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I've seen a few disc brake equipped bikes running wheels with rim brake compatible sidewalls; maybe they were using them until they upgraded.
Anyway, is there a strength issue at play with using rims that are not 100% disc specific? I'm only 165 pounds and don't huck, and came across a set of rims I'd like to try and build up. Is it purely cosmetic of having a disc wheelset with vbrake sidewalls?
 

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westin said:
I've seen a few disc brake equipped bikes running wheels with rim brake compatible sidewalls; maybe they were using them until they upgraded.
Anyway, is there a strength issue at play with using rims that are not 100% disc specific? I'm only 165 pounds and don't huck, and came across a set of rims I'd like to try and build up. Is it purely cosmetic of having a disc wheelset with vbrake sidewalls?
32 hole rims? If so, you're probably okay. If you told what the rims are someone might be able to give a better answer.

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32 hole rims? If so, you're probably okay. If you told what the rims are someone might be able to give a better answer.

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Bontrager Valiant 32... which I just read some reviews on. Uhhhhh, not looking so good.
 

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purely cosmetic. In fact, rims designed with machined sidewalls for rim brakes actually have THICKER sidewalls than the disc-specific rims (there are exceptions of course).
Check out the Aeroheat AT rim from Velocity. The same rim is available either machined or not. I have used these rims many times with NO issues. Velocity also has a new disc-specific rim with eyelets for thos that don't like building without (with lubed nipples I never had a problem)
 
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