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    Which upgrade would you do first

    Trying to decide which upgrade I want to do first. Going from stock non-tubeless wheels lighter stiffer tubeless ready wheelset or going from a X5 3x10 drivetrain to an XT 2 x 10. Use the bike mostly for cross country riding and racing. Ive priced it out and each upgrade would cost about the same. Thoughts?

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    Which upgrade would you do first

    Wheels! What set are you looking at?

    Especially if you're racing, getting rid of rotational weight is helpful.


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    Even though I just upgraded my part of my drivetrain before getting new wheels I would go new wheels first. My BB and chain were toast and got a whole SLX crankset $99 including the BB. The SLX is only a few grams heavier than the XT. The SLX is a 3x10 but I just took off the large ring and put on a BBG bashgaurd then set the high limit in the front derailleur so I can't shift past the middle chainring. Also you don't mention it but I assume you know you would need new shifters going from SRAM to Shimano?

    I would upgrade the wheels and ride your drive train until its worn out then replace. That was my intention, a year went by before I knew it and I wore my drive train out first. All good though, about to order some WTB i23s laced to some hopes. Actually might get the i19 for the back and save a 1/4 pound.
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    Wheels for sure.

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    Definitely wheels first, without question. Light wheels, tubeless, light cassette and rotors will make your bike feel amazing!

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    Wheels for sure.

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    Which upgrade would you do first

    Agree...wheels

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    Yep. You're always going to get the most bang for your upgrade buck/weight decrease benefit from the wheels. Changing the drive train will give you a different drive train. Changing the wheels will make it feel like you've got a new bike.

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    Wheels and new tires.

    You won't believe the difference these two things can make on your bike. A new set of wheels turned my bike from a sluggish porkster where I struggled up the hills on into a bike that I can climb very well with. Get the lightest most durable set you can afford that doesn't include proprietary spokes.
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    Yep...wheels. First thing I changed on my first bike a few years ago an the difference was instant.
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    I'm in the same boat I have decided to do a set of Stan's Arch EX with either Hope 2 EVO hub's or Chris King hub's.
    I'm not 100% sure if I wan't to dump the extra Money for Chris King hub's even thou they are 72 Pt. instead of 24 Pt. of engagement.
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    Wheelset for me. Big weight loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by PauLCa916 View Post
    I'm in the same boat I have decided to do a set of Stan's Arch EX with either Hope 2 EVO hub's or Chris King hub's.
    I'm not 100% sure if I wan't to dump the extra Money for Chris King hub's even thou they are 72 Pt. instead of 24 Pt. of engagement.
    Going on a 2013 Stump Jumper Comp 29'er
    I just had a set of Arch EX / Hope Pro 2 Evos built for my Jet-9 build. I'm not finished with the build process (where does the time go?), but really looking forward to the ride. I couldn't justify the extra cost for the King hubs since I was busting the budget anyway.

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    I did all the above (drivetrain/brakes, then wheels) I agree with others that wheels made much more of a difference (went from stock Bontragers to I9s on Stans)! But brakes is an awesome upgrade as well. Esp if you go from Avid to Shimano!!!
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    can anyone recommend decent wheels that are affordable? thanks

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    Which upgrade would you do first

    Depending on your weight, Stan's Arch EX or Flow EX can be had easily for under $450
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    Stans...good rims...good price

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