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I'm thinking of changing the WTB Dual Duty wheelset (WTB spokes, WTB Laser Disc DH 20mm, and WTB SpeedDisc XC QR) of my San Andreas DNA and I've narrowed down my option to the Easton Havoc's that Jenson has on sale for $350 and my friend's very slightly used built wheel with DT Swiss 5.1d's, DT Champion spokes, and Hope Pro2 hubs.

I'm a heavy rider (210 lbs) and have bad line choices as I just tend to plow over stuff that is why my XC/Trail bike is a 7x7. The problems that I had with the WTB's was that the rear spokes keep on loosening just after a few rides. I have a spare Deetraks wheelset which I owned for 2 years and are bombproof but I find it too heavy for XC/Trail riding.

One of my buddies who is a few lbs heavier (230-ish) but rides less aggresively roll with the Easton Havocs but his rear spokes keep on loosening. He highly recommends his wheelset due to it's fast engagement and light weight. My buddy who is selling the built wheel for around the same price as the Havocs is a much lighter rider (160-ish) but he bent the 5.1d's when he hit a square edged rock. He got the wheel fixed and hasn't used it since.

The Havocs are brand new, very light, very good engagement, but the 24 count spokes might not take my style of riding. My friends built wheel have quality components but the rims are kinda soft.

I'd appreciate any recommendations
 

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I own a set of Hope Pro 2's, laced to DT EX 5.1D's with Champion spokes!

Ride them on my Rune.

I love them! I would not build them any other way, and would take them over Havoc's 7 days of the week.
 
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