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Old 03-15-12, 03:16 PM   #1
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Kickass Deal on wheels, Any Good?

Hey Guys,

Mostly a road biker here so I don't know much about the Mtb wheel selection out there. Thinking about upgrading my stock AlexRims DC25 w/ stock hubs and I came across these on nashbar. Looks like one hell of a deal. Anybody know if these are any good? I'd imagine they would be a pretty nice improvement over my heavy ass stock wheels, but i do hit some hard stuff. Do you think they would be strong enough?

For the record I am 5-8 weigh 145 and ride a GT avalanche 3.0 Disc.

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Seems to be a decent buy
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I have them on my XC bike. They're a nice wheelset, reasonably light for the price, but they're not very burly. I don't weigh all that much and that's not my play bike and they've been fine, so I can tell you that they can handle a 110lb girl who is dropping like 1 foot to flat, but that's not saying all that much. I'm sure they can handle quite a bit more than that, but depending on what you mean by "hit some hard stuff," well...I'm seeing your location is Northeast PA. They'll be fine on most of the trails I've seen around there, but if you drive to Diablo or CranX, you'll probably taco them.
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OP- that wheel set is for a 15mm TA fork. Unless your bike has a one or there's an 15 TA > 9 QR adapter available you'll only be able to use half the wheel set. Or pony up for a new 15TA fork.

Look for the regular 9mm QR front wheel set.
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OP- that wheel set is for a 15mm TA fork. Unless your bike has a one or there's an 15 TA > 9 QR adapter available you'll only be able to use half the wheel set. Or pony up for a new 15TA fork.

Look for the regular 9mm QR front wheel set.
VERY good actch. I didn't pull the trigger yet anyways. But I would have totally missed that. What is the differences (aside from length)? Style of forks?
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there are converters for the various axle sizes, and that wheel might come with them.

ideally, if you're not planning to own a bike with a 15mm axle, don't buy wheels with it either.
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there are converters for the various axle sizes, and that wheel might come with them.

ideally, if you're not planning to own a bike with a 15mm axle, don't buy wheels with it either.
Got you. I mean, what does the axle length affect? The wheel width? Like whether or not I can use some Fat ass tires or not? Obviously my stays would have to be wide enough (which on a 500 dollar mtn bike I assume they are not). Sorry for the lack of Mtn knowledge. Much more of a roadie, tourer, commuter.
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Might not still be true, but when I bought my wheelset ~1.5years ago, 15mm to 9mm adapters did not exist 9-to-15's did, but not the other way around). I made the same mistake of not even realizing I had bought a 15TA wheelset, but fortunately I was able to find a fork to go with them on a 50% closeout sale at huck&roll.

And to answer your question, 15mm is just a lot thicker (stronger). 20mm is the norm for DH bikes, & 15mm's have been increasing in popularity as a really burly XC hub or an AM hub.
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Is there a way to know without measuring it? I would actually consider upgrading the fork anyways along with nicer Disc breaks down the line. For what it is, the bike rides pretty amazing. Not super light but definitely a decent bike for the money.
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It's pretty easy to tell just from looking at the skewers which size you currently have:

15mm


9mm


I'll browse around some sites & see if there are any good deals on 15mm forks. It's been well over a year since I was on the market for parts so I don't know how much more common 15mm forks are now (if any), but when I got mine it was a really good deal @$320 (Marzocchi 44 Micro Ti).
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