29er rims question – which Light-Bicycle rim?
Without opening the “Chinese carbon rims you will die” can of worms, just wanting to know what is the most up-to-date thinking on which rims to get from Light-Bicycle?Posted 4 years ago
In particular, wondering if anyone has actually tried the hookless rims? I have no experience with hookless – can you chuck a tube into your tire with hookless rims (when running tubeless), if you have a flat?
Also – which weave/finish are the cool kids using nowadays?
Tempted to go hookless meself, tho wish they’d done some a bit wider, can live with 22mm tho and suspect the hookless bead mean the trye will plump up a little more. Maybe enough to feel like they’re 23mm wider 29er rim!.
Are the hookless up on the site… wanders of to check!!. Would do a group buy but LB don’t do much in the wya of discount and onwards post frm uk might cancel out any savings!! Unless af ew of us are local!.Posted 4 years agoBuzzardMember
I’m interested in these hookless rims but still not convinced. Will be interested to hear real feedback assuming you pull the trigger. Was planning on buying some from LB before they started producing hookless and now I’m sort of waiting to see how those pan out and just making do with what Ive got till then.Posted 4 years ago
In theory a tougher rim (with a more stout n shorter bead) that’s lighter yet easier to make (tho sadly that didn’t translate to cheaper!).
The lower sidewall might mean a bit more flex n thus grip from tyre but that is just reading across Stans BST theory I guess.
Just slipped n bought me spokes for these so hope the erd is consistent to drwg!Posted 4 years agoJasonMember
All mine are still going strong. I have four LB 29er wider rims in total, the oldest pair are now over a year old. A few very light cosmetic marks during that time. I don’t think they make rims for anyone else, but I would imagine they are one of the largest manufacturers of carbon rims, given the number of threads on here and MTBR.Posted 4 years ago
There’s is a wee thread over on mtbr with lots of info on the wide rims mainly. (see 29er components forum). Lots to wade thru but essentially there’s the odd fail (as with any product – there’s about 4000 comments so not a bad ratio anyway) but mostly all good.
LB revised production recently to improve strength and these new hookless rims are only a wee bit lighter (15-20g ish) for 3mm less width and a lesser beadhook. To me it feels that there’s probably as much material in these as is in the wides and with a stouter bead to boot so not too worried re strength per se.
Hookless has been done before, is common for cars and rivals are moving that way too zoo although kinda new is a minor risk I guess. Probably all come down to rim and tyre tolerances then!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I liked Specialized’s comments on hookless rims… “One day one of our guys said “Why do these have hooks” and we all went “Durr, bike wheels all have hooks” and he said “Yeah, but why”, and we all went “Durr, bike wheels all have hooks”. So he said “Yeah, but why”…Posted 4 years ago
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