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    Chinese Carbon XS 26" build

    My son and I are going to build this up over the winter for him. I have alot of parts laying around, so shouldn't end up to pricey in the end. We are hoping for under 20 LBS. geared, suspension fork, big tires & a wide riser bar. Claimed weight was 1150 grams ( no size specified - probably a medium ) so I was really happy when it ended up 1030 grams with the derailleur hanger. More pics to come of some of parts I already have.
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    nice!

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    Looks pretty sleek. Cannot wait to see build photos!
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    Sweet. Have fun building.
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    Thanks guys.
    Rock Shox Sid Race = 1340 grams.
    Uno oversize 70mm stem with Ti bolts = 83.8 grams. No I'm not buying him Ti bolts for this build, but I have an assortment of Ti,Aluminium,Nylon bolts left over from 4 frame up builds in the last few years.
    Wellgo WR1 pedals with Ti axles = 167.7 grams. These came off his Spark RC jr. as he switched to clip-ins 2 years ago. I still have to add skateboard grip tape to these for more traction.
    Ritchey carbon Superlogic OS 660 mm wide, 15mm riser = 160 grams.
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    What's the actual size of the frame, I'm looking to do something similar for my daughter. Need a low stand over

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    Quote Originally Posted by md247 View Post
    What's the actual size of the frame, I'm looking to do something similar for my daughter. Need a low stand over
    I measure 14 3/4" from the center of the BB to the top of the seattube. From center BB to the top of the toptube at the seatube junction its 13"

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    Excellent xc71. I've been wondering about one of these Chinese carbon frames for a kids bike build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    Excellent xc71. I've been wondering about one of these Chinese carbon frames for a kids bike build.
    Thanks Tig. Just a heads up if you are really set on a certain look & finish on one of these. Most of these factory's offer UD,3K,12K in matte or gloss. In researching these frames I found what look & finish people were ordering was not what was being sent to them. Sure enough we got a different frame from what we ordered. Here's how are's went down - I PM the seller asking if they had a XS 3k weave in matte finish in stock, they replied back that they did. The website offers all looks & finishs at the same price, I order the 3k matte and also put a note in that we want the 3k matte. Frame shows up very fast - 5 days later on my door step but its 3k gloss. I PM the seller that its the wrong frame with there quotes that they had the frame in stock as well as a copy of my order clearly stating the 3k matte. Their reply was that I didn't write I wanted matte (which was obviously false ) and I didn't include an extra $10.00 for matte finish. This is obviously a scam were they tell you what you want to hear, then just ship you what they have in stock.They said I could return the frame if I wanted. In the end I don't care about the matte or gloss I'm just thrilled its 1030 grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    ... I'm just thrilled its 1030 grams.
    Yep, 1030g with the hanger is sweet.

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    Hopefully this will be the worst part of this build - boat anchor cranks & BB. Have these sitting in the parts box & they've never been used as they came on his Scott Spark RC. Would love to remove the Middleburn cranks & Raceface Ti BB from his Spark for this build as it would probably save close to one pound, but he will be riding his Spark for big mountain XC rides next year. At least these cranks are 165mm & have 104/64 BCD so he's getting a used Extralite 32 chainring off my bike ( the one pictured is my new one, his is still on my bike ) & I have a BBG bashguard that will fit, both of these are really light & I'm mounting them with some older XTR aluminium chainring bolts.
    I'm leaning towards 1 x 10 for this build, but having a hard time finding affordable lightweight 11/36 cassettes that don't weigh a ton. Does anyone know a source for affordable aluminium 11/36 cassttes, the few I've found online are double the price of what they were two years ago.
    FSA ISIS BB = 352.5 grams
    FSA Alpha Drive cranks = 539.4 grams
    Extralite 32 chainring = 29.4 grams
    BBG Ovalhole bashguard = 44.6 grams
    Cranks, chainring, BBG & XTR bolts = 623.8
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    Chain Reaction Cycles has XTR 11-36 for 178 dollars. Not cheap, but cheaper than everyone else. Picked one up for my wife's build. 100 grams lighter than XT.
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    Thanks NY, great price for an XTR 11/36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Chain Reaction Cycles has XTR 11-36 for 178 dollars. Not cheap, but cheaper than everyone else. Picked one up for my wife's build. 100 grams lighter than XT.
    They also have 165 Xt cranks for 175 with the cupon code. Could save a few hundred grams there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m-dub View Post
    They also have 165 Xt cranks for 175 with the cupon code. Could save a few hundred grams there too.
    Two weeks ago, I ordered a whole bunch of parts from them and got free shipping on my order over 99 dollars and an additional 10 percent off for typing in some goofy code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m-dub View Post
    They also have 165 Xt cranks for 175 with the cupon code. Could save a few hundred grams there too.
    Would 165mm XT cranks be too long for a 8 year old on a Scott 24" scale?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSJ1973 View Post
    Would 165mm XT cranks be too long for a 8 year old on a Scott 24" scale?

