Advice Wheel Selection on Trek Fuel 29
Here's the Situation, and I might need to post this elsewhere.
My dad and I both have 2014 Trek Fuel EX 29ers. Dad has a Carbon 9.8 18.5" Frame, and I have the aluminum 9 17.5" Frame. Bikes are nearly identical other than carbon and aluminum frames, and Wheelsets.
I am running Stan's Crest wheels with a Continental Cross King Tire on my Aluminum Frame. He has Stock wheels with the Bontrager Tires on his 9.8. Both are Tubeless.
I borrowed his bike while my shock was down, and I was disappointed. So, the next time we rode bikes. I swapped bikes with him on the last lap. I was curious what he might think. He was surprised that my bike seemed easier to pedal, to the point he couldn't believe he was in the big chain ring. It confirmed what I was thinking. My bike seems easier to pedal, faster, not as clunky. We are convinced that the Wheelset and tire selection is noticeably different. He also thinks he has some rear hub noise. So, Dad is considering new wheels. Which direction would you point him? I don't have any complaints with the Crest wheels, and my brother has the newer Bontrager XXX aluminum wheels that seem pretty nice. However, we weren't sure where to point dad???
Dad is 60 next month.
Not aggressive - not doing any drops, jumps, etc at this point in life
He likes things to work, and price isn't a huge issue at this point in life
He's not racing, but claims he needs every advantage he can get to ride with my brother and I
Any thoughts on Wheels and Tires?
Industry Nine Wheelset. Bontrager's XR4 Team Issue in the front, XR3 in the back.
1992 Trek 800 Antelope
2015 Trek Stache 7
This can get int a LONG thread about wheel sets
Do the bikes have the same front/rear axles? If so. switch out the wheel sets and go ride them again. That should really tell ya if it is the wheel set or not.
I just had a wheel set built got my SS
DT Swiss M442 hoops with I9 hubs. LOVE Them. They are built to last so they are a little on the heavy side but I ride aggressively. I could have gone with smaller spokes and a smaller rim. but I wanted at least 22mm inner
Ha! That's exactly what I'm running right now. I9 Enduro with XR4 and XR3. VERY VERY VERY nice setup.
Originally Posted by V8Interceptor
I would do as was mentioned before, and swap the wheels over. The tires that should have come on the Fuel (XR3 and XR4) are a very nice set of tires.
The Rhythm Elite should be a halfway decent wheelset too....
Derby XC rims (wide-ish) with DT Swiss 350 hubs.
Can't argue with the XR3/XR4 combo recommended above. Bonty really nailed it with the XR line of tires. Even the XR2 is great, for what it was designed to be (semi-aggressive xc race tire, AFAIK).
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I kept breaking spokes on my duster elites after riding them for six months, and my trek shop got me a sweet deal on a gravity/grade i9 wheel set, and has made a huge difference! In fact, when I upgrade to a fuel or remedy, I'll probably go for the 8 or 9 vs the 9.8 because I'll have to budget the extra grand for the i9's!!!
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