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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

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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.
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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

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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.
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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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    Just picked up a 160mm Shimano rotor from Jenson using price match for $22.00, so it seems like that's a better way to go vs adapter.

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    Would this 26 wheels work on a hybrid bike?

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    What's the cheapest anyone has seen these in a 142mm rear option? All clear outs are for 135mm only that I have seen

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    Mine pumped right up with a floor pump. Guess tire type would make a difference.
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    on the description for the race version on DoG:

    Note: We have sold out of rear wheels. This is for the front wheel only.
    so front from both, no rear. guess the trail is the only deal
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    How in the hell can they run out of rears? Aren't these suppose to be a wheelset?

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    both CC and DoG reflect they ran out of rears. as a matter a fact, their wording is identical so one may be copying the other. I believe it's a mistake and they just didn't update their website. to sell one wheel only as a wheelset for the same price does not make any sense.

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    Confirmed w CC: fronts only, but I shoulda coulda asked-
    "yea, so no price adjustment? Same $375 just for the front wheel now?"

    (you have to look at the bottom of the DoG descript to catch the "front only" note, no change to the header or item select. Must be too much web work?)

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    mavic 15mm QR plug

    Any one know where can get this Mavic 15mm to QR plug? Looks like the only mail order company who carry this is Pricepoint but they are out of stock for some time now.

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    I suspect they might still have the rear wheel, maybe the note is just a tactic to prevent price matches?

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    I have an order in to Price Point, hoping hey come through. Competitive Cyclist told me to contact a LBS that is a Mavic dealer and see if they can help. Kicking myself because I somehow lost the ones that came with my Mavic wheels. Don't think they will work in Shimano wheels but maybe? That's why I moved my Mavic wheels from the ARC to my Yeti 575. Next step, I'm going to buy a new fork that will let me use 15QRs. Now the issue is most of the new forks that are 15 also have tapered headsets! Before long, I'll be buying a new bike...
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    Confusing

    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon View Post
    Confirmed w CC: fronts only, but I shoulda coulda asked-
    "yea, so no price adjustment? Same $375 just for the front wheel now?"

    (you have to look at the bottom of the DoG descript to catch the "front only" note, no change to the header or item select. Must be too much web work?)
    CC told me on the phone - it is a wheelset - both wheels. There is no description on the site that suggests otherwise.

    Has anyone received front wheel only>? from all the posts I see people receving full sets

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    Does any one know if you can convert the front hub to quick release 9mm on these?


    Thanks

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    Has anyone received front wheel only>? from all the posts I see people receving full sets[/QUOTE]

    I will know tomorrow. I ordered before the website changed, but my order had -FRONT appended to the description. I emailed CC and they confirmed that I would be getting both wheels... I hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec157 View Post
    Has anyone received front wheel only>? from all the posts I see people receving full sets
    I will know tomorrow. I ordered before the website changed, but my order had -FRONT appended to the description. I emailed CC and they confirmed that I would be getting both wheels... I hope so.[/QUOTE]

    Very strage that they would append the "front" to the description too.. seems deliberate. Hope it works out!

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    just spoke to competitve cyclist to comfirm. they do have it as a wheelset. 15mm front and QR rears.

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    These are a set from Shimano and I confirmed with CC that they will come with both front and rear.

    The front is 15 only and there are no qr adapters that will work of that I know of.

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    i received mine today both wheels included in one box. i don't see them removing the rear wheels to sell alone.

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    Just got mine in the mail today. Mounted them up with tubes. I will convert to tubeless once I get a compressor. They look pretty slick. Will be taking them out on the local loop later in the week.

    The rear has a mild drag on it. Should I loosed up the cones now or wait and see how it spins after a ride or two?

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    Price looks like it is going back up to $499.99. Maybe the deal is dead?

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    Wow. That's crazy. I'm sure that has something to do with their website not reflecting the sale prize. Why would they revert back to that prize. They have roughly 300 sets of these and from what I was told today, there selling a ton of these.

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    Damn I may just have to do this but the price is showing 499.99 even though it has 375. Might call tomorrow.

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    Just got home and talked to mike on the website via chat and he honored the 375 price. So out the door for 387 with standard shipping! I'm stoked what an amazing price!

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    I was on chat last night to clarify the complete wheelset -delayed my order only to be caught w my pants down. Brett and Mike came through. I tried calling earlier, but phone-in was over. Thanks Andrew for getting me to reconnect!! The BC largesse and their CS is pretty impressive; they make quite a bit thru me.

    Thanks everybody for the info updates.

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    i order one wheelset , received two
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Shimano XTR 26&quot; wheelsets at Competitive Cyclist - 0-2012-07-10-10.14.35.jpg  

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    got my AM WH-M988 wheel set today, awesome wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jblunt791 View Post
    i order one wheelset , received two
    Check your credit card for two charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by End_User View Post
    I will know tomorrow. I ordered before the website changed, but my order had -FRONT appended to the description. I emailed CC and they confirmed that I would be getting both wheels... I hope so.
    Very strage that they would append the "front" to the description too.. seems deliberate. Hope it works out![/QUOTE]

    Got the package today...... 2 wheels, and 2 wheel bags, plus the QR for the rear! Only 1 lockring for the rotors, but i can live with that. Thanks to a poster above, 2 rotors on the way.. on sale also

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec157 View Post
    Very strage that they would append the "front" to the description too.. seems deliberate. Hope it works out!
    Got the package today...... 2 wheels, and 2 wheel bags, plus the QR for the rear! Only 1 lockring for the rotors, but i can live with that. Thanks to a poster above, 2 rotors on the way.. on sale also [/QUOTE]

    The lock ring is fort the casette, not the rotors, I think. Lock rings come with the Shimano rotors.

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    the lockring is for the rotor , the normal lockring that come with rotor dont fit 15mm thur axle

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    What locking do you need for the front ice tech rotor? Part number place to buy? Have wheels and rotors coming as well

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    the lockring come with the wheelset

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    Lockiring should come with the rotor.

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    The lockring that comes with the wheelset is for the front and is 15mm axle specific, since the lockring you get when you buy the rotor doesn't work on a 15mm axle

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    Thanks for the info..Rotors should be here in a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilyam3 View Post
    What locking do you need for the front ice tech rotor? Part number place to buy? Have wheels and rotors coming as well
    you dont need a lockring. it comes with the needed lockring for the front. It does not come with one for the rear. the rear uses a standard lockring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jblunt791 View Post
    i order one wheelset , received two
    Who was your merchant? Did you get charged for two wheelsets? What did your merchant say about it (return, make a deal, keep, etc.)? Just interested to see how your merchant corrected the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydecrash View Post
    Who was your merchant? Did you get charged for two wheelsets? What did your merchant say about it (return, make a deal, keep, etc.)? Just interested to see how your merchant corrected the situation.
    cc, no they only charged for one wheelset, nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydecrash View Post
    Who was your merchant? Did you get charged for two wheelsets? What did your merchant say about it (return, make a deal, keep, etc.)? Just interested to see how your merchant corrected the situation.
    You assume the OP was highly ethical and informed the merchant.

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    Just got the wheels today and went for a short evening ride. Initial impression are they sure do move faster then my old dt Swiss 1900s. Can't wait to take her out tomorrow morning!

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    i just got credited $5.07 from real cycylist. I guess with the 15 or 20% off the price of these wheels has dropped a little lower!!?? I paid $479 for the wheels then they dropped in price. I called up competitive cyclist and they sent me a credit for 75 bucks! I stoked with the wheels they take the abuse i was concerned they might not. I'm just as stoked with the real/competitive cyclist service I've received!

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