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    wheel thoughts?!

    So I'm looking at 150mm rear spacing wheel set...

    - I can put together a hope pro2 + half decent rim wheel set from CRC for about 350-370CAD shipped for free (they don't send mavic rims out of the EU which is a shame)
    - Wheel world has WTB speed disk gold DH wheels, for app 330CAD/set + shipping
    - Azonic outlaws... at 269CAD plus shipping
    - Transition revolutions for about $340CAD + shipping

    Thoughts?!

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    can't go wrong with outlaws for a budget wheelset.
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    While I'm on a budget, I don't mind spending a few extra $$ to do it right, the outlaws seem pretty sweet, a buddy has the old version, he also trashed the front on his first DH run on them (hes like 350+lb though so its not a fair comparison).

    I'm tending toward them, but if for example the hope pro 2 hubs are significantly better then I'd go that route, because once shipping etc is taken into consideration they are only like 50-80 more...

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    Any opinions on the wheel options, others to consider?

    Thanks!

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    I've had great results with Hope Pro 2 laced to Halo Freedoms. The Pro 2 is pretty much bombproof, super easy to maintain and fully rebuildable,easily convertable QR to Maxle (although you're running 150mm so no conversions for you...), and that sound....mmmm.....

    The Halo's are really strong, especially considering the fact that they are not really that heavy nor costly. What's your programme? For full on DH on the gnarliest tracks, you may want to go all out with the heaviest burliest rims you can find, but if you want to keep it somewhere in the middle, can't go wrong with the Halo's...

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    CRC will ship Mavic rims to Canada. Don't ask, don't tell.

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    yeah most of the time it will be trail riding, but I do expect them to hold up to free ride and good old east cost gnar DH, not race pace, but I do like to go at a fair clip.

    I ride pretty smooth, haven't flated in a while, so I'm thinking some thing like the halos would likely be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrissa
    CRC will ship Mavic rims to Canada. Don't ask, don't tell.
    really?
    sweet

    So just order and hope is ok?

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    I rock Hope Pro IIs, which have been basically maintenance free for what's probably going on 4 or 5 years now. I run 819s and tubeless tires. Too bad you can't get some 823s on Hope Pro IIs.. that's my ideal wheelset I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by essenmeinstuff
    really?
    sweet

    So just order and hope is ok?
    It's what I did, and now I have a beautiful set of gold Hope Pro 2's laced to 819's. They were awsome in Whistler earlier this summer. And if I had bought a Foes Fly instead of the FXR, I would have gone Hope Pro 2 laced to 823's, double butted spokes, brass nipples, 32 spokes/wheel. For a smooth rider well under 200 lbs, that is a killer wheelset which can be maintained and worked on locally without the hassle of trying to source exotic spokes, nipples, hub parts, etc.

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    If you don't need UST, go for the hope 2's with EX721 rims....

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    Stay away from Speed Discs.

    Go for the Outlaws. If you have some extra money, go for anything laced to 729's or 823's. They'll last forever.
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrissa
    CRC will ship Mavic rims to Canada. Don't ask, don't tell.


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    The WTB wheels are fine if they are built correctly. But if they are machine built... they most likely won't be.

    The WTB hub is decent, but I would pick a Hope hub over it.

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