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    Dropping rim weight helpful for SS?

    I've always known my 29er wheelset was heavy but I was browsing on the internets and found out my DRC rims are listed at 520g. each. I've always had intentions of building a nice wheelset one day to compliment my Ti frame but was in no rush to do so. I looked at the Stan's Crest29 and realized I could drop 110g. on each rim alone. There are definitely some other bonuses with the Stan's as well (wider width, ability to run tubeless, etc.)

    I run big tires (Ardent 2.4 or WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 front) and (Rampage 2.35 or Suaguaro 2.2 rear) and will continue to do so. Any chance that I'd feel the difference of 110g for each rim? If I built a new rear wheel all together I could save over a pound. Perhaps I'd notice that difference? Any help in getting the big wheels up to speed sounds nice.

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    You will feel it. You will feel it spin up faster but you may also feel it become flexier. If you really want to get faster, ride your bike more. If you are simply looking for an upgrade, stans is a great choice. They make good stuff and they make tubeless a breeze.

    Whats your weight?

    I race on crests and they are okay. Too flexy for anything but racing though. I prefer the stiffness of my Flows for fun.
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    I am running the new WTB Laser TCS rims. The advertised weight is 470g -- I forgot to weigh mine to verify. It's a nice strong rim with eyelets. Worth a look.
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    I wouldn't run those big tires on a rim as narrow as the Crest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    You will feel it. You will feel it spin up faster but you may also feel it become flexier.
    This is what I wanted to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    If you really want to get faster, ride your bike more. If you are simply looking for an upgrade, stans is a great choice. They make good stuff and they make tubeless a breeze.

    Whats your weight?

    I race on crests and they are okay. Too flexy for anything but racing though. I prefer the stiffness of my Flows for fun.
    I'm only about 145 lbs. and I try to ride a couple of times a week. Went for a six hour ride yesterday. I could say that I'd keep my existing wheelset for training and only use the other for racing, but if the acceleration difference is noticeable I'd probably cave and run the lighter wheelset all of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    I wouldn't run those big tires on a rim as narrow as the Crest.
    Why? I'm running 717's with 2.4's...no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodoochild View Post
    I am running the new WTB Laser TCS rims. The advertised weight is 470g -- I forgot to weigh mine to verify. It's a nice strong rim with eyelets. Worth a look.


    A wider rim gives you a better profile.
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    Lighter wheel in rear give you better acceleration, also it's makes you climb faster and easier.

    Put ardent on rear for onroad.
    I use it for onroad race and it's super fast BUT I hate it for offroad.

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    'Just curious, why/when do you run a Rampage 2.35 as rear ?
    I have not tried the tire, but most reviews I have seen are positive as a front tire.
    At your size, a smaller/lighter tire may make a big difference as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    A wider rim gives you a better profile.
    The WTB rim is 26mm wide. How much wider do you want..?
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    Check out the Pacenti TL28. That's the rim I will be using for my next SS wheel build. Wide and light. Oh so right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackspade View Post
    Lighter wheel in rear give you better acceleration, also it's makes you climb faster and easier.

    Put ardent on rear for onroad.
    I use it for onroad race and it's super fast BUT I hate it for offroad.
    Physics-wise it doesn't matter which wheel you lighten. Lightening the rear wheel will only make the rear end lighter, acceleration will be the same as if you made the front wheel lighter... Makes more sense to lighten both wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfdog93 View Post
    'Just curious, why/when do you run a Rampage 2.35 as rear ?
    I have not tried the tire, but most reviews I have seen are positive as a front tire.
    At your size, a smaller/lighter tire may make a big difference as well
    From last winter until this fall I ran either a weirwolf 2.55" LT or the Geax Saguaro 2.2 in the back. The Geax is pretty good in dry conditions but sucks on rocky and rooty wet conditions. This fall has been pretty wet in NC so I've been running the rampage since then. The rampage offers a noticeable improvement in traction with a tad bit more rolling resistance. I had read it was a good rear tire as well and so far I'd agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    Check out the Pacenti TL28. That's the rim I will be using for my next SS wheel build. Wide and light. Oh so right.
    I dig it. Love the width. It probably makes a 2.4 or 2.5 feel like a totally different tire. Too bad it doesn't come in white.

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    White rims are for mafiosi
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    I used white flows and I wish I had done black. At the time I diddnt realize the weight penalty of powdercoat.

    Those pacentis are badass! I would compare them more to the new arch ex. <--- Should be a dope rim as well.

    Those, arch ex, crest, All would be great for you. I could Imagine that the arches and pacentis would be my choice If I was your weight! Stiff, strong, not needing attention ever!
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    I have been running Stan's Crests on my geared and SS 29ers all year. No issues and I run 2.4 Ardent on the front and an IKON or Ignitor on the rear, depending on the season. Zero issues and I am 175 to 180 with gear, water, etc. I ride everything from AM to XC racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyharris View Post
    I wouldn't run those big tires on a rim as narrow as the Crest.
    Crests have the second widest interior of any Stan's rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek View Post
    I have been running Stan's Crests on my geared and SS 29ers all year. No issues and I run 2.4 Ardent on the front and an IKON or Ignitor on the rear, depending on the season. Zero issues and I am 175 to 180 with gear, water, etc. I ride everything from AM to XC racing.
    Sorry, I was thinking the Arch.
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    I still don't see any harm in running big tires on the Arch, Crest or whatever.

    ssjohn - dropping rotational weight is beneficial whether you're talking ss, geared, road, mtb, etc. It's probably the most noticeable/beneficial upgrade on a bike.

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