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    Cool-blue Rhythm Shimano, Mavic or Fulcrum ... what would you chose?

    Looking for a new wheelset for my Giant trance. Budget $600-700. I'm 85kg and ride aggressive xc/trail.

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    - Shimano XTR M988 (trail): 21mm rim, proven hub
    - Fulcrum Red Metal 3: 19mm rim, looks good
    - Mavic Crosstrail: 19mm, Good looking hard to find spares

    I can get all three for around the same price (within $100).

    So what do you think?

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    Shimano. The other two aren't any wider than the stock wheels.

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    For more AM you should also consider the Fulcrum Red Zone. More expensive but better.

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    Mavic.

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    I've had wheels from all 3 makes and prefer the Fulcrum's. IMO the best free hubs and spoke system for tubeless. I would say though that a wider rim than 19mm would be recommended if you want to use a wider high volume tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paris Galanis View Post
    For more AM you should also consider the Fulcrum Red Zone. More expensive but better.
    Second that. I had the Red Zones and they work well. I would also consider Crossmax ST's or SX's. Not a fan of cone and ball bearings.
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    For the budget you are talking about why not get a set of Hope hubs laced to something like i23? Would be a better overall wheelset for about the same price.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    For the budget you are talking about why not get a set of Hope hubs laced to something like i23? Would be a better overall wheelset for about the same price.......
    This. Colorado Cyclist has Stans Flow EX laced to Hope Pro II hubs, $308 for the rear, $195 for the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipJ View Post
    Shimano. The other two aren't any wider than the stock wheels.
    Yep, I can vouch for the Shimano one as well. The best from the list by far...

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    Ive got good experiences with my mavic rims. I have the crossride disc and instead of using them for XC ive been using them at the bike park, for dirt jump, all mountain, and ive only ever bent them ever so slightly, nothing I couldn't fix with that whatever its called tool (the one you twist spokes with to increase or decrease tension). I haven't tried any shimano or fulcrum rims, but I dont think you can go wrong mith mavic if the crosstrails are stronger than the crossride. I dont know much about rims, but I think a wider rim would be good also. On the other hand, thinner rims are probably faster.

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    Re: Shimano, Mavic or Fulcrum ... what would you chose?

    I've been using the shimano M988 trail wheelset all year. Awesome wheelset. I've ridden my bike all over Michigan and up to the famed Copper Harbor ride center. At 230 lb I've ridden these wheels hard and haven't had to true them up yet. I also have the M985 race set and I did notice a difference with the 21mm rim and 142x12 axle upgrade. And the proven cup and cone bearings are just flawless so far. I'm also a pedal masher. I get out of the saddle on every climb and the freehub has yet to skip a beat. So I vote shimano.

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    Check out sun ringle charger pros as well. They fit your budget. I'm 200lbs and mine have held up well

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    Thanks guys.

    Yip, I am leaning towards the M988 wheelset. I was originally looking at a DT Swiss/ZTR Arch EX custom combo but the price just stretches a bit far for me and also after reading quite a few reviews of people having difficulty getting UST/TL tyres on it has put me off a bit. I currently run the M788 wheelset which is also a 21mm rim and have had no issues with stiffness or getting tyres on...just wanting to shave a bit of weight...oh and add some bling

    Cheers.

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