Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by mokester
3) Money is something of an issue in that I do not ride enough (6-18 times per year) or am good enough to justify a ton of cash into state of the art. That said, I do want reliable quality that will do me right but I won't be asking too much of it anyway. I kind of like the Mavic 517 rims, having used Mavic for years on my road bike and it's in the price range I have in mind, but have no idea as to what constitutes a decent hub set other than the Soras I had were serviceable but nothing special.
Start with the wheel, and 517 rims are fine, providing you are a lighter weight rider and not too aggressive. They are classed as an XC rim, so sound ideal for your use. On the hubs, how much do you want to pay? If you stay with Shimano. you have a choice of 3 that are proven and Economic. Deore, LX and XT. All 3 are good but you do get what you pay for. I personally run XT on 517 Rims and find they generraly last about 2 years. My Mate runs LX on a heavier freeride rim and his last about 24 months before they need severe overhaul or replacing. Your pocket will decide what to go for.
The wheels may all be nearly the same, except for price, but the difference will lie in the wheelbuilder. Contact a recognised good wheelbuilder, and compare prices to your local LBS. Hate to say it but your LBS will dip out on Price as the custom builders will be able to buy in larger quantities and hence keep the price down. And unless your LBS has the experience, they will not build a wheel to the same quality of a dedicated wheel builder. Just to give you an idea, My local LBS does build a good wheel, as good as my custom builder, but they are 25% more expensive.
(Incidentally, A cassette freehub is the only one worth getting. The old style Freewheels that incorporate the gears are not man enough for most riders now adays, and are I believe only available for up to 7 gears. As you run 11/32, I presume that you are 9 speed)
Last edited by stapfam; 10-25-04 at 11:29 AM.