    Thanks!
    Generally, yes, unless your 8yo is about 5 feet tall and the 24" is too small for him. A 24 inch bike usually comes with 152mm cranks, which is probably a bit too big already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Thanks Tig. Just a heads up if you are really set on a certain look & finish on one of these. Most of these factory's offer UD,3K,12K in matte or gloss. In researching these frames I found what look & finish people were ordering was not what was being sent to them. Sure enough we got a different frame from what we ordered. Here's how are's went down - I PM the seller asking if they had a XS 3k weave in matte finish in stock, they replied back that they did. The website offers all looks & finishs at the same price, I order the 3k matte and also put a note in that we want the 3k matte. Frame shows up very fast - 5 days later on my door step but its 3k gloss. I PM the seller that its the wrong frame with there quotes that they had the frame in stock as well as a copy of my order clearly stating the 3k matte. Their reply was that I didn't write I wanted matte (which was obviously false ) and I didn't include an extra $10.00 for matte finish. This is obviously a scam were they tell you what you want to hear, then just ship you what they have in stock.They said I could return the frame if I wanted. In the end I don't care about the matte or gloss I'm just thrilled its 1030 grams.
    5 Days later? Wow, that is fast. You ordered from the chinese on E-bay, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Thanks Tig. Just a heads up if you are really set on a certain look & finish on one of these. Most of these factory's offer UD,3K,12K in matte or gloss. In researching these frames I found what look & finish people were ordering was not what was being sent to them. Sure enough we got a different frame from what we ordered. Here's how are's went down - I PM the seller asking if they had a XS 3k weave in matte finish in stock, they replied back that they did. The website offers all looks & finishs at the same price, I order the 3k matte and also put a note in that we want the 3k matte. Frame shows up very fast - 5 days later on my door step but its 3k gloss. I PM the seller that its the wrong frame with there quotes that they had the frame in stock as well as a copy of my order clearly stating the 3k matte. Their reply was that I didn't write I wanted matte (which was obviously false ) and I didn't include an extra $10.00 for matte finish. This is obviously a scam were they tell you what you want to hear, then just ship you what they have in stock.They said I could return the frame if I wanted. In the end I don't care about the matte or gloss I'm just thrilled its 1030 grams.
    5 Days later? Wow, that is fast. You ordered from the chinese on E-bay, right?

    Thanks for taking the time to post. Very interested to see how your project turns out. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    5 Days later? Wow, that is fast. You ordered from the chinese on E-bay, right?

    Thanks for taking the time to post. Very interested to see how your project turns out. Have fun!
    Thanks. Ya I was shocked it was on my door step 5 days after I ordered it. If you seach "chinese carbon frames for sale" you'll get a ton of them come up. This one was through Alibaba.
    When questioning them on the style of headset this frame took, they offered me a headset for $10.00 & I bought it. Also got a spare derailleur hanger for $5.00.
    The headset comes with a star nut, top cap & steel bolt. Those items have been removed from the pic & replaced with a CC top cap & Aluminium bolt. Star nut is already in the Sid Race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    5 Days later? Wow, that is fast. You ordered from the chinese on E-bay, right?

