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    Stan's MK3 versus Light Bikes or Nextie Carbon Rims

    I need to replace my Spank 345 Trail Rims after destroying 3 rims on my back wheel (they are garbage but that is a different story). I was thinking going with a light bicycle rim or the nextie for a build on my Hope Pro4 hubs. At the same time, it seems like the MK3 is reasonable for a cost and weight stand point. I would value opinions on setup n aluminum versus carbon.

    I am not a big guy, only5'6 and 145lbs but apparently I am not gentle on wheels. I ride Tracer 27.5C and spend my time on the rocky trails of SoCal.

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    See thread with my brief experience on Stans Flow MK3. Not a fan, and apparently I'm not the only one.

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    Spank rims are excellent. If you're ruining them, you need a much heavier rim. Forget about weight.
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    Put more air in your tires, homer.

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    I beat on a set of Flow MK3's at Whistler for 2 weeks and they're still as true as the day I bought them. I won the amateur men's overall and my buddy also won the Revolution Enduro masters overall on a set and didn't have any issues either. We're both 195lb. Sounds like your tire pressure is too low. I run 27psi front and 30 rear with CC (rear only).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schulze View Post
    Put more air in your tires, homer.
    This or get a rim insert if you cannot stay on top of tire pressures.

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    Light Bicycles and Nexie are excellent rims. Been on them for many years as well as many others. I'd trust them all day before a "Stans" product.
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    Appreciate the feedback. I have been running high tire pressure after the first rebuild... 26-28 in the rear and still have issues with the denting the rim. I think that the spank product has questionable quality and schluze, you are a homer.

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    If you're breaking Spank rims that quickly you're going to wreck everything short of a 600g downhill rim. You might have better luck in carbon but you're still at a good risk of bashing it hard enough to crack it. You can forget about Stans, the Flow is a wet noodle compared to the Oozy 345.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D'mon View Post
    Appreciate the feedback. I have been running high tire pressure after the first rebuild... 26-28 in the rear and still have issues with the denting the rim. I think that the spank product has questionable quality and schluze, you are a homer.
    Listen sunshine, all I ride is rocks, I weigh more than you, I ride less pressure than you, and I've never dented a rim in my life.

    If you are regularly destroying 500+g rims, the rim is not the problem. A different rim is not going to solve it. Although those Enve rims with the plastic bead strip might help...or you could just end up breaking even more expensive stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D'mon View Post
    Appreciate the feedback. I have been running high tire pressure after the first rebuild... 26-28 in the rear and still have issues with the denting the rim. I think that the spank product has questionable quality and schluze, you are a homer.
    So you think that 26-28 is "high" pressure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    So you think that 26-28 is "high" pressure?

    You didn't get the memo? Tire pressure in psi is weight in pounds divided by 10. And you need to run 40mm wide rims for proper sidewall support.

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    So the OP's options are

    1. run more pressure (obvious)
    2. use an insert (sounds like a good idea)
    3. Try unweighting your wheels before plowing into sharp objects.

    I agree, it's not the rims fault.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    You didn't get the memo? Tire pressure in psi is weight in pounds divided by 10. And you need to run 40mm wide rims for proper sidewall support.
    Shhhhh bro, don't summon him!

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    Say XR anything, I dare you!
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