I finally picked up my Salsa El Mariachi frame, after years of waiting. Now I need help deciding on wheels and a fork!
I ride a lot of XC, and plan to do a fair amount of bikepacking and dirt touring. I have my eyes set on the colorado trail one day as well.
Here are the parts I have already
-salsa el mariachi frame
-year old SLX groupset
-brand new XT brakes
-seatpost, bars, stem, blah blah
Anyway, I have my eye on a few wheelsets and forks, and was wanting opinions on which ones would pull the best double duty as xc and bikepacking gear.
I've decided on a stan's arch rim, but need help with the hub. It would be easiest to get the wheelset as it comes with stan's hubs, but it don't know how durable these are. I would love to get 240s or of course chris king hubs, but these run expensive. So i guess i'm wondering what a dt 240 would get me over the stock stan's hub. More durability? Better bearings? Enlighten me!
Also, forks. I've only ever ridden a rigid mtb, or very very terrible boat anchor sus forks. i'm open to a rigid carbon fork, but want to try out a nicer, non terrible sus fork. I guess i'm between the rockshox reba RLT and some form of the Fox 32 float 29. Basically, my only qualifications are, 100 mm travel, and a non sucky fork. I've heard bad things about the fox fork, but have never had ride time on one. Thanks for the info, if you have any!