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    I'm spoiled. Stans Podium SRD 29" vs DT Swiss XMC1200 Spline.

    I have both in front of me. Both are 29er, XD driver, Centerlock. Both are light.

    The Stans Podium SRDs are a full 160 grams lighter per set. Not a lot, but a 1/3 of a pound. You can feel it when lifting them. Most of that weight is in the front wheel oddly. The Stans have fewer spokes though. And Stans rims are much "smaller" in height, and a few mm in width, so there's the weight difference.

    The Stans spokes and overall feel are almost TOO light. I'm not a heavy dude, 160 pounds, and only do XC type riding, no rough stuff.

    I'm replacing the stock DT X1700 Spline wheels that came on my 2016 Trek Top Fuel 9.8. I can't get a definite weight on the set of those, but around 1700 grams seems to be about right. One site said 1680, one said 1780.

    Either way, I'm dropping 3/4 of a pound at least. Which is nice.

    I really wanted the DT XRC1200 wheels, as they are lighter yet, but couldn't get nearly as good a deal on those.

    So, here's the question...if you only had to keep one wheel on your bike, would you go full on weight weenie and use the Podium SRDs? Or be even safer, and go with the more bombproof XMC1200?

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    DT Swiss. No contest.


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    DT, no question. Stan's has very questionable hubs to say the least, and I'm not impressed by their rims. Stan's uses a very shallow profile which they claim to improve vertical compliance & comfort, but in reality it just leads to spokes loosening off all the time. The DTs are a bit heavier, but they're far better in every way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    DT, no question. Stan's has very questionable hubs to say the least, and I'm not impressed by their rims. Stan's uses a very shallow profile which they claim to improve vertical compliance & comfort, but in reality it just leads to spokes loosening off all the time. The DTs are a bit heavier, but they're far better in every way.
    Am I the only one who cringes at that Stanís video where they compressed the rim and had spokes going slack/bending?


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    🤣 No, you aren't the only one.
    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Am I the only one who cringes at that Stanís video where they compressed the rim and had spokes going slack/bending?


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    Iíll pay for a DT hub over a free Stans hub.

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    I'd ride the Stans until it broke, then dumpster it and ride on DT.

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    Stan's low sidewall is a great feature because it allows more tire to expand out of the rim. The small section height of the rim itself has debatable benefits, but it does allow some impact resistance before a crack can occur in the carbon. Stan's hubs have had mixed reviews. The DT hubs are definitely better.
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    I'm probably going to put the DTs on, and save the Stans for a future bike. I'd like some type of Fargo style bike for long flat type of stuff, but with MTB wheels and 1x. Pretty much a light hardtail I suppose. The Stans would be great for that too, as they are so light, the lack of spokes up front wouldn't be an issue at all.

    Plus, the DTs look killer. The machined hubs are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Am I the only one who cringes at that Stanís video where they compressed the rim and had spokes going slack/bending?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    Link?????
    Itís a clip from a longer video. But this is NOT how a wheel should act.

    https://youtu.be/s_OTbgvBgQc


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    The video is not showing a realistic condition of riding. This is a severe condition. The same amount of force would deflect most rims severely as well. This video just tries to demonstrate that the rim does not crack or have a permanent bend. Another carbon rim would crack at this deflection and an aluminum rim would bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Itís a clip from a longer video. But this is NOT how a wheel should act.

    https://youtu.be/s_OTbgvBgQc


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