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  • bigbloke
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    I have a set of these C33 rims on Hope Pro 4. Nice wheelset, rims seem very good.

    Pure Components Carbon Rims

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    I’ve used Light Bicycle and Nextie, but prefer the Nextie ones. I’d still stick with a named company with some customer reviews.

    daern
    Member

    My 29er XC bike has WTB KOM rims (i23 front and i25 rear) and, as I’ve got a thing for wheel building at the moment, I fancy building up a new set of carbon wheels for it, partly to sharpen the handling, partly to save a bit of weight, but mostly because, well, I fancy doing it 🙂

    I see there’s plenty of cheap options out there, including eBay, but has anyone got any recommendations or experience of cheap-ish carbon self-build wheels? Not too worried about having the right name – more interested in having something that won’t explode on the first ride out.

    So, let’s hear your stories… 🙂

    Premier Icon tom.nash
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    Rode Superstar carbon wheels for a year and could not fault them; remained true, took a hammering including racing an EWS round, hubs were smooth and didn’t have to replace the bearings. A big plus is also UK based so if you do have any issues they are a phone call away and have a crash replacement scheme and lifetime truing service.

    beefheart
    Member

    I’ve been running a set of ICAN rims for about a year and had no problems.

    daern
    Member

    Thanks for the recommendations guys. I’ve used Superstar’s carbon rims before and been impressed, but I’ll have a look around these options and see what will suit me.

    jamesfts
    Member

    Another happy Light Bicycle customer here. Have taken years of abuse on the hardtail, just make sure they’ve not been built with alloy nips.

    Yetiman
    Member

    I’ve got two pairs of 35mm LB 29er rims with the oldest being 3 1/2 years old and abused to hell. Despite not being the bargain they once were I think I would stick with them for another build.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    My LB rims have been excellent.
    Disclaimer: I am a serial bumbler.

    djtom
    Member

    I have a set of these C33 rims on Hope Pro 4. Nice wheelset, rims seem very good.

    https://www.purecomponents.co.uk/product/pure-components-carbon-rims/

    Guy asks for cheap carbon wheels. First response points to a company that sells rims for £579 each. Nice work.

    And yes, I’m sure they are very good. I’d bloody well expect them to be world-leading for that price!

    bigbloke
    Member

    Errrr that’s for a pair I think you’ll find. They are UK too so no faffing about with foreign orders etc. I have no idea how much eBay or direct retailers rims cost. Thanks for the short sharp response, always appreciated.

    daern
    Member

    £580 a pair isn’t too daft, tbh. Well, it’s not Enve money, anyway 😉

    FYI, the real reason for this is that my last KOM i23 disintegrated (i.e. the rim actually split around the whole rotation). This was a clear warranty job, although as it happened 48 hours before going on holiday, I had no choice but suck it up and throw another on quickly, so the spokes would still fit. I’m not so confident that they will last out though and if I’m changing them anyway, I might as well stick something a bit stiffer on instead.

    Thanks for the suggestions people. Really appreciate the real-world feedback.

    earl_brutus
    Member

    I took a flyer on a set of used 26″ enve am on chris king hubs for £480 off ebay. On inspection they were pretty much unmarked and after a quick service of the hubs now spin like new. a couple of ard rock enduros, local xc blasts and a week bombing round the pyrenees later and they run like a dream. I figured at that price it was worth a punt cos the hubs alone would be worth £350 in any case and ill just rebuild with new rims if i ever prang one.

    djtom
    Member

    Errrr that’s for a pair I think you’ll find. They are UK too so no faffing about with foreign orders etc. I have no idea how much eBay or direct retailers rims cost. Thanks for the short sharp response, always appreciated.

    Just had another look and you’re right, it’s for a pair – “Quantity = 1” threw me off.

    Apologies – I’m having a bad day.

    Tom_W1987
    Member

    Light-Bicycle for Chinese cheap wheels

    Bontrager Line Pro 30 rims if not.

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