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  1. #1
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    New Wheelset, need advice on final 2.

    Hi Guys.
    I have a Trek 29´er and I´m getting a Syncros rigid fork and a new wheelset.
    I am only gonna use it for xc and such, no really heavy stuff.
    My weight is 200 lbs if it matters.
    I am torn between 2 wheelsets, They are Mavic Crossmax SLR 29 and Rolf Prima Ralos9.
    The weight on those wheelsets is almost the same, the price is almost the same aswell for me.
    Rolf´s customer service is way better then Mavic´s.
    The SLR´s are getting good reviews, cant find anythign on the Rolf´s.

    What do you guys think .. Rolf Prima Ralos9 or Mavic Crossmax SLR 29 ?
    Anyone with experience with those 2 wheelsets ?

  2. #2
    Keep on Rockin...
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    This is totally off the cuff but traditionally Mavic rims have been relatively narrow - I can't live with skinny rims. Their hubs were junk back when - though that might have changed.

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    i am on the same boat. i am thinking about buying the mavic crossmax slr
    2013 Cannonale Jekyll 3 M

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    I've been using Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels in 26" and
    29" for years. Never a problem with any of them.

  5. #5
    Carbon & Ti rule
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    Not on your list but I would go Notubes Arch EX
    I have a 6 Berth & 2 Berth Motorhomes that I rent out . They are based in Tauranga, New Zealand

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    Hey guys, the SLR's have the new ITS-4 free hub body which eliminates a lot of the maintainence related issues they had in the past. I weigh 210 and ride really hard and I use them for my everyday wheels on my Giant Anthem 29er. As long as you don't plan on going too wide with your tires you'll love them.


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    I have noticed ALOT of people on the new 29er SLR's. I do know for 2013, they upgraded the hubs and now have a 4 pawl engagement system but also a higher rate of engagement than previous versions. It is also suppose to be stronger as well. The Mavics I had in the past were plagued with pawl replacement. It wasn't expensive or time consuming but more of a nuisance. I guess they also come with the adaptors to run different thru-axles.

    I don't know much about the ROLF wheels, considered them for my roadbike, but ended up going with ROL instead...better value.

    Personally I would consider going one of 2 routes. Get a custom set built around the DT Swiss 240 hubs with 36T engagement. They hubs are amazing! Light, fast, no tools required for maintenance and just all around a great hub with fast engagement. Paired with a Flow EX or Arch EX and DT Swiss Supercomp'll have a pretty amazing wheelset for the price!

    If you aren't engagement hungry, but want something solid. The American Classic All-Mountains are awesome! Very strong engagement (6 pawl), pretty light for an all-mountaing (1650g I think) and they are wide (28mm), amazing stiff and robust. They are very fast, smooth wheels and are slightly less than the Mavics. Also, American Classic customer service is top notch..straight forward and very easy to deal with over the phone.

    Sorry to throw a wrench into your decision making..but that is my $.02
    Ibis Ripley LS
    Intense Spider 29 C
    Cervelo S2
    Trek Boone 5 Disc
    Spech Tricross Expert
    Raleigh RX 1.0

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