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    29er wheelset dilemma

    Hi everyone,
    i have some cash saved up and and i would like to upgrade my wheelset.
    so i have two options I had in mind.
    the first is bontrager race lite wheelset.
    the next is to build up a set, lacing shimano XT's and any other bontrager rim.

    i corrently have rythem comps, and was happy with function, but they were too heavy.
    i am an XC rider, some singletrack nothing too big.
    i am at ~220 on a HT.
    so,
    what do you guys think?

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    look into the shimano xt 29er wheelset.

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    My first set of 29er wheels are:

    donor XT hubs from an old wheelset
    DT Swiss spokes and nipples
    Halo ExciteR rims (better now available)

    I'm 250lbs riding them on a HT pretty hard - fairly light and never needed truing in 3 years.

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    to be honest, i was thinking real hard on the race lites.
    i would like to hear your opinion.

    i would rather work with bontrager goods since i have a relly good deal.
    they also have shimano, so the shimano is an option as well.

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    I don't think you will have any problems with the Race Lites. They have a 5 year warranty, use traditional J bend spokes, and set up tubeless pretty easy. I have been using the Race X lites for a while now with no issues at all. I only weigh 150 with gear so it is far from 220, but there are a number of guys on here who use those wheels. Have you tried to search for topics on them? There used to be a lot of talk but they are older so you don't hear too much anymore.

    Or you could get the Rhythm Pro wheelset which uses a scandium rim to shave weight and add stiffness. It will be like your current wheelset but lighter. It would probably be better for your weight compared to the race lite. These also have a 5 year warranty.

    The other thing I would recommend doing is getting the XT hubs and lacing them to the scandium Rhythm rims. I think they call them the Duster rim in 32h. It would get rid of some of that weight and give you a wider rim compared to the race lites for a little more stiffness and durability.

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    10x slim,
    i was wandering the same think about the XT's and the duster.
    since i have laced duster rims before and i do like them, but i am worried about whight since the duster 32h come only in alloy.
    did anyone here try the new rythem pro??

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    If you are happy with your Rhythm wheelset now, you should have no problems with the Pro. It would essentially be the same thing but lighter and better hub quality.

    Also, you can get replacement rims for the rhythm Pro by themselves. They would be 28 hole so you would have to get 28 hole XT hubs. The only thing with this is that your are basically doing the same thing the Rhythm Pro accomplishes but it would cost more to build them yourself.

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    I am 215, ride 2 sets of 2008 RXLs and one 2010 set. In 2009 Bonty changed hubs in these wheels, and they have had problems, especially on the rear. The 2008 are great wheels, requiring little maintenance and no trueing. They are also TLR, and mate up with the Bonty rims strips, valves and TLR tires effortlessly.

    I am considering changing out the 2010 set when I can afford to, though I have not had issues with them yet myself.

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    the ones i am able to get and get a very goos price on is 2008-2007
    500 per set
    brand new.
    including rim stripes and core velves

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    shimano is a good option
    but i wanna know more bout this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by talknopf
    the ones i am able to get and get a very goos price on is 2008-2007
    500 per set
    brand new.
    including rim stripes and core velves
    I would jump on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talknopf
    the ones i am able to get and get a very goos price on is 2008-2007
    500 per set
    brand new.
    including rim stripes and core velves
    This is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talknopf
    the ones i am able to get and get a very goos price on is 2008-2007
    500 per set
    brand new.
    including rim stripes and core velves
    Those should be the Bonty's with DT Swiss hubs. If so, I would jump on them at that price. The newer ones have red hubs, probably made by Forumula, and as stated above, definitely have "issues", though Bonty has been great about replacements.

    The Bonty TLR system is great for going tubeless or tubed. In fact, the only mild downside is that the bead hook on the rim grabs the tire so aggressively that it can be tough to get off sometimes. Better than the dreaded burping or complete blowoff.
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    My new Scott Scale 29er came with DT Swiss 485D wheel set with Racing Ralph 2.25's very light economical wheelset, look for any take off DT Swiss 485D's that might be on sale great way to get a good light wheel set for a bargain.

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    the hubs on the Race lites are DT swiss onyx hubs.
    i will sure love to get you opinion on these.

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    I don't know if you've looked into Stan's, but I would contact Chad @ Red Barn Bikes. He laced up a set of Hope Pro II's to Stan's Flow's, and I am lovin' 'em. Very stiff, light, went tubeless with ease(Set up 1st time, no hassles)! He's right where your build price is as well. It's worth giving him a call.

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    sorry, it was a double post
    Last edited by strat819; 02-08-2010 at 03:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talknopf
    the hubs on the Race lites are DT swiss onyx hubs.
    i will sure love to get you opinion on these.
    I am just about certain the RXL (07/08) are DT 240 and the engagement is completely upgradable (if that's important... and is should be) for like 30 bucks.

    I raced them (that year too) and really like them. Just as much as my stans 355/king combo (engagement not withstanding). I would recommend them for XC and Race (up to ~180lbs)

    Just one man's opinion.

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    10x for that "iron29er" but i live in israel
    so even if the price is gr8, which i am sure it is. the shipping will spoil it

    i can only offord Race lites (500$)
    since i also need to add tires and cassete.

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