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    Stock wheelset upgrade is it worth it

    I have a 18' trek fuel ex7 with the stock line comp wheels. I am looking into upgrading them. I was hoping to get a wheelset for around $750 if I could. Most of those wheelsets are machine built. Should I save up more and go for a hand built set. I am only riding a $2k bike so I don't want to get ridiculous on a wheelset. I just didn't know how much a aftermarket set would change how the bike rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrLapp View Post
    I have a 18' trek fuel ex7 with the stock line comp wheels. I am looking into upgrading them. I was hoping to get a wheelset for around $750 if I could. Most of those wheelsets are machine built. Should I save up more and go for a hand built set. I am only riding a $2k bike so I don't want to get ridiculous on a wheelset. I just didn't know how much a aftermarket set would change how the bike rides

    You can get a quality handbuilt wheelset for ~$750 or so.

    Knowing specifically what you don't like about the stock wheels, or what you'd like the new wheels to improve upon, is most of the battle.

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    Those wheels are decent. I wouldn't expect to notice much improvement in anything if you upgrade to a $750 set. I had line comp 30s on a fuel ex 9.8 and moved them onto another bike when that frame broke. Occasionally I'll swap the line comps with some carbon i9s ($2k+) I run on a different bike and honestly it's not a huge difference. The i9 higher hub engagement is probably the most noticeable difference to me. Stiffness and weight are less noticeable. If you have upgrade fever, a wheelset isn't a bad move but don't expect a night and day difference. YMMV

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    Maybe call Wayne, he makes some pretty affordable and good wheels.

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    What aspects are you trying to improve? If the hubs are decent you can switch the rims and spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by changingleaf View Post
    What aspects are you trying to improve? If the hubs are decent you can switch the rims and spokes.
    I was going to ask the same. I just upgrade the hubs, usually for better engagement and maintainability.
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    Yeah biggest thing is describing what about the current Line 30 Comps you don't like. Really they aren't a bad wheelset and for $750, I would not imagine you would be getting any sort of substantial upgrade. If you want to increase the engagement, which I think is already like 50t+, you can purchase a kit for the hub and add 3 more pawls to increase the engagement. Buddy did it on his after he lost a couple of pawls/springs. Just upgraded all of them and loved the feel/ride after that.

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