    Thanks for taking the time to post. Very interested to see how your project turns out. Have fun!
    Shipping is hit or miss. I've ordered some things from Asia before, and some are extremely fast, and some take a while. Some of these shops have US side "distributors" (or some guy running it out of his house/apartment).

    When I ordered my carbon wheels, it took a while to make the wheel (custom order), but once built, it shipped really fast too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    they offered me a headset for $10.00 & I bought it. Also got a spare derailleur hanger for $5.00.
    Are those bearing cartridges or cage style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Are those bearing cartridges or cage style?
    The bearings are cartridge style. Although not CC or CK quality, it seems decent for 10 bucks, we"ll see how long it lasts.
    CRC had XTR M980 11/36 10 speed cassettes on for $169.93 CAD. Also got him a SLX rear shifter and few other items to make sure my total was $250.00. With their X-Mas voucher codes I then got $50.00 off my order - so the XTR cassette cost me $135.00 CAD amazing good deal! I had been watching CRC for Medium cage XT clutch rear derailleurs to come back in stock but misted the XTR cassette price so thanks again NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    The bearings are cartridge style. Although not CC or CK quality, it seems decent for 10 bucks, we"ll see how long it lasts.
    CRC had XTR M980 11/36 10 speed cassettes on for $169.93 CAD. Also got him a SLX rear shifter and few other items to make sure my total was $250.00. With their X-Mas voucher codes I then got $50.00 off my order - so the XTR cassette cost me $135.00 CAD amazing good deal! I had been watching CRC for Medium cage XT clutch rear derailleurs to come back in stock but misted the XTR cassette price so thanks again NY.
    Thanks for the info. I take it, it's a standard ZS44 standard? It doesn't look like IS?

    This bike is going to be pimped out. I'm looking to do the same in a year or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    The bearings are cartridge style. Although not CC or CK quality, it seems decent for 10 bucks, we"ll see how long it lasts.
    CRC had XTR M980 11/36 10 speed cassettes on for $169.93 CAD. Also got him a SLX rear shifter and few other items to make sure my total was $250.00. With their X-Mas voucher codes I then got $50.00 off my order - so the XTR cassette cost me $135.00 CAD amazing good deal! I had been watching CRC for Medium cage XT clutch rear derailleurs to come back in stock but misted the XTR cassette price so thanks again NY.
    Thanks for the info. I take it, it's a standard ZS44 standard? It doesn't look like IS?

    This bike is going to be pimped out. I'm looking to do the same in a year or two.

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    [QUOTE=IAmHolland;9970725]Thanks for the info. I take it, it's a standard ZS44 standard? It doesn't look like IS?


    No not a ZS44, its a intigrated headset. It looks like a semi Int. on the scale pic, but it has short cups that go into the headtube then the bearing cartridges drop into those. Not familar with these cups as on my Ibis the bearings drop right into the headtube.

