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    Secondary wheelset for road?

    I ride a Specialized Enduro on the road and trail... I'd like to leave my mtb tires on this set and pick up a second wheel set for road tires for quicker swaps vs swapping out my tires every time. Any economical solution there to pick up a second wheel set?

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    For the past couple of years, I've used a set of Mavic SpeedCity wheels to mount various makes of road tires on my Stumpjumper HT. They seem to be quite strong -- I'm 6'2", 250 pounds, and not a "gentle rider", but they've survived more than 3000 miles without needing to be re-trued.

    They're reasonably light (I think; I don't really have anything to compare them with) and fast. They make the Stumpjumper feel like a completely different bike.

    Fully loaded (cassette, brake discs, tires, and assembly) they were about $600-$650 (I don't remember exactly). I don't know if that qualifies as "economical", but if I were in the market for another set, I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somegeek View Post
    I ride a Specialized Enduro on the road and trail... I'd like to leave my mtb tires on this set and pick up a second wheel set for road tires for quicker swaps vs swapping out my tires every time. Any economical solution there to pick up a second wheel set?
    If you're looking for "quicker swaps", you should look at getting identical wheels or at least identical hubs to what you have now. Every hub, even the same brand/model, will have a different disc placement requiring a brake adjustment.

    I used to do the same, swapping between two sets of wheels and I always needed to re-adjust the calipers. Having the exact same wheels should minimize this need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    If you're looking for "quicker swaps", you should look at getting identical wheels or at least identical hubs to what you have now. Every hub, even the same brand/model, will have a different disc placement requiring a brake adjustment.

    I used to do the same, swapping between two sets of wheels and I always needed to re-adjust the calipers. Having the exact same wheels should minimize this need.
    That's something I definitely run into when switching between mountain and road wheels.

    On the front, everything seems to line up perfectly. I think this is more by chance than anything.

    The rear is pretty close, but the calipers need a few adjustment clicks to make everything line up correctly. It's not a big deal, but it's also not just "swap and go".

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
    That's something I definitely run into when switching between mountain and road wheels.

    On the front, everything seems to line up perfectly. I think this is more by chance than anything.

    The rear is pretty close, but the calipers need a few adjustment clicks to make everything line up correctly. It's not a big deal, but it's also not just "swap and go".
    In my case, I needed to do more than turn my BB7 knobs, I had to do a full adjustment by loosening the caliper bolts and then setting them. It was definitely easier and quicker than changing tires, though.
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    Damn... ~$650ish might be something to grease the skids with getting a road bike.

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    I don't pound the hell out of my rims on the road, so I just picked up a cheap wheelset that's got roughly the same sectional width as my offroad rims. I use rim brakes, so getting the brakes tuned is just a matter of five seconds worth of adjusting a barrel. I've put a season of commuting on them with the occasional pothole and improperly jumped curb and they're still fine.

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