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Old 06-23-22, 10:42 AM
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Classic Clinchers Curriculum

Hi everyone - I mostly ride my vintage bikes with tubulars and have my own well developed theory about quality rims with that technology. When it comes to vintage clinchers I need some education.

A few of my bikes have clinchers. I have a couple of sets of 80s Abrosio Elite Extra 19s but I am not convinced they are that great. I also have a set of Mavic clincher rims (on DA hubs so assume they must be decent). Here are my questions:

1. What other rims should I be looking out for, here in the Near North of Ontario, for both 70s and 80s vintage road bikes?
2. Is there already a vintage clinchers thread that I have missed in my search of this subject?
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Regarding those Ambrosio rims you mentioned, I have a wheelset with those rims and they are really decent if you can get tires on them.
They can be incredibly difficult to mount tires to. But, I recently discovered that with some pre-stretching on other rims, I am able to get Vittoria Corsa G2.0 tires on the Ambrosios with not too much difficulty. Which is great because these Vittorias have become my favorite tire.
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Araya 20A is a nice, strong, light Mavic-inspired rim.
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Originally Posted by Dannyboy21 View Post
A few of my bikes have clinchers. I have a couple of sets of 80s Abrosio Elite Extra 19s but I am not convinced they are that great. I also have a set of Mavic clincher rims (on DA hubs so assume they must be decent). .....
I've got a set of the Ambrosio Elite Extra 19's too, and they have a fairly well deserved reputation for being a tight fit. If you can live with that, they have served me well. I do recommend using a tire jack for getting tires onto rims without risking damage to the inner tube. A somewhat new tire jack is the EZ Clincher, which I've been packing in my seat bag for about a year now.

I also use Mavic MA-2 and MA-40 rims, which have a good reputation. Mavic Open Pro rims are good too.
Modern folding tires seem to be smaller than those of a few decades ago, and I find myself using a tire jack on most rims on my bikes.

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Old mavics for me as well. If you need new and reasonably priced sun m13II looks pretty right and isn't too heavy. I love the mavics though because they are socketed.
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If you are not a stickler for originality or period correctness, a more modern rim with machined side walls brake much better. For example, you can find silver color Alex DA22's on Ebay for $50 apiece.
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Mavic , and Wolber Super Champion / Gentlemen.
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Some other vintage inspired modern offerings:

H Plus Son TB14
Pacenti Brevet
Soma Eldon and Weymouth
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