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Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« on: May 08, 2020, 07:26:18 pm »
Had to change tyres on N’s bike and getting them in a right pain...

Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 07:08:05 pm »
I only ever built one pair of wheels on Chrina. Wanted something lower cost and a touch more robust than Open Pros for my son's tourer.
I inadvertently got spokes which were a fraction short (took the wrong value for ERD) which made the build a little more challenging than usual , but getting the tyres on was easily the hardest bit.   Never again.

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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 07:09:14 pm »
Yep, can't remember now who recommended Chrinas to me but I've got rid of them (the rims, not the person).
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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2020, 09:14:11 am »
I ran Chrinas on more than one bike for years and really

1) is fitting a tight tyre/rim combo such a massive pita? No it isn't
2) are Chrina much much worse?  I don't know because I don't perceive it as a problem

For the record I used a selection of tyres including Marathon Plus
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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2020, 10:50:03 am »
Chrina are slightly heavy but durable rims.

Fitting tyres to them is a task from hell compared to other rims.
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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2020, 08:04:26 pm »
I reckon I’ve been spoiled by tubeless manning it all so straightforward;) most tyres I can fit without levers to most of the rims I use. I suspect the Chrina have a taller sidewall above the bead seat, possibly with a shallow channel. Add in that they’re narrow and I had to use levers to help get a pair of Vitoria Hypers on to the young’uns bike the other night.

Hey ho, all in and working now and she’s back out exercising.

Agree they fit the durable and slightly heavy bill perfectly. There is also a pair on my better half’s Bob Jackson. They also come at a very reasonable price.

Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2020, 09:49:17 am »
They are tight but possible without resorting to levers (Durano Plus 23mm have to be at the "difficult" end of the scale).  As with all rims and folding tyres, they are relatively easy to remove and refit after a fortnight or so sitting inflated on the rim.

I like them; they stand up to road salt, they're easy to build with, cheap and the sidewalls seem very resistant to wear if you use good pads.
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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2020, 11:56:22 am »
Chrinas have varied in ERD slightly over the years and have likewise varied in ease of tyre fit. Newer chrinas seem to be much tighter than they used to be.

Ryde no longer list chrinas so once the remaining stocks are gone from retailers, that'll be your lot

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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2020, 12:15:11 pm »
That could be right. I had an older part-used Chrina from someone (I think it was Graham G otp but might not have been). It was tough to fit tyres but not so difficult as to be a problem. So I got another one for my first wheelbuild – horrible! Though perhaps also the difference was due to wear in some way  ??? rather than age?
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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2020, 08:30:49 pm »
the ryde versions are pita to fit tyres too - unlike the Rigida jobbies but the comments regarding wear and durability are correct...

Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2020, 11:31:09 pm »
Fitted a pair of Hutchinson Fusion to Ambrosio P20 rims tonight - no levers required and inflated tubeless with just a track pump. I suspect China’s at just at the big end of the looser spec for tube rims.

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Re: Just remembered why I don’t like Chrina rims
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2020, 02:16:24 pm »
Chrinas have varied in ERD slightly over the years and have likewise varied in ease of tyre fit. Newer chrinas seem to be much tighter than they used to be.

Ryde no longer list chrinas so once the remaining stocks are gone from retailers, that'll be your lot

cheers

Ah!  Makes sense
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