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Will keep thinking all of this but LB/carbonality carbon rims on 28h am classic hubs and cx ray sounds pretty good so far.
Though I may need to keep my current stans crest build if I dont sell my bike!
This week I built up a new set of wheels - the new and much lighter I9 Torch hubs (15mm, 142mm) with LB 33mm hookless 26" rims and 32 Pillar Xtra spokes. 1525g for the set. These will be bomb-proof.
While I9 uses an aluminum cassette body with no steel clips like the AC has, the aluminum is much harder than what I have seen on other hubs. Haven't had any gouging issues, which I did on previous gen AC, White Industries, etc.
Unless you are going to go for crazy light hubs I don't see how I9 Torch can be beat.
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I've got LB hookless 29er with AM classic 32/32 with revolutions, they're 1370g, very nice wheelset. I use Schwalbe TLR tyres - needed two turns of Gorilla tape, as tyres were too baggy with one, but they go up and seal perfectly with a track pump.
In my birthday suit I'm about 80kg, but have found my fears about the Crest rims have come to pass and they badly need truing. Tried to do it today butgot nowhere.
Some of the trails I ride are moderately technical - St Ives singletrack, Manly Dam, Ourimbah (NSW Australia) with blue and occasional black sections probably being the upper limit of what I tackle on this bike. For general riding/training I will probably swap to Arch EX in the near future.
I was thinking the 27mm wide hookless LB rims or the Ti-wire reinforced Carbonality, but I'm favouring the LB rims.
Opinions on this choice would be welcome, and also on the number of spokes. I was thinking with the stiffer rims, 28H would be realistic for race rims. Or should I stick with 32H? Bladed or regular spokes?
Thanks for your help.
Personally I just got 32H, 28 limits your choice of hubs significantly and saves virtually no weight, I just wouldn't bother. YMMV.
Continue to be impressed with the LB hookless rims though, generally running about 23-25psi in 2.25" Rons on mine and they're great, way stiffer than the 26" Podium MMXs I had on my last bike.
They are super reliable and bombproof, but I'd love something lighter for racing.
Was thinking about some LB rims, but don't know what to use for hubs.
I'm using 15mm front and 12x142 rear through axles.
jooo wrote:Have you thought about a complete build from LB? Novatec D771SB/D772SB are great hubs for the $$$ and most people on MTBR seem to have been happy with the build quality of the wheels...
Yes, Novatec D771/772 hubs and Sapim Delta spokes are good components for a wheels, with them, i think a XC 29" wheels can less 1450g. i heard of MTBR too, It seems Peter from XMIPLAY sold this light 29" wheels very well, get a high reputations in MTBR.com.
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D711/D712 hubs are pretty good too and come in 28H drillings for J-bend spokes. I would be tempted by FRM rims myself do not know the availability in Canada.
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