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    Front vs. rear wheel upgrade

    I want to get a wheel but can only afford one. Should I get a front w/tire or just a rear?

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    why?
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    A front wheel will have the biggest potential impact on your riding experience. Especially if you have a bike that needs a better fork. Like all the bikes sold with X forks.
    Those Suntour forks weigh 6.2 lbs.
    A decent air fork can drop 2 pounds off the front of your bike. Add a light wheel with 15mm thru and a good light tire. You will have a transformed bike maybe 5 pounds lighter.

    And it is way cheaper to build a front wheel yourself. A very good way to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluntrager View Post
    I want to get a wheel but can only afford one. Should I get a front w/tire or just a rear?
    I would go with a front wheel first and start saving money for the rear immediately.

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    Keep saving until you have the money to buy a wheelset.

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    I don't see the point in replacing a random wheel. If you don't know which wheel to replace they don't need replacing. Save your money for something worthwhile like a fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ou2mame View Post
    I don't see the point in replacing a random wheel. If you don't know which wheel to replace they don't need replacing. Save your money for something worthwhile like a fork.

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    Here's why:


    I've bent my front rim twice in the last three weeks. Once on a drop, the other cornering too hard. I weigh 220 on bontrager duster rims. The wheel bending caused me to wreck both times. This is my first season riding at n* and so I'm sure they--and I--won't last long if I continue to use them. Thus, there is the reason. I figure I can just ride a bit smoother until I can afford both wheels, it'll work out well.

    I was more or less just trying to get feedback on which wheel people would upgrade if they could only do one and why.

    Anyways, I went ahead and got a wtb frequency i25 rim laced to black dt Swiss comp 14 gauge spokes and a gold hadley hub for the front. Time to start saving for the rear and a fork.

    Also, are the any 650bx2.5 tires besides the wtb breakout?
    or any really good 650b dh tires for that matter?

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    Front vs. rear wheel upgrade

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    or any really good 650b dh tires for that matter?
    Maxxis Minion DHF is incredible for the front. I'm using a Honey Badger on the rear; it's surprisingly capable and it survived a day at Keystone with no problems. But the DHF is really really great for the conditions I ride here in Colorado: lots of loose gravel on hard pack and big rocks.


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    UPDATE: It's a good thing I just got the front wheel because the LBS called me earlier today to let me know that my front rim was bent beyond re-true. Really stoked to be getting the wheel new wheel in the mail soon!

    Anyways, I am riding a 2014 fox talas 34 ctd, so it'll cost some big money to really upgrade the fork and I wanna get that rear wheel taken care of first. Thank you to everyone for the fork advice though.

    As for the tires, Maxxis High Roller 2 might make its way there, but I'll definitely look into the DHF, conditions sound similar to CO.

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    Not sure why u would be recommended a fork when running those forks already. Forks are fine. Wheels for some reason trek seems to think those wheels are best for bikes when they can't withstand crap if u weight more than 170lbs.

    Get the rear wheel, and then rude it like u stole it and don't worry about upgrading anything unless u break something else.
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    Did you simply try more air in you tires? If you bottoming out and wrecking the rim you jyst need more air. I am 220 and never bottomed out once.

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