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    Tubeless rim brake wheels

    I am looking for a set of tubeless rim brake wheels. I have had a look at Stans Alpha which look good, however I have heard that there is a little concern regarding tyre compatibility - my LBS stated that they have had a number of tyres blow off the rim.
    Looking for something around the $600 AUD mark (400-500 USD).
    I weigh 90 kg, so they need to be robust and ideally as light as possible

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    Velocity A23 or Pacenti SL23. Both are robust enough if you go at least 32H.


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    I run the Stans Alpha with tubeless ready tires and haven't had any issues for the entire cross season and have been super happy with the wheels. I did originally try mounting some normal tires, and they did blow off. Tubeless-ready tires are definitely needed.

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    I know you are looking for a wheelset as am I, only I'm looking for a disc set.

    My Motobecane came with WTB I19 Chriscross rims mated to what look like Formula hubs. I too weigh 90 kg and have logged over 1000 miles on them without having to do a thing them. I ride them about 25% of the time on the same trails I ride my MTB on. In fact, rode the same course I raced my 29er on with them. Some pretty rocky and rutted trails. I've raced CX with them as well. Velomine sells a set mated to Shimano Deore hubs. And, while the rims are pretty light, the hubs aren't resulting in a wheelset weighing more than 2000 grams.

    I'm looking for a disc wheelset to finish up my Macho Man build. Have been considering the WTB Frequency I19's as well as the Stan's Iron Cross rims.

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    The SL23 is just the SL25 w/ a brake track. Essentially the same rim shape as Hed+ or Grail. Plenty strong. 28r/24f should be no problem unless you're a Clyde.

    FTR, I'm a huge fan of Pacenti rims, have 4 sets. Absolutely effortless setup and perfect tubeless burp free performance

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    My understanding is v1 of the Stans rims had more problems with tire blowing off. v2 blow off seems to be a lot less common.

    The Velocity Quill (415g) seem interesting however I have not seen many reviews.

    You could also find Chinese carbon tubeless in that price range. However I may lean away because carbon in clincher is not lighter or better breaking than alloy.

    On the cheep and light side would be Kinlin XR22T/BHS C22w. I found them to be of good quality with the major down side being average brake tracks. Brake pads seem to pick up a little more flecks of rim wall then Velocity I had prior.

    I would recommend either the Velocity or Kinlin above Stans because of rim width.

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    Thanks for the responses, I think I'll go with the Velocity. I'm also going to talk with TWEhttp://www.twebikewheels.com.au/ who have a great reputation for MTB wheels.

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