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Old 07-16-09, 08:37 PM   #1
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wheel decision

Went for a ride today and went down on a wet root in a downhill turn. Tire is screwed and now I have to have a new one. My question is do I buy another Alex Z1000 that came on my Hardrock or get a WTB All Mountain. The stock wheel is around 40 and the WTB is between 70 and 90. Don't mind paying for the wheel if the upgrade will be worth it.
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Old 07-16-09, 10:55 PM   #2
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Spring for the better wheel. It will last longer. I have recently learned this lesson with a cheap hub. You get what you pay for. If you plan to ride a lot-invest in your equipment. You will reap the benefits in the long run.
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^^^ Agree. Good wheels last longer, stay "true" longer, take more abuse, etc. Look at it this way, you can either buy a $40 wheel, break it, and need another $40 wheel (and break it again) or you can buy an $80 wheel and have it last 2x, 3x, maybe 4-10x longer. In the long run the pricey wheel is cheaper*.

* To a point. There is a trade off point where you aren't getting more reliability for your money, but I don't know where that is. $100? $300? $500?
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Old 07-17-09, 06:35 AM   #4
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On Jenson, you can get a pair of WTB wheels with Shimano hubs for about $90, that are rim and disc compatible. I would swap them both and have a spare.
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