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    Mavic MA3 or Salsa Delgado Cross

    I think the obvious choice would be the Salsa, but I can't find any shop in town with one in stock and it's about a week out. I did find a MA3 at my wife's place of employment for about 20 bucks. I'm impatient and want to ride this weekend (I guess I could always jump on the 26ers, but they aren't nearly as fun anymore). Am I going to be super disappointed if I build up the MA3 rather than wait on a Delgado?

    I'm about 150lbs, this would be going on a Phil rear flip flop hub for my KM. As you can see from the pic, I've been riding an Open Pro and have been happy with the ride characteristics until yesterday. About 9 months old and about half of the riding was done fixed gear...no rear brake.

    Here's the reason I need a new rim...yesterday on my commute in....

    <img src='http://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/rimsplit1small(1).jpg' border=4>

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    Ouch!

    How'd you do that?

    Anyway if you were happy with the Open Pro you'd probably be happy with the MA3 too. But, you're right the Delgado is the obvious choice for running fat tires:

    open pro 425g 19.5mm
    delgado 460g 22.5mm
    ma-3 470g 20mm

    Good luck!

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    good question

    It looks like it split at the seam. Warranty? Who knows. I was just commuting in to work on smooth pavement when it happened.

    Thanks for the widths of the rims...I couldn't seem to find them.

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    get the MA3

    Im using them on my crosscheck right now, zero complaints.

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    One other aspect: the Delgados at 11 mm have a few mm higher, or wider V-brake surface than those Mavic rims, making pad alignment easier. But the MA3's have a slightly wider surface than the Open Pros that you were happy with, so probably no issue.

    I just built wheels with Delgados, and that claimed 460 g is a dream. Real weight: 545 g.

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    I have about 40lbs on you and I have been running MA3's on one of my main rides for the last 3 yrs without a complaint. Although once I did pop the bead on a rock.

    A bird in the hand.....
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    Curious about MA3s

    I have a set of MA3s on my road bike with Surly mtn hubs, but I never thought of trying them out off-road until I saw this thread. Are they strong enough in rocky stuff? What's the fattest tire that will fit on them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigwheel
    I have about 40lbs on you and I have been running MA3's on one of my main rides for the last 3 yrs without a complaint. Although once I did pop the bead on a rock.

    A bird in the hand.....

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    Mavic A719

    I'm running Mavic's touring rim A719 and so far so good. Personally think this would be better than the MA3. But then again I've never been technically gifted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP
    I have a set of MA3s on my road bike with Surly mtn hubs, but I never thought of trying them out off-road until I saw this thread. Are they strong enough in rocky stuff? What's the fattest tire that will fit on them?
    Thanks!
    As I said I have had a set on a bike that I have been riding here in the Rockies for the last 3 years with no problems. It is a steel bike with a rigid fork to boot, so the rolling combo is not exactly in the lite category. I doubt that a thrash rider would get away with them however. The biggest tires currently available will mount and hold air on an MA3. I did chip an MA2 which is the only rim I have spoiled in 5 yrs of riding 29. I rode some pretty rocky terrain in early season clumsy mode today on some Speedcities and they came through just fine also.
    A bike by any other name is still a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anden
    One other aspect: the Delgados at 11 mm have a few mm higher, or wider V-brake surface than those Mavic rims, making pad alignment easier. But the MA3's have a slightly wider surface than the Open Pros that you were happy with, so probably no issue.

    I just built wheels with Delgados, and that claimed 460 g is a dream. Real weight: 545 g.
    Quite disapointed by that. I am just waiting for my new 29er wheels. Paul Hubs, Sapim CX Ray spokes and Salsa Delgato Rims.

    Went for the Salsas because of their weight. Ah well.

    P::..

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    rim or disc brakes on the MA3's

    Bigwheel...are you running rim or disc brakes on your MA3's? I'm using rim brakes. I've never had a rim pop out like my Open Pro did and now I'm a bit concerned on my MA3 that I have had up front for a few months doing the same and leaving me stranded.

    I laced up the MA3 to the rear this weekend.

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