|Anyone got any thougts on MTB wheels||Eager Beagle|
Oct 14, 2002 7:32 AM
|Yeah I know this is the rbf, but it's good to have some views from more or less the same prospective.
I am looking for some strong and fairly light wheels for my XC (non disc). Anyone have any favourites?
The Mavic X-rides sort of seem to be the "K's of the MTB world" - anyone got any? Any other views?
|can't go wrong with King hubs.....||IAmtnbikr|
Oct 14, 2002 9:06 AM
|I have a set of X317's laced to King disc hubs. Awesome, never a hint of trouble. Of course they'll hear you coming from a mile away....|
Oct 14, 2002 9:53 AM
|Hugi 240's w/317's and DT Swiss DB spokes - superlight, quiet, and reliable. Of course this is a disc setup so substitute a set of 517 for rim a brake setup. However, if you go with a disc hub at this time you leave open the posibility of adding discs later for minimal cost. Avid cable disc setup is very economical at $79 per unit at Price Point right now - you use your exisiting levers. Once you go disc you'll *never* go back. Another possibility is to use the new Mavic tubeless rim (X3.1?) that can be laced with normal spokes and hubs. Personally I think you really want to avoid the trick Mavic Crossmax style wheels with the flat bladed spokes *unless* someone else is buying them for you. In my experience it's way to easy to trash MTB wheels and anything with rim brakes doesn't last that long anyway.|
|Ditto Hugi 240 w/ 317 but.......||Mudman|
Oct 15, 2002 4:44 AM
|Price Point has the Haynes Superlight hubs (Hugi 240) for $149 pr. Great deal.|
Oct 16, 2002 5:09 PM
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|re: Anyone got any thougts on MTB wheels||EricBH|
Oct 14, 2002 10:27 AM
|I have two sets of Mavic X-max, a disc version and non-disc, both tubeless. I have had to true the non-disc ones (my hardtail) quite a bit. They are also kind of a pain to true due to the bladed spokes. I have also had pawl issues with the hubs. |
I have a set of Chris King single speed hubs on Mavic 517 CD rims with 15/17 spokes front and 14/15 rear. These are my favorite MTB wheels and have been very durable. King hubs are reliable and I can rebuild the wheels as required. They seem lighter than my X-max's. This could be do to the tubeless tires making them feel a bit more sluggish.
Bottom line is I vote for the CK's. You can get these cheaper than X-max (CK's on 517 CD, $520 at Colorado Cyclist) and just as light. If you want tubeless you can get them built on the 317 UST rim now.
|Thanks everyone. I think it's gonna||Eager Beagle|
Oct 15, 2002 12:39 AM
|not be the XMs then, but a build. Will have a look at the UK prices and see what's viable from the list supplied.
Discs are a total non-starter, as I don't even have disc forks.
The bike is an 8 year old Grisley Mega I got for the frame, and have upgraded - I got the RST folks on close out about 3 years ago - nice ride, but cheap as they are non - disc I guess. Have just upgraded to Deore 9 all round, and want to get rid of the boat anchor downhill rear I put on there when I was commuting on it in London on terrible roads.
Discs are not that much of an issue for me - I only really ride it XC with pals - everything else I do on the Jake - I upgraded from cantis to Vs, and they do the job fine.
Interestingly, even though I have had it that time, and have worn out an entire original STX drive chain, the front wheel, which is a cheapey looking non eyeleted Vuelta is still going strong, and has never even been trued! This is the 3rd rear though - that's what you get for being 210 ibs I guess :-)
BTW - this is what happens when you have all your road bikes totally sorted.