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Old 07-22-09, 03:58 PM
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TimArchy
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A formula hub should be fine for either wheel. Phil is flashier and maybe a little more durable, but I haven't heard any stories of formulas failing.

2nd on the Alpine III spokes. They're made for downhill and freeride as well as touring.

And, honestly, the rear wheel is probably the only one you really need to worry about unless you need to have a matching set.

If you are running 30c tires or bigger, get sun rhyno-lite rims. I know a guy who commutes every day who weighs well over 250lb and often rides a bike rigged with incredible (and heavy) light rigs. He used to break wheels left and right. Then the lbs built him some LX hubs to rhyno-lite 36h with Alpine III's and he has't had a problem since.
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