I'm in the process of restoring my old trek, and trying to find a good rim to use. I currently have a pair of alexrims DM-20's (got these on the super-cheap. I believe they were OEM on a 2002ish rockhopper).
I'm looking for something that's still relatively cheap but lighter. Stans has the 26" 355 vbrake rims on sale for $40, but only in a 28 hole configuration. Since there is no weight limit posted for these I'm kind of shying away, especially because of the spoke count (I'm 220 without gear and normally use 32 spoke wheels). I've also been looking at the mavic XC-717 vbrake model - these look a bit easier to find in a 32 spoke configuration, and it *seems* they can be run tubeless (this is not a requirement, but I would consider it a bonus). The third option I'm looking at is the velocity aeroheat rim.
I will mostly be using this bike on smooth singletrack, but in PA so there are bound to be some rocks/roots. If I ride anything especially rocky I will probably be on my 29er. Does anyone have experience with the mavics or velocities (or experience that indicates I would be OK with the 355's)?
Any other wheel recommendations are also welcome. Looking for anything vbrake compatible that will be an upgrade from the DM20's (shooting for 450 grams or lighter but I'm more flexible than I'd like the wheels to be).
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