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    Syncros Lil Snapper Rims-Opinions?

    There is nothing in the reviews and was curious if anyone had built up wheels using these rims. they are advertised at 400 grams. I am looking to build up a backup wheelset and would be using them with discs. The rims appear to be eyeletted, so I am hoping they could handle the stress of disc brakes.

    I would welcome opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fett
    There is nothing in the reviews and was curious if anyone had built up wheels using these rims. they are advertised at 400 grams. I am looking to build up a backup wheelset and would be using them with discs. The rims appear to be eyeletted, so I am hoping they could handle the stress of disc brakes.

    I would welcome opinions.
    I have no opinion of this rim one way or the other... but why not just choose a disc specific rim? Is there a price promotion on the Syncros?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowRent1
    I have no opinion of this rim one way or the other... but why not just choose a disc specific rim? Is there a price promotion on the Syncros?
    I can get a set for next to nothing from someone I know. That is the only reason I am considering them or else I would look at a normal disc rim setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fett
    I can get a set for next to nothing from someone I know. That is the only reason I am considering them or else I would look at a normal disc rim setup.
    OK. Well, if they're real cheap then I guess you don't have that much to lose if they don't work out.

    400 g and not specifically designed for discs makes me concerned about their service life. The X517/XC 717 is about that weight and can be problematic with discs.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fett
    There is nothing in the reviews and was curious if anyone had built up wheels using these rims. they are advertised at 400 grams. I am looking to build up a backup wheelset and would be using them with discs. The rims appear to be eyeletted, so I am hoping they could handle the stress of disc brakes.

    I would welcome opinions.
    I can't comment on the use of these rims for disc brakes as I use V-brakes. I do, however, think the rims are of good quality. I have built 4-5 wheelsets with them and even replaced my own X517's with them. They are light, build well (very round and flat) and have a nice brake suface (not that you care). Like you, I chose them due to the cheap cost (nashbar had them for $9.95 ea). I have never found an official ERD for them, but would guess it to be 538-540. Just a little smaller than most XC rim-brake rims. If you are building the wheels yourself (or are getting the build done cheaply) I'd say go for it. BTW - I had problems keeping my X517's true without disc brakes (I weigh about 220lbs), but have had no trouble with these rims.

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    I have a set and I use disks

    Well, a front disk anyway and it's held up fine. I like these rims and would buy them again if nashbar still had them. I was worried (like you) that it would have some of the problems the 517 (with disks) has but after about 1 year they are still going strong. Eyelets seem to be hardy.

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    Good job! Lil snappers

    I have these that came on my 01 gt i-drive.....love 'em. have hayes mechanical both fr and rear. i'm not a tlight 220lbs and tear thru dh. good sized rocks are always bouncing off these puppies and i've had zero problems. one day a 1/2 in stick got caught in them and they chewed it right up and the spoke wasn't even bent.

    pick 'em up!

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    No problems with self-built set of rim brake wheels

    I'm not a hucker, but I ride a fairly rocky/rooty trail regularly, and I weight about 200# . I have no complaints whatsoever. I built this set with relatively high spoke tension; so much so that I rounded about 6 nipples during the build. The rims stand up well. No truing issues after about 200 miles.

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