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  1. #1
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    Dec 2003

    Sun EQ23 29er rim feedback?

    I built a rim using a used Crest hoop, and the goofy thing is not very stable. I don't even have it on the bike yet, and I can tell this is not going to end well on the trail, 10 miles from the trailhead.

    I think I need to start over with a new hoop. Also, the bead on that Crest is impossibly tight. I hope I never get a flat, because I can't even get tire levers in there to get the gar-dang tire off. BTW, I have about zero interest in tubeless... well, maybe 10% interest in tubeless.

    But, I'm broke, so I need to do it on the cheaps. I'm still trying to save up some cash for another Lefty, and this will be a bit of a setback. I'm about $200 shy of a sweet carbon Fox Lefty Max... so close I can smell it!

    Sun EQ23 rims are looking pretty sweet for a low rent, 460 gram welded, XC grade rim, that happens to have about the same ERD as the Crest rim. The going rate seems to be about $45 each landed, or two for $80 landed. I intend to build a nice wheelset in the future, but I think this might do the trick for now.

    So, how are these things? Decent and stable, or taco city? I don't tend to ruin rims. I weight a bit over 200 these days, but ride XC.

    Yes, I already searched and didn't find a lot of feedback on this one.

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    Jan 2007
    Well I believe the EQ23 is now replaced by the Inferno23. I have a EQ27 29" rim built up and the rim itself is very well made. It laced up quickly and true with nice even tension. I just got a Inferno 27 for the front (I couldn't find a matching front EQ27) and it looks to be equal quality bit is a different shaped rim. It is more of a semi-aero profile with a shallower rim cavity but it is NOT using the BST rim bead profile as some have suggested. The EQ rims are not a good candidate for tubeless, the Inferno might be but I haven't tried yet.

    I haven't got much ride time so I can't give a long term durability but I've been using and building Sun rims since the mid 90's and have always found them to be a quality rim at a more affordable price than the bigger names such as DT and Mavic.

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    I've never built the 23's but I've built 5 sets of wheels with the EQ27 and I like them very much.
    I've got a pair of Inferno 27's waiting to get built and they look good too.
    I like turtles

  4. #4
    Is that Bill rated?
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    Have not been impressed with the EQ23s, they are just not off road rims in my experience.
    Well, it was a good try.

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    Jul 2008
    I rode a set last year a few times and have nothing bad to say about them. I thought they were light and held up well under me at 200lbs riding xc. Look for a set of disco fleas, they can be found cheap and have the eq23 rims with dirty flea hubs. Thats what I had. I had 6 rides on them and took them apart to build up with Arch rims because I wanted to ride tubeless.

  6. #6
    upgrade until you suck
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    The EQ23s are decent rims, I rode them several years without issue. Wanted to go tubeless easily since the EQ23s never quite worked without a ton of work building up the rim bed, so I sold them and have been on the Arches ever since. Since you're not interested in tubeless, they're good rims for what you want.

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    I'm leaning towards Infernos. The ERD is closer to what I have already, so I probably can re-use my spokes (with new nipples, naturally).

    That said, I got my Crest wheel trued up well enough. The driveway/curb test didin't show anything too odd. We'll see what happens on the trail.

    Thanks for the input, folks!

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