- XC/AM Wheelset for Under £1k
Only secondhand experience here but I was out with a guy the other week who was riding the Eastons. When asked how they were he went, ‘well let’s just say I won’t be looking for a second pair in a hurry’. Not that he thought they were bad, just not worth it compared to hopes.
Messiah makes a good point re. rim replacement. Jeez, it’s bad enough just having to replace a stans rim alone!
If it was me, personally I’d be looking for pimp hubs with stans rims…Posted 6 years agoHob NobMember
I would suggest something built & non proprietory. This is someone who has experienced Easton’s legendary snail like customer services when talking ’11/12 Haven & Havoc wheelsets.
The support (not sure if it’s manufacturer or importer causing issues) on a product of such value is frankly, embarrassing. I was without a rear wheel the first time round for nearly 8 weeks, and this time we’re at 7 weeks and counting. The rear wheel on my second set lasted around a month before it’s gone back. Upon investigation it’s fairly apparent why my wheel couldn’t hold any spoke tension & went out of true constantly. No third time for me, if it’s been this much of a headache on a simple warranty issue I don’t want to experience trying to get spares, which going by my luck is a very real possibility.
I’ve since built a set of Flow’s on DT240’s with Rev’s spokes. Lighter than the alloy Haven’s and considerably more durable. Plus spares are available off the shelf from nearly anywhere.Posted 6 years agoHadgeMember
Seeing as your dripping with cash why not just plump for CKs on Crests?
I wasn’t dripping with cash but they are exactly what I went for. Very very nice hubs, very very well made and look awesome. I also think DT240’s are very good hubs too and I’d definitely go down the “custom” route any day.Posted 6 years agoflangeSubscriber
I am SOOOOO tempted by those Havens!
I’d say i9’s, they really are lovely and look super with red spokes. What I would say is don’t whatever you do buy a set of Crank Bros wheels. Utter pap, I can’t explain how much I hate them, flexy, expensive, hard to get parts for and horrendous to true. I paid A LOT of money for mine and I seriously regret it.
On the flip side my mate has a set of Crossmax Sl’s and loves them.Posted 6 years agomatt23Member
+1 for the Havens in Alloy or Carbon.
I have set of the Havens on my Santa…..perfect wheel……when I first bought them the rear wheel wouldn’t inflate on a tubeless setup rang Easton through the LBS and a brand new wheel arrived in 48hours even though I bought the wheels over the web! Excellent customer service IMO and have not had an issue since with the wheels!
A lot of choices to go on….but personally I love the Eastons and would def get another pair!Posted 6 years ago
Happy Shoppingb rMember
I did look last year when I’d decided to ‘treat’ myself. Ended up looking at the carbon Havens and the DT Swiss EXC1550. Both could be got for about £1500 new at my LBS.
But in the end I bought a pair of Hope Hoops (pro 2 evo SP’s running Crests). They have a wide rim, easily servicable, stiff, multi-axled and are within 100g of the expensive stuff. Plus at £300 you could buy a couple of pairs and mount alternative tyres. Mine get a hard time on long-forked HT.
I was concerned about going for a set of hubs that may fail, so if I had have spent the cash would probably have gone for the DT Swiss ones as they ran the 240s hubs.Posted 6 years agonmdbaseMember
james – Member
“Hope Pro II on Mavic 521 will cost you less than £300. Strong and light”
Well, the rims aren’t light. Granted less heavy than 321’s but ..
“you can’t beat Hope Hoops”
So long as you are happy with the loud, slowish pickup speed of Pro II hubs of course
And unless you want the more middleground Stans Arch/ArchEX rim (rather than the XCy crest, or the DHy flow)
Like you notice the pick up speed when riding because they are so slow? Umm no.Posted 6 years agocookeaaSubscriber
There is no way Chris King hubs are worth three times as much as Pro 2’s.
A CK rear hub is practically the price of a set of Pro 2’s on Stans rims.
Sorry I thought the objective was to suggest really expensive rather than simply fit for purpose.
9 times out of 10 if someone asks what wheels should I get I’d just suggest some version or another of Hope hoops (probably Stans); widely available, easily serviced blah blah blah, but the OP has plenty of budget, I suppose the sensible thing for him to do is buy 2 or 3 sets of hoops and never be without a ridable set of wheels, but where’s the fun in that?Posted 6 years agobolMember
I’ve got/had fancy pants propriatory wheels, which have been excellent – Rovals and Crossmax – but I agree re off the shelf parts. My new wheel build will be 240s and stans with posh but not too posh spokes. Unless there is a simply too good to be true deal on carbon 29er Rovals at some point, I really can’t see the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.Posted 6 years agofrank4shortMember
I’ve a set of I9 XC wheels built up on Stan’s Arches. I’ve had them for about a year now and been riding them a fair bit both winter and summer predominantly on forest and moorland type trails, wicklow mountains outside of dublin, I’ve yet to have a single issue with them.
They’re light, durable, roll amazingly and the pick up is a thing that has to be felt to be believed. In fact it’s one of those things you didn’t realise how needed until you have it. Basically in simple terms they’ve been brilliant for me and they’ve had plenty of abuse including big offs and even large branches lodging in the spokes. All they have now is some scratches on the spokes, other than that they’re near perfect.
Plus and there’s no point denying this, which i believe is a major point considering how much they cost, they look pimp. Red hubs and red spokes. Oh and you get 4 replacement spokes when you buy them too. So if you’re an oaf maybe at some point factory spares maybe an issue but it certainly shouldn’t be a major one for most people for a considerable time frame. Finally just for reference sake i’ve been running them on a Chameleon with 140mm forks.Posted 6 years agonjee20Subscriber
Going to upset njeee but why don’t you talk to your LBS?
Mine hs build me a rear wheel for 890grs rim tape included. Hope pro II evo, DT revolution spokes and X717 rims (so you could go a bit lighter if you trust the rim).
Why would that upset me, I’m a big user of LBSs, I worked in mine for 10 years, and it’s exactly who I’d talk to about a custom build 😕Posted 6 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Numerous mtbr reviews were enough to put me off havens when they were half price at Merlin, or at cost through a mate. Weak bearings and no support from easton is the brief synopsis. I9 stuff is gorgeous, out pimps king (which have had their detractors and I know people who’ve had problems with them)Posted 6 years ago
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