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    2014 Bontrager Duster Elites vs Rhythm Elites

    I'm currently riding on stock Duster Elites on my Stache 7, and have the opportunity to upgrade to Rhythm Elites. Is it a worthy upgrade? Which wheel is more durable?
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    Personally, I would put that money towards a wide rim build for more comfort and performance.

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    If it is the new Rhythm Elite's that just came out recently they are a better wheel for sure. They are stronger and also have the rapid drive hub with the increased number of contact points in the freehub.

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    Trek just warranteed the wheel on my Stache and they upgraded me to the Duster Elite's from the standard Duster's that came on my 2013 7. When I go to their site I can never find info on the Duster's, all I see is the Rhythm. Is there a more complete page somewhere that I am missing? Thanks

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    no, the duster is a wheel trek puts on their lower spec bikes. definitely go for the elites, the new hub is really great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    no, the duster is a wheel trek puts on their lower spec bikes. definitely go for the elites, the new hub is really great.
    the duster elites you mean?

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    @bob_m - The Duster Elites are a new wheel for 2015 model bikes. They only come on bikes as an OEM part I do not believe you can purchase them aftermarket yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Britishnate View Post
    @bob_m - The Duster Elites are a new wheel for 2015 model bikes. They only come on bikes as an OEM part I do not believe you can purchase them aftermarket yet.
    Ok thanks, I am glad they upgraded me. I am no longer breaking spokes with the new wheel. Bob
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    That's good to know that the Duster Elites are better than the "1st edition Dusters". Hopefully Trek has hammered out the kinks. I was concerned as a couple guys I know who had Dusters had to quickly upgrade them due to all the broken spokes they were getting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_m View Post
    the duster elites you mean?

    sorry, i meant the rhythm elites. i have the line elites, really good hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Interceptor View Post
    That's good to know that the Duster Elites are better than the "1st edition Dusters". Hopefully Trek has hammered out the kinks. I was concerned as a couple guys I know who had Dusters had to quickly upgrade them due to all the broken spokes they were getting.
    With the original dusters I had the bike shop upgrade me to tubeless. This required me purchasing new XR4 expert tires but the rims remained. Once I switched to Tubeless my troubles began, partly because I was riding harder but I started breaking spokes and losing air. Finally I broke the prowls in the hub and Trek warranteed the wheel. Now with the duster elite, I no longer loose air, break spokes and the hub is working like it should. I am happy.

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    So what is the engagement like on the Duster Elite rear hub? Does it have the same rapid engagement as the Rhythm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOwens14 View Post
    So what is the engagement like on the Duster Elite rear hub? Does it have the same rapid engagement as the Rhythm?
    I own the Duster Elites. Freehub engagement is at least on par with Easton EA90/Shimano XTR/Dura Ace (other wheels I own.) In other words, it's fine. The Rhythm Elite hubs do sound much better than average, however.

    The Duster Elites are good wheels, IMO.
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    Are the Duster elites still 28h, and are they still using straight 15g spokes on them (like they did on the previous Dusters)?

    Those were the two issues I believe contributed to them not holding up for aggressive riders on 'trail bikes'.

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