I had some Surly New model hubs laying around and decided to build another SS wheelset for my KM. I'm a fairly big guy (190lbs) riding rigid so I was looking for a wide, reasonably light rim that was tubeless ready.
I decided to try the Halo Vapour 29er rims. At 26mm wide and 460g weight these seem to fit in between a Stan's Arch EX and WTB Frequency i23 in terms of weight and internal width. Price-wise they are on par with the WTB (fairly inexpensive).
I built them up with DT Comp spokes and alloy nipples. On a Park scale the front wheel was 900g, rear 980g (sans tape, valves, skewers). Not super light, but to be expected with the Surly hubs.
I set them up tubeless using 1" Gorilla tape and Stan's valves, with an Ardent 2.4" up front and a Slant Six 2.2" rear. Currently running about 21psi front, 27psi rear. They have been absolutely solid after two rides, no leaks or burping.
Anyway, so far so good. The wheels feel nice and stiff, and they look pretty good with the Surly hubs. I like to run fairly low tire pressures so we'll see how well they hold up over the summer (our local trails tend to be fairly rocky). But at this point I would say these rims are definitely worth a look. They make a complete wheelset with their own hubs which look interesting (and the price is nice).
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