Need a Stiff Wheelset
6' 1' 230 Lbs. I ride a Cannondale Rush 5 with the Lefty. I am looking to build a great set of wheels and would like to spend under $500 if possible. I ride CC singletrack in Nebraska so there are very few drops or rocks to contend with. What kind of a combo should I go with? Keep in mind my front hub is Lefty specific.
Any input would be great.
I've had *excellent* luck with Sun RhynoLiteXL (not the regular RhynoLite mind you). They are cheap (<$50) and I am heavier and do jump/huck on them. Hubs? I ride King and Hope. Kings with a stainless freehub are my fave and super burley. I've never had an issue with my Pro 2 bulbs from Hope though either and the rear is over $200 less than the King FWIW.
Not sure what your front hub options are with the Lefty, but I'm about the same weight as you and I love my CrossMax XLs. They are on a great sale at Performance right now:
If you need a specific front hub, the rear only is also available.