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So its new wheel time.....
I don't want to break the bank, but also want a good all round set up (riding is a mix around here- boulder fields to singletrack, but nothing more than 2-3ft drop-offs) that's easily maintained etc.
QR15 front, standard 135mm QR rear,6 bolt disc and 26".
Not particularly heavy on parts or weight, so Clydesdale stuff wont be needed.
I've built a few wheels up for others using hope hubs and Mavic 819?? UST rims. Built up unbelievably well and easy, feel and have been bombproof, but also feel quite porky. Advantages- parts readily available anywhere in uk for the hubs, and don't have to faff with conversion to tubeless.
Or hope's on Stans crests. Get mixed reviews from various sources on the rims. feel cheap, soft etc. your views?
Or maybe the farsports carbon rims on Novatecs? anyone any experience, and what are they like for running tubeless?
crossmaxes? Havent been a fan of mavic hubs in the past, or have they improved?
Or maybe something I haven't considered at all? Help me guys
Frankly they are awesome rims and pretty WW - inflate every kind of tubeless ready tire with a floor pump. Consider the Arch if you want to be really rough/ want more durability. Have also used Crossmaxes, they were pretty nice wheels but I dislike Mavic propriety spokes - so hard to get on short notice when they break.
Pacenti make 26 inch versions of most of their rims with good weights, tubeless compatibility etc.
Not much reason to buy anything from Mavic if you're a lighter rider on XC terrain IMO.
But having said all of that, it's hard to go past Chinese carbon if they're in the budget. If you do get a prebuilt set, Novatec hubs are well proven and replacement parts are easy to find. The ones you posted have rims that are too narrow IMO. The internal width is quite a bit smaller than most common aluminum rims let alone some of the new carbon options. Most of the narrow rims also seem to come from molds that have been around for a while now and the internal shape is pretty unsuitable for easy tubeless setup. Light-Bicycle have some other options.
Barring hamfistedness, we've had no issues at all.
No dents, dings, one buckle (in hindsight, doing a rocky black dh run on a scale wasn't such a good idea, snapped a stem too) one snapped spoke (wife shifted into the spokes, then carried on pedaling for 15 seconds wondering what was going on, wheel was still rideable) and a couple of flats (neither avoidable).
As mentioned above, they go up tubeless instantly.
The alleged softness of the rim was a concern, but we've not seen any problems (I think with the very low sidewalls, extra volume of tyre and running large tyres in the first place has mitigated against this.) I've dented two mavics and an Easton in the same time period. (I reckon the soft material would make them relatively easy to fix without cracking too!)
TBH, for the money, it's quite hard to see past them. (Standard spokes too)
If you want something a little flashier in the hub stakes, have a look at justridingalong.com he had a nice selection of silly hubs you can match up with stans rims.
My concern with the far sports rims was that they seemed narrow; you've backed that up. It's just that FS seem to be a known quality on here, so threw that into the mix. A lot of the newer Chinese carbon rims appear to be 650 or 29", but will look into light-bicycles options.
It was the softness of all stans rims i'd heard of, not just the crests, which could lead to sealing problems, but I guess the tyre will form around whatever to a degree. I don't think i'll be needing a burlier rim, so this looks like a sensible option.
Hub wise, I cant see the value of CK's or whatever. The hope's tick all the right boxes- reliable, parts readily available etc. I'd looked at I9's, but don't fancy been off the road while waiting for parts if (when?) they fail.
On top of that, the money saved, will allow a few extra goodies
So, looks like its the hope/ stans combo.
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The China Carbon wheels from Light-Bicycle are well worth a look, especially their wider all mountain options.
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