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    Wheel Swap questions

    So, looking to change my wheel as the current wheels I have are a bit beat and dented.

    If I were to swap to a set of wheels that have the "same specs" as what I currently have are there any other considerations that I would need to be concerned about?

    Do bike wheels have an offset? Is this a major factor?
    Will I need to get new axels?

    Front wheel: 27.5 15 x 100
    Rear wheel: 27.5 12mm x 142mm
    Brake rotors: 6 bolt

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    As long as you have those measurements, the other concerns are:
    Weight

    Internal Width of rim

    Tubeless ready rim

    POE- points of engagement and number OC clicks per rotation



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    Quote Originally Posted by FJSnoozer View Post
    As long as you have those measurements, the other concerns are:
    Weight

    Internal Width of rim

    Tubeless ready rim

    POE- points of engagement and number OC clicks per rotation



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    Quote Originally Posted by FJSnoozer View Post
    As long as you have those measurements, the other concerns are:
    Weight

    Internal Width of rim

    Tubeless ready rim

    POE- points of engagement and number OC clicks per rotation



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    And maximum weight


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    Also spoke count/type.

    A lot of pre-built branded wheelsets use some sort of less common spoke type (a simple straight pull with typical threading at the rim side is one thing, but you can get bladed spokes, proprietary nipples, threading at both ends, etc). My advice is to stay as simple and common as possible. Because when you break a spoke (it's a when, not if), the less common that spoke, the longer you're likely to wait to get a replacement and the more likely it is that you won't be able to get a quick fix at a shop when you're on a vacation. For that reason, I strongly recommend plain 'ol j-bend spokes. A lot of those pre-built wheelsets also use lower spoke counts to shave weight. That might be great for racers looking to shave grams, but for those of us who just like to ride, it's not so good, as it usually allows for a flexier wheel. Stay with the standard 32 spokes per wheel unless you're especially hard on stuff, and then going with 36 might be a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehfour View Post

    Front wheel: 27.5 15 x 100
    Rear wheel: 27.5 12mm x 142mm
    Brake rotors: 6 bolt
    Get those things right and the wheels will physically bolt up.

    The other stuff being mentioned are factors to consider when buying new wheels, and it's a bottomless rabbit hole. Simply put you want 32 j-bend spokes and rims that are appropriate for the tires you wish to run.
    "Things that are complex are not useful, Things that are useful are simple."
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    If your wheels are taking a beating it suggests you ride hard so some stout wheels seem appropriate. If you have a wheel builder near you one of the best ideas is to have a pair built up. That way you can get exactly what you want.

    As others have said, nothing fancy. 32 or 36 good-old J-bend spokes, stout rims and a decent rear hub. Front hubs are all much the same.

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