- What 26" Wheelset should I buy?
i think somebody has had too much caffeine today? 😀
OK, so i’ve had a quick goosey gander at these bad boys and they look ideal! What’s the deal with standard versus straight pull? Is it just an aesthetics thing and performance is the same or is one better than the other from a practical point of view?Posted 4 years ago
I need some new hoops for my Santacruz Superlight. Been running Old Hope XC hubs with Mavic 717 rims (i think) but a large crack in the rear wheel and dent in the front means it’s time to upgrade.
I’m on 6 bolt rotors. I mostly ride XC and tend to be pretty smooth (the old wheels have survived about 6 years of abuse with only 2 or 3 bearing replacements on the rear).
Looking at spending in the region of £500 for the pair give or take. Primary requirement is lightweight but need to be strong enough to take the usual weekend warrior abuse.
So…. What do you recommend? XTR? Mavic Crossmax? Etc, etc??
Cheers!Posted 4 years ago
Be warned –
Some tyres do not play very nicely with Crests at all.
Also there is a massive knack to getting tyres on. People are pretty unanimous that it can be learned quickly but decided that life was too short to wrestle tyres on, sent my crest back and bought another 717.
YMMV ofc.Posted 4 years agonukeSubscriber
What’s the deal with standard versus straight pull?
SP supposedly stronger. Some say spokes are harder to get hold of if you break but then Hope Hoops come with spare spokes and, when I was getting some spare spokes for my Hope ProII SP with Flow wheelset, it was no hassle at all.
Just get standard imoPosted 4 years agoBen_HSubscriber
I have Hope Pro2 hubs front and rear and have used DT XR400 rims, which I’ve found to be light and reliable.
The great thing about the hubs is that they will covert to the various axle standards and I was able to do this when I went to 15mm QR up front.
As others have said, I’d keep the hubs and get some new rims.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve been reading up on my old Hope XC hubs (rear has Ti freehub) and general opinion is that they’re as good – if not better (assuming happy to stick with QR) that the Pro2.
So I’m going to get a pair of ZTR Crest (£62.99 ea from Wiggle/CRC) and have them built around my Hope XCs for around £50 by my LBS. Means I can get a decent quality set of wheels for around £175. Nice.
Thanks for all the tips and advice!
Matt.Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
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Stans Crest wheelsets carry a recommended max rider weight of 190lb, if your close to or above this you may want to consider Arches or do what Kelvin above suggests.
That weight limit is for the Stan’s own-brand Crest wheelsets – they list no weight limit for the rims. And 29er rims will explode anyway, so it makes no difference.Posted 4 years ago
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