Can anyone help with some advice?
I've recently noticed that the rim on my factory built Shimano Alfine wheel (WH-S500) is very worn, after getting over the shock of the rim having worn so quickly (it's approx. 3yrs old with brake pads changed every six months or so) I took the wheel to my excellent LBS. I was hoping they'd be able to rebuild the wheel with a new rim, however the replacement Shimano rim has been discontinued and because the wheel/hub is factory built and has 24 spokes they have so far been unable to find another rim that would be suitable.
Can anyone think of a suitable rim or have you encountered the problem yourself? I'm a little stuck at the moment, the bike is built to work with a hub gear, so I can't convert it to work with a standard derailleur. Am I going to have to buy a new hub and have a wheel built around it or replace it with another Shimano built wheel and face the same problem in a few years time?
NB: Planet X have the same wheelset on sale at the moment, there are plenty of photo's here:http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/WPS ... 0_wheelset