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    Upgrade Wheels for 2011 Fuel EX 7

    Hi,
    I have 2011 Fuel EX7 with stock wheels, I'd like to get better, lighter wheels but i have no ideal about the size of rear thru-axle and the front QR, my budget is around $300 - not sure if it's worth to upgrade with $300, maybe not enough.
    I've seen a lot Mavic Crosstrail but i'm not sure if they work with my bike.
    Please give my some ideals how to do it, all advices are welcome.
    Thanks a lot in advance
    Kydong.

    I live in Bay Area, CA - I ride mostly @ STCP, Mission Peak, Lake Chabot, Garin..... nothing crazy @ age 50.
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    Please help if you know something.
    Thanks.
    KD

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    According to this: Trek Bicycle

    Your frame has APB Convert, which if I understand it correctly, means that you can run either a 135mm QR hub or a 142x12 hub (double check with Trek dealer). Up front, just look for any QR Mountain bike wheel.

    At your pricepoint, you may get your best deal by getting Universal Cycles to build you a custom set. I'd recommend WTB Frequence i23 or Stan's Arch EX rims with DT comp spokes will make give you a durable, yet relatively lightweight build. Shimano hubs could keep you within budget. A SLX rear hub will get you quicker than stock 11-degree engagement (don't know if you are looking for this)

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    Sean, thank you so much for your advise, I'll make a note to do custom set,
    Again, thanks. Sorry for did not get back to you right away.
    HVC

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    Was hoping to see more in here. I also am looking at upgrading my EX's wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Island20v View Post
    Was hoping to see more in here. I also am looking at upgrading my EX's wheels.
    What's your budget and list of needs/wants? I've been researching wheels for the past year now (too much time, not enough dough).

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    Honestly, somewhere around $500-600 if I can.

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    I put a set of 2012 Crosstrail's on my '12 ex8...setup tubeless with over 500 miles on them and so far so good! I like to ride fast, and pretty hard for a #240 guy, but I dont jump or hit big drops. 3' is about the biggest Ive done. The Crosstrail front is a 15mm hub with adapters to use a QR, and the rear is standard. Only downside to the set is I kinda want to move to the 142x12 setup in the rear and would have to get a new hub or wheel. For $300 its hard to beat the Crosstrails.

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    I'd go for a custom built wheel from Universal Cycles (I bought a cheaper custom wheelset from them, very well built)

    DT Swiss 350 Hubs: Durable, available in any axle type, and (if not standard) upgradable to the 36 point star ratchet for 10 degree engagement
    WTB i23 Frequency rims: decent strength and weight, wide footprint
    DT Competition spokes
    DT nipple: brass or alloy, your choice

    Not super blingy, but these would be a quality wheelset that would last.

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    Upgrade Wheels for 2011 Fuel EX 7

    Haha, that was all gibberish to me. Sorry.

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    Another option, order a set of 28H hubs and re-lace your Dusters to them with good double-butted spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsjg View Post
    Another option, order a set of 28H hubs and re-lace your Dusters to them with good double-butted spokes.
    If you're wheels are low-milage and in excellent shape, that would be a possibility. However, wheel builders that I've spoken too advise against rebuilding wheels with used rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean.designs.bikes View Post
    If you're wheels are low-milage and in excellent shape, that would be a possibility. However, wheel builders that I've spoken too advise against rebuilding wheels with used rims.
    Of course they do... At the end of the day the rim is the cheap part of the equation. Then again, when you are on a budget you are on a budget and it's easy enough to re-lace to a new (of the same, or same ERD) rim later.

    For $300-400, if the OP is willing to assemble himself and let a practiced wheelbuilder bring the tension up, and he re-uses the rims and shops around for hubs he can probably end up with a pretty nice wheelset. There is no $300-400 wheelset on the market appreciably better than the one this Trek came with -- except on the used market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsjg View Post
    Of course they do... At the end of the day the rim is the cheap part of the equation. Then again, when you are on a budget you are on a budget and it's easy enough to re-lace to a new (of the same, or same ERD) rim later.

    For $300-400, if the OP is willing to assemble himself and let a practiced wheelbuilder bring the tension up, and he re-uses the rims and shops around for hubs he can probably end up with a pretty nice wheelset. There is no $300-400 wheelset on the market appreciably better than the one this Trek came with -- except on the used market.
    I beg to differ about putting together a better wheelset at that price range.

    Light and quick for $384: Stans Arch EX rims, SLX hubs (QR), DT comp spokes, DT brass nipples

    Harder hitter for $378: WTB i23 Frequency rims, SLX hubs (QR-front, TA-rear), DT comp spokes, DT brass nipples

    I'd pick Shimano SLX hubs for this price range because they are relatively quick engaging (11.25 degrees) and durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean.designs.bikes View Post
    I beg to differ about putting together a better wheelset at that price range.
    I said appreciably better, I would consider what you threw out only marginally better -- not an upgrade worth $400 (to me).

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsjg View Post
    I said appreciably better, I would consider what you threw out only marginally better -- not an upgrade worth $400 (to me).
    To each his/her own. Spend you're money as you will.

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