I need some new narrow-ish rims for my Kaffenback commuter. 50% road 50% rough track/towpath commute of around 25 miles each way.
Been using Mavic A119 with Schwalbe Marathon 35mm tyres. Solid and reliable but heavy and draggy. Can't get a full rear mudguard on with the 35s as it fouls the seat tube, and want to go back to a full guard to keep the crap off me and the front mech.
I got some 28mm Conti GP4 Seasons tyres. Nice and fast, but they are narrow and I'm getting pinch flats every ride on the 19mm rims.
So I need some narrower rims that will work with the Conti tyres. I have heard that the GP4Ss come up at 25mm. I was looking at CX rims, but they seem to be on the wider side of a road rim, so I'm concerned that I'll still get pinch flats.
Will Open Pro/Open Sport take a bit of abuse? Is Pro worth the extra over Sport? Looks about 11 or 12 quid diffference per rim.
I'll probably build fresh wheels and set my A119s aside for a winter 29er project. I have a brand new Hope Pro2 Evo rear hub kicking around, but its 36 hole (bought off a mate to help him out as he was skint!) so would need a suitable rear rim. I will probably use a Novatech front Hub.
Any views on the Mavic rims ability to take a bit of a bashing, and any alternatives?