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    Shimano XTR 26" wheelsets at Competitive Cyclist - $450 (trail) & $600 (race)

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    It's very tempting but I couldn't find anyone rocking this and sharing some reviews. I'm running an I9 AM wheelset now but the ust spec on this wheelset and being at that price makes it a very good deal.

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    I bought this wheelset , the race version and it's a great set!!! I am 195 lbs and ride very rocky terrain and these wheels hold up very well. This is the second XTR wheelset I have had and have had great luck with them. Shimano hubs just roll so nice! I have them on my Blur TRc . They are light and fast rolling. My only knock would be they are not as stiff as my Mavic Crossmax XTs, but this is only noticeable when riding very aggressive through very rough terrain, again this is the race set. The price is hard to beat, my local shops cost on these is 900.00$ so they are less then pleased with shimanos selling practice. I would give these wheels 4.5 out of 5 stars! Hope this helps. Oh yea, I didn't have to pay sales tax where I am at either from competitive cyclist. Another savings!Shimano XTR 26" wheelsets at Competitive Cyclist - 0-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339129744.852920.jpg

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    Well someone at Competitive must read this forum and decide to change the price.

    So now the trail wheelset has been lowered to $450 (from $500), while the race wheelset has been jacked up to $600 (from $500). Great deal if you're looking for a trail wheelset. Seriously at $450 it's a no brainer. The Shimano hubs are good stuff.

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    Kingshredd,

    Can you do me a favor and check your rear wheel hub? I just bought this wheelset and I noticed the hole that the skewer goes through on the rear hub is not round. It's more like a hexagonal shape. The skewer fits through fine, but i have not installed the wheel yet. I can't post a picture yet as this is my first post.

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    It's a hex shape because that's the 14mm socket you use to remove the freehub

    Exploded diagram
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    I ordered a set of the trail wheels last night and got a shipping notice in about 5 minutes. For awhile, the price went up on these. I contacted CC and they told me there is a new system in place that's not working so well, so if you see issues with their pricing shoot them an e-mail. The wheels were back to the low price right away after I pointed this out. Heck of a deal! They also told me I only need one 6-bolt adapter to run my Avid brakes, the front wheel doesn't need one. Plan to put this on my new Yeti ARC and move the Crosstrails to my Yeti 575 since those wheels can be switched from 15QR to QR skewers. I have an XTR crank on the ARC so should be a nice looking combo.
    What, me hurry?

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    Wow, got my tracking e-mail, Competitive Cyclist shipped my wheels at 1:13 in the a.m. I'll have them Monday. That's service!
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    Ride report and pics should be in order. Is it free shipping ?

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    Indeed, I'll post up. Shipping was $24 for me. I bought the bike and most of the bits from them, they have a great no questions asked return policy, and on frames they machine all of the surfaces like the BB area. Wish they were still in Little Rock though, that made shipping really quick for me.
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    rockyuphill...thanks for that. I should have looked at the service part of the manual before posting.

    Bigjimmac...I'm pretty sure you will need 2x 6-bolt adapters. At least for the set I received, it does not come with any centerlock to 6-bolt adapters. The front wheel is definately a centerlock and their was no way to put on my 6 bolt avids without an adapter.

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    Well, here's what they told me: "Good news, the front wheel will be fine with a 6 bolt rotor. The rear you will need an adapter. "

    I hope the Shimano adapters are better than the Mavic ones, not too thrilled with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chauzie View Post
    Trail wheelset: $450
    2011 Shimano XTR Trail WH-M988 15mm Thru Wheelset - Competitive Cyclist<iframe border=0 frameborder=0 framespacing=0 height=1 width=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 name=new_date noResize scrolling=no src="http://tinyurl.com/27shlk6" vspale=0></iframe>
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    XC wheelset $600
    2011 Shimano XTR Race WH-M985 15mm Thru Wheelset - Competitive Cyclist

    edited to reflect price change
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    I may be selling a new never used set of the XTR Race wheels and XTR center locks rotors. Man, price will have to a good chunk less than CC.

