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    Budget-friendly cyclocross rim choices

    I've got a set of hubs I want to built into a dual-purpose wheelset. The bike would mainly be for paved trails and I want to venture out into cyclocross next fall. The hubs are both 32h and I'm 210lbs, but ride fairly aggressively. I've always liked the Sun Ringle CR-18 for it's value, so that's a consideration, but I recently read that the Velocity A23 makes a decent cyclocross rim, too. Do any of you cx guys have experience with either rim? Is there anything else you'd suggest?

    *edit* Do any of you guys have tires to ride offroad and another set for paved trails that you use on the same wheelset? How would a 700x25c tire mount up to a CR-18 or A23?
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    Im running A23s laced 3x to DT 350 hubs on my CX bike. Im around 190 to 200 and find the A23s a great all round rim.
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    I built wheels for my road bike using Alex DA28. They seem bomb proof and laced really easily. Found them on Amazon for about $30/ea.
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    After doing some extensive research on these rims (at work ) I think I'm going with the A23's. I'm a big guy and read many reviews of the CR-18's breaking spokes. Plus I'd like to treat myself to a nice wheelset. I think I'll be happier in the end if I spend a little more up front. I'll be sure to post up after I build them.

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    Another really nice option is the HED Belgium C2 rims. Substantially more money than the A23, but a really nice rim.

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    Quite happy with my A23s. Laced well, and held up to some ugly remounts and some rough courses this past season.

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    Trek 610 and Cross Check

    I have been swapping tires on Vuelta Corsa HD Road Wheels on my bikes. I really like the wheels and they take a pounding. They are a 36 spoke wheel and manage to carry my 226lb ass over all kinds of foolish stuff.
    $149 from Nashbar plus shipping pending sale promotions ect....you know the drill. But yes skinny road tires and cross/gravel tires get swapped.

    But understand I'm not to picky about labels and and grams....i just want what works and will take some abuse.
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    Thanks for the replies. No progress yet, but I'll post up when I buy some rims and begin the build.

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    I'm running random wheels I found for free in my local shop. They spin and are kind of round. But for next season I think I'm going to do the A23 laced to a set of 105 or tiagra hubs. Preferably in white, gotta matchy matchy the mountain bike.

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    I would like to upgrade my wheels. I ride a CX bike 98% on the road just so I can run tires 35mm or larger. I weigh 195lbs. Would the A23s be enough of an upgrade over the stock wheels I have? My current rims are Rodi Stylous Race. I know nothing about them, or any CX rims for that matter. But I do want a wheel upgrade that includes lighter weight. Suggestions?

    Mine are like this I think, and I want better:

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    Sorry to piggy-back on your thread. I'm having trouble finding good(current) threads on rims/wheels...

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    I ended up selling the hubs to a friend who will be building them up with CR-18's for a commuter bike he's getting. He's pretty excited about the wheel build and so am I.

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    I've seen lots of people running the new H Plus Son Archetype rim lately. Quality seems top notch from the few sets I've seen in person.

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