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I want to upgrade to disc brakes on my Trek 4500. I found these wheels and brakes at Jenson -

Wheels -

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/WH707A22-Shimano+Xt+Discsingletrack+Wheelset.aspx

Brakes -

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/BR289C00-Tektro+Auriga+Hydraulic+Disc+Brake+Oe.aspx

I am not looking for high-end equipment obviously. I just want something that is going to stand up to everyday use which involves mostly flat riding and some trails (nothing too rough). Any advice on these products would be great.
 

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The wheels your are....

looking at from Jenson are BOAT ANCHORS!!! 2430g or 5 1/4 pounds. That's pretty heavy for a general use wheel set. The set that Mike T. links to is only about $4 more, but almost a full pound (400g) lighter. While it doesn't sound like much it will make a big difference! Those wheels from Jenson weigh consderably more than the stock wheels that came on you 4500. You'd deffinately feel the difference with them. I might also offer this set for consideration http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=29 if you are looking for a disc specific wheel. About the same weight as the 117/XT set Mike showed you and your stock wheels as well, but in a disc specific design with a cleaner look IMHO, and cheaper to boot.

I agee totally with Mike's assesment of the brakes. Tektro has never been known for making the best, highest quality, or most reliable brakes. When it comes to disc brakes the old addage that you get what you pay for certainly applies. I'd recommend saving a bit more and pony up for a set of BB7's as well. I've been riding them for years and much prefer them over most other brakes. If you feel that you have to go with hydarulic bakes then the above applies as well, pony up for something that is known to be reliable. But for a "first" foray into disc brakes the BB7 mechanical is hard to beat. Easy to set up, easy to maintain, and no special tools, bleed kit, etc. required. Your choice of course, but there are better (if a bit more expensive) options out there. I'd certainly be inclined to cough up another $35 a wheel for the BB7's. :thumbsup:

Good Dirt
 
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