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I have a Blur LT2 with XT hubs & rims and a Fox TALAS 32 fork, however I'm looking at buying a RS Lyrik fork (20mm TA) so I will need a 20mm hub to suit. Question is, should I stick with XT rim & 20mm XT hub to match the back, or is now a good time to invest in something more "AM" - I.e. I plan on riding a bit more DH on the Blur, now that I will have 160mm travel on the front. Assume about 50% XC, 50% DH. Not racing either.

Trying to keep costs down, so leaning towards keeping the same setup as it's done me fine so far. Back is still 100% true, front is a little out of true but not by much. If I upgrade the front to say, Hope Pro 2/Stan's Flow rims, I'll end up forking out more money in the long run as I'll inevitably change out the back to the same as well. Cost vs. benefit on an upgrade such as this?

Suggestions? Putting money down on the fork (and hopefully also the wheelset) as early as tomorrow morning.
 

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Buy the XT AM front wheel? Heavier than the XC version, but it has a 20mm axle.Even if it's just temporary, it's a relatively cheap but sturdy wheel.
(This goes for the pre-2012 model as far as I know.)
 

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Why not buy a set of the Hope Pro2 Evo wheels from Wiggle.co.uk. I ordered them a week ago and they arrived yesterday. I don't know if they still have the deal but there is a promo code that gives you 20% off. Free shipping too. I paid less for a complete set of wheels that I would have paid for just the rear hub here in Canada! I bought the DTswiss EX500 wheelset but they also have Stans Flow wheelset for the same price. You can't go wrong spending just over $300 for an hand built 1800 gram wheelset that you could ride DH on and find spares at any bike shop.
 

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ChainReactionCycles custom wheel building service is really good. Choose every part you want based on what you need and your price range. You can save alot doing it like that.
For AM riding I highly recommend WTB Speedisc or Laserdisc rims- they're virtually bombproof, lightweight and pretty cheap.
 

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Forte Xenduro offers a lot of bang for the buck.

-28mm width
-Sub 2kg wheelset
-9, 15, and 20mm front axle adapters
-10mm QR Thruaxle rear (nice option, really.)
-Cartridge bearings

I'm running mine with Stan's NoTubes. No complaints, stiff, true, decently light, yet strong. You can get 'em for around $220 IIRC.
 
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