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I am looking for a rim that will handle typical trail riding (lots of rocks and plenty of 2-3 feet drops) and sets up tubeless without much hassle. Is the Bonty Duster that rim?

Any 200lbs guys using the Duster? How are they holding up?

Are the Bonty Duster rims comparable to a Stans Flow rim as far as strength is concerned?
 

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I'm going to be building a pair as soon as I get them, but I have been riding the stock Dusters on my Rig for a bit. They feel pretty stout so far. I'm around 190 right now and ride in South Texas so it's fairly rocky and ledgy here.
I haven't built or ridden Flows, but have researched those, Arches, and Dusters. I decided on the Dusters based on eyelets, weight (halfway between the Arch and Flow,) and the 28mm width.
Hope that helps,

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noosa2 said:
I am looking for a rim that will handle typical trail riding (lots of rocks and plenty of 2-3 feet drops) and sets up tubeless without much hassle. Is the Bonty Duster that rim?

Any 200lbs guys using the Duster? How are they holding up?

Are the Bonty Duster rims comparable to a Stans Flow rim as far as strength is concerned?
In order to answer this, you need to separate the tubeless part from the wheel performance part. OK?

Tubeless is brilliant on the Dusters. Super solid interface, no burps, no leaks. Best in the business, IMO.

Wheel performance on the Duster is just OK. They're much better for on-the-ground lightweight XC types than off-the-ground quasi clydes.

Given the little bit that you've written above, I'd lean toward a Flow. Much more durable, much more capable of handling repeated abuse. Use 2-3 full wraps of the the yellow tape and you'll get *almost* as solid of a bead lock/interface as the Duster.

Cheers,

MC
 

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mikesee said:
In order to answer this, you need to separate the tubeless part from the wheel performance part. OK?

Tubeless is brilliant on the Dusters. Super solid interface, no burps, no leaks. Best in the business, IMO.

Wheel performance on the Duster is just OK. They're much better for on-the-ground lightweight XC types than off-the-ground quasi clydes.

Given the little bit that you've written above, I'd lean toward a Flow. Much more durable, much more capable of handling repeated abuse. Use 2-3 full wraps of the the yellow tape and you'll get *almost* as solid of a bead lock/interface as the Duster.

Cheers,

MC
Thanks Mikesee,

"off-the-ground quasi clyde" - LOL - probably a pretty good description of me.
 

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Yup, go with the Flows. The Duster are not readily available and do not seem to be as durable. They are probably closer the the Arch in strength. Using TLR-bead tires, my Arch or Flow rims have never burped or had any issues. My 26" Dusters were so solid when it came to a bead lock that I actually had to cut a tire off once and the other time, it took me 20-30 mins...not sure I want to experience that on a trail. It was one side of the bead. Granted, it may have been a defective rim strip but a bit of an enlightening experience nonetheless
 

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common_man said:
that's the external width. the internal width of the rim (used for tire size recommendations) is 24 mm. just nitpicking.
If you are going to get picky, the inside width of the Duster is 22mm, not 24 (ISO 622x22). The difference between inner and outer width of most rims is 5-6mm. While the inner width is the ISO size, stating the outer width has been the common norm for many years, and since the inner/outer difference is mostly constant, either is just fine for tire size reccos, though inner is a bit more accurate.
 

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mikesee said:
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Wheel performance on the Duster is just OK. They're much better for on-the-ground lightweight XC types than off-the-ground quasi clydes.

*snip*
Cheers,

MC
Howzabout a 180ish guy who rode rigid fixed for years? I'm pretty smooth, but I've spent 3 years away from turning wrenches at this point.
I was able to keep my last wheels, built by me with Mustangs, straight and round for the last 6 years here in the rocks.
Hmmm... maybe I just answered my own question...

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I have been riding a set of dusters for two years. I weigh around 215 with camelbak and so on. I also have two sets of Arch's for racing. I beat the dusters to death and have had no problems. They are a little wider than the Arch's ,so you get a wider footprint. I have found the Bontrager tubeless system is the best for them.
 

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I have been riding a set of dusters for two years. I weigh around 215 with camelbak and so on. I also have two sets of Arch's for racing. I beat the dusters to death and have had no problems. They are a little wider than the Arch's ,so you get a wider footprint. I have found the Bontrager tubeless system is the best for them.
What kind of riding are you using the dusters for? Any drops?
 

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I am using them mostly for XC riding on a 29er hardtail. We do not have a lot of drops, but large roots are plentiful.
 

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Anybody converted the dusters to tubeless just using the stand yellow tape and a stans valve stem?
 

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Anybody converted the dusters to tubeless just using the stand yellow tape and a stans valve stem?
Absolutely no reason to.

The TLR rim strips and valves the rims are designed to use are cheap, easy and work perfectly.
 

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To bad the 29er TLR strips are out of stock right now. I emailed Trek about a month ago and they said that they'd be getting some in late July.
 

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Absolutely no reason to.

The TLR rim strips and valves the rims are designed to use are cheap, easy and work perfectly.
See the post above. This is why I ask. I just bought a new GF Rig last night and the dealer said that Trek was out of the strips and they did not know (shop) when they might get any in. So, I am looking at other options..
 

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Hi sxr....I ran into the same situation last month when I brought home my GF Rumblefish. As a temporary fix until the Bonty rim strips come in, I picked up Stan's Flow rim strips. Certainly not as good as the Bontrager system (on these particular rims) but at least I'm tubeless for the time being. I don't think yellow tape would work on these rims because of the offset spoke bed.
 

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Ok, thx. I run Stans Arch's on my Titus FTM with just the yellow tape, that is why I was asking. I know I could run their rubber strip also.
 
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