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    Hey XC71, which frame is this??? What vendor did you use??? About to pull the trigger for my 12 year old who wants a new ride this year and doing some research on the different companies out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulys_tx View Post
    Hey XC71, which frame is this??? What vendor did you use??? About to pull the trigger for my 12 year old who wants a new ride this year and doing some research on the different companies out there.
    The factory is HK Flyii Co.,Limited
    Model - FR201
    There is another option in this size and price range that looks like it has a lower top tube height, can't remember the model #, maybe FR16 or something like that. The reason I didn't go for that style is the cable mounts are fixed to the top of the toptube in a bad position - looks like it could do alot of damage to the groan area. With the cables running on the bottom of the toptube on the FR201 it looks a nice slick set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    The bearings are cartridge style. Although not CC or CK quality, it seems decent for 10 bucks, we"ll see how long it lasts.
    CRC had XTR M980 11/36 10 speed cassettes on for $169.93 CAD. Also got him a SLX rear shifter and few other items to make sure my total was $250.00. With their X-Mas voucher codes I then got $50.00 off my order - so the XTR cassette cost me $135.00 CAD amazing good deal! I had been watching CRC for Medium cage XT clutch rear derailleurs to come back in stock but misted the XTR cassette price so thanks again NY.
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    A2Z XCF-15 front hub showed up today. Its convertible from 15mm thru axle to 9mm QR. In the 15mm TA config. its 108.5 grams! QR its 115 grams. You can mount a 6 bolt rotor two different ways with this hub. 1) Use the standard 6 bolts.And these aren't included with the hub. 2) Install the 6 locktite coated set screws into the hub, place the rotor over them then thread the cassette style lockring into the hub which tightens against the rotor. You can see the lockring leaning against the bottom of the scale. Suprisingly this set up was lighter than 6 steel bolts. The lockring & set screws are 12.5 grams. 6 steel rotor bolts are 14 grams. To go full on weightweenie you could get the set screws in Ti or go with 3 Ti bolts & 3 aluminium bolts. I may splurge for 6 aluminium bolts & run 3 steel & 3 alum. in the front & rear hubs.
    I'm thrilled with the weight on this hub as I looked high & low for a 15mm TA and/or 15 TA/9QR convertible hub & found nothing unless you wanted to spend big bucks. I couldn't find any convertible, light, cheap hubs, and the lightest 15mm TA hub I found was 162 grams.
    I'm guessing this hub is a brand new style for A2Z as they don't even list it on their website. In all my searching I only came across two of these, both from the same seller.
    Edit: forgot to mention the reason I wanted a convertible hub for this build is my son will start with the Sid Race 80mm travel, 9mm QR. When he gets taller I want to slacken the head angle and add more travel with a Sid 120mm travel, 15mm Thru axle.
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    Nice report on the XCF-15. I've wondered what they are like but have not been able to find any in recent times except gold coloured ones. I really like the front A2Z hubs (the rear is rubbish because of its dodgy engagement mechanism, but would work well for a kid's bike build). The XCF-15 is great value for money and pretty much the same weight as a Tune King hub, only about a third of the price.

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    It's pretty sick that your kid's bike will be more blinged out than my adult bike.

    Hahaha.

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    Extralite foam grips 15.6 grams, these have been trimmed down a few mm - lots of tight trees around here and I end up mangling the ends so he ends up with my old grips.
    Ibis seatpost clamp with Ti bolt 15.6 grams, taken from Mom's bike as she went with a QR clamp.
    Selle Italia SLR XP 180.7 grams. I think this saddle will work very well for him, other than being a little bit longer its similar in size to his Scott saddle which he really likes. ( Scott = 255 grams ) For the weight of the XP, its got a decent amount of padding and that great SLR shape which I find very comfy.
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    XTR 11/36 ten speed cassette showed up.
    KMC X10SL chain.
    Just about have everything.Rear hub & seatpost should be here any day, still need rear derailleur and need to figure out rims and spokes.
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    Still don't have all the parts, but we started building today. He can't wait to ride it. And no, he's not getting the carbon New Ultimate seatpost & Tune Speedneedle saddle, just borrowed mine to hang the frame in the stand until his seatpost shoes up.
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    XT clutch rear derailleur & seatpost showed up, so just down to waiting for wheelparts to show up.
    These clutch derailleurs are beefy at 257 grams.
    Seatpost was a cheap no name carbon post $43.00 shipped. 31.6 X 350 = 186 grams.
    After I cut it to the correct length of 250mm it was 151.4.
    The upper yokes are really light - same weight as KCNC yokes, but the steel bolts and lower cradle are heavy. I had some Ti bolts from an older seatpost and I made a new lower cradle out of an offcut from a Easton 30.9mm carbon seatpost. This also fit really well into the half circle cut out at the top of the seatpost where it rests. The stock lower cradle had a terrible fit with gaps on both sides.
    Final weight = 131.8.
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    Great stuff. Very ingenious way to make an ultra-light lower cradle.

