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Im in the process of building a sir 9 and my next purchase will be wheels and tires. Any recommendations on the wheels? Im looking at a pair of rovals and a pair of american classics. Also, does anyone run a 2.2 up front and a 1.9 in the rear or just a bigger tire in front and small in the rear. Ive seen this done and was wondering what people thought of it
 

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A handbuilt wheelset with Stans rims and DT-240s hubs (or pick another reasonable quality hub for less cost). I would not buy a pre-fab wheelset of any kind, but between the ones you mentioned I would lean towards the Specy. At least it should have a good warranty if you get it from a Specy dealer. Stans rims rule the industry for reliable, simple tubeless setups though...nothing really compares, while other solutions can be made to work.

Yes I run a bigger tire up front sometimes for traction and cush, this is pretty common. It is nice for general riding, but does slow things down a bit for climbing and XC rolling stuff to have a bigger tire, compared to just a pair of 2.0's. Can improve speed for descending if it is technical terrain.
 

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+1 on the Stans

I've had a great experience with the 355s with Kings, and Olympics (26r version with Kings)... I will say, I do have some Bonty RXLs (the ones with the DT Swiss 240 hubs)... they are very good, to my surprize (if ya can find the DT hub versions on ebay or the like). Don't know much about the newer Bonty hubs though.

If weight is part of your criteria... 355s with a Hope or better hub would be great!

Did have some Roval carbon road wheels (DT 240 hubs)... they were good too (sold them for some Zipps though)... read between the lines on that one.

Custom built by a good wheelbuilder would be the best choice.

http://www.wheelbuilder.com

They are outstanding! I have 6k on a set of roadwheels w/PT... and they have been flawless!

Good luck :thumbsup:
 

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canyonrat said:
A handbuilt wheelset with Stans rims and DT-240s hubs (or pick another reasonable quality hub for less cost). I would not buy a pre-fab wheelset of any kind, but between the ones you mentioned I would lean towards the Specy. At least it should have a good warranty if you get it from a Specy dealer. Stans rims rule the industry for reliable, simple tubeless setups though...nothing really compares, while other solutions can be made to work.

Yes I run a bigger tire up front sometimes for traction and cush, this is pretty common. It is nice for general riding, but does slow things down a bit for climbing and XC rolling stuff to have a bigger tire, compared to just a pair of 2.0's. Can improve speed for descending if it is technical terrain.
+1 on Stans. I'm rolling 355 on DT240s with the upgraded 48pt ratchet set. I got these from http://www.r2technik.com. They weighed in at about 1600gms and have been extremely reliable. Regardless of hubs, go stans if you plan on going tubeless. I have run all sorts of tires with the stans stuff without issue or need for a rim strip.
 

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Don't really know what your budget is nor your geared up weight and ride style but between Stans 355, Arch and Flows you should be able to find a rim that works- as far as hubs DT, Hope, King, White etc... lots to choose from. I like Hope for the weight/price and axle compatibility especially up front.

I had some AC 29ers and though they were super light and never gave me an issue I wanted something a bit more oriented to trail riding rather than all out light weight (though they did perform without issue for the 1-2 months I ran them). They were 8/9 speed hubs but were noticeably slow as far as engagement, I am not sure how this translates into the SS hubs?

I am currently running a set of hand built Hope Pro II/ Stans Arch on my dualy and a set of Shimano XT 29er wheels on a rigid- I can not deny the "machine" built XT wheelset continues to impress me even after side by side rides on the Hope/Arch combo- I am not sure if it is the straight pull spokes or what (only 24!) but they are quite lively and have stayed true for the past 8+ months of 200+ lbs on a rigid rides....- both are around the 1800-1900 g area in so not race but not to burly either.
 
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