We're big fans of Sun Ringle rims. I have been riding the disc only versions on my super commuter for a few years, and with a rim braking surface on these (even though they are billed as a 29'er XC rim), we thought we'd take 'em to task on the cross bike.
I built a few of these rims up on Surly hubs for a few people, including Eliot - who has been riding the crap out of them on his fixie. When I trashed the previous wheel on my Cross Check, it just seemed right to do the same. Surly hubs, DT Swiss comp spokes, Sun EQ21L.
- Size: 26″ 29″
- Width: 21mm
- Bead width: 21mm
- Inner bead width: 16mm
- Section Height: 16mm
- 26″- 375g, 29er-420g
- Sleeved or Welded
- Disc or Rim
- Hole Count: 24,28, 32
On the trail, they ride confidently and solid, tracking straight with very little flex - if any at all. The tension stayed well balanced after the typical break in period, as well as after a total scorpion crash where I broke two spokes on the same side (the wheel would not turn as it was jammed into the inside of the fork - 4 mile walk). Once I replaced the spokes and got the wheel round again, it was time for the real test.
The pics are from Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Trail. I took the greenway to the trail, road the short loop (6ish miles), and pedaled back. Zero issues. Round. Straight. True.
As usual, Sun Ringle brings it. We give 'em 100%. in all honesty, you should be riding these on your cross bike.
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