Mountain Biking - Wheelset Opinions
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03-05-08, 08:05 PM
Finishing up my first FS build and I am looking for opinions on wheelsets. I guess I am looking to get me up and running cheaply and quickly but I am willing to be patient and wait until I can afford better (have plenty of other bikes to ride in the mean time ;) ) if anyone thinks these options are weak. I will be riding it a lot of harder XC / AM stuff (small drops, rock gardens, fast descents, etc).
Here are the wheel sets I have found in my googling:
Basically it comes down to Deore or XT hubs laced to Sun Rhyno Lites with the exception of the more expensive one which I don't know much about.
03-05-08, 08:24 PM
Have you checked Jenson? When I bought a wheelset, their shipping price was about half that of pricepoint's. Funny because they are both in California.
03-05-08, 08:28 PM
Good point. Jenson has pretty much the same sets Shimano hubs laced to Sun Rhyno Lites or Mavix X317.
Any opinions of those rims / hubs?
03-05-08, 08:32 PM
Mavic is the best.
03-05-08, 08:40 PM
XT hubs have proven time and time again that they are pretty bombproof for the XC/AM riding you plan on doing. Definitely not the lightest or sexiest, but they get the job done. I'd say it's worth paying a few extra bucks for the deore to XT upgrade.
There are a couple wheelsets built around XT hubs on jenson in the $140-185 range.
03-05-08, 08:56 PM
Of your choices the XT wheelset is the best. You should also realize that any wheelset you buy in that price range will be machine built so you will need to have it re-tensioned by a good wheel builder after 50 miles or so. I would probably get this wheelset from Bicyclewheelwarehouse.com
Mavic 321 rim, XT 756 6-bolt hub (they also have a centerlock version)
You might be able to get away with a Mavic 717 rim, which will save quite a bit of weight, but is more XC oriented than AM oriented.
03-05-08, 09:52 PM
I like those wheels from bicyclewheelwarehouse a lot. I am not too worried about a machine built wheel as I hit my other bike's wheels with a wrench every couple hundred miles or so and I am a very light guy (130 - 140lbs) so I might even be able to get away with the a lighter rim.
Thanks again everyone.
Edit: bicyclewheelwarehouse.com is a really nice laid out site. I must say I am impressed.
03-05-08, 09:56 PM
If you are that weight, go for the XT/mavic 717 build. Much lighter wheelset, and still pretty tough. I've been riding 717's as my training wheels for a while now and they have held up really well. I'm also in the 138-142 lb range.
XT/Rhynolite combo may have many rivals, but it is the quintessential bargain standby do-anything wheel build that will hold up to much more than it has a right to. It will stay together for all of your progression . . . right up until you start casing 14' gaps.
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