Light rims for freestyle???

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by gingerfreek, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. gingerfreek

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    Im doing up my freestyle soon, ive got 4 broken spokes and the whole set
    up is very old so basically i want a new wheel.

    well the question i have for you is, do you know of any lightweight 20"
    rims that will take some abuse??? (not too much)
    Ive found one'here' (http://tinyurl.com/6a4zr)
    but im not sure fi its too light i.e. its gonna compromise on strength
    too much. its the Aeroheat one, or possably the tripple v. i think the
    aeroheat looks better cus its double walled but im not sure really so
    any help would be appreciated.

    iain


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  2. johnfoss

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    Based on your avatar, I'd recommend strength over weight. The old Araya
    rims that used to come on the Miyatas were great, and they were
    single-walled alloy. Mostly I think it was the superior factory
    wheelbuilding from Miyata that made those wheels hold up to so much
    abuse, but they were good.

    Unfortunately I don't know a specific rim to recommend. Just rememeber,
    light weight doesn't matter much when your cycle is out of commission.
    If you do shows for pay, this is at least 4x as true.


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  3. shadowuni

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    The torker rim seems nice and strong for a good rim/wheelset. i have one
    and its pretty good. Just a suggestion.


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  4. gingerfreek

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    Cool, thanks for the help.

    Although my avatar shows me giving some abuse to my unicycle, thats on
    my trials, so i do stuff that like that on that.

    the main reason i want a lightweight rim is to reduce the enertia in the
    wheel. when i upgraded to aluminium cranks the difference was quite
    noticeable, so im thinking that the rim, which is further from the
    centre of the wheel, will have a larger bearing on wheel enertia. so i
    think if i can get away with a lightweight rim it will make quite a big
    difference, however john you are correct in saying i'd be hugely annoyed
    if the wheel tacoed or similar.

    the most abusive riding i'd be doing on it is unispins and hopping on
    wheel, but again im not sure how much stress these tricks can cause.

    at the minute ive got a kinlin alloy rim, which came on my DM, and has
    lasted very well.

    iain


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  6. gingerfreek

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    thanks dude thats the kind of inspiring input i need, i like the look of
    the aeroheat so i think im gonna go gor that. yeah i knew they wernt
    super light cus it says for racing and stuff so they must be fairly
    robust.

    if anyone wants to contradict nickjb thats ok, im still up for third
    opinions :D

    thanks, iain


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