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... with the money I'm going to get for Christmas. Currently I have 32 spoke, Sun SingleTrack SL-1s on my '06 Kona Coiler and I am hoping for something stronger. I am 215 pounds +/- and I like to do jumps and drops. I do xc on this bike but extra weight doesn't matter to me. I also do some FR and DH, so I want something that is strong. The harshest thing Im gonna do is maybe a 5 or 6 ft drop to flat concrete. I want something that im not gonna halve to true every couple weeks. I don't mind my hubs and I can't really afford a new wheelset. I can prob build the wheels myself. I am running a 2.5 tire front and back. Im willing to spend up to $100 per rim but I would like to spend less than that. So what rims would you recommend.
 

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I would recommend Mavic 823 if you want a durable rim and go tubeless.
Mavic 729 if you want pure strength and large footprint and Mavic 721 if you want something light but still fairly strong.

Also check out Syncros offerings as well as Alex rims.
 

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I just looked at those and currently the Mavic 729 is at the top of my list. Ill keep looking for a while though.
 

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you should check out the WTB laser disc freeride or dh. I'm using the freerides on my nomad. they take a knockin' and keep on rockin'.
 

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729 are ok, but all of mine have cracked. A good set of WTB Dual Duty's are a good choice for strength and weight.
 

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RYAN E said:
729 are ok, but all of mine have cracked. A good set of WTB Dual Duty's are a good choice for strength and weight.
That's funny.... my 729 is perfect but the Dual Dutys I've had have cracked.
 

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That's funny.... my 729 is perfect but the Dual Dutys I've had have cracked.
I cracked my 729 on the second ride (not the rims fault) and completly destroyed the dual dutys I have. I have a sun Equalizer that has been holding up pretty good but then again I have not cased anything in a while. I would have bought a 729 again but at 90 bucks a pop and only getting two rides I just couldn't do it.
 

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sun str8tracks have held up to my 200+lbs on 5 ft drops to concrete and hard trail riding- still perfectly straight though havent had them very long..
 

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It doesn't matter what rim you use if the wheel is not built properly. Proper prep and spoke tension is key. Keep in mind that you will also need new spokes.
 

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729's are nice but i think are built too wide. I have wtb dual duty fr. on my old bike. Tough as anything out there for a rim i think. I'd go 823 my self. I also have the Wtb speed disk and those seem to be pretty tough so im sure that the laser disks would be great.
 

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you should check out the WTB laser disc freeride or dh. I'm using the freerides on my nomad. they take a knockin' and keep on rockin'.
Agree, I have a set on my RFX and they seem to be bombproof.
 

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i have had 729' s and i owned it. it was almost tacoed but i fixed it by bending it back with a vise and hammer. also had a set of wtb lazerdiscs fr and they have so many dents and i have to true them weekly
 

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I've looked at all the rims you've suggested and I think im gonna go with the 729s. First of all, can I use the same spokes? In one issue of Decline, there is a thing that says how to change just the rims without rebuilding and only replace spokes that are broken. Should I do that, or should I just rebuild the wheel completely? If I do completely rebuild the wheel with new spokes, how do I know what length of spoke of spoke to get or can I base it on the length of the spokes I have now? I have a KK Disc hub up front and a Shimano FH-M475 disc hub in the back. If I only change the rim, will the lengths of the spokes I have now work the Mavic 729 rims? I'm kinda confused about this step, so any help would be terrific. oh and the only thing I know about my spokes is that they are stainless 14g.
 

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It doesn't matter what rim you use if the wheel is not built properly. Proper prep and spoke tension is key. Keep in mind that you will also need new spokes.
yep build it right the first time

I am all for tubeless with the 823
 
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