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I am looking for a new affordable 29er wheelset to ride on during these snowy winter months so I don't beat up expensive set and through some more agressive treads on. I am 205lbs and mostly ride XC. I want something that is bullet proof and don't have to worry about. Hoping to spend about $300.00 and they need to be able to run tubeless. Any suggestions?
 

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I had a set of wheels built up by Universal Cycles. The set consisted of DMR sealed bearing hubs, Halo Freedom Disc rims, and DT Champion silver spokes/brass nipples(36ct.) with a 4x lacing. Cost was $261 and S/H was $36. So, $297 total. I weigh 260(6' 4"), and this set is AWESOME.:cornut:
Plus Universal does a great job. Have not had to even true them in five months time.

They can also build up cheaper sets. Use the Custom Wheelset Builder app on the web site, and you can adjust where you spend more or less.

http://www.universalcycles.com/wheelkit.php

Oh, and I have run them Ghetto tubeless. Looking into getting a proper tubeless setup.
 

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If you check Ebay...there are a bunch of XT/Velocity Blunt wheelsets going for $250 or less in a full rainbow of colors. I personally have purchased wheels from Rocky Mountain Cyclery and they have been quality builds.

Here is a "Tubeless Conversion" from our own Guitar Ted. According to him a Bontrager Rhythm rim strip works on the Blunts
 

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I have these wheels from pricepoint on my commuter:
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/16...525-Disc-Hubs-w_-Mavic-317-Disc-29er-Rims.htm

Something to be said for 36 spokes... I'm running them on a rigid cyclocross bike with a 28c tire @ 90psi, and I chatter down a pretty nasty dirt road with chuckholes and rocks every single day, and the only time I had one come out of true was on a crash where I hit a brick in the bike lane in the dark at close to 20mph. (yes I got a new headlight after that) This put a tiny wobble in the front that was easily straightened. I've never broken a spoke on them.
They've been through 3 sloppy sierra winters, and I've never even pulled the hubs apart...no issues whatsoever with the Deore hubs. They have roughly 6500 miles on them. I'm a school teacher, so this is primarily sloppy weather miles during the fall/winter/spring school year.

I'm 6'2", 210. I was at 225 or so when I got these wheels. I also carry a backpack full of work crap, so add some weight to that.

Save your money and still get some beefy wheels. These dudes do the job.

The one big question mark is that I've never run them tubeless....
 

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You can find Bontrager Ryhthm Comps on Ebay for the $200 range. 28mm rim, TLR rim strips work great, pretty light at about 1900gs - not particularly great hubs (although pre-2009 models are DT Swiss made). I've been really happy with my set that I use as beater wheels. Might be bit flexy for your weight with only 28 spokes, but I'm 185 and don't notice any real flex on mine.
 

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cutthroat said:
You can find Bontrager Ryhthm Comps on Ebay for the $200 range. 28mm rim, TLR rim strips work great, pretty light at about 1900gs - not particularly great hubs (although pre-2009 models are DT Swiss made). I've been really happy with my set that I use as beater wheels. Might be bit flexy for your weight with only 28 spokes, but I'm 185 and don't notice any real flex on mine.
Yes, or 32h Dusters off of a GF Rig: got mine un-ridden for one fiddy and see them on Ebay, Craigs List, and this site from time to time.
 

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Dark_Rider said:
I had a set of wheels built up by Universal Cycles. The set consisted of DMR sealed bearing hubs, Halo Freedom Disc rims, and DT Champion silver spokes/brass nipples(36ct.) with a 4x lacing. Cost was $261 and S/H was $36. So, $297 total. I weigh 260(6' 4"), and this set is AWESOME.:cornut:
Plus Universal does a great job. Have not had to even true them in five months time.
I just configured the same wheelset and it came out to $401 before shipping. How long ago did you get these?
 

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I just configured the same wheelset and it came out to $401 before shipping. How long ago did you get these?
I bought them 5 1/2 months ago.
I just re-checked at 9:05 pm and $260.04.
Comes to $253.87 if you go with Wheel Smith spokes instead of DT

Set is:
Halo Freedom Disc Rims F & R 36 hole (though right now all they have are the white in 36)
DMR Revolver 100mm(9mm QR) front hub- 36
DMR Revolver 135mm(10 x 1) 3 paw rear hub- 36
DT Champion straight gauge(silver) spokes
DT brass(silver) nipples

Not sure where your number came from:confused: . Even with the more expensive 6 paw 12 x135 (bolt on) DMR rear and 20mm DMR front hubs, it comes to $381.50.
 

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Dark_Rider said:
I bought them 5 1/2 months ago.
I just re-checked at 9:05 pm and $260.04.
Comes to $253.87 if you go with Wheel Smith spokes instead of DT

Set is:
Halo Freedom Disc Rims F & R 36 hole (though right now all they have are the white in 36)
DMR Revolver 100mm(9mm QR) front hub- 36
DMR Revolver 135mm(10 x 1) 3 paw rear hub- 36
DT Champion straight gauge(silver) spokes
DT brass(silver) nipples

Not sure where your number came from:confused: . Even with the more expensive 6 paw 12 x135 (bolt on) DMR rear and 20mm DMR front hubs, it comes to $381.50.
Thanks I did select the more expensive hubs and noticed that I select alloy nipples instead of Brass.
 
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