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    The only reason to use strait 14g spokes over butted spokes is cost. Butted spokes will actually be more durable and less likely to break from fatigue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4nbstd View Post
    Halo's width is 28mm, same as Flow. But, ya, MTX 33 would be a good choice for big boys.
    One thing to research is if the Halo rim does well tubeless. The MTX33 sucks tubeless, only negative (I don't consider weight a negative ) Don't get me wrong, the Halo looks strong. As a bigger guy I appreciate wider rims to run wider tires though. Wide rims do good things for most tires.

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    Ya, I went through a lot of dilemma because of all the factors that affect the wheel differently when I was choosing a new wheel. In the end, I just figured to f*** it and went with Flow.
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    I had no idea deciding which wheelset I would configure would be so difficult! I have explored every route possible. I have, of course, asked all of you, done my own research and called Colorado Cyclist, Excel Boulder, Competitive Cyclist and many custom wheel builders.

    The consensus, there is no consensus but there do exist similarities. I want to share what I have in mind and get final opinions. Unfortunatly, I did come across many wheel builders who were very black and white and did not offer much input on why they did or did not like particular components.

    If I can ask one more time: What do ya'll think I should do and why?: Again, looking for a bomb proof set up without dropping a lot of money. Also have a hardtail, rigid fork Niner for mostly pavement riding and some lite trail.

    Rims: Velocity Blunt 36hole or Mavic TN 719 36 hole
    Hubs: White Industries or Hope
    Spokes: DT Swiss Competition (Consensus among all)
    Lacing: X 3
    Nipples: Brass

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    You know my recomendations but I had one question. Did any of the wheelbuilders you talked to have experience building wheels for guys near 300 lbs? Before you decide, I'd highly recomend talking to Mike Curiak if you haven't. Great wheel builder and has experience with big guys. Lace Mine 29 - Big Bicycle Wheels

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    I have spoken to him. He liked the MTX 33s but also really recommended the CK or DT hubs which blew up the price of the wheelset.

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    The Blunt and the 719 are both good rims I would go with whatever is cheaper probably the Blunt. You can also look at the P35 which is a 35mm wide Blunt I have a set on my HD and I really like them. For Hubs I would go with the Hopes. I do love the White Ind. they were a customer of the company I used to work for and I was in their shop several times. Great attention to quality with them but Hope is the same way and you can get the Hopes cheaper and they have the same POE. With spokes and nipples I always use DT Comp and Brass.

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    Yeah he has seen some of the Hope hub shells come apart from big guy torture but these seem to be very few and far between. If cost is a major factor, I think you'll be fine on the Hopes. I don't have any experience with the Whites. I think the MTX33 or the P35 is your best bet. The P35 wont be as burly as the MTX but it will work much better tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jphill1301 View Post
    I have spoken to him. He liked the MTX 33s but also really recommended the CK or DT hubs which blew up the price of the wheelset.
    Send Larry an email at Ghisallo Wheels - Custom Wheels

    I was looking at Flow with Hopes for around $700-$750 from all the other builders, but he got me Flow with Kings for $680 plus shipping (Flows were on sale though, so if I had gone with Flow EX, it would have been around $750).
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    You can get a set of Pro2 Evos on Flows with Spaim spokes from Wiggle for 397.98. Hard to beat that deal!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adim_X View Post
    I have had good success using Mike Curiak at lacemine29.com. He has a page you fill out then he will recommend a build. Just google him, he knows his stuff.
    ^^^This without a doubt. He built me a set of Sun Ringle MTX33 rims laced to Hope Pro2 hubs two years ago and they are still kicking ass. I've been as heavy as 320 on the bike and rolling at 285 right now. Not a single hiccup. Doesn't matter what wheels or hubs you decide on, just make sure MikeSee builds the wheels for you.

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