Join Date: May 2002
Bikes: 2010 Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki MTB. Specialized Hardrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
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Ah, so comparing the more detailed specs I see:
The axles in both wheels are aluminum.
The hub body in each is steel.
The MT65 has silver spoke nipples, the XT is red <shrug>.
The XT has butted spokes (2.0, 1.5
The MT65 also has butted spokes but (2.0, 1.8
, 2.0) which (I think) accounts for the majority of the 119 gram difference in weight.
Yes, the diagrams show the XT has a centre lock disc and the MT65 as a 6 bolt disc, but the MT65 also comes in a centre lock for the same price (and no diagram is available).
So, for about $120 difference (a set of tires) in cost I see no difference in quality. But my concern is foremost the seals.
You're right jolly_ross, water gets in there eventually, but I don't want to have to regrease the hubs after every 2 or 3 rides.
I was hoping if someone more knowledgeable in wheels might have some insight as to any other differences.