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    Tubeless 26" rim brake rims?

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    As above. Is there such a thing as a tubeless 26" rim for rim brakes? Only ones I can find are Velocity which aren't widely available in the UK. Kinlin XM250 looks like it may have the right profile for tubeless but not specified as tubeless.

    Will be mostly for road and light trail use.
    Any recommendations greatly appreciated.

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    Make your current rims into tubeless. Add tape, air valve and sealant. I have my old Klein set up that way right now. Just about any rim can be made tubeless.

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    Absolutely nothing in production, at least nothing I've seen I would want to ride on. You can use a non tubeless rim as Mike87 suggested.

    I've done a number of rim brake builds in the past 5 or so years so have absolutely researched the crap out of this.

    Best options if you can find them IMO:
    Stans ZTR 355
    DT XR425
    DR XR4.1D

    Others
    Mavic 719 and 819 Tubeless Rim Brake
    Mavic Crossmax (ST and SL) Tubeless
    Mavic Crossroc Tubeless
    Bontrager Race X Lite Tubeless
    Bontrager Race Lite Tubeless
    Bontrager Mustang TLR (ceramic brake surface)
    Velocity A23 TLR
    WTB Something (maybe frequency, can't remember this one off the top of my head)
    XTR M970 Tubeless
    XT M770 Tubeless
    Several other older shimano wheelsets from Deore, LX, XT, and XTR.

    The Mavic's (non-719/819's) are going to be the easiest to find, probably followed by the Bontragers. But, you have to be sure they're the tubeless versions. Mavic has about 30 models of Crossmax and Crossroc between 2004 and 2012 or so. You'll find almost every permutation of tubeless, tubed, rim brake, disc brake, etc.

    I finally found a pair of rim brake 355's about a year and a half ago and they're absolutely killer rims. The DT's were my second choice, but I couldn't source a pair of the rim brake version.

    This isn't inclusive list but should give you something to search for if you don't want to mess with a non-tubeless rim.
    WTB: Med Bontrager Ti Lite, PM Me...

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    Velocity Cliffhanger
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    Not light but should be tough and is decently wide.

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    Alex Rims Adventure 2. They are tubeless ready and come specced on the Surly Long Haul Trucker.

    If you're gonna use it for road and light trail use then they will be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdg View Post
    Velocity Cliffhanger
    Velocity Wheels - Hand Made in USA

    Not light but should be tough and is decently wide.
    Nice but did I see 90$/rim?
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    Nice but did I see 90$/rim?
    They are expensive. See if you can get some of their blemish rims by calling them. A coworker of mine got some blemished Blunt SS rims for cheap and couldn't notice any differences between them and a normal rim.

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    Stan's Arch EX and Flow EX can be used for rim brakes. You just have to take the stickers off.

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    I've used Rhyno Lites with the machined brake surface and later converted them to tubeless with Gorilla tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post

    Best options if you can find them IMO:
    Stans ZTR 355
    DT XR425
    DR XR4.1D

    ....

    I finally found a pair of rim brake 355's about a year and a half ago and they're absolutely killer rims. The DT's were my second choice, but I couldn't source a pair of the rim brake version.
    I was also going to mention the Stan's 355. I bought a bike with it set up for disc, but I have liked it. I should be honest and admit I haven't set it up tubeless quite yet (new tires are just waiting to go on), but they have held up nicely. I know I'm supposed to need wider rims, but they are doing just fine.

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