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http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/WH707A17-Shimano+Deore+Discrhyno+Lite+Wheelset.aspx

I'm looking for a cheap set to replace the stock wheels on my '07 Rockhopper. Basically something to last the summer/fall.

I ride mainly XC/Trail in New England, lots of rocks to go over both uphill and down, some technical stuff, and some street riding thrown in. I don't do jumps/drops really.

So I was looking at the Sun Rhyno Lite/Shimano Deore's on Jenson, or maybe the Mavic Crossride UB/Disc. The Sun combo is about a pound heavier overall.

I've always found Shimano hubs to be reliable and easy to service, so I'm a little concerned with Mavic's proprietary hubs/spokes, and having only 24 spokes.

Unfortunately that's about the limit of my budget atm with all the other parts I need, but my stocks are falling apart. Stock rims are 17" Alex rims with low-end Shimano hubs.

I should add I weigh about 180 lbs.

Thanks!
 

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The Deore Rhyno Lite combo will likely be more reliable in the long run. Yeah, they'e a little on the heavy side, but I used to ride Rhyno lites on XT hubs and the strength was worth the extra weight. There's something to be said for not having to stand in front of a truing stand during the season.
 

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If you want to shave a little weight, get these instead
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/WH707A19-Shimano+Deore+Discds-2+Wheelset.aspx

I had a set of the same rims and hubs that I purchased as backup wheels but I ended up using quite a bit. I beat the snot out of them, yet they held up fine. I weigh 225lbs plus gear and they were on a 5" travel bike that I rode AM regularly.

They are machine built so don't expect miracles but I was impressed with the durability of the DS2 rim. You'll save at least 1/2 lbs over the Rhyno Lites.
 

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yep those are the other ones i'm considering, just not sure how they will hold up compared to wider rims with more spokes.

my friend has a pair of mavic's that he swears by but they are much higher end
 

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dundundata said:
yep those are the other ones i'm considering, just not sure how they will hold up compared to wider rims with more spokes.

my friend has a pair of mavic's that he swears by but they are much higher end
My friend is about 170 lb geared up and he is running a 24 spoke narrow rim on his XC/Trail bikes. He usually only does trail riding on technical stuff, but sometime he rides the more technical trails with a few foot drop on it. The wheels so far seem to have held up great for him and he's running a true 2.35 on a 19mm rim.

I wouldn't worry about it too much especially since you said you don't do jumps/drops. I'd pick the Mavic for price to weight.
 

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Mavic wheels resale have been good simply because they are known to have very reliable hubs though not the fastest. I'd say you can't go wrong with a Mavic but I personally would get a Fulcrum simply because they are strong and have very very fast hubs. I'm into the racer crowd :)
 

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thanks i ended up going with the Crossrides for now seemed like the best deal until I can build (or have built) a more serious wheel.
 
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