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Yeah, I kind of dented an aluminum e13 rim bunnyhopping a stone wall. 馃槓 That sucks.
So, I ride a Commencal Meta HT. I don't think Commencal will send me a new rim under warranty, and unfortunately I can't buy the same exact one since it seems like on e13's website, this rim is only available aftermarket in 30mm.
What I had: an LG1 Enduro Base rim, 27.5, 32h, 35mm internal. 2.6 inch tires on it.
So, I guess my question here is should I go 30mm, or just get a different rim? As far as I know a wider rim will be stronger. Anyone have any recommendations for a relatively inexpensive rim?

Thanks 馃檭
 

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How bad is the dent? Does the tire still hold air? You are right though, I really doubt you鈥檒l get a warranty replacement. As I don鈥檛 think I鈥檝e ever seen an alloy rim with a warranty on it.

My last wheelset had a number of dents in the rear wheel, but all were minor enough I was able to straighten them with a crescent wrench, and continue using them.

Also, wider rims doesn鈥檛 usually mean stronger radially. If you鈥檙e looking for a good strong rim, that is somewhat inexpensive, look at the WTB KOM Tough, or Spank 350/359 rims.
 

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The beauty of metal rims is you can run them with lots of damage. I don't toss a rim until the flat spots are so bad I can feel them while riding, or the rim is cracked. If the dent isn't causing tubeless issues leave it alone. If it's a trouble spot for burping straighten it out gently with an adjustable wrench.
 

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Thanks so much everyone. The dent is pretty small, but air is coming through it. (I am running tubeless.) I didn't think of straightening it out... will that have any effect on the strength of the rim? And if I can straighten it out okay will it still seal well enough for tubeless? Will post a picture tomorrow as it is getting late.
 

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Heres another path if you need a new rim. WTB KOM has a 40mm inner width rim.
You could go with that for a front. 2.8 tires would now work. Rounded tread profile higher volume 2.6s would work at lower pressures. Check fork clearance.
If the rear is the dented rim you could swap your existing front to the rear.
New wider rim on the front.
That rim is 590g. 35mm is 594g. Weight includes a solid strip.
 
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