- Another ‘What Wheels” Thread!
So I have a budget of around £350 for a new set of wheels for the Mega.
Currently have the Nukeproof Neutron wheelset fitted (Basically WTB i29 rims and Novatec hubs), which haven’t been too bad.
Been looking at Hunt Trail Wide and Hope Fortus 30 Pro4 – both the same price.
Staggered that the Hope wheelset comes out around 0.5kgs heavier than the Hunts though (2.3kg v 1.8kg).
Anything else I should be considering around that price?
Non-boost 142×12 and 100×15 hubs and ideally around 30mm internal width.Posted 2 months agojoebristolSubscriber
Hope rims are heavy which is probably most of the weight difference – especially the Fortus wide ones.
I’d go custom with either Hope Pro4 or D T Swiss 350 hubs and DT Swiss rims. If you’re heavy on rims (and want a 30mm inner width) then ex511. If your less brutal on them then XM481’s (which are still strong, just not as much as the EX rims). Make sure you use double butted spokes – the DT rims listed above will come with the required phr washers and Squorx nipples.Posted 2 months agorussyhSubscriber
I have just bought a pair of hunt trail wides for my winter hardtail. I’m bloody impressed to be honest, not ridden yet but the service from Hunt was exceptional, they wheels look really nicely made. Proof will be in the riding I guess. Last pair of Hope wheels I had were 35w, but also had tech Enduro. Hubs were always let down by the rims, which were always heavy and dented easily. I think Hope really missed a trick with their new range. The weights seem extremely high, but maybe that translates to reliability and strength…just my experience with the previous iteration suggest notPosted 2 months agodavewalshMember
Ok, I’m going to go against Forum general opinion here but I have hunt trail wides on one bike and hope pro 4 / DT XM481 on the other. On paper they’re similar weights but I think hunt have achieved this by paring down the hub and spokes as much as possible to compensate for excess weight in the rim. Also the hunt hubs, although well sealed are noticeably more draggy than the hopes. Personally I wish I’d have spent a bit more and got a second set of the hope/DT wheels for the other bike as when ridden back to back, they just feel nicer.Posted 2 months agochakapingSubscriber
I’d just go with DT 1900’s, cheaper than the Hunts and the Hopes and lighter than either or then too.
Bikeradar just put out a load of wheel reviews and rated the DT’s above either of them.
They’re alright, yeah – I’ve ridden a set and would rate them fairly good but a definite notch below the Hope/ex471 wheelset I replaced them with.
I’d definitely contact Tracey above first if I were you OP.Posted 2 months agoargeeSubscriber
For 350 i wouldn’t be looking at 1900s, at a minimum i’d be after 1700s as at least they have the 350 hubs, rim wise, 30mm internal pushes me towards a XM481, best rim for weight/strength in that size.
It’s a shame the EX1501s in the classifieds are boost, as they are pretty much the best wheels out there in the price range with 240 hubs and 511ish rims.Posted 2 months agometalheartSubscriber
I recently was looking for a set of wheels. I <cough> need </cough> a set for a Camino trip next year. On the full sus I have a set of enduro hope hoops but they’re, what 23mm wide? Perfect for a Camino trip (not so much for the FlareMAX…).
I have a set of pro4’s with XM481 rims on the hardtail which have withstood my bulk for a couple of years so far so decided to order another pair. So whatever, XM481’s for me. hand built wheels cost more (than the 350£ budget) but personally I’d rather get it right from the off…Posted 2 months ago
Well a bit of a thread resurrection…..
Just broke my new year “must save money and not buy bike parts” resolution….
30 minutes into the New Year and aimlessly looking on the Hunt site at the discounted wheels and a set of refurbished/discounted 27.5 Trail Wide non-boost popped up….. Ooops.Posted 3 weeks agotdogMember
Deffo Spank as they’re exceptional design, build quality for any factory wheel set I have had
They are tough too for us mortal heavy weights which is an added bonus obviously
They can be had at sensible prices at times
Only thing is that my CKs laugh all over them for pickup rate
That is the only SLIGHT downfall in Spank wheel sets are the pickup of rear engagement
Does it matter that much to warrant concern- heck no they are lovely wheels
Seriously nice in fact!Posted 3 weeks ago
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