Now that plus sized wheels have been mainstream for a couple of years I’m curious about people’s experiences with them. I’d like to build a new muni wheel but I’m unsure on rim width. Open to suggestions .
It will be a 27.5 wheel and I’m planning on running a ~3” tyre on it. Maybe up to 3.25” (Duro Crux), not 100% sure yet.
My rim requirements:
Either 32 or 36 holes are fine
Eyelets preferred but not required
So far I’m considering these options, in ascending order of width.
I care more about width than weight, but you’re right, the Dominator 2 and Mad4One are pretty heavy. The Mad4One does come in a lighter version, but it has cutouts, which I’d rather not deal with.
To be honest even before you posted I was beginning to lean towards either the WTB (i45) or the KH. I have similar WTB rims on my bike which I’m happy with, and KH is obviously a known quantity in the unicycling world.
Probably can’t go wrong with either, although the WTB might give me more options with narrower tyres than the KH…
I was going to tell “What about carbon rims?” but you’ve been faster than I. @lightbulbjim, you should look at LightBicycle carbon rims. There’s already a few unicyclists who use some of theirs. I’m waiting the BrakeFast to lace one with a Schlumpf. They are cheap - for carbon rims-, light and strong.
I second the LightBicycle recommendation, 45 mm would be ideal for your use case. Just considering the strength, 32h would be totally fine for hard muni as long as the wheel is properly built. Double butted spokes also help with durability since they are not so rigid as cheaper straight gauge spokes.
The 35mm internal width rims are not especially optimised for plus tires, but today they are the most versatile. Most of them allow you to fit 2.8" or 3" tires, with the possibility of going back to more traditional tire sizes.
I bought an AM935 lightbicycle rim on which I mounted a 3" tire and so far I don’t regret it yet. Its 27.5" equivalent is the AM735, much more expensive than the already mentioned i45 lightbicycle rim.
Thanks for the feedback all. Double butted spokes are happening whatever rim I choose
I discovered, annoyingly, that my local UDC is out of stock of 32 hole hubs. That means importing from UDC US, with lots of extra shipping. Pandemic problems I guess.
Anyway, this is what it boils down to:
WTB KOM Light + 32H hub = $273 AUD shipped
Light Bicycle Recon + 36H hub = $401 AUD shipped
Those are both i45 rims. I’m dropping the KH rim from the list as it’s even more expensive than the carbon option (also need to import it from UDC US at the moment, shipping $$$). I haven’t included spokes etc as those costs are somewhat fixed.
After sleeping on it I’m leaning towards the KOM Light for pragmatic reasons. But I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, so all of you carbon aficionados still have a chance to change my mind