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    DT Swiss EX 511/XM 481 vs Syntace w33i (29" rims)

    Hello, I'm looking for some advice with buying new rims. I have Hope Pro4 hubs, 28h both rear and front and would lace the wheels with sapim CX Ray spokes.
    My plan was to get DT Swiss EX 511 rim for rear wheel and XM 481 for front wheel and my other option is Syntace w33i front and rear.
    Syntace is the same weight as EX 511, 570g per rim while XM 481 is 520g per rim.

    I have 90kg (200lbs) and mostly ride all mountain or enduro and for some strange reason I enjoy long climbs.

    Any advice welcome

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    You aren't going to find many who have experience with the Syntace stuff. I posted a thread about their hubs and I was the only one who had ever touched a pair.

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    They make good stuff but aren't that known.
    I think the only contact with theirs stuff most people had, was with the X12 142*12mm rear axles they developed.
    I'm planning on build a new set of wheels with the new Shimano hubs and the W33i rims, but only when affordable cassettes became available.
    The W33i being 28 holes only, means I have to get new hubs, other wise I would already had built a wheelset with them.
    Your DT option also seems pretty solid, don't think you can go wrong with either of them.

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    The Syntace is 33 inner vs 30 for the XM. The 33 would get you more footprint at lower pressure from some tires. So it depends on what tire you need for your terrain. If you lose tires from sidewall cuts and have to run a thicker heavier sidewall tire wider may not be as usable as it would be with a 120tpi lighter more flexible sidewall tire. 2.3 tires match with these rims. 2.5 or 2.6 at higher pressures for enduro speeds and terrain.
    Laser spokes are the equivalent strength and weight of CX Rays just a lot less expensive.

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    Thanks for all info. I decided to go with DT Swiss combo, they are 40 cheaper per rim, 30mm is enough for my needs and judging by all reviews the ride quality/responsiveness is great.

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