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The rim wall is a little tall, I assume for tubeless install, but it makes it hard to get the tire on. Very sturdy rim that was easy to build.
I used this 650b rim with VO disc front hub to build a wheel. Used DT spokes and brass nipples that made a good looking quality wheel that was easy to true. Installed 650b Panaracer Pasela Protite 42mm wide tire with GREAT difficulty. I have NEVER had this much trouble getting a bike tire on. The same on my new VO rear wheel. I have installed probably a couple hundred tires (all sizes) in the last 38 years as a serious recreational cyclist and again NEVER had one this tight. This brand of tire is a favorite and I have used many road and mountain types with no problem. Probably just tight tires—I’ll find out if I get a flat. Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem. Next tires for these wheels will be another brand !
I was looking for some tubeless/rim brake compatible rims to replace my H+Son TB14. Yeah, there are some nice options from Velocity that weigh a lot less, but also almost twice as expensive.
After lacing them up to some King classic hubs and DT compeition double butted spokes, I've been using them tubeless for a few months now.
They have a confidence inspiring feeling to them, like I don't hesitate to go down some singletrack and beat them up a little bit.
I didn't do anything to them before running rim brakes and the polished finish wore off after a few rides. I would have preferred machined sidewalls, but that's a minor detail in an otherwise fantastic set of rims.
Haven't been built yet.