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Well, without any details it is hard to give good advice. I would suggest a wheelset that I have experience with: Hope hubs and Arch/Flow rims. They can be had for a good price and have held up very well for me.

That's my 2 cents! :thumbsup:
 

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EVERYUSERNAMEISTAKEN said:
Well, without any details it is hard to give good advice. I would suggest a wheelset that I have experience with: Hope hubs and Arch/Flow rims. They can be had for a good price and have held up very well for me.

That's my 2 cents! :thumbsup:
oh ya forgot that i use it for just basic all mountain 3 foot drops max with some light dh thrown in
 

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I needed to go budget with my wheels but I got the Flow's on the old Shimano XT hub. If I had had the cash I would have gone Hopes.

Do XC mostly but I won't pass up a chance at air! I'm 200lb and haven't had them come out of true yet.
 

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Hadley 36 hole/ Flows

I know your budget is $600, but if you can pony up $80 more you could get something like I have on the way from Larry at Mountain High Cyclery.

Hadley 36 spoke hubs, with Stan's Flow rims. (QR rear/20mm front)

The Hadley hubs have 72 points of engagement vs 24 for hopes, and Larry recommended them to me because I have been killing freehubs doing rocky, stair steppy climbs.

I researched the hell out of the forums and in general I found the Hadley hubs seem to have all the strength and points of engagement of the King hubs, and less adjusting, as well as not requiring expensive tools to overhaul.

Compared to the Hope Pro2, my research has found that the 72 POE is much better on the Hadley, and I did find posts where "freehub killers" and "clydesdales" had munched some Hope freehubs and pawls, and nothing like that on the Hadleys, except on their older 108 POE hubs. I also saw pictures of some Hope Pro2 hubs that had split apart.

All my searching led me to the Hadley's as the best combo of price, performance, durability, servicing, POE, and customer service. Not the cheapest, or most expensive, but seem to be a very strong contender on all fronts.
 

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when i get to work to day i'm gonna look through the shop books and check all the prices. im probably gonna go with the flow rims and i'm not sure which hub yet either kings or hope
 

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Spinergy Cylone 29ers. Been beating the crap out of a set for a year now with no issues. fits your budget, several sets available sub$600 new on ebay.
 

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Hope Pro2 hubs, Blunt rims and SuperComp spokes. Ask Bruce Brown about the Blunts if you have questions. Bruce has had them for a couple years on his race bikes whereas I've only had mine for a couple months. Nothing but good to say about them so far:)
 

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I'd get a set of Blunts or P-35's with Velocity hubs.

That's only about half of your budget.

I run P-35's, weigh about 280 lbs, and haven't had to true them yet in about 150 miles and counting, and yes, I have left the ground a bunch of times.
 

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Two hubs that I can't seem to break or cause failure on... Hadley hubs with the 36 point engagement, which I've easily put 5000 miles on, the rear being 36 spokes, the front being 32 spokes and 20mm through axle. They do need TLC more frequently, at least the rear hub being more like a dry sump, need to get the tools and tear it down to add the PTFE oil to the pawls regularly.
If they get noisy, they need oil added.

The other bomber hub is the Hugi FR, with the SS carrier, not the aluminum one like on the newer DT Swiss 440 Freeride.
 

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i think i gonna go with Salsa Gordo rims laced with hope pro 2 hubs. what do you guys think(cant find flow rims in the books at work so i guess i cant get them)?
 

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If you work at a shop, can get parts for cost, and build your own or have someone else build them for free you should be able to do kings laced to flows for a decent price. I have 2 pairs with flows, and a 3rd set with 355s. Can't go wrong with kings or flows. Kings will have better engagement and likely better durability than the hopes, although the hopes are a decent amount cheaper.

Hadleys are nice hubs, but still use pawls. For a high end hub I'm partial to king's ring drive, or dt swiss' ratchet drive systems.
 

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i think i gonna go with Salsa Gordo rims laced with hope pro 2 hubs. what do you guys think(cant find flow rims in the books at work so i guess i cant get them)?
heavy, but could likely take some abuse.
 

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i just ordered my wheel set ill be sure to post pics when they show up :) im so excited (also i showed my old wheels to my grand mother and she could not figure out how i bent it so quickly and why i cant just road bike:))
 
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