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I'm looking for a wheelset to replace my Crossmax ST/XL wheels (1650-1700g). While something like the Easton XC One wheelset (1590g) is tempting, I'd like something a little stronger than the Crossmax.

I considered the Mavic Crossmax SL wheelset (1630g), but it looks too light, and I don't want to deal with the $50 spokes and other proprietary parts. Aside form the X1800, I'm also considering something like a Hope Pro II with a Mavic 717, 819 or DT Swiss 4.2d rim.

I would call my riding style somewhere between aggressive XC and AM, with some XC races thrown in. The bike is a Ti hardtail that currently weighs a little under 23 lbs (10.4 kg). Within the past couple years I've trashed an XT/DT Swiss 4.1 wheel, and severely damaged a Crossmax ST.

So, what is the consensus on the DT Swiss X1800? Is it stronger than a 4.2d-based wheel, or just heavier? Are the hubs any good?
 

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I'm sure the X1800 wheels are strong...not that I've used them, but the DT swiss rims that aren't the 4.2 all get good reviews.

You might also consider 2.2 tyres as a way of protecting the rims a bit more if you've not done so already
 

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I haven't used the X1800s either but the rims in this wheelset are sleeved not welded like the 4.2d/XR400/EX500 rims.
The fact that they're a 28h wheelset might be an issue too, given that you've destroyed other stuff. It also depends on your weight.

I recently got a set of Pro2s on DT XR400 (4.2d's replacement) with DT Comp & Brass Prolock built up. I haven't had much time on them but so far I'm impressed with them.
 
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