- Wheel sets – what to go for?
I'd Hope Hoop (on Pro 2s) it without question – a few rim choices (xc717, stans 355 and some others), finished by hand and stupidly good VFM compared to buying each part on it's own.
Got an xc717 rear and looking to get the same for the front (or might go for a 355) and so far so very good.Posted 7 years agojoolsburgerMember
I'd buy some hope hoops from here
Roger is widely regarded as the best wheelbuilder in the country and having him inspect and tighten them will prove valuable in the long run.
The wheels I got off him have lasted years without a true I can't sing his praises highly enough, a proper artisan.Posted 7 years ago
Right, am after a bit of feedback/suggestions.
The wheelset on my hardtail has finally given up the ghost (Mavic XM317 rims on Deore hubs) – cup & cone set up has been re-built one too many times and the races etc are all pitted.
Bike is mostly used for XC/trail centre. I'm 15st and I want to run 2.35" Maxxis tyres so don't want anything too light-weight.
Was looking at a set of Hope Pro2SP with DT Swiss XR400 rims.
Has anyone got any experience of running something like the Easton or Fulcrum wheel sets? Also, anything else I should be looking at?
Budget is circa £350 for the set.Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for the tips so far. Definately can't see too much point in looking elsewhere at the moment.
Interesting that the guy at WheelPro only recommends the Stans rims. I did like the look of the Flow.
I had heard that Merlin were supposed to be pretty good wheel builders too.Posted 7 years agoLord Felcham the IIIMember
If you want 'different' rims/hubs, build your own. You won't save that much money, if anything, but you will have a wheel better than anything a shop/machine (with the exception of WheelPro Hoops) can produce and the satisfaction you have built it yourself. I've just built a set of Mavic EX729 on Hope Pro II's with DT DB spokes. The tensions in my 'other' self built set are still the same after 6 months.
I wouldn't bother with the Straight Pull Pro II, stick to the plain and simple Pro II'sPosted 7 years agomboySubscriber
At 15stone on a hardtail, and wanting to run 2.35" tyres, I'd be wary of going for a rim that's too narrow or lightweight.
Hope Hoops would be a very good place to put your money, probably go for the Stans Flows to be honest. 355's are great rims, but I'm 12 stone and whilst I'm putting a set on my XC hardtail, I'd not put them on anything I was going to go jump off things or crash into the terrain.Posted 7 years agojimbobrightonMember
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you will have a wheel better than anything a shop/machine (with the exception of WheelPro Hoops) can produce
Any first time wheel builder can do a better job than a shop mechganic?
I built my own set of wheels without a problem first time. I don't think I did as good a job as a pro would, but I learnt something, and it cost me about the same as it would if I bought them from elsewhere. I suppose it boils down to if you enjoy making stuff and fettling (like me) or you simply like riding your bike.Posted 7 years ago
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