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Hello All! So I'm literally just getting into the mtb game after riding fixed, road, and cyclocross for the last 10 years or so. Picked up the frame brand new for a steal and just picked for a new RockShox Pike RCT3 140mm w/ Boost spacing off ebay for a bargain as well.

Anyone else build one of these up w/ BOOST wheels and drivetrain? What are the pros/cons for running boost front and standard rear? How about running standard with boost spacers to accommodate the fork?

BTW: here's a wheelset I'm eyeing to pick up. Obviously, I'd need to run spacers up front to fit the fork. How can I expect it to ride with boost up front/standard rear?

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There is really no performance disadvantage to running boost spacers and no disadvantage from running boost front and regular rear. Boost builds a slightly stronger wheel that is really it. Is isn’t anything you are going to notice while riding.
 

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Something to keep in mind if you stay standard hub spacing on the front you will likely need to re-dish you wheel. I ran into this when shopping newer forks on my old bike. I never followed through with the purchase but spoke with my LBS and i9 about what it would take. If you can, it would be easier to go boost front and standard rear (if that's what your frame is).

I would recommend Industry Nine wheels. A little more expensive but if you catch a sale or chat with Jenson USA they may be able to get you close.
 

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What are some solid all-around wheels and/or hubs I should look out for with a budget of about $400-500 MAX?

Here's my current ebay watch list:


Any input as to which would give me the most bang for my buck??
My Timberwolf has the MRP ribbon on the front (boost) with a Hope Pro4 hub, rear is a Profile Elite 11spd (so noisy but I love it). All good, best thing you can do is get a Scott direct mount hanger for the rear D, M985+ or M9000. The shifting is far snappier and its a straight swap.
 
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