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:
Pro: Strength, rep (friends and local shop), MP3 protection.
Con: Weight (3/4lb more than Havocs).
Pro: Weight, Good reviews
Con: Avail of spokes, no local feedback.
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.