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Offline HikeBikeCook

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Velocity Cliff Hanger for tubeless
« on: September 19, 2021, 03:40:45 am »
I am looking at building a set of tubeless wheels for my 2019 Disc Trucker. I am looking at the Velocity Cliffhanger Rim since I have had great luck building wheels with Velocity Rims. Has anyone built these out as tubeless? 26" X 36 hole

Does anyone have a rim that they like better?

Also, they offer machined sidewalls and non-machined sidewall and a  polished NSW sidewall (+$30). I am assuming since I run disc brakes there is no need for machined sidewalls but not sure I want to spend an extra $60 on a pair of polished non MSW. Pros and cons?
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Offline misterflask

Re: Velocity Cliff Hanger for tubeless
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 10:58:25 am »
No nibbles on this one after a week.  wow.

Always easiest to find the countervailing opinion on the forum.  I have a bunch of Velocity rims, but I'm not overly enamored of them.  One wore out on the braking surfaces after just a few years (not a worry for your disk build).  To be fair, the bike had sticky Shimano OEM pads and I rode it in the rain a lot, but I have some 30 year old wheels and I've never worn out a rim.

When I went to replace the rim, they had quit making it.  I had to sub a different rim, and eventually was bothered enough by the mismatched rims to rebuild the other one.  Could just be supply chain issues, but your inability to find unpolished rims for your needs could be more of their arbitrariness.

They also don't grommet their rims.  Can't point to a failure and they are pretty thick in cross-section at the drillings, but grommets seem to make it easier to adjust nipples.  And I like their look.

Why do I have all these Velocity rims I'm unenthusiastic about?  Velocity is one of the last holdouts on offset rims.  It's so much easier (and better) to get a rear wheel set up with a few mm of offset to work with.  I swear I don't know what magic is keeping all these 11spd low spoke count wheels rolling.

Of course, Velocity isn't the only one to drop product lines.  I was going to recommend the plebian CR18 rim, but apparently SunRingle has quit making it.

Offline canalligators

Re: Velocity Cliff Hanger for tubeless
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2021, 10:14:23 pm »
I had no input on tubeless, but the new Cliffhangers (introduced about 6 years ago) are extremely tough rims.  I have them on a Vision tandem.   I bought their first 20" rim, and delivery was delayed; they had trouble rolling the rim because the extrusion was so stiff.  They told me it was probably the toughest rim they've ever made.

You are using 26" so this is not an issue, but the 20" version has very little spare space in the well.  I could not mount certain tires (and I do know what I'm doing).  In the end, they gave me some tubeless tape to use for rim strip, so that I could get my standard Marathon mounted.  That particular 20" tire can be problematic to mount on many rims, though.