Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The wilds of NW Ontario
Bikes: 2007 Salsa El Santo / 2004 Salsa La Raza / 1998 Gary Fisher Wahoo
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Help me pick good "rocks and roots" XC wheels
Decisions, decisions. I'm building a new Salsa El Santo
this winter and can't decide what disc wheels to go with. I'm stuck between these choices:
1. Manufactured - FSA XC-300
2. Machine-built - Shimano XT M756/Mavic 717
3. Custom - Hope Pro 2/Mavix XM719
My budget for the wheels could go as high as $500, although I'd prefer to keep it closer to $400. I'm 5'11" and 185 lbs, and I ride XC once or twice a week, usually for no more than 30-40 km total. I also only race 1-3 times each year, and then only in the Sport category.
My big concern is durability, as our local trails here in NW Ontario/northern Minnesota are pretty rugged, and I'd really like to avoid hiking out. I guess what I'm looking for is just a solid set of wheels that will get the job done without breaking the bank -- I don't need anything sexy.