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20 Jul 2007 at 16:30 Filed Under:
717s hate Nokians

I can't go a ride without something failing, I almost did today... I was SO close, apart from another pinchflat (coming off the pike - resulting me in launching the bike down the path in anger). 2 miles from home the front tyre is torn open 5 inches by the 717 rim. That's 4 tyres 717 rims have destroyed in the last 18months. All with thousands of miles left on them.

717s hate Nokians

Crap rims, poor design, being replaced when I can find something better (which shouldn't be difficult*)

Ride Rating 2/10

Oh and it rained.. Oh and it was stupidly f-ing windy again (close to 50-60mph)

*I might have a spare D321 somewhere... although these eat tyres too- so maybe it's the tyre.

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17:29 20 Jul

go for some dt swiss rims


17:40 20 Jul

Good recommendation.
oo 5.1d looks good.


19:48 20 Jul

I've got some xr4.1's and some x450's are very nice.


19:55 20 Jul

Yep I've got the trekking rims on my 29er the quality is proper good. I'm really very impressed and I'm a fickle sod...


20:31 20 Jul

Eh? I don't understand how the rim is causing this. There certainly doesn't seem to be any particular difference between the bits of a Mavic and a DT rim that are actually in contact with the tyre.


20:42 20 Jul

I very much doubt it's the rim although you do run low pressures which is never great on narrow rims.


21:42 20 Jul

Actually I wrote the blaming the rim part before blaming the tyre, but the rim's a crap design because a poor profile shape.

Simon's more right about the pressure, and it always seems to be NBX's so I guess I need wider rim and different tyres.

321s eat tyres too.


22:51 20 Jul

729 and a dual ply downhill tyre :)


22:57 20 Jul

DT Swiss or Syncros Rim and no idea what tyre.


09:13 21 Jul

DT4.2D (I think) are shit. Ding far too easily. I was told they've sorted this but I won't be getting anymore. I think I'm going to go back to using rim brake rims on everything as they seem to be stronger. DT trekking rims stand up to all sorts of abuse.

Maybe too low pressure and aggro cornering?


09:53 21 Jul

Hay matt, dont know much about rims, but im with you on the pad wear, been out on my cove twice this "summer" with new set of juicy 7 brakes, and guess what pad's have gone. found this guy selling on ebay, good price will let you know after first test -


12:48 21 Jul

It's ok I don't use Juicy's anymore, I did go though another set of pads today though.

I know the reason now, braking on average once every 6 miles in the wet.

Anyway I proved Bedding in dosn't work, as I bedded these in last sunday and monday, rode them tues (low splatter), fri (low splatter, sat (100% wet high splatter) and what do you know? they died.

Just goes to show most of the know-it-alls on STW don't ACTUALLY ride much.


15:22 21 Jul

Avid apparently had a batch of weird rotors that ate pads.

I'd get through a set on a wet ride since switching to BB7's I've had no bother just easily adjusted brakes that work.....


15:36 21 Jul

DT 5.1D's are ace. Def not made of black cheese.

Bit of a bitch to get tyres on and off of though...


15:45 21 Jul

Matt's tyres are easy to get off, they just fall apart :)


15:48 21 Jul


I'm going to have to use wider rims, I think there's sim syncros that are 28mm, which seems about right. and back to brakes, I'm ordering some LX Servo Wave jobbies when they're available, they seem quite well priced and could be the answer to my problems.

If not I'll sell them, along with the Avids. which are for sale if anyone wants a pair (you need a new rotor for the rear though)

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