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    Changing the wheels-Does it worth it?

    I have mavic X138 rims on sachs centera hubs. If I change the wheels for the mavic crossrides do you think I will see big difference on the ride?

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    I thought you were going disk? What ya got up uour sleve now

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    I thought you were going disk? What ya got up uour sleve now
    I am not 100% sure yet if I am going with discs or better V brakes. The weather here is mostly dry so I am not sure it is really worth it to change the wheels as my currrent hubs are non disc specific. Though I am also thinking if changing for the Mavic crossride wheels will significantly change how the bike rides. I have the mavic X138 with sachs centera hubs now. If a new set of wheels will do a big difference I will change them.

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    well the crossrides would certainly be an upgrade, if you are seeking a multi-task low tread tire and enough side knob, i guess it would be the right decision.

    you could just have two separate wheelsets, one slick and one knob and swap out. but then you are also debating brakes. from experience, if you are willing invest in discs, do it. they are fantastic. i know most will say "well, if you aren't downhilling or in wet and muddy conditions, you don't need them.", stopping is stopping and discs do it a whole lot better.

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    Not to argue with sutherland, but I've personally never been able to make that whole "cost-benefit analysis" thing work out in favor of discs. But then again, I don't ride in wet or muddy conditions (wet cuz you're likely a Detroit driver will wipe you out, muddy cuz the volunteers that maintain the trails tend to go into vapor lock when the see you doing it). If you can deal with the weight and complication of discs, cool, but if not, then V-brakes are fine.

    As for wheels, there's some things to consider. If you're a "weight weenie", you've gotta remember that wheels are unsprung weight. Also, centrifugal force multplies the weight of your wheels, so you're gonna notice a big difference in weight at speed. I've yet to hear a bad thing about ANY Mavic rims, but do as much research as you can on them, then make your educated decision. For the record, I think sutherland's suggestion of having different wheelsets for different applications makes a lot of sense.

    Best of luck! Let us know what you decide!

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