Advice for splashing out on new rims
This forum tends to have experienced riders, and some useful tips.
I ride a Trek Superfly 100 SL 29er and keen to upgrade my rims.
Im thinking either between:
DT Swiss XM 1550 Tricon
Mavic Crossmax SLR
or maybe even paying up and trying out carbon:
Crank Brothers Cabon 11
Specialized Roval Control SL
My group set is SRAM, which I am not happy with (nice shifters, but everything else sux, first time I have tried them, and they came with the deal on the bike), so not sure if there are compatibility issues with any of the above wheels?
I enjoy hitting any jumps I can find so don't want something thats going to cost me a broken collar bone!
Thanks in advance
Light Bicycle wider carbon rims. $165 per rim + shipping,they seem to get good reviews.
If you like to do jumps, you best stay away from the lighter aluminium rims, some Stans Arch EX would be a good choice.
If you want to get some branded carbon wheels, the Rovals would be a good choice, they have DT Swiss internals in the hubs and I think they don't have a weight limit at all. Stay away from the Crank Brothers wheels.
They're shouldn't be any problems with using new wheels with your SRAM groupset, it all depends on what freehub body the rear hub uses, and nearly all hubs use Shimano/SRAM 10 speed (XX1 freehubs are creeping in, but they're only for SRAM XX1 groupsets). Make sure the front axle configuration is compatible with your fork too.
You could check into Nox Composites as well, awesome people with decent prices and top quality products.
For Rovals the new hookless Carbon Control 29 is a good value, especially if you can work a 20% or more discount from your lbs.
Specialized Roval Control 29 Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels, Tested | Bicycling Magazine
To move farther ahead, think about building a set of Derby rims for a wider option.
29 x 35mm carbon fiber DERBY RIMS Grand Opening
I've played around with the Roval SL version and the sidewall seemed very very thin. I'm sure the hookless one would be more stout and a good value over the SL. Still the quality and beefyness (I know not a word yet) of the Nox just blows me away. I would shy away from the Cobalt wheels and any other proprietary system wheelsets no matter how cool they look and how light they are and go for something a little more serviceable and built with parts that are more readily available.
Last edited by bdundee; 09-19-2013 at 10:06 AM.
All of the above are full wheelsets, not just rims.
Originally Posted by mojitomaniac
I prefer hand built wheels to my spec. Standard spokes, and plenty of them.
Carbon? Enve, on CK or DT with CX-Ray.
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