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Many people (including myself) are starting to switch over to the non traditional wider rim profile. I use mine usually for racing or other special occasions. Riding FC 404's Going from a wide rim to a traditional is a bit of a hassle for me and time consuming ( i have planet x brake calipers). And I am not going to change the brake calipers even though in theory that would be the easiest solution. So I've decided it would be easier just to get another set of wide rims. No doubt they are going to be aluminum with a shallow depth.

I know the Zipp has wider aluminum options, HED and now neuvation. Are there any other brands worth mentioning? Please and thanks:thumbsup:
 

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Velocity makes the A23 rim and there are a few other rim options from folks like Kinlin that are out there. There was a recent post on a 26mm deep wide rim that looked awesome that was just released.
 

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Velocity makes the A23 rim and there are a few other rim options from folks like Kinlin that are out there. There was a recent post on a 26mm deep wide rim that looked awesome that was just released.
Yep, and I'd add H+Son to the list as well. There's also another company that just recently released new wider rims, the name escapes me at this time.
 

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Neuvation now has 22mm wide wheels...1480 gm/set, $400.

Good price and good weight but from what I heard their durability isn't that great.

Holy cow I had no idea how many company's are switching. As to the zipp 202's, I think I'll pass. The weight isn't all that great for the price. I could get something just as light for half te cost. Even more.
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Good price and good weight but from what I heard their durability isn't that great.
I have not heard that at all. FWIW, I have HED wheels that broke spokes and Mavics with cracked rims, but I have a set of 19mm Neuvations that continues to served me well ... and a fair number of serious riders around here use them for training. We've also had very good experience with the customer service.
 

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This has probably been covered in other threads, but what are the advantages of wider rims? More durable? Better ride? Performance?

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I've had good results with Velocity A23 rims. Running 28h front, and 32h rear (I weigh 195). Today I picked up a set of wheels built with H+Son Archetype rims and BikeHubStore.com hubs (again, 28/32).

Since I run 28mm tires, I like the fact that the wider rim gives the tire a better profile (i.e., reduces the "lightbulb" effect/shape).
 

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Some manufacturers claim lower rolling resistance, better cornering or improved aerodynamics, but I think the differences are small. The main advantage for me is increased comfort, a firm and connected ride quality and the ability to run lower tire pressure, which improves comfort further. Every bike I've switched over to wider rims is less jarring over rough pavement, even with the same tire and tire pressure. Some of the wheels I replaced tend to be stiffer riding (Ksyriums, Cosmic SLs) but some were normal wheels (Aeroheads).
 

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I've ridden a pair to work for the last two years -- maybe 6000-7000 miles with no issues. I weigh 200 lbs.
I might be wrong, but I don't think you have. I'm pretty sure John added the wide rims to his catalog just this fall.

If you mean it in a generic sense, then sure, but models vary in their characteristics.

That said, I've like my dealings with Neuvation and love the custom wheel he built for me.
 

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I forgot the new Pacenti SL23. I'm more interested in trying the Pacenti than anything else. And I didn't know you could get a Zipp 101 rim. Here's a wheel roundup that someone posted in another thread on RBR today.

2013 Rim Roundup - Fair Wheel Bikes
Thank you for posting that. I'll be having a new wheelset custom-made in the coming months, and you mentioning Pacenti led me to the Pacenti PL23 rims, which look very nice to me indeed.

They have that 'classic' look and profile to 'em, while still being wide. And light. :thumbsup:
 

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The advantage of a wider rim is that it allows you run a wider tire and still have clearance with the quick release on the brake to remove the wheel without deflating the tire.

There are several advantages to a wider tire

1. Lower actual rolling resistance. You can look the science up on that I know it sounds a bit counter-intuitive. (Please note here I am not suggesting you compare 52 mm wide nobbies with a 23 mm wide road tire but rather a 23 at 120 psi versus 28 mm at 80 - 100 psi road tire.)

2. A better ride. The extra luft acts like a suspension to soak up little bumps and vibrations.

3. Better handling especially in bad condition. Having a tire that is a bit wider and softer gives you better control on bad pavement or where there are things like a bit of sand on the road. I have found that wider tires corner better because they seem to hold the road a bit better.

4. Better load bearing properties heavier riders or commuters that carry a bit of stuff find they get better longevity with a wider rim and tire. I do not know if that is actually because the wider rim is stronger or the wider tire protects the rim better.

5. They let you tell the guy with 23 mm wide tires you pass that his problem is he needs to spend $10K on a training program in Poland

Just going from a 23 to a 28 mm wide tire will make a huge difference in the comfort of the bike.

If you want real comfort get a set of 32 mm wide tubular slicks! (Assuming those are still made) That will get you really light and fat at the same time. Failing that the Campagnolo Vento Reaction CX can take a tire up to 35 mm wide. I have found them to be durable and fairly light.
 
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