Old Trek 8300- Which Wheel Set??
Okay I've got an old/antiquated Trek 8300 Carbon with the EA-70 Rear, that I dug up to revamp until I can find a decent deal on a dually (rant will eventually come later about these bikes and their prices). Currently I'm using Bontrager hubs and V-brakes. Basically my problem is figuring out what new/newer(used_ wheel set to get? I'm a semi-Clydesdale at around 185-190 (lean) so losing weight is not in my scope. I CANNOT seem to find a wheel set that doesn bend, warp, taco from not even hard abuse. By "hard" I mean 2ft jump or ramp off a curb. I don't want something that's bomb-proof like DH that weights a ton, since I'm trying to follow the lightweight theme of the frame's intent... but what can I do? I've been out of the mtn-bike scene for a long time so I don't know what currently is "good," or "better" Vs my old yester-year's Deore XT gear?
...Also FLATS.. OMG I cannot seem to avoid them. I get them very often, as of last night after checking everything and test riding I notice the rear a little low from not riding in a while, but nothing alarming; came off a curb and POOF suddenly I'm riding on rear rim!!! I've got those earth-guard liners between my tires and tube and STILL get F'ing flats?! I don't make it a habit to ride through glass or thorns nor hot coals, but all these flats are very annoying. Yes I've checked the rim, tires for glass etc... I don't know wtf to do anymore. I was thinking that I could switch to tubeless and fill with some special flat preventative fluid, but I'm not sure these days as I've been out of biking for a while... any insight would help on a nice wheel-set (tubeless, disk brake pref) for my bike... that and should I even bother revamping this bike or just keep saving for a hopeful deal on a dually (4-5in travel) since I think newer bikes are just outrageously overpriced (my ignorance I guess) for "mountain biking" aka not specialized DH'ing, and racing. Just an enthusiast's level dually for semi-big hit, single tracking etc... blah this is blabbing now! Thanks all.