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    26" wheel upgrade

    Upgrading my 8yo's GT to disc and looking for new wheels.

    Anyone been through this search and know a "reasonably" priced, not too heavy wheel set?

    Looking for 26", Disc, QR, 8,9,10 spd, capable of 2.3" tires.

    Not sure of rear, but the front wheel on the bike now is ~850g. I'm hoping to not go crazy heavier here, as I'm shedding weight off the bike everywhere else.

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    Bike Hub Store hubs are nice, light hubs for a reasonable price. For a small kid you could certainly go with 28 spokes, real light, like Supercomps or equivalent. They are a little pricey. Alloy nipples and Stans Arches.
    I just built a set of wheels almost exactly like these for my friends son but they were 27.5 and I used Sunringle Helix rims. They dont make em in 26. Too bad. Theryre like 35 bucks cheaper than Arches.
    This would make a nice, light tubeless wheelset. My son used Arches when he was on 26 inch wheels. They were perfect. Now my buddys five foot wife is on em.
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    Facebook marketplace, pinkbike, and Craigslist. I wouldn’t even bother looking for a new wheelset. If you have a LBS you frequent, let them know what you’re looking for...I guarantee there’s an old racer with a light 26 wheelset that’s been sitting around for a decade that will let them go cheap.

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    What's your approximate budget? I'd be looking ebay or CL personally. I've found some crazy cheap stuff over the past few years.
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    Thanks all.

    I'm not looking (and probably not capable) of lacing up my own.

    The 28h idea is a great idea. I'm keeping an eye out for those. Dude is a big 8yo (almost nine) at ~90lbs, but still relatively light.

    I guess I'd like a set at around $100 - but I'll go over that, maybe by a lot, if I need to.

    I'm basically trying to get his 28.5# bike as light as I can for as cheap as I can - plus updrade to disc. Thus the need for wheels, but not too heavy. Tubeless would be sweet - but seems unlikely with the QRs and price point...

    I'll keep an eye on the used market!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDinME View Post
    Tubeless would be sweet - but seems unlikely with the QRs and price point...

    I'll keep an eye on the used market!
    This is why I mentioned building them. I've had parents ask me to lace up carbon rims to 100/135 QR hubs for exactly that reason. You normally can't find em.
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    I'm was very close to picking up a set from "Bicycle Wheel Warehouse" via their Ebay store when I built Si's bike. They've got some decent options and the weights are posted. Ultimately I threw the budget in the trash and went with the Trailcraft wheels, but I still think the BWW are viable.

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