October 26th, 2010
From Kinlin, our aluminum clincher rim of choice, comes a new deeper alloy clincher, the XR-380. Finding an alloy rim deeper than 30mm isn’t the easiest task, but finding one that is still light is even harder. This one fills that void nicely. At 38mm deep and 20mm wide this non-eyeletted rim comes in at an average weight 548 grams. The retail price is $120.Even at a light weight (for an alloy clincher at this depth) the rim is very stiff. It’s in fact one of the stiffest rims we’ve worked with. This rim will be ideal not only for those looking for an aero clincher but someone looking for a stiff wheelset or for larger riders looking for not only rigidity but strength as well. Built up with some Tune 70/180 hubs the wheelset ends up at the 1550 gram mark. Since these are new we’ve not really had much chance to put many miles on them, but expect a full review in a month or two.