Specs on Araya Rims

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Specs on Araya Rims
Araya is one of the top manufacturers of aftermarket bicycle rims in the U.S. (bicycle wheel image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Araya, one of the top manufacturers of bicycle rims in Japan, offered rims on original equipment in the United States prior to 1987. After 1987, the value of the U.S. dollar dropped, and rising import costs caused the rims to be offered only as aftermarket replacement parts. Five main designs are produced by the company.

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Araya RM-17

The RM-17 includes a box-shape extrusion made of double-walled aluminium alloy and concave sidewalls. It is offered in a 26-inch diameter with a choice of 32- or 36-hole spokes with drilling to accommodate a Schrader valve stem. It is available in both clear-anodised silver and hard-anodised grey.

Araya RM-20

The RM-20 is a double-walled rim made of aluminium alloy used for mountain bikes. Unlike the concave shape of other rims, it is designed with a flat sidewall. It is offered in 24- and 26-inch diameters with a choice of 32- or 36-hole spokes with drilling to accommodate a Schrader valve stem. Each rim is available in clear-anodised silver and hard-anodised grey.

Araya CTL-385

Introduced in 1992, it is available in both 700c and 26-inch diameters, although the 700c version is only offered in the U.S. It uses a box-shape extrusion with double-walled aluminium alloy. It is offered with a choice of 32- and 36-hole spokes with drilling to accommodate a Presta valve stem and in silver or hard-anodised grey.

Araya 395 Team

Introduced in 1993, the 395 Team is a 26-inch mountain bike rim. It includes double-walled, 7000-series aluminium alloy with a box-shape extrusion with concave sides. It is offered in only clear-anodised silver with a choice of 28-, 32- and 36-hole spokes with drilling for a Presta valve stem.

Araya RM-400 Pro

The RM-400, introduced in 1990, uses double-walled 7000-series aluminium in a box-shape design with slightly concave sidewalls. Available only in clear-anodised silver, it is offered in a choice of 32- and 36-hole spokes with drilling for a Presta valve stem.

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