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    Build rear wheel with American Classic 101 or go Chinese Carbon?

    I'm building a new rear wheel for a short travel FS 29er. I weigh about 165, XC racer, aggressive trail rider, no big drops or rocks.

    I have a American Classic 101 rim laying around and was wondering if you'd sell the rim for a few bucks and put it toward a Cheap Chinese Carbon rim, or just go with the AC101.

    I run the Chinese carbon on a 29HT and it was a huge difference over my Crest, but on an FS I'm not sure if the cost for the Chinese rim is going to be that noticeable for me as a rear wheel.

    Any thoughts?

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    On fs I'd go Derby front and rear if you have the clearance for a wide tire.

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    I would but the rims/wheel is going on my xc and endurance race bike which has not been delivered yet to check for clearance, and I think the Derby rims are a bit overkill for my needs in this case.

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    The 101 is 21mm interior at 381g.
    It will make a light wheel. If your terrain and style can go flat out without lots of rim strikes and a 2.0-2.25 or so tire will give you the cornering hold you need it should work.
    That seems like a ht would also fit better as a lighter option.
    I've already got those wheels. I would want to try something more with a new build to see if I could corner faster and get something out of my fs.

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