I'm really liking the looks of the 2011 Epic 29er frame, but I want to build this up instead of buying a complete bike. The thing really holding me back is exactly what is compatible with the 142+ spacing on the rear. Looking around I see that DT Swiss makes both a 142x12 mm rear hub and they also have the 135mm to 142mm conversion kit. Neither of these though seem like they would be identical to the new rear hub that Specialized has on these bikes which they claim moves the cassette over a little bit to create a wider spacing between the flanges for a stronger rear wheel. I also gather that you can't buy just the rear hub and build a wheel up using that, and sorry - I don't care how nice the roval wheels are, I can't justify $1550 for that wheelset.
So what are the best options for building a rear wheel if you buy only the Epic 29 frame?
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