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Two wheelsets on Nashbar caught my eye and wanted to some opinions on either of them.
Mavic Open Pro/Shimano LX M585 $200
Mavic CXP 22 Black/Shimano M475 $135

They're both disc hubs; I'm assuming the LX hubs are better than those M475 hubs. I'm not savvy to 'cross rims, so maybe some input there might be helpful.

Overall, are either of these wheelsets decent bangs for the buck? If the LX wheelset worth the premium over the other?
 

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Not building your own?

I've had better than average luck w/Sun CR18s which are cheap (under $25)... You could have a handbuilt wheelset for less than those...
 

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Many people, including myself, are using road rims with no problems. I have Open Pro rims on both my 29er and my 'cross bike, with 105 and Ultegra hubs. Both wheelsets have been fine.

Both wheelsets are good deals. For example, Open Pro rims alone typically sell for $65-70 each. I think the M475 hubs are Deore, which as you probably know is a step below LX. And the CXP rims weigh a little more than Open Pros. If you can swing the cash, go for the Open Pro wheelset, otherwise the CXP 22 wheelset should be just fine.
 

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SpinWheelz said:
Two wheelsets on Nashbar caught my eye and wanted to some opinions on either of them.
Mavic Open Pro/Shimano LX M585 $200
Mavic CXP 22 Black/Shimano M475 $135

They're both disc hubs; I'm assuming the LX hubs are better than those M475 hubs. I'm not savvy to 'cross rims, so maybe some input there might be helpful.

Overall, are either of these wheelsets decent bangs for the buck? If the LX wheelset worth the premium over the other?
support your lbs

both wheelsets are crap unless built with name brand spokes
 

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there's a pair of Trek Factory XTR discs to bonty mustang wheels for sale in the classy's, brand new, apparently 350. Those retail for $599 and were a limited run. Don't see how you could beat that with a stick.

ps: not mine.
 

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iliketoridebikes said:
support your lbs

both wheelsets are crap unless built with name brand spokes
i agree i used to be a big fan of the interent wheeldeal of the month, but now i buy strictly handbuilt wheels (REAR ONE'S ANYWAY ;) )and am no longer constantly b!tchin about my crappy wheels that wont stay true.

i still cheap out on almost everything else, but handbuilt wheels are worth the extra dough (but only if built by someone who knows what they are doing)...
 

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SpinWheelz said:
Two wheelsets on Nashbar caught my eye and wanted to some opinions on either of them.
Mavic Open Pro/Shimano LX M585 $200
Mavic CXP 22 Black/Shimano M475 $135

They're both disc hubs; I'm assuming the LX hubs are better than those M475 hubs. I'm not savvy to 'cross rims, so maybe some input there might be helpful.

Overall, are either of these wheelsets decent bangs for the buck? If the LX wheelset worth the premium over the other?
They're cheap enough that you could buy them, then take them to your most trusted LBS and pay them to even out the tension. Or, if you're savvy, do it yourself.

They'll never be superlight or bling, but they'll get the job done and, if properly tensioned from the get go, will last a long time.

I don't think there's much of a difference between the hubs, but I'd prefer the OP to the CXP. Does it say anything about what spokes/nips were used?

Good luck.

MC
 

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Cheers, mikesee. I've got a truing stand so I can definitely tension and true them myself, having redished wheels and the like.

Building a set myself really isn't an option as I don't know the first thing about building wheels. And I wouldn't trust my LBS to correctly install a stem, much less build me a wheelset competently.

On the LX wheels all they say about the spokes/nips sitch is "14/15db spokes". The LX wheels are centerlock, so I'm guessing that if I want to use 6-bolt discs, I'll have to buy an adapter.

The Deore-level wheels say "3214ga DT black spokes and black brass nipples". Those are 6-bolt disb hubs.

Right off the bat, the Deore-level wheelset seems like a less complicated way to go.
 

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29inch said:
there's a pair of Trek Factory XTR discs to bonty mustang wheels for sale in the classy's, brand new, apparently 350. Those retail for $599 and were a limited run. Don't see how you could beat that with a stick.
Check again. ;)
 

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Great Wheel Deal

I recently got a wheelset built up with:
Shimano XT 6bolt hubs 36 hole
Mavic T520 rims
DT swiss spokes laced 14-15-14

And check this, they cost me 175 for the build and materials then the total came to $196 shipped and everything.....

I haven't had a chance to ride them yet, however, everything looks great and I'm hoping they will be an increadibly bomber set of wheels

I could put you in contact with the builder if you are interested.
 

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SpinWheelz said:
On the LX wheels all they say about the spokes/nips sitch is "14/15db spokes". The LX wheels are centerlock, so I'm guessing that if I want to use 6-bolt discs, I'll have to buy an adapter.

The Deore-level wheels say "32 14ga DT black spokes and black brass nipples". Those are 6-bolt disb hubs.
There is the other difference and the cost savings.
 

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check grease and cone adjustment

Just a thought about the lower-end shimano hubs: Sometimes they come from the factory with a less than optimal cone adjustment, and what is in my opinion insufficient grease. Whenever I get a new shimano hub I usually take it apart and repack the bearings with fresh grease and I'll be super careful about the initial adjustment. There's lots of info about this process if you're infamiliar. Check Sheldon Brown or Park Tool's website. You'll need a cone wrench.
 

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Check again. ;)
yep I knew those wouldn't last long at that price. He's still got some SICK stuff in there. Those full Carbon Juicy's look Juicy!! I didn't know they came with carbon resevoir covers like that...
 

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centerridgerider said:
I recently got a wheelset built up with:
Shimano XT 6bolt hubs 36 hole
Mavic T520 rims
DT swiss spokes laced 14-15-14

And check this, they cost me 175 for the build and materials then the total came to $196 shipped and everything.....

I haven't had a chance to ride them yet, however, everything looks great and I'm hoping they will be an increadibly bomber set of wheels

I could put you in contact with the builder if you are interested.
Would love your lead to the builder, centerridgerider. Feel free to drop me a PM with the info if you have a moment.
 

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I changed my mind about ordering the CXP22/Deore wheelset for my 29er.

I didn't realize that I could get a proper 29er wheelset built for not much more.

$210 got me:
- XT disc hubs (6 bolt)
- Salsa Delgado rims
- DT Competition Butted Spokes (CFT: Cold-Forging-Technology Chrome-Nickel (CrNi 18/10) Stainless - Double-Butted 2.0/1.8/2.0mm section OD: 14/15/14 gauge)
- Alloy 12mm nipples (Gold baby).

I know it's nothing fancy, but it's a handbuilt set that is similar to the Surly KM build on the Surly Virtual bike spec page. So I figure if it's good enough for Surly, it's good enough for my 130 pound featherweight body.
 
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