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Hi,

I know there are a bunch of threads talking about these wheels, but I am about to pull the trigger and can't choose betweem the 08 or 09 deetrax and the 08 Easton Havocs and wanted some input. I have also considered deemaxes and hope pro/mavic 823s. Budget around $300-$500.

Here is what I have so far:

Deetrax
Pro: Strength, rep (friends and local shop), MP3 protection.
Con: Weight (3/4lb more than Havocs).

Havoc:
Pro: Weight, Good reviews
Con: Avail of spokes, no local feedback.

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I am a relatively new biker, but learning fast, hitting singletrack and rocky decents. I ride a Heckler and just upgraded to a Fox 36 talas. I like the ride down best, but also like the ride up for the workout/accomplishment. I like technical singletrack with 2-3ft drops and small jumps now, but want to do 5ftish drops plus 5-6ft gap jumps.

I live in the SF bay area and ride Santa Cuz (Sweetness, Magic Carpet etc.), Pacifica (more into mile than boyscout), Downieville, Tamarancho etc. but plan to hit Northstar next summer for some lift serviced action.

Thanks Guys!
 

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mtnmark said:
Hi,

I know there are a bunch of threads talking about these wheels, but I am about to pull the trigger and can't choose betweem the 08 or 09 deetrax and the 08 Easton Havocs and wanted some input. I have also considered deemaxes and hope pro/mavic 823s. Budget around $300-$500.

Here is what I have so far:

Deetrax
Pro: Strength, rep (friends and local shop), MP3 protection.
Con: Weight (3/4lb more than Havocs).

Havoc:
Pro: Weight, Good reviews
Con: Avail of spokes, no local feedback.

Bio:
I am a relatively new biker, but learning fast, hitting singletrack and rocky decents. I ride a Heckler and just upgraded to a Fox 36 talas. I like the ride down best, but also like the ride up for the workout/accomplishment. I like technical singletrack with 2-3ft drops and small jumps now, but want to do 5ftish drops plus 5-6ft gap jumps.

I live in the SF bay area and ride Santa Cuz (Sweetness, Magic Carpet etc.), Pacifica (more into mile than boyscout), Downieville, Tamarancho etc. but plan to hit Northstar next summer for some lift serviced action.

Thanks Guys!
I ride many the area's you have listed. Ran Havoc's on my Heckler and Blur LT. Get stellar reviews but I find the rims soft and come out of true. For you riding i'd look into a 32 spoke build. I currently run WTB Trail rims 27mm wide @ 500g w/ a nice sidewall. If you want Hope hubs go to Chain Reaction Cyles custom wheel builder - get a good set for $300-400 us.
 

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I have a ridden my heckler with some havocs on it for about 8 months. I have ridden everything you mentioned in your list (including n*) with those wheels and have never had to true them. Only issue so far is a bent spoke that has been bent for a few months and I haven't messed with it since the wheel is still straight. I weigh 270 and ride fairly aggressively, so I would say they are up to the task of what the bay area has to offer on a heckler.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys! I am glad to hear that the havocs can handle a lot. I will let you know what I end up pulling the trigger on.

I am currently leaning customs, but have never heard a hope spin and not sure if I want the racket.
 
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