A ‘What lightish, strongish, cheapish XC wheels’ thread!
£119.99 at Merlin(plus delivery). Can’t really complain at that:Posted 9 years agoandyluxMember
AB, defo reccomend Merlin wheels, my mate had some merlin XT/717’s for three years. He rode all the trail centres on them on his hardtail, competed in lots of polaris challenges and would often do 3 foot drop offs on them. All this and he weighs 17 stone!Posted 9 years ago
The only limitation may be the max tire size you want to run as the 717’s are narrow (as xc rims are!)jonbMember
I have a set of Merlin 717/XT wheels on my bike. They’ve been there for 2 years now.
I run 2.3″ tyres on them comfortably and never ever had an issue. I had 717s before that and ran the same size tyre. I’m running 2.1s at the minute as it’s muddy up here again they are more than adequate. Check the mavic website they have recommended tyre widths.
I’m not a gentle rider, not heavy at 12st but I like to throw my bike around (456) and do occasionally jump, do 3ft drops to flat, take a crap line through boulders/rocks etc. run the occasionaly downhill course and they have held up very well.
I’d be surprised if you broke them! THe only draw back is that they are not the lightest hub in the world but to go any better with Merlin you have to go up to hopes which adds a fair whack to the price.Posted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Another one to recommend some Merlin XT on DT rims (455’s?) for my old Sub 5 – took a couple of years pounding round the Peak with a yearly true/tighten. They stayed round n true, until the front spokes all started shearing at the same point – I think it was a duff set of spokes TBF.Posted 9 years agojulianwilsonMember
i rebuilt my mate’s merlin 717 back wheel after poor maintenance related hub death. He has ridden it pretty hard for dozens and dozens of long rocky rides. Gave it a spin in the wheel jig before i dismantled it and it was still absolutley round and straight, within less than half a mm if not perfect. I was well impressed.Posted 9 years ago
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