Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:23 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Rim options please
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:15 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:16 pm
Posts: 1568
Location: NOTTINGHAM
Evening all, very much out of my knowledge depth on this one so all advice would be warmly received.

80's period, i've noticed a lot of the high end bikes had dark grey anodised rims - Mavic / Nisi or what have you. I think these look bloody lovely with a set of tan-walls.

so i'd like to get some info on what was good, what was bad and anything else that is of note. for example, GP4's better than MA40's or GL330's??

plan is to get a pair of rims and get some wheels built up or purchase a wheelset that's in tip-top condition - here's the crux - i'd ideally want clinchers if at all possible but am aware that tubs where the order of the day at that time so not adverse to them either.

cheers.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:13 pm 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:39 pm
Posts: 95
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Mavic stood for high quality in the 1980s with clinchers (G40, MA40) and tubs GP4, GL330, GEL280, CX18, SSC.

GP4s were known as the clubman's racer - not too heavy, pretty robust - if you turned up to a local race you'd see them everywhere. I rode GL330s which were seen as similar quality, but lighter (330g vs I think 395 from memory) - they're still fairly robust. SSCs were pro level sturdy (and very expensive) and CX18 were quite expensive and narrow, stiff - the time trialist's choice before it was understood that narrow rims were not necessarily aero. I run a pair of GEL280 and a pair of CX18s. My advice would be to avoid both if you want to use the wheels regularly. GEL 280s have a reputation for denting in pot holes, and it's really difficult to find 18-20 mm tubulars to suit CX18s these days (I run 21mm Vittoria Rallys and corner steadily).

Both G40 and MA40 were good strong rims.

Beware Nisi - I have a dilemma having bought a bike with Nisi Countach tubs - they lacked eyelets (I think they could be had with eyelets), and the rims have split over the years. Do I replace them more Nisi rims - I doubt their quality - but others may be able to vouch for them.

Otherwise, quality rim manufactures include Ambrosio, FIR and Campagnolo (from about 1984). Most of my bikes run Campag. rims and I've been using them since they became available and have found them as strong as Mavic. Victory strada would be a good equivalent to GP4s - several sets have never let me down, plus they have a nice brown anodising that goes well with amberwalls and looks classy and classic (in my opinion).


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:04 pm 
rBoTM Winner
rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:38 pm
Posts: 302
Location: West Dorset
I'd give a big thumbs up to Mavic Open 4CD, I have had two pairs since 1989 (36 spoke on Miche Superfast hubs) and apart from the occasional broken spoke I have found them to be robust and light. The grey anodised finish on the aero section rim really appealed to the 15 year old me and I still love the way they look today. You see them on Ebay fairly regularly but a lot have lost their coating on the brake surface so buyer beware.

Image

One set has these black Michelin tyres and the other set, reserved for very special occasions, has a set of Michelin Hi Lite Comp tyres fitted and thy look fab!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:05 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:16 pm
Posts: 1568
Location: NOTTINGHAM
thanks gents, that's clarified a few things for me. very much going down the mavic route, understated yet classy (did a bit of image searching on the www). actually realised i've got a GL330 on a 650c wheel in the spares bin - really liking the colour & profile. In saying that I also like the open4CD although losing the coating on the brake surface sort of puts me off a bit. the tommasini in this months rBOTM has the look i'm after.

now comes the painful bit of sourcing some and deciding whether to build from separates or buy as a wheelset if i can find some in the right condition and with the right hubs!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:04 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:38 pm
Posts: 492
Actually my old MA2 wheelset is dying, not 2 much life left in the braking surface. They're uncrushable, tolerate potholes, bumps like a charm, easy to true, and after truing they stay that way for ages.

Now for new wheelset I was considering whether I should choose open4cd or ma2-s, as, apart from them I only have experience with GP4. I liked those tubby rims for their braking abilities.

I've searched for old italian rims, ambrosio, nisi but those seem much heavier than mavics. :-|

Can anyone recommend better option than open4cds? And also, for hubs.. Will a sh. 8-10 spd cassette body accept an 8spd shimano cassette with 7 spd spacings (so, theoretically the whole thingy would be something like 8*5=40 mm, mínus 3,2 mm which is the spacer used for seven speed sh cassettes... )

I'm asking the last because of the campa8spd brifters I've. So far they were rowing on 7spd HG cassette but it'd be nice to upgrade to 8spd. And using a shimano hub with campa spacing is a waay cheaper than getting 8spd campy hubs.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:37 am 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:58 am
Posts: 85
Location: Sydney
just had new rims built up gray anodized Mavic Open Pro low profile look old school.


Attachments:
File comment: Mavic Open Pro rims
mavic rims.JPG
mavic rims.JPG [ 374.4 KiB | Viewed 342 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:42 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:38 pm
Posts: 492
As I know, open pros and even open sports (half the price, not too heavy, durable) even come in silver colour if one's aiming for more retro appearance. :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:49 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:12 am
Posts: 1513
Location: Gold Coast Australia
I think you need to decide 1st if you want to ride tubs or clinchers , that will then send you along a certain pathway.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:45 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:16 pm
Posts: 1568
Location: NOTTINGHAM
99% on having clinchers and am going to try and get hold of some as a built wheelset - found some only for the seller to pull the sale without warning!

i've also purchased a pair of Galli rims (tubs) so that I can have a go (commence lots of profanities) at building a set of wheels myself - god help me on that one!

so here's today's stupid questions....any facts / knowledge / course of action would be massively appreciated

1] once i've sourced some hubs (32F / 36R) preferably Shimano (and matching - this may prove tricky) how do I know what spoke-sets to buy i.e. length, type etc? what about spoke nipples - are these standard or do different ones go with different spokes?
2] retailers in the UK where I can get some decent ones, don't want the cheap & cheerful ones.
3] front will be built in radial formation but what options have I got for the rear?

cheers guys...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Rim options please
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:12 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 12:31 am
Posts: 585
Location: London
FINNEY1973 wrote:
99% on having clinchers and am going to try and get hold of some as a built wheelset - found some only for the seller to pull the sale without warning!

i've also purchased a pair of Galli rims (tubs) so that I can have a go (commence lots of profanities) at building a set of wheels myself - god help me on that one!

so here's today's stupid questions....any facts / knowledge / course of action would be massively appreciated

1] once i've sourced some hubs (32F / 36R) preferably Shimano (and matching - this may prove tricky) how do I know what spoke-sets to buy i.e. length, type etc? what about spoke nipples - are these standard or do different ones go with different spokes?
2] retailers in the UK where I can get some decent ones, don't want the cheap & cheerful ones.
3] front will be built in radial formation but what options have I got for the rear?

cheers guys...


I'd suggest do a web search, or search various UK based cycling forums, or start a new thread, for the above otherwise this thread is going to go off topic.

Quote:
Mavic Open Pro low profile look old school


As far as I'm concerned the Open pro and similar are current modern rims. They have a different shape compared with the older shallow box section rim.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: NWGuy99, OldFrank and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group