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Old 08-08-08, 07:26 PM   #1
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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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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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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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