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Old 07-20-09, 12:46 PM
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cachehiker
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Keep the same rim width = no brake adjustments after swapping

Stick with Shimano hub & similar cassette from same mfr = no derailleur adjustments after swapping

I have a second set of wheels for a few of my bikes although my cross bike isn't one of them. I have bombproof road wheels with tough tires for training and charity rides and aero road wheels with race tires when I need that extra 0.25 mph. I have a tougher knobby set and a faster slick set for the pure xc hardtail I take traveling.

Having to swap the cassette every time you swap wheels is like having to swap the tires every time you swap wheels. After a while, you won't want to bother.

Swapping between a 12-27 cassette for dirt and a 12-25 cassette for pavement can easily be set up to work well without adjustments. Swapping between the 11-34 on the knobby set and an 11-26 on the slick set didn't work so well for me.
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