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My current wheelset is Hope Pro2/Wheelsmith DB/Arch. I stripped the black anodization off the rims and polished them up. It was a lot of work and I'm not super thrilled with them. It's been a few years and it's time to start thinking about new wheels...

I'm looking for silver tubeless (or easily tubeless compatible/convertable) rims. They'd have to be 29er rims and in the same category as the Arch (XC, not superlight, not overly burly). I'm 165 in the buff, probably 175 ready to ride. I ride a rigid 29er SS (disc brakes) on the rocky, rooty, sometimes unfriendly trails of southeastern PA. I'm not particularly hard on wheels, but I did not have luck with NoTubes 355s a handful of years back. The Arch is about the lowest level of durability I'm looking for.

Any suggestions? Wider than the Arch is OK, but I don't want narrower. I'm not a weight weenie. Tubeless compatibility is a requirement. I currently use Nevegal/Rampage, and plan on going to an Ardent and/or Conti (X King or Race King).

I emailed NoTubes and they said they're not planning on any silver rims.

Thanks for your help!

Jeremy
 

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Bontrager Duster rims tick all your boxes. Similar level of 'burl' to the Arch, little bit wider, killer tubeless.

Currently available in silver, 32h.
 

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Bontrager Duster rims tick all your boxes. Similar level of 'burl' to the Arch, little bit wider, killer tubeless.

Currently available in silver, 32h.
Nice. Thanks, Mikesee. It looks like they're genearally only available through Trek/Bontrager dealers. Do you offer them?

To run them tubeless, is the TLR strip mandatory or can the NoTubes tape and/or strip be used?

Do you know the max recommended spoke tension?

Thank you,

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I've got some Salsa Delgado Race rims in polished/brushed silver, looks really trick, and made them Ghetto-tubeless. I heard a Bontrager rimstrip solves the tubeless issue too!
 

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I know you probably do not want to go through the trouble of stripping and polishing a set of rims again, but that is exactly what Garth Weinberg (singlespeed champion riding a Niner) did and they turned out nice.

I just had a set of white Crests laced up and if I would have seen this article first, I would have done the same thing. Or, although I am very partial to Notubes, I would have taken a serious look at the silver Bontrager Duster rims.

Here is a link with pics:
 

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i have seen some pics of some silver Salsa rims in here somewhere, I think they were Semis but not 100% sure. nonetheless, they looked fancy and wish I had known about them before i built up my current wheelset.
 

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JST169 said:
It looks like they're genearally only available through Trek/Bontrager dealers. Do you offer them?
Correct, and yes.

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To run them tubeless, is the TLR strip mandatory or can the NoTubes tape and/or strip be used?
I'd think you could get them to inflate with just tape and valve, but I'd also expect burpage from that setup when really getting after it. The Bontrager TLR strips are the bomb--not sure why you'd run these rims any other way.

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Do you know the max recommended spoke tension?
I think it's ~115kgf but I've found that these rims don't (long term) like that much tension. I build them to ~105kgf as an average/max and they seem to last longer that way.

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i have seen some pics of some silver Salsa rims in here somewhere they looked fancy and wish I had known about them before i built up my current wheelset.
But a little too flexy given the OP's specs. I just had a couple spokes/nipples fixed and had my bros Salsa wheel trued yesterday and the shop was commenting on these rims being pretty light duty with straight gauge spokes and alloy nipples, Said they'd be better setup w/double butted/brass nipples. Specially for a heavier rider. Another ride buddy had them and could stand next to bike with one leg on crank and have the wheel fold underneath him, would spring right back into place. Needless to say he replaced them shortly after. :skep:
 

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Great information and suggestions. Thank you.

I think I'll look into the Dusters a bit more. The Salsa Delgado Race rims sound too flexy, and I've always heard the Velocity rims are made from a rather soft alloy or minimal profile, allowing them to be damaged more easily.

Mikesee, do you offer the rims separately or only built up?

Jeremy
 

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Have him build 'em!

JST169 said:
Great information and suggestions. Thank you.

I think I'll look into the Dusters a bit more. The Salsa Delgado Race rims sound too flexy, and I've always heard the Velocity rims are made from a rather soft alloy or minimal profile, allowing them to be damaged more easily.

Mikesee, do you offer the rims separately or only built up?

Jeremy
He could have them built them up by now for you in the time he's given on advice.;)
 

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JST169 said:
I'm looking for silver tubeless (or easily tubeless compatible/convertable) rims. They'd have to be 29er rims and in the same category as the Arch (XC, not superlight, not overly burly). I'm 165 in the buff, probably 175 ready to ride. I ride a rigid 29er SS (disc brakes) on the rocky, rooty, sometimes unfriendly trails of southeastern PA. I'm not particularly hard on wheels, but I did not have luck with NoTubes 355s a handful of years back. The Arch is about the lowest level of durability I'm looking for.

Any suggestions? Wider than the Arch is OK, but I don't want narrower. I'm not a weight weenie. Tubeless compatibility is a requirement. I currently use Nevegal/Rampage, and plan on going to an Ardent and/or Conti (X King or Race King).

I emailed NoTubes and they said they're not planning on any silver rims.

Thanks for your help!

Jeremy
Velocity Blunt is a nice XC wider rim (28mm wide) that converts easily with the Bontrager Rhythm plastic strips and comes in silver. It's not a polished silver though. 489g per rim.

Here's a view with 2.4 Ardents mounted up tubeless:



I've run them with yellow tape and DIY valves only as well (Karma 1.9's and Raven 2.2's):



Currently, they are wearing the Continental Race King 2.2's with the Bonty strips and sealant. They've been that way for nearly a year.

 

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BruceBrown said:
Velocity Blunt is a nice XC wider rim (28mm wide) that converts easily with the Bontrager Rhythm plastic strips and comes in silver. It's not a polished silver though. 489g per rim.
second the Blunts.
 

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second the Blunts.
Anyone have experience with both Blunts and Dusters? Am I offbase in my thinking that Velocity's rims aren't generally as strong as, say, the NoTubes or Dusters?

I've seen a lot of wheelsets built with Blunts around these boards!

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JST169 said:
Anyone have experience with both Blunts and Dusters? Am I offbase in my thinking that Velocity's rims aren't generally as strong as, say, the NoTubes or Dusters?

I've seen a lot of wheelsets built with Blunts around these boards!

Jeremy
Which NoTubes rim are you comparing to the Blunt?

New Blunt SL tubeless just announced here. It will be narrower and lighter than the current Blunt.
 

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Which NoTubes rim are you comparing to the Blunt?

New Blunt SL tubeless just announced here. It will be narrower and lighter than the current Blunt.
Bruce, I'm not directly comparing the Blunts to the NoTubes rims. I am currently riding Arch rims (self-polished) and was looking for a rim similar in strength and intended application (rigid SS on rocky/roots/techy trails). The Duster and Blunt surfaced as probably the best options.

Thanks for the post on the Blunt SL. I wonder if they'd fit the bill for what I'm looking for. Seems likely, but I hesitate a bit when I see the "race day" moniker in Velocity's description. I'm looking for an every day wheelset.

Jeremy
 
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