't believe the quality bulid of these rims and the great customer service I had! The only issue I had was I wanted black hubs and got chrome...but honestly believe it was a mis-undersatnding during a conversation I had with them! Bevin also refunded me with store credit when the price dropped right after I had mine built! Overall, they were great to deal with!

Similar Products Used: Mavic's that came on 98FSR Comp
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
bilbo   Cross Country Rider [Mar 13, 2000]
Strength:

cost
stregnth

Weakness:

heavy

i had airbomb (john to be specific) lace me up some hope ti-glide (splined) hubs to sun rhyno lites. and since mtbr would not add a new category for them, i am sticking the review here. basically john at airbomb does everything that you want a custom wheelbuilder to do. you tell him what you want. then he asks the right questions. and you get a solid wheelset. forget about machine built rims using grade 'a' components or high zoot 600+ dollar wheelsets. this is where you put your money. six months of rocks, jumps, drop offs, and bombing over baby heads later and the wheels are still true. i used to be in the habbit of checking my rims for trueness after every ride but lately i hardly even need to look. if you are looking for a custom rim builder, i recommend you give them a shot at puting together your next wheelset. period. five flamin' turds.

Similar Products Used: crosslands
cane creek WAM
xt-517
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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