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I'm working on a build for my "freeride" bike, a 2010 knolly delirium and picking out components for my wheels. I need some advice on rims. All the rims I've considered have been 30mm or wider. I'm considering the following:

-Mavic 729 (heavy, durable, tried and true, relatively cheep)
-Atom Lab Pimp (pretty colors, heavy, durable, more expensive)
-Syncrose FR DS 32 (Light, expensive, maybe less durable)
-DT Swiss FR 630 (Reliable, expensive, durable)
-Spank Spike (don't know anything about them)

The rims I choose will be laced to some Chris Kings. Whats your vote? Any other rims I should consider? Thanks!
 

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you need to give us some more info.. are you 110lbs or 270lbs? how do you ride? have you been smashing rims on a regular basis? are you doing 50' hucks to flat or are you just riding to the 7-11?
 

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my mtx 33's and 31's have held up better than my 729s.

just ordered a set of mtx 31's laced with dt swiss spokes and hope pro 2 hubs from CRC for $400 shipped... can't really argue with that.
 

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EX823s are the only way to go, tubeless of course. Bombproof and light because they're tubeless (which is simple with 823s).
 

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kipdrunner said:
EX823s are the only way to go, tubeless of course. Bombproof and light because they're tubeless (which is simple with 823s).
After riding DeeMax for the last couple seasons (same rim, different spoke pattern), I am ready to get far away from UST rims. The center channel is not as deep, making it difficult to impossible to mount some tires. Although the rim is pretty much "bomb-proof", that abuse seems to get transferred to tires and tubes. Some may say I ride too hard, and they may be correct. I'm switching to DeeTraks and tell you how that works out next year.
 

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jasonvelocity said:
After riding DeeMax for the last couple seasons (same rim, different spoke pattern), I am ready to get far away from UST rims. The center channel is not as deep, making it difficult to impossible to mount some tires. Although the rim is pretty much "bomb-proof", that abuse seems to get transferred to tires and tubes. Some may say I ride too hard, and they may be correct. I'm switching to DeeTraks and tell you how that works out next year.
So essentially your downgrading? Whats the difference?
 

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I guess a little more info could be useful... I weigh 185 lbs, and currently ride a modified Turner flux which has the horst rear-end off my old Turner Burner. I've broken the frame three times landing out on the flats and have it set up more like a slope style bike. I have been riding a set of Mavic Crossmax XL wheels for three years. The XL's have been strong, but have a terribly designed rear hub/freehub body! I currently will take 15-20 foot gaps and 10 foot drops (on a good day). I plan on riding the begeezus out of my new bike and want a wheelset that will be able to handle whatever abuse I can throw their way. Thanks
 

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Mavic 729s will work perfectly, mine are tubeless with just the yellow tape and don't leak AT ALL. However, they are heavy. I'm hoping the Syncros 32s I have on order will hold up.

You can save a lot of weight and money on hubs by getting American Classic over Chris King.
 

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Lelandjt said:
Mavic 729s will work perfectly, mine are tubeless with just the yellow tape and don't leak AT ALL. However, they are heavy. I'm hoping the Syncros 32s I have on order will hold up.

You can save a lot of weight and money on hubs by getting American Classic over Chris King.
Good rims take tons of abuse till you crack em on some shotty landings.. I cracked 2 dps 32s they dont dent as easily as most rims (they did have dents though :D) they are harder and I know any rim would have been done on those situations..

Light and stout you will be happy with them, I had great luck hell I even rode a couple of trails with no tire (Fn Kendas tubeless) for a long wase too lazy to walk and the beads and lip held fine.

Id rock em again but Im on the I9 rims and as soon as a ?person releases there stuff Ill be on that hoop...

Good choice on rim, light and stout...
 

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I've had Sun ADDs (MTX 33s), 823s, DT 5.1s, Bontrager Big Earls.

The Big Earls held up well, but it was my first year DH'n so I wasn't going that fast.
The MTX 33s ended up with 2 very large dents in rear, I had to replace the rim, after 1 year.
I dented the rear 5.1 bad on my Meta6 and had to replace it.
I'm on 1.5 years with 823s. They need to be trued, but they are not dented.

*I run my 823s tubeless. I also ran my MTX33s ghetto tubeless, they worked great for that actually.

I'm 205 lbs, and race CAT 2.
 

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Id put in a shout for the Syncros rims. Had them on my big bike for a year now and gaven them a good amount of abuse at alpine resorts. They arent 100% true now so ill need to do some adjusting with the spokes, but thats normal. I could give you an update in about 2 weeks to seee how theyve held up to more resort riding. Good rim though.
 

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Anyone here have the Crank Brothers Sage or Opium wheelsets?
They look freakin awesome but are expensive as HELL!
 

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I've been very impressed with my Atomlab's. They've held up to 18 months of hard riding on rocky terrain.
 

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Sun Ringle Single Tracks. Light, cheap, easy to make tubeless, easy to get the tire on and off, and stay pretty true if your a more experienced rider/not a hack :p.
 

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Yeah, I was considering Hadley hubs. We'll see, my wife just got the industry nine hubs laced to stans ztr's. I know for one that my wheel set has to be better than hers so I have to choose wisely. Who knows, I may get I9s, they sound amazing!! Its bad when your jealous of your wife's ride...
 
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