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    Building wheels

    Been thinking about building a wheelset something like this. Tell me what you think . Hope pro2 hubs with dt swiss 5.1 rims. Then some brass nipples and dt comp spokes. On high rollers. thanks

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    sounds like an awesome am setup, ive got the hope2 hubs and love them. i was thinking of building a wheel set myself, but i dont know what leingth spoke th use

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    I started having doubts about the 5.1 rims, because you see a lot of complaints about the 6.1 denting easily. Also I'd like to have UST, so I went for:
    - Hope Pro II, 20mm in front
    - DT Competition 2.0/1.8 butted spokes
    - Mavic XM819 Disc rims

    I considered using a heavier rim for the rear wheel but couldn't find a slightly heavier, matching rim.

    These wheels will hit a lot jumps/drops/rocks, but I'm only 160lbs, so that's why I thought I could get away with lighter rims.

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    Dt Swiss has a spoke calculator on their site. I really like the 819's for strength to weight ratio. UST is also nice for Stansing(probably not a real word) up a set of clincher tires.
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    I just built myself some Hope Pro IIs on DT 5.1s on Sunday. My thoughts:
    1. The issue with the 6.1s denting is moot. DT made them intentionally soft, with the idea that DH racers would rather have the rim dent than get a pinch flat mid race. People complaied, and they used a harder aluminum. This was never an issue with the 5.1s.
    2. The Hope freehub is very loud. Keep that in mind if that sort of thing bothers you.
    3. I'd use Al nipples. I've never had issues with Al ones breaking, and they're a bunch lighter. Plus Supercomps come with Al nipps, so you'll already have 'em.
    4. You need 260mm spokes in the rear, 259s on the front disc side, and 261s on the front non disc side to lace them up 32h with a 3 cross lacing all around. DT has a good calculator on their website.
    5. I'd go for it. I obviously can't comment on how they're holding up in the long term, but they seem quite nice.

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    I would like to go ust also,and thought about going with the xm819 but I made a thread similar to this one on the freeride forum and everyone said go dt 5.1. I only weight 150lbs so I think I could get away with the 819 also. My bike is a daily driver to me. I will ride it to trailhead to work to the 12 stair gap and then the bar. Do you this the 819 a will work for me. I a would love to be tubeless, on top of all that the 819 are lighter than the 5.1.

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    The 819 is about 24mm wide I believe, which I think is a bit of a drawback. 2.5 tires are probably not an ideal fit. The wider 5.1 rim would open up the tire more. I suspected the 5.1 wouldn't have that particular problem as the older 6.1 has, but while searching briefly I couldn't find anything about durability of the 5.1.

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    If I was to go 819 then I would ride the high rollers ust 2.35 if not 819 I still would ride them just not ust.

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