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Just received a pair of the Aileron rims direct from Velocity for use on my gravel/road/adventure bike.

A very good looking rim. Nice shape. Matte black ano with subtle graphics.
Claimed ERD is accurate.
Weight just 4g over claimed. (EDIT) I was thinking claimed weight was 460g, but it is actually 480g, so the rims are UNDER claimed weight by 16g. Nice.

Will be lacing them to 28 hole WTB LaserDisc Lite hubs from an underused wheelset.
Sapim Laser spokes and AL nipples.

Weight should come in under 1650g.
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Just received a pair of the Aileron rims direct from Velocity for use on my gravel/road/adventure bike.

A very good looking rim. Nice shape. Matte black ano with subtle graphics.
Claimed ERD is accurate.
Weight just 4g over claimed. (EDIT) I was thinking claimed weight was 460g, but it is actually 480g, so the rims are UNDER claimed weight by 16g. Nice.

Will be lacing them to 28 hole WTB LaserDisc Lite hubs from an underused wheelset.
Sapim Laser spokes and AL nipples.

Weight should come in under 1650g.
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Looks like you were a little excited writing about these :) Great looking rim and thanks for the pics Shiggy.
 

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Laced the wheels this evening. The section is deep and my driver bit would not reach the nipples so I had to do it manually. Just took more time. Also easy to lose a nipple inside if you are not careful.
Once laced and the slack removed both wheels are pretty much true and round.
 

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Laced the wheels this evening. The section is deep and my driver bit would not reach the nipples so I had to do it manually. Just took more time. Also easy to lose a nipple inside if you are not careful.
Once laced and the slack removed both wheels are pretty much true and round.
Any pics?
 

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Velocity Aileron rims, 464g (480g claimed)
WTB LaserDisc Lite hubs, 28 hole (from an old underused wheelset)
Front spokes: Sapim Laser, 1X left (all heads out for brake caliper clearance), 2X right
Rear spokes: Sapim Laser, 3X left. Sapim CX-Ray, 1X (all heads in). Same spoke tension on each side.
Sapim AL nipples.
Total wt: 1630g (w/o skewers, rim tape, rotors, and cassette)

Added Velocity rim tape, Shimano skewers, Sunrace 11-36 9-sp cassette, 160mm Avid G2 rotors.

Dropped 200g over the Bontrager Race Lite, DT 240s, XTR wheels I have been using.
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These were among the easiest and quickest builds I have ever done.
Were true and round from the start. Came up to tension easily. Only issue was the nipples at the seam on both wheels were binding a bit. Had a slight hop at the seam which were simple to correct. Sidewalls at the seams are even and nearly invisible.
Absolutely ZERO pings or other noise on the first ride (28 miles).
Ride well with no surprises.

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The 25mm wide, 28mm deep Aileron is designed to be more aerodynamic with 23-25mm tires. This is a Bontrager R3 23mm.

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I have been using Challenge Grifo XS 33 Open Tubular 'cross tires for combined paved/gravel rides. Fast, grippy, and comfortable. Fit nicely on the 25mm (20mm internal) wide rims.

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The Bonty R3 has a flair at the bead to smooth the air flow. The Aileron's shorter inner sidewall leaves a 1.5-2mm gap.

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The 33mm wide Challenge looks good, and plumps out to a cushy 34.6mm.

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Sapim CX-Ray 1X driveside (heads in).
Sapim Laser 3X discside.

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Sapim Laser, 2X driveside, 1X discside (heads out for caliper clearance).

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The bike.
KHS CX100 frameset.
Nouveau retrogrouch parts build, mostly from my parts boxes.
 

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Laced the wheels this evening. The section is deep and my driver bit would not reach the nipples so I had to do it manually. Just took more time. Also easy to lose a nipple inside if you are not careful.
Here's a simple trick for others who are trying to lace deep-section rims (or any rim): thread the back-side of the nipple onto a spare spoke; use the spoke as an "extension" to guide the nipple through the rim and onto the spoke you are currently lacing; once you have the nipple a few threads deep, simply unscrew the "extension" spoke from the back of the nipple. Rinse. Repeat.
 
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