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    WTB laserdisc freeride rim. Valve stem won't fit.

    Hi, I just picked up a new wheel today to replace a very badly damaged one, and my old tube stem won't fit through the second hole through the rim.

    Is this rim designed perhaps for a smaller stem or am I missing something?

    Thank you in advance. (all items other than this rim are from my stock 2008 GT Avalanch 1.0)

    I have no real aspirations to switch to presta valves, and honestly, it looks wider than those anyway, just not wide enough for the schraeder. Should I carefully drill it a little wider? It's not a particularly thin rim.

    If so, is there perhaps a manual tool that can do this a little less heavy handedly than my Dewalt will?
    My concern is rim integrity, or lack thereof created by me enlarging that hole a little.

    Rob.

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    And I grew tired of waiting and enlarged it. Seems fine.
    My drill has an incremental speed trigger, so i just took it super slow, switching up drill sizes one at a time until the size was right. Cleaned up the hole and it inflated fine. The hole is still nowhere near the edges of the rim.

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    should be fine. most mtg rims are presta but drilling them out some doesnt hurt.

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    I have the same rim and did the same thing. Just make sure to remove all the burrs on the valve stem hole so it don't kill your tube. That rim takes a beating!!!!!
    I'm thinking about shreddin' it up right now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by #Cyclelife View Post
    I have the same rim and did the same thing. Just make sure to remove all the burrs on the valve stem hole so it don't kill your tube. That rim takes a beating!!!!!
    Many thanks for the moral support.

    I had an old countersink drill bit that cleaned up the edge perfectly when I ran it super slowly. It looks like a nicer job than the original.

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