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    Got the wheels, they look great. But no ride report, of course you need two adapters for 6-bolt rotors. CC did offer to pick up the cost for Express shipping, but it will be Tuesday before I see it. Meanwhile, I am moving the Mavic Crosstrails to my full suspension bike, it uses QR instead of 15 through axle. Of course I can't find the plugs that convert it, so had to order those. Now both bikes down! Good thing I have a road bike. Some day I will get a ride in these wheels...got to say the XTR's mounted up right away with a hand pump using Kenda Nevegal tubeless tires. I added CaffeLatex after I got them on. Stay tuned!
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    These bad boys are now 374!!!! That is smoking deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chauzie View Post
    How strong would those 26" trail wheels be?

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    My experience so far has been positive although I've had some issues getting them set for my bike. As I posted before, you will need a pair of adapters if you want to run 6-bolt rotors -- I have Avid Elixer CR on my bike. I had a tough time installing the front adapter, the Park Cassette Removal tool I own for tightening these does not fit over the axle. Shimano or maybe Park must make another tool for this?

    The tires sealed perfectly with a hand pump, I'm using Kenda Nevegal UST. I added CafeeLatex and it went in the valves much easier than on my Mavic wheels. I haven't thrashed these much yet but they look like they are built extremely tough. They weigh less than the Mavic CrossTrails I was running, but part of that is the rotors, I put 180s on the Mavics and 160s on the XTR.

    By the way, they came with wheel storage bags which I thought was classy. Doubt I'll ever use them though. THere's also a spoke wrench included.

    Time will tell how these hold up but I am not expecting any problems. Now if I can just find the end caps that turn my Mavics back into 9mm QR, I can actually get both of my bikes in service...anyone have a set of these they don't need, or know where I put them, LOL??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferros View Post
    These bad boys are now 374!!!! That is smoking deal.
    Same price at departmentofgoods.com as well but with free shipping! Apparently Competitive Cyclist is part of their family of brands now (Chainlove.com, Backcountry.com, Steepandcheap.com, etc)

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    seems like the $374 is only for FRONT wheel in 985 race version, so be sure check it out before you pull up the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pschly View Post
    seems like the $374 is only for FRONT wheel in 985 race version, so be sure check it out before you pull up the trigger.
    At Department of Goods It's for the entire wheelset (front and rear)
    http://www.departmentofgoods.com/shi...-race-wheelset

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    At Department of Goods It's for the entire wheelset (front and rear) ...
    Cool. $375 out the door for the Trail wheelset. Both Race and Trail showing $375 and free shipping.

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    Wow!!! $374 delivered is a fire sale.

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    But why aren't they selling like pancakes

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    Possible reasons.....

    26er not as marketable as 29er or the newly-hyped 650b
    Use 15mm TA front
    Internal rim width not 21mm +
    Centerlock rotors a pricier buy-in vs 6 bolt

    Quote Originally Posted by digifun View Post
    But why aren't they selling like pancakes

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    I bought a set last week and have about 100 miles them so far. I'm loving them! They're a bit lighter an my stock wheels that came on my scott genius 20 (dt swiss x430 xt hub) and they roll super smooth. They roll super smooth and are still true after some burly descents, a few little drops and some sticks knocking into the spokes.No complaints oh and they are 21mm wide inside. My nobby nics seated up nicely tubeless. If you need new wheels you can't beat the price.

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    I sprung for a set of trail to replace a set of 2008 crossmax st.
    Can't beat the price.

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    Believe the Trail are 21mm internal. Race 19mm. Almost 200g diff a set.

    Quote Originally Posted by ma2xs View Post
    I bought a set last week and have about 100 miles them so far. I'm loving them! They're a bit lighter an my stock wheels that came on my scott genius 20 (dt swiss x430 xt hub) and they roll super smooth. They roll super smooth and are still true after some burly descents, a few little drops and some sticks knocking into the spokes.No complaints oh and they are 21mm wide inside. My nobby nics seated up nicely tubeless. If you need new wheels you can't beat the price.

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    Just pulled the trigger, at 375 it was too hard to resist.....

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    The price seems to creep down. If it does again, I may do the same thing and use it as a
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    Wow, that's a super good price.

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    Rear hub on WH-988

    Hello,

    I am having a hard time figuring out what the rear hub setup is on the WH-988.
    Does anybody know if it's 142 x 12? I would use them on a Mojo HD...

    Thanks!

