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I'm getting all the bits ready to build up my 29" ride, following my "groud-up" approach I'll be starting with the wheelset. The wheels (as well as the bike) need to be BEEFY and INDESTRUCTIBLE because, well, I break stuff.

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I have some Surly New Disc Hubs that hade arrived (very nice, BTW)
I'll be lacing them into _something_ with DT/Swiss Alpine-III tripple swaged spokes, 3x, 32H

I have narrowed my rime selction down to either the Salsa Delgado-X or the Sun RhynoLite
Any feelings one way or another on these rim selections?
I've built and ridden RhynoLiteXL's in the 26" and really like them so I will probably go that way.

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I'm really at a loss for my rubber. On the geared and SS MTB's I currently roll on Continental Survival_Pro's (2.3 front and 2.1 rear) and really like the volume and agressive tread and mud-shedding.
Sadly, I cannot seem to find anything comparable in the 700c/29" size.

What is the biggest, baddest, knobbiest rubber I can get in 700c/29"???
 

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If I recall correctly, the Sun rhynolite 29" only comes in 36°, 40°, or 48°, not 32°. Personally, I've been using the Salsa's with much pleasure for the last three years. Tires? So far the biggun to beat is the B0ntrager ACX, though the new WT_B 2.35 promises big things.
 

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NoDunut4U said:
I'm really at a loss for my rubber. On the geared and SS MTB's I currently roll on Continental Survival_Pro's (2.3 front and 2.1 rear) and really like the volume and agressive tread and mud-shedding.
Sadly, I cannot seem to find anything comparable in the 700c/29" size.

What is the biggest, baddest, knobbiest rubber I can get in 700c/29"???
I've ridden the Survival Pro myself, and unfortunately there isn't anything comparable - yet. Kenda Klaws are probably the knobbiest and best in mud (in terms of both shedding and grip). They aren't the fattest 29"ers, though the fattest ones aren't all that much bigger. I absolutely love them, but I'd kill for a 2.3 or better yet a 2.5. Here's a thread I started a while back about the Klaw: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=4501&highlight=kudos+klaw. I should also add that MikeC won the impossible Great Divide Race on these tires.

Jones ACX might also be a good choice, and does have more volume, but for real mud the Klaw is a better way to go. I thought the Jones shed mud decently but had definitely less mud grip than the Klaw - and was fairly treacherous on wet roots, good to know if your rides tend to include those. Also there have been reports of weak sidewalls with the Jones, but I haven't ridden mine enough to verify that personally.
 
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