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    Thanks Tig

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    Got a set of the new Circus Monkey HDW3 hubs. Will only be using the rear as I'm using the A2Z XCF 15 hub mentioned above. The CM rear came in at 223.3 grams so between the two hubs should help make for a light wheelset. The CM hubs came with QR's and just expected them to be heavy steel QR's. I was shocked when I dropped them on the scale and they weighed 45.9 grams for the pair. A magnet test confirmed they were Ti.
    For the money really happy with the hubs/QR's.
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    That's awesome XC71. I was thinking about getting that exact combo. Nice that the colour matches. What's the engagement mechanism like on the HDW3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    That's awesome XC71. I was thinking about getting that exact combo. Nice that the colour matches. What's the engagement mechanism like on the HDW3?
    I'm not sure Tig. I had heard the engagement system was reliable and better than the previous HDW versions though. I'll take it apart some time and snap a pic.

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    Hi...

    Don't mean to sideline this thread and maybe I'm really not intune with the realities of bike manufacturing but isn't this teaching our kids not to support American products? Looks like a lot of effort spent buying lots of individual products that maybe some of that money could have gone to buying an American frame? Sorry don't mean to be an a** I just am concerned about where our little ones are going to be working. Please bash me or evict me or do whatever you want but I'm just curious as to why? I'm not trying to be a hater here and I truly hope you and your son enjoy this time together. Sounds like a great bonding experience I hope to have with my kids :-)

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    He already has a modded Scott Spark RC 24". The point of this was a budget build and ultra lightweight. Almost all of american company's selling carbon frames and parts are all made in Asia, i just went right to the source for approx. one tenth the cost. I guess i could of bought him the new made in america Trek carbom, but wasn't interested in dropping over $3000.00 just for the frame. To buy an american made bike that is the same weight range as this bike will cost well over 10,000.00. This one should be in the 18 lbs. range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    That's awesome XC71. I was thinking about getting that exact combo. Nice that the colour matches. What's the engagement mechanism like on the HDW3?
    Here you go Tig. Looks like a decent design with the 3 pawls on the freehub body. Hopefully it will be more reliable than the A2Z rear hub you had issues with.
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    So what rims are you lacing to those hubs? I'm kind of in the same boat, but going a little cheaper with an AL frame (Sette Reken, $89.98 from Price point). Looking for some decent lightweight rims to lace to the hope hubs I have sitting at home. Any leads? Thinking about getting the Stan's 355s that are on sale at notubes.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnlwthrn View Post
    So what rims are you lacing to those hubs? I'm kind of in the same boat, but going a little cheaper with an AL frame (Sette Reken, $89.98 from Price point). Looking for some decent lightweight rims to lace to the hope hubs I have sitting at home. Any leads? Thinking about getting the Stan's 355s that are on sale at notubes.com.
    I'm going with Light-bicycle carbon rims. Wanted to build him a strong/light wheelset as he will be likely taking these wheels to his next bike if they hold up. However getting the LB rims has turned into a Gong show. They told me they would be shipped to me over 4 weeks ago. At this time they are still not made and they can't tell me when they'll be finished. In hindsight a should have just gone with my original choice which was ZTR Alpines, if you can get them weighed before purchasing, I've seen these as light as 317 grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xc71 View Post
    Here you go Tig. Looks like a decent design with the 3 pawls on the freehub body. Hopefully it will be more reliable than the A2Z rear hub you had issues with.
    Awesome. Looks like a much better engagement mechanism. Those hubs really look like a bargain for the weight. I think I'll get a set for may daughter's new 24" wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnlwthrn View Post
    So what rims are you lacing to those hubs? I'm kind of in the same boat, but going a little cheaper with an AL frame (Sette Reken, $89.98 from Price point). Looking for some decent lightweight rims to lace to the hope hubs I have sitting at home. Any leads? Thinking about getting the Stan's 355s that are on sale at notubes.com.
    Try 2ndcycle.com.au - they have ZTR alpines for $60 each - NoTubes Rim ZTR Alpine 26" 32 Hole Black (TRD60) - 2ndCycle.com.au. The also have podium MMX rims for $71 each. Every now and then they have a 40% off sale. I recently stocked up on an obscene number of MMX rims for $42 each delivered.

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    looks fun!

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    Well, better late than never. 7 weeks after Light-bicycles said I would have these rims, they finally show up. 3K matte weave.
    360 & 357 grams. These have a 23mm inner width & are tubeless compatible. Now to figure out spoke length. Should be the last parts I need to finish this off.
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