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So my new Stan’s Wheelset is shipping this week and I wanted to know just how much of a beating I can dish out on these things. I got the new Crest 29 Rims and the Stan’s Hub. Should come in just under 1600Grams) I weigh 175lb without gear and ride a hardtail Bianchi SOK.

The plan is to use these for racing (as little of it as I actually do) and my Speed Discs for bashing the hell out of. Does anyone have any experience with how much punishment I can put on a wheelset this light? No Drops or anything, but we have a lot of rocks here in NorCal.

And I know, I probably should have posted this before I put in the order.
 

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Probably not much, the Crest is the lightest hoop they sell. I have seen 200lb guys fold-up crests as their front wheel with 100mm of travel. Guys that don't ride real hard either. The main, and most memorable one, folded his up on a climb on his SS. Got out of the saddle to start after it and as soon as he did the front wheel taco'd. For the record, I have only seen two of these wheelsets built and both didn't last long. The wheel builder was clear that they would not stand up to much, but I would have figured they could handle more than that.
 

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I have that exact wheelset, weighed 1575 grams on my scale. Run them tubeless on my fully rigid SS. A week ago I hit a small foot and a half rock drop at speed and landed the front wheel right on a big root. The tire burped pretty much all the air and came to a complete stop thus dumping me over the bars. I was afraid to look at my wheel, that burping sound is bad enough, I just imagined my rim was thrashed. But to my surprise it was completely unscathed, not even out of true one little bit. I think the people that trash rims just don't pick good lines so there wheels are constantly taking a beating and thus end up weakened and eventually fail. I've always ran really light wheelsets, 355's before these and I've never had problems on any bike full susp., hardtail, and now rigid. I hope they continue to hold up as well as they have so far. If they start needing truing often I guess my wife will get a sweet new wheelset. I wouldn't worry, you should be fine especially if they're not going to be your every day wheels. Oh yeah, and I weigh I85 with no gear on.
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On the flip side: (from facebook)

Stans NoTubes: Congrats to Wicks & Sneddon (Kona) taking the win at BC Bike Race on Crest 29ers.
I'm not making a judgement call, have no experience with those rims, just relaying it. I bet they rode them pretty hard, and at 6'5" Wicks can't be too light. There's no mechanics out in the woods, although they might have been rv-ing it and had extra wheels day-to-day.

Edit, another one:

Stans NoTubes: Matthew Lee has won the Tour Divide! Another 2795 miles logged on Crest 29ers. An apparent record at 17 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes (~7 hours less than his previous record) although there was a small re-route due to fire this year.
Morgan
 
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