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    My new Chinese carbon wheels

    I bought a set of wheels from a supplier that is not yet present in the discussions here; Asian Cycle Express
    The price is similar to the others but they include the shipping costs and they marked the paperwork such as I did not have to pay custom fees. I'm satisfied with the quality, the build is very good but the finish is not perfect; we can see the mold's parting lines (but they're sanded smooth)
    I ordered a set that is not yet listed on the website:
    -27.5er 650B Hookless Mountain Bike Rim 35mm Width Carbon MTB Rims AM650B-35-S
    -Hubs with 28 straight pull spokes
    -Price: $699
    The rims should weight about 343g each if I subtract the hubs and spokes from the measured weight.
    I'll set this with an Orange Seal tubeless kit and I'm still not sure what tires to get. East coast singletracks, often wet and always on soft soil with lots of ruts. With such large rims I don't think I'll go for the widest tires, instead going for the lightest possible setup with good traction. Any suggestions?
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    I was actually just looking at one of their rims: 29er Hookless Mountain Bike Rim

    Price is good - I can't find any cheaper burly carbon rims. So yours look good huh?

    As far as tires for those, it depends just how much grip you want. Maybe Specialized Ground Controls, Mountain Kings or Hans Dampfs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith11 View Post
    I was actually just looking at one of their rims: 29er Hookless Mountain Bike Rim

    Price is good - I can't find any cheaper burly carbon rims. So yours look good huh?

    As far as tires for those, it depends just how much grip you want. Maybe Specialized Ground Controls, Mountain Kings or Hans Dampfs?
    Yes, very good. It took 20 days to have them here. Won't ride them before Spring so no final word yet...
    I'm ordering from Jenson USA and they don't keep Specialized tires. I was thinking about the Mountain Kings. Or maybe a Nobby Nic up front and a Hans Dampfs at the rear?

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    Specialized don't sell crap online, except maybe there website? only way I could ever buy them going to the LBS. FWIW I run a Ground control in the rear and a Butcher up front and LOVE it.
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    Problem is that all LBS around here have replaced all their MTB stuff with ski equipment (except for some studded tires).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontrealMarc View Post
    Problem is that all LBS around here have replaced all their MTB stuff with ski equipment (except for some studded tires).
    WHAAAT? You mean they don't stock up with fat bikes?
    I like turtles

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    if you must get it through jenson id recommend maxxis ikons. if not i have been nothing but impressed with my bontrager xr3s.

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    I ordered a pair of Conti Trail King 2.2... We'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    WHAAAT? You mean they don't stock up with fat bikes?
    Sure... but that doesn't help much, no?

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    My new Chinese carbon wheels

    The project is finished, here's the outcome:
    Front wheel with 180mm Galfer disc, the 6 screws that came with it, Orange Seal rim tape, valve and sealant, and the Continental Mountain King 2.4, total weight of 1782g.
    Rear wheel with 160mm Galfer disc, XT 10 speed cassette, Orange Seal kit and Mountain King 2.2, total weight of 2146g.



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    My new Chinese carbon wheels

    If those rims actually weighed 343g each, you got the heaviest spokes and hubs known to man.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    If those rims actually weighed 343g each, you got the heaviest spokes and hubs known to man.
    Front rim = 343g
    Front hub = 184g
    Spokes = 4.3g x 28 = 120g
    Nipples = 0.5g x 28 = 14g
    Total = 661g
    So my front wheel is overweight by 101g.

    Rear rim = 343g
    Rear hub = 287g
    Spokes = 4.3g x 28 = 120g
    Nipples = 0.5g x 28 = 14g
    Total = 764g
    And my rear wheel is overweight by 114g.

    I can think of a few hubs that are heavier than 400g... But I doubt the hubs I got are as light as they say on this page: 27.5er Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels

    But the rims have to be heavier too as they're 35mm wide instead of 24mm.

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    My new Chinese carbon wheels

    Well, your spokes aren't Sapim CX-Rays or DT Swiss Aerolites, so there is no way they are 4.3g each. Closer to 6.


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    The spokes are "Pillar Psr 1420" Pillar spokes
    The weight listed is 4.3g. But they included some spares so I'll verify the weight tonight.

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    My new Chinese carbon wheels

    They appear to be straight gauge. Unless they are 2/1.5/2 or the equivalent bladed spokes, no way.


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    As you can see on the pictures and the specs, they are bladed.

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