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    What are the best hubs (Front and Rear) for a 29" bike?

    So, I have a 26" Epic that I build from the ground up this year, I got all Shimano M785 XT components and my rims are XT M775, 15mm front thru axle and regular 9mm QR rear, now after a season out and seeing the 29" in action I've decided to upgrade to a 29" frame (I'm thinking of a GIANT TRANCE X), now I know most of my components will fit on the 29", like the breaks, shifters, crankset, etc, I aware I'll need a new chain as well as a front shock with the frame (maybe I can find a frame that includes the front shock), now I really love my XT hubs (M775, Straight pull) regardless of the mixed reviews they have in here and I'm wondering a few things:

    1-Will I be able to just buy a 29" rims and install my XT hubs in them
    2-Will my rear 9mm QR fit in the frame (GIANT TRANCE X) width wise since it uses the same QR type or are 29" bike wider.
    3-Any idea where to get straight pull spoke for the 29" rim

    And if all of that fails, what are the best hubs/wheel sets out there for a 29" bike?

    I'm just trying to utilize most (if not all) of the components I have to keep my cost as low as possible since going 29" can get quite pricey!

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    what are the best hubs/wheel sets out there for a 29" bike?
    Do you want the "best" or good value for money.
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    I guess best for the value...I was looking into the DT Swiss 350 straight pulls, I found out that the frame actually uses 142mm and my XT are 100mm or 135mm

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    Chris King and Hadley are two very good brands of hubs.

    Hope wins on the value for money. Maybe with a steel free hub option.

    Stans No Tube rims are popular or WTB i19 or i23 rims

    DT swiss spokes of choice.
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    Thanks that's very helpful!!

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    King vs Hadley, Hadley wins on bang for the buck and standardized replacement bearings while giving up a few grams on weight. But if you put a stainless driveshell on a King (Hadleys come w/ Ti as standard), the difference becomes pretty negligible, while the cost is ~ $500 (Aspire Velotech) vs ~ $290 (Balle Racing).
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    DT240 is also very nice.

    1-Will I be able to just buy a 29" rims and install my XT hubs in them
    2-Will my rear 9mm QR fit in the frame (GIANT TRANCE X) width wise since it uses the same QR type or are 29" bike wider.
    3-Any idea where to get straight pull spoke for the 29" rim

    1. Rims and Spokes. Add in the money for a wheel build and you would have saved money by just buying new wheels.
    2. 9mm QR is the same for 26" or 29".
    3. Why straight pull? You can get spokes from just about anywhere.

    Personally, I would just buy a new (or used) set of wheels or have a set built up.

    I don't think you can go wrong with DT240, I9, CK, Hadley, or Hope. They all work well and do what they do for their price points. Hope is probably the best bang for your buck. If I were to build a wheelset for myself I would probably go with Hope and Chinese Carbon rims.

    The "boutique" hubs are mostly about engagement. Is that something that you are overly concerned about? It is a lot of coin if you don't care.

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    Re: What are the best hubs (Front and Rear) for a 29" bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by mitzikatzi View Post
    Hope wins on the value for money.
    Yup... and in October they will now come with 40t engagement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docter_zab View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Yup... and in October they will now come with 40t engagement.
    Thank you all! It's great advise, I'm most certain ill go HOPE...now, you say in October they'll be coming in 40 holes vs 32? If so are there 40 holes rims?, never heard of 40
    Holes rims..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubisx99 View Post
    Thank you all! It's great advise, I'm most certain ill go HOPE...now, you say in October they'll be coming in 40 holes vs 32? If so are there 40 holes rims?, never heard of 40
    Holes rims..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubisx99 View Post
    Thank you all! It's great advise, I'm most certain ill go HOPE...now, you say in October they'll be coming in 40 holes vs 32? If so are there 40 holes rims?, never heard of 40
    Holes rims..
    Maybe try Google "hubs engagement points"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubisx99 View Post
    Thank you all! It's great advise, I'm most certain ill go HOPE...now, you say in October they'll be coming in 40 holes vs 32? If so are there 40 holes rims?, never heard of 40
    Holes rims..
    Points of engagement, not holes. This means that the hub clicks 40 times in a full rotation of the wheel. Translating it into real-world performance, you'll get smoother pedalling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coleam View Post
    Points of engagement, not holes. This means that the hub clicks 40 times in a full rotation of the wheel. Translating it into real-world performance, you'll get smoother pedalling.
    Oooohhhh now I get it! I did a little research too, but that's awesome cuz I'm just doing all the research I can before actually pulling the trigger on the 29".

    Thank you everyone this is awesome!

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    I would highly recommend Chris King hubs for their reliability, durability, and re-buildability. <--- I know that's not a word, but you know what I mean. They also have 72 points of engagements. Plus they are an American made product and even their ball bearings are made in house. They also have stellar customer service.
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    Stan's rims and Hope Pro2 Evo hubs laced three-cross with double butted spokes and brass nipples.

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    DT Swiss 240s. Only hubs commonly raced in professional road races, World Cup XC, and World Cup DH.

    Durable, strong, light, classic good looks.

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    wiggle.com | Hope Hoops Pro2 Evo MTB Wheelset | MTB Wheels

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    Everybody forgot, including me, that the xt wheels have 28 spokes per wheel. Forget about using those hubs with other rims. Just sell the wheels whole and get something else.

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    ++ Hope Pro2 EVO!!!!! Go for steel free-hub body if you really want bombproof. This is my first upgrade/swap-out before I leave the shop with a new bike!!

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    Hope. You just can't beat their value for money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Yup... and in October they will now come with 40t engagement.
    Where did you hear this? I'm shopping for wheels right now and this is reason enough for me to wait if there is not a huge price increase.

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