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    Bontrager race vs. Mavic Crossmax Wheelset

    I currently have the original Bontrager Race tubless disc wheelset and was thinking of upgrading some components. I was going to start with the wheelset but I am not sure how noticeable it will be when either in climbing or for overall speed. What if anything will I notice or gain over the stock Bontrager Race wheelset? I have heard if you want any gain in speed performance to do the wheelset but which one if I am not really racing?

    Bontrager Race wheel:
    Size(s) 26-inch
    Model Tubeless, disc
    Rim Material Aluminum
    Hub(s) Cartridge-bearing
    Spokes (Front/Rear) 14/15-gauge stainless-steel
    Holes (Front/Rear) 28
    Nipples Aluminum, locking
    Weight (Front/Rear) 800 grams
    Color Black Anodized
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    Mavic Crossmax ST wheel:
    Price $749.00
    Average weight (front) 760g / (rear) 885g
    Material Aluminum alloy
    Dimensions 26 inch
    Hole 24
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    IMO, it's not really worth upgrading. However, go tubeless if you haven't already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theextremist04 View Post
    IMO, it's not really worth upgrading. However, go tubeless if you haven't already.
    Is that because they are fairly close in quality? The Mavic ST wouldn't be a stronger less flexing wheel and therefore a better-stronger ride performance? I am not looking to spend any extra $ but if it is cheaper then a new bike and maybe a little better.
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    I have a Crossmax XL/ST (F/R) wheels on my Eriksen and they are nice, but I doubt you will notice much of a difference. The primary reason I went with these was for the ceramic braking surface. Since you're using disc brakes I doubt there is much benefit switching to these wheels. That said, they are very stiff and have proven to be very durable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 251 View Post
    I have a Crossmax XL/ST (F/R) wheels on my Eriksen and they are nice, but I doubt you will notice much of a difference. The primary reason I went with these was for the ceramic braking surface. Since you're using disc brakes I doubt there is much benefit switching to these wheels. That said, they are very stiff and have proven to be very durable.
    Well I have better things to spend $750 on so I will just upgrade some other components to Shimano XT. I have friends who have bought new wheels and all they say is "big difference" but I personally work at being a better rider and don't worry about the weight to much and just kick it up a notch, thanks for the help.
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