Firstly I think this is a good new post and angle on the topic.
Yes it’s been discussed elsewhere - but not from a step 101 kind of starting block place.
I think you’re perfectly valid to look at Nextie. In spite of the debacle over their 36” rim - I’d say they’re likely a good brand for standard wheel sizes.
I’ve gone with LightBicycle for my 29er carbon rim for the up and coming Schlumpf build. I can’t remember the full reason for going with them over Nextie - I think I liked the package that I was looking at:
- 36h (not the more common 32h)
- A few builds already doing the rounds on these forums from respected top of their game riders
- and probably the general look / design of the rim.
AM935 is the model I went with - but I think you should think long and hard about what riding you want to do and what tyres you like and plan to run and you may find a narrower rim is actually more suitable.
Re hubs - there’s in fact Mad4One, QUAX and Kris Holm - all that offer 36h and I believe QUAX offer their own standard (Q-axle, not ISIS) light weight 32h option if you find a rim you like that is only in 32h.
Me personally I’d rather find a rim that conforms to the more common 36h unicycles go for - as I don’t care much for the extra 4 spoke weight and feel it is basically tried and tested. But I bet we’re talking small differences if the wheel is well built.
I’d highly recommend looking at double butted spokes when it comes to the overall build plan and factor in that cost. It’s an equally important choice to make and think about, probably more so with a nice carbon rim.
I am by no means an expert and only build one non-carbon wheel - but I did enjoy it and would love to try my hand one day at something more special.
But for the build I have parts purchased I’m not risking it and will have it built professionally so I can rest easy (but I sneakily hope I can watch a bit of the process )
On this point - I should say my choice to go with carbon was down to: curiosity.
I have likely no real need for it, and I suspect it’ll only marginally change my experience for the G29”… however it is apparently a more nimble and responsive ride (from being a stiffer wheel), I don’t believe it is in any way weaker - again when using good spokes and nipple options, and you get the option most likely to run your set up tubeless.
Possible with the KH rims and one or two Nimbus offerings - but I will be going tubeless again to see how it all feels when riding a carbon G29er.
I should probably draw my low experience sharing views to a close for now as I know there are more experience forum frequenters - I’m sure I’ve seen Spank, and other brands of rims used with good success.
I think I have recently needed to confess to myself a self evident aspect of unicycling - I like thinking about, spec’ing and planing and building unicycles, almost as much as I do riding them
Heck, if the option allows in my career/work outside of this forum I hope/plan to reduce hours and train up / set up as a wheel builder.
Keep us posted with your decisions and progress