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  1. #1
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    Heavy AM/Light FR Wheelset

    Hey everyone. I am looking for a fairly lightweight wheelset that is tubeless in one way or another (UST, Stans BST..etc). Weight is not the most important thing for me, but I don't want to be lugging around a 2200g DH wheelset. I currently am riding a 2009 Heckler that has been upgraded to a Lyrik U-Turn fork and DHX 5.0 Coil rear shock.

    I am currently running a Mavic 321 rim on the back with a shimano Deore XT hub and a DT Swiss FR 6.1D front rim with a Marzocchi QR15 Hub. I am currently running a 2.5" WTB Dissent tire, but have found that it is too round for my liking. I want something that has more aggressive knobs and a more squared off feel. I will be buying something with a stiffer sidewall as well. I like running wide tires, but will run something as skinny as 2.3" if it is knoby.

    I was going to convert those wheels to tubeless, but both of the hubs have started having issues and I know they aren't the best wheels to start with anyway.

    I have been looking at buying either the:

    or these:

    or these:

    Haven has an internal rim width of 21mm.
    Charger Pro has an internal rim width of 22.6mm
    Deore XT has internal rim width of 21mm.

    I could get the Charger Pro the cheapest. The Deore XT is just a few bucks more. Haven is a couple hundred dollars more.

    Haven is 1650 grams
    Charger Pro is 1699 grams
    Deore XT is about 2040 grams

    Deore and Haven are both UST. Charger Pro is Stans BST.

    Haven is 24 spoke count
    Charger Pro is 24 spoke count
    XT is 24 spoke count

    I really need a wheel that is going to hold up to abuse without weighing a ton so if you have more options that what I have mentioned here I would gladly accept them. I am on somewhat of a budget so I can't go all out. I ride about 20% XC, 40% A/M, 30% FR, and 10% DH on this bike. My most aggressive riding is really only hitting like 6-8 foot jumps, 4-6 foot drops, lots of high speed and very technical downhill. I am in Utah though, so you have to take that with a grain of salt as our DH isn't super aggressive.

    Does anyone have personal experience with any or all of these wheelsets? I have found reviews for them individually online but hope that someone here has used more than one set and can make some more in depth recommendations.


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    Might look at the American Classic All-Mountain wheelset. It uses standard AC hubs and standard 32 spoke rims. Traditional j-bend spokes will be easier to find if you break on. They are designed to be converted to tubeless as well.

    Beyond that, don't be afraid to look at handbuilt

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    I would give that 09-10 easton a try since they are on sale. No disrespect to minbiker72 but I would stay away from AC wheels. The Sun Ringle wheels with the Jumping Flea hubs, (A.D.D. Lite wheelset) are nice and light,but have 20mm and 12mm thr axles. I have the Str* Track 07's hanging in my shed that I can't seem to part with. I use them for your same application and they come with a Dirty Flea rear hub (QR).The hubs are as light as Hopes and roll faster, but have a AL free hub and no hub conversion. Here are some wheelsets I would buy for AM, Enduro, DH (2-ply tires with Str8 Track w/dirty flea rear hub or Eastons.
    If you haven't figure QR is obsolete for your appliction, these are nice too.
    Last edited by Drth Vadr; 02-07-2011 at 07:03 AM.

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