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    Building an AM wheelset or off-the-shelf-spec, all on a budget, need recommendations!

    I have no idea when it comes to wheels. This is one part of my Ragley Blue Pig build that is still pretty much in the air. All I know is I want a 20mm front axle and the rear needs to be a 9QR 135mm size hub.

    Also I'm getting Shimano SLX disc brakes so hub choice can be either Centerlock or 6-bolt, but I'd prefer that latter, that way I can install my own rotors, have Centerlock on another bike and it's always a trip to LBS to get rotors off.

    As for the wheels, I may be swayed toward tubeless, but probably not, big volume 2.3"+ tires are always cheap and plentiful on sites and I don't mind running tubes.

    What I want from my wheels is for them to handle some abuse, nothing extreme, just aggressive singletrack with maybe a few 1-1.5 foot drops. I weigh 250, 6'3" so I need something to handle this size. Wheels don't have to be lightweight as the goal of this build isn't that.

    As for budget, I have set aside $300-350, but definitely no more than $400.

    Thanks!

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    Check out the Hope Hoops on chainreaction. I have been running the a set of the Hope hubs on DTswiss EX500 rims for a year with zero issues. Both of these are listed as out of stock but I hear they usually ship pretty quickly once the order is placed

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...ModelID=15900#

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=40780

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    yep i was going to say hope hoops with something like a flow rim.

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    performance xenduro. nothing comes close on a budget.

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    I had every intention of buying the Hope/Flow hoops on CRC, but I can't bring myself to purchase something listed as "out of stock." Thoughts?

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    hope with either mavic 721 or halo freedom disc. from crc

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbert2000
    hope with either mavic 721 or halo freedom disc. from crc
    I think this is a winner, been reading reviews and I like it a lot.

    Just have to get a quote either from Universal Cycle or BWW since both offer custom built wheels.

    Anyone else offers such a service?

    How good are XT hubs or even SLX?

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    I've seen Easton Havocs on sale for around $325-350 lately.

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    Another vote for Hope. Got Hope Hoops with DT Swiss EX500 and the rear wheel 10mm through axle conversion kit for a total of $337 at Wiggle. But you can get them with some many rims to choose from. Wiggle's 20% off list price has another 15 hours left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneakyt
    Another vote for Hope. Got Hope Hoops with DT Swiss EX500 and the rear wheel 10mm through axle conversion kit for a total of $337 at Wiggle. But you can get them with some many rims to choose from. Wiggle's 20% off list price has another 15 hours left.
    How are you getting the code to work? It does nothing for me.

    Price is 223.89 and 133.13 for the Hope Hoops with Mavic EX721 rims.

    And the code doesn't work with wheels. Check the small print.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant
    I had every intention of buying the Hope/Flow hoops on CRC, but I can't bring myself to purchase something listed as "out of stock." Thoughts?

    I have read on here a couple times that the orders are usually filled pretty quickly.

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    I have different outlook on CRC. Im in my third week of waiting for my package to arrive.

    Go with Saint hubs and Dt Swiss F600

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    How are you getting the code to work? It does nothing for me.

    Price is 223.89 and 133.13 for the Hope Hoops with Mavic EX721 rims.

    And the code doesn't work with wheels. Check the small print.

    Sorry man. I guess they just put up the restriction. I ordered the wheels during their first XMAS-20 code, during Thanksgiving. Still a good deal though.

    Remember to use the 5 off voucher (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/newsletter/a...ndetails.aspx). Use one voucher for each wheel, so you'll get 10 off. Good luck.

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    Everyone saying the Hope hubs are the best, they are kinda pricey though. Any alternatives to them?

    But knowing myself, I'll probably get them anyway with Mavic EX721.

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    superstar switch evo ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Everyone saying the Hope hubs are the best, they are kinda pricey though. Any alternatives to them?

    But knowing myself, I'll probably get them anyway with Mavic EX721.
    they're far from the best. especially the front. lots of good options out there, shimano slx hubs are quite a deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    Everyone saying the Hope hubs are the best, they are kinda pricey though. Any alternatives to them?

    But knowing myself, I'll probably get them anyway with Mavic EX721.
    I wouldn't say they're the best. But for the price, reliability, and versatility in converting to different axles, I think they're worth it.

    BTW, the rear wheel w/ EX500 just came at the door by USPS. The hub is so loud!

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    Nukeproof Generators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot
    they're far from the best. especially the front. lots of good options out there, shimano slx hubs are quite a deal.
    Figured they were one of the better choices, every where I read I see them mentioned, they are kinda pricey IMO.

    As for the SLX, they were my original choice and Mavic EX721 rims.

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    superstar switch evo ^
    Will give them a look. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by ryates
    Nukeproof Generators?
    Also on top of my list, just got to check price on CRC again for them.

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    I've got generator hubs laced to flows. Very happy with them so far, with about 30 galby rides on them. The engagement isn't super quick but it is quick enough for me and quicker than my old onyx hubs. The rear hub looked great and is light in hand. The front had a blemish and the adapters don't fit equally as tight but both are snug. I laced it up instead of trying to get a different one and I haven't had any issues with it mated to my Lyrik.

    My only complaint about them, which may be the case similar convertible hubs, is I cant change from 20mm to QR without remove the rotor. This isn't a big deal since they only go on the one bike but I thought it would be nice to easily put the QR ones in so it would go in the truing stand. Having the QR ends helped while building for this reason.
    Whats this line for?

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    I just got a set of nice yellow Nukeproof (Sun Ringle rebadged rims it seems) wheels for under $300 shipped from Chainreaction in UK. A bit on the heavier side, but seem to be some nice wheels.

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    You can't beat the Havoc AM wheels. A buddy of mine has beaten the crap out of the same set for the last 3 years. When he decided to take them in to get trued the wheel builder asked what was wrong with them they don't need any work.

    Price Point has them for $350 pretty tough to beat that deal.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...elset-2010.htm

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    Hmmm ...

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    transition has nice wheelsets, they are 319.

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    I've been running Hope II hubs laced to mavic EN521 hoops for over a year now with no problems at all. Bought from CRC and delived in a week and a half.

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