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    Limited options for 29er rim brakers?

    So my rear wheel is not staying true after a crash some time ago and I've decided it's best to lace up a new rim. I can't seem to find any Rhyno Lite 29" 32h (machined sidewall) wheels anywhere, and was wonder if there was a good equivalent that anyone could recommend. I ride a rigid Karate Monkey on double track and single track, with terrain varying from soft and dusty to rocks and hard compact dirt. I'd prefer something close to the width of the Rhyno Light, which was something like 28mm. If it's any consolation, this will be a rear wheel. A smidge skinnier would be fine. I've tried disc brakes and wasn't a huge fan. I'll try them again, I'm sure, but until I have the money to dish out on a decent set, I'm going to stick with my trusty V-Brakes. Ideally, I'd like to spend no more than $75 for the rim. The Rhyno Lite was something like $35 a year and a half ago.

    Thanks in advance.

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    WTB Dual Duty FR 29er rims
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    Dear Sam,

    I'm in the same situation. One of these days, very soon, we will not be able to find ANY wide 700c rims with a machined brake surface. Kind of like a rotary telephone or Window 98....Maybe there should be a sticky of the few remaining rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii View Post
    Dear Sam,

    I'm in the same situation. One of these days, very soon, we will not be able to find ANY wide 700c rims with a machined brake surface. Kind of like a rotary telephone or Window 98....Maybe there should be a sticky of the few remaining rims.
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    At least not the heavier kinda rims, like RhynoLites.

    But folks are still going to produce 700c XC-grade kinda rims as long as tandem road bikes still use rim brakes.

    I have some Sun CR18s on my cross bike (and are way overkill, even for CX). Those are still available for pretty cheap.

    But... keep in mind that there is a reason why mountain bikes moved away from rim brakes. Is there a frame you are married to that does not have disc tabs?

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    No, I have a Karate Monkey and initially ran it with BB7's. I found them to be more of an annoyance than a solid, reliable product, and thus traded them for some XTR M951 V-Brakes that I've outfitted with KoolStop Mountain pads and Jagwire Ripstop. I find the combo to be big on power, feel, and modulation. The only gripe is that my hands get a bit tired after lots of downhill. Where I ride in California, I rarely come across water/mud to the extent that it would make riding with rim brakes dangerous/useless.

    Back to the wheels...

    I bought 4 new spokes, switched some of the problematic ones around on the wheel (valve hole and joint) and trued it to 90%. I'm going to put 50-100 miles on it and tighten up the tension, see if it works out. Laterally it is fine, but radially it has a little lump. I think it could work itself out. We'll see.

    Being that it was machine-built, it is probably a good thing that I de-tensioned and re-trued the wheel anyway.

    Just in case I want another rim eventually, have any of you found the Mavic A319/A719's to be useful as a 29er rim? 25mm width is pretty good, and they are cost effective with a nice machined braking surface.

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    WTB Products Wheels Rims 29er Dual Duty FR 29er
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    I have the Mavic A 719's on my cross check.They are listed as a bombproof touring rim on the mavic site. Beefy and durable on my commuter, bad roads, some dirt road and singletrack use. Have not flogged them on true off road use, but they should work fine.

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    Not really all that limited on lower end choices as you can see and as you shop around. It's the middle and upper grade machined surface hoops that are more trouble to locate as most prefer disk brake wheels.
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    WTB DDFR is closest to your Rhyno Lite's.

    Also worth considering DT TK540's.

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