Cheap Carbon Rims – any recommendations?
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… 🙂Posted 5 months agotom.nashSubscriber
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.Posted 5 months agodjtomMember
I have a set of these C33 rims on Hope Pro 4. Nice wheelset, rims seem very good.
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!Posted 5 months ago
£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.Posted 5 months agoearl_brutusMember
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.Posted 5 months agodjtomMember
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.Posted 5 months ago
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