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    New AM'ish build, sapim CX ray or DT Aerolite

    Building up a set with CK, WTB I23 or Arch EX. So as the title says, CX Ray's or Aerolite's? Which is stronger? Currently have a set of Havens which will be gone as soon as I get these built.
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    I currently have a two pairs of Light Bicycle wide carbon rims (26"). One set is built with Aerolites, the other with Sapim CX-Rays. Honestly can't see any difference so far. But I haven't ridden the Sapim ones as much as the Aerolites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relayden View Post
    Building up a set with CK, WTB I23 or Arch EX. So as the title says, CX Ray's or Aerolite's? Which is stronger? Currently have a set of Havens which will be gone as soon as I get these built.
    No significant difference.
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    Neither is stronger. You will be satisfied with both.

    If it were me, I'd go Cxrays though. We do over 95% of our builds (road and mountain) on Cxrays, and they seem to be consistently durable and easy to stress relieve.

    You have Havens though? Were you able to find a 24 hole hub option for those?
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    Well, they are just a few month's old, nice, light and responsive. But broke a spoke a few days back, which seems to be a common problem with some sets. The hubs are verage, had to locktite the non drive nut, and the freehub bearings are already starting to get rough, but i believe the 17287 bearings are to blame, as it happens with every other freehub with them. Chris King are the best for a reason, so finally building the set.
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    @relayden- I think you will be much more satisfied with the Kings. They usually require one adjustment after a ride or two, but from there they should be maintenance free. The preload adjust is super straight forward too and overall they are a great design.

    Should be interesting to see R45s laced to Haven rims. Be sure to post pics when they are built up!
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