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    It's 135x10 in the rear...you won't be able to fit these on a 142x12 without a different hub

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCrunch View Post
    It's 135x10 in the rear...you won't be able to fit these on a 142x12 without a different hub
    Too bad : (
    Thanks CaptCrunch for the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCrunch View Post
    It's 135x10 in the rear...you won't be able to fit these on a 142x12 without a different hub
    I just checked in to ask the same thing... too bad is right! Thanks you guys.

    Maybe I'll move the Black Flags w some 12x42 caps to the Pivot, and put XTRs on the Mojo SL. Hmm... good price.

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    I'min for the WH-988's

    Placed my order today, and used a $20 off coupon to boot! $359 out the door.

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    Now I need a good deal on Centerlock 160mm and 180mm rotors! Anyone?

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    That price was too tempting, so ordered a set of the trails from Goods yesterday. Like I need another set of wheels. My only question is if the engagement will be OK (mainly have used Kings/Hadleys).

    And you can use CL rotors, but, if you already have rotors that you want to use, the adapters to use 6-bolts work well. They add a little weight is all. Of course the adapters cost almost as much as the rotors.

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    BEWARE!!! WH-985's say this now in the description: "Note: We have sold out of rear wheels. This is for the front wheel only." WTF?!

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    How could that be. It's suppose to be in a box as a wheelset

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    No kidding. I asked them about it on the phone and they didn't know what the deal was. My order of the WH-M988'S was "hung up" in their system too and it has not shipped yet until I asked them to release it. Hope the deal goes thru since I'll be ordering rotors tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by End_User View Post
    BEWARE!!! WH-985's say this now in the description: "Note: We have sold out of rear wheels. This is for the front wheel only." WTF?!
    Probably struggling to explain it's thru-axle front and 10x135 rear (and not 12x142 thru-axle).

    Best I could do for rotors was ... tax and shipping had this around $90-$100 at a few places.
    SM-RT97 XTR Centerlock Rotor / 180mm / $49.99 x 2 = $99.98 - $10.00 = $89.98 and free shipping. Hope it all goes through OK.
    Bob's Bicycles, 6681 W Fairview Ave, Boise, 83704, Idaho, United States,
    Call toll-free: 1-800-554-BOBS (2627)
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    Is this from dept of goods or cc?

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    Competitive Cyclist labels "front" under both f&r hub close-ups pics, so who knows...

    They are all coming out of the same place, same warehouse, but Dept. of Goods shows
    -as of 6:30 PST 7/6/12- 155 of the XTR Race wheelsets left, 157 of the XTR Trail wheelsets. Give BC, (Dept o'Goods), or CC a call (if you have specific Bike gear questions beside product stock).

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    Dunno about that sell out, mine came packaged together by Shimano, don't think these are individually packaged. Got a good test ride in today on my XTR trails. Rode 16 miles on three different trails, one super techy, one with some major rock gardens and the third mostly dirt base with steep climbs. Wheels were awesome. On the first trail I ran 20 pounds pressure, must have burped them because I finished with 12 psi, didn't hurt anything. They climb great and hold the trail super good. I hit some flowy stuff at one point, had it in the big ring leaning all the way over and it held on. Here's some pics:





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    Big Jim, can you comment on the tubeless set up. Would a floor pump enough to inflate a tubeles tires

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    Pulled the trigger on a set of trail version after I wrecked a rear wheel recently. 375 shipped from dep of goods.

    Whats the engagement points on the rear hub?

    I also noticed this is 24 spokes front and rear. That seems a little weak to me for a trail set but I guess I will find out. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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    Do these wheels come with the valve stems for running UST tubeless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by End_User View Post
    Do these wheels come with the valve stems for running UST tubeless?
    Yes they do

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    Centerlock Adapters

    Anyone know much about centerlock adapters? I wont need one for the rear as I have a centerlock rotor laying around but will be needing to use one for the front. Can I use any adapter, or is a specific one needed for 15 TA?

    How about this one?

    Tubro Ultra Light Center Lock Adapter For 6 Bolt Rotor ~ Black | eBay

    I also notice another type which has a pinch bolt.

    CenterLock to 6 Bolt IS Adaptor Center Lock Disc Rotor | eBay

    Which type is better?

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