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    What’s the strongest-yet-economical 26” rim?

    Hi All:

    We have a mountain bike tandem, a fully rigid, Santana Smooth, with 26” wheels. So, twice the weight of a normal rider. We usually ride pretty smoothed out trails, but it’s gone over a few bumps, like on the the Alpine Tunnel Trail in Colorado.

    The weld has separated between the sidewall & the body of the rear rim. Now, we’re going to have to build a new wheel around the Rohloff hub. Current failed rim is a 32 spoke Velocity Aeroheat.

    Any suggestions?

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    Mike Curiak is the man to ask. Mikesee on the forum

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    I ran WTB LaserDisc DH wheels on my 26er,,They can be found for a pretty reasonable price ,rode them hard and never a prob,I go 270Lbs fully geared up(thats about twice the weight of a "normal" rider lol

    But i know ZERO about Tandems and if anything special is required

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    Sun Rhyno lite XL is has a welded seam and is on the heavy duty side of things. Still available in 26" at the moment. The XL model is the welded seam variety, regular is just pinned and slightly narrower.

    Can't say I've seen them on a tandem myself, but have ridden downhill and done stupid human tricks with them. Never had an issue, other than they tend to be super tight when mounting tires.

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    i say what ever you can get. or get some downhill specific rims. those things are bulletproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesMAmyke View Post
    Sun Rhyno lite XL is has a welded seam and is on the heavy duty side of things. Still available in 26" at the moment. The XL model is the welded seam variety, regular is just pinned and slightly narrower.

    Can't say I've seen them on a tandem myself, but have ridden downhill and done stupid human tricks with them. Never had an issue, other than they tend to be super tight when mounting tires.
    Have to second the Sun Rhyno Lite XL. Bulletproof and very strong. I built a set of them for my coaster challenge single speed.

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    WTB Asym, nearly indestructible and not crazy heavy at around 520g last time I weighed mine. And being asymmetrical, they build up better wheels then non-asym.

    https://www.wtb.com/products/asym

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    Azonic outlaws are bullet proof,good price but a little on the heavy side. Mine have been going strong for 2 yrs now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merk20 View Post
    Get some downhill specific rims. those things are bulletproof.
    Yip. I use down-hill/free-ride rims as they let you get away with anything. I've seen a narrow 29er wheel buckle due to the rider merely falling off!

    I have a bunch of Mavic D321 rims and they seem to be impossible to bend.

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    All those are weenie little girl rims.

    You need a MTX 33.

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    Mavic 325 or 823?

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    Rhynolite XL for sure. Bulletproof.

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    Sun Ringle inferno 31 best and strongest 26 out there. They have been used at the Red Bull Rampage with no issues 👍👍👍👍👍💪💪
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    All those are weenie little girl rims.

    You need a MTX 33.
    They make a 39, you know.

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    Tandem I assume you won't be riding over any big rocks or drops or jumps. In my experience Weinmann are about the best of the cheaper brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeStroganoff View Post
    Rhynolite XL for sure. Bulletproof.
    What he said..

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    would the cliff hanger be better? Also tubeless ready.

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    If disc, Stans Flow EX would be awesome, even better would be the rim Aaron Gwin used to win the Leogang DH without a tire... the DT Swiss EX 471.

    IF you need rim brakes then find a gently used Mavic 521 or 721 rim.

    A bought a used set of wheels 3 years ago and they're still going strong. Stans Flow EX & even the regular Flow is impressive.

    Prior to that I had over a decade on a set of 521/721 rims, never needed to have them trued with aggressive PNW trails.

    So don't be afraid of buying used either, just make sure you're getting excellent hubs along with the above rims.

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