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    Two wheelsets...

    So I'm stuck between a couple of wheelsets and wanted to collect opinions.

    Used Stan's Arch w/ Hadley hubs - $350 picked up
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    New Stan's Crest w/ Stan's 3.30 hubs - $435 shipped

    I want a light set, which is why I'm considering the Crest, but I'm 180lbs. and somewhat rough on my bike, which is why I think the Arch may be better for me.

    How do the two hubs compare?

    I currently have a set of '08 Bontrager Race wheels (not the Lite). Will I see a big difference in the ride? Everything I read points to yes, but I'm not sure what to expect. Can anyone speak to that?

    Thanks!

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    If the Arch/Hadley is in great shape and you don't mind that extra weight, then that is a killer price.

    Hadley = Ti freehub and 72 POE.
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    Thanks! How much extra weight are we talking? Think I'll notice a big diff between these sets and my current Bonty Race? What's the ride difference between good wheels and not so good wheels, other than weight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Thanks! How much extra weight are we talking? Think I'll notice a big diff between these sets and my current Bonty Race? What's the ride difference between good wheels and not so good wheels, other than weight?
    Not a whole lot, especially since the hub is center weight, the weight difference is negligible.

    At 180 lbs, the Crest is also a good rim, but to build up a new rim with Hadleys will cost an upward of $600.

    Don't know the exact weight of the Bontrager Race, but I'm assuming they are ~1850g. With the Crest, you would be close to 1600g, and the Arch ~1750g.

    The only thing you would notice would be stiffness and longevity if build good. Also the 72 POE will make a good difference if you crank it (don't know the POE on the Bonty though). Tubeless setup on the Stans rims is very easy.
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    Seems that the Arch/Hadley combo is at a nice price, then. Any problems in particular that I should look for when inspecting the used wheels?

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    Check the tension and for any cracks around the nipples. When you are buying it give him that eye that lets him know you mean business and ask "why are you selling this". If he keeps a strait face then you got your self a pretty good deal right there, remember you need to make sure to use the business eyes.

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    Got em today. They're sweeeeet. Thanks!
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