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Old 02-21-19, 12:37 AM
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Howard70
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I'll second the suggestion of MarcusT for a set of 27.5 x 3.0 or 2.8" wheels/tires for spring/summer/fall. My wife and I have two Salsa Mukluks with a total of 3 sets of wheels: 26 x 5 (stock, tubed, which I studded for snow), 26 x 4 (stock rims, tubeless Jumbo Jims, wifes usual setup) and 27.5 x 3 (built by Mike Curiak at Lacemine29.com, tubeless Rocket Rons, my usual set up). I've put about 6,000 miles on the 27.5 x 3 with no suspension on the bike & I love them. If starting over again, I might consider 29 x 3 or 2.8" to help with long stretches of washboards while bikepacking. I wouldn't worry about what is commonly available. Contact Mike & he'll build what you need at a reasonable price. I definitely recommend going tubeless for any setup outside of snow.

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