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I am about the pull the trigger on purchasing a new SC Nomad 2 with a Fox DHX RC4 coil rear and Talas 36 160 RC2 front. But I am still trying to figure out what wheelset I should but on it. I am 245lb rider who is looking to do drops up to 4-5 ft but hopefully still have a rig which can climb relatively easy. My max budget is about $500-$600.

Which wheelset are you using? and are you using the stock 135x10 axle or a 135x12 conversion axle?
 

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I'm riding hope pro II/ex 5.1 with the a bolt on axle. i weigh 215lbs. Rode inSB a few weeks ago and pinched flatted but didnt realize it immediately. Didn't really matter since I had no tube or pump and it was getting late, so I kept riding it for my safety to get out before the sun went down. The wheel got a few scratches but other than that is fine. I went through quite a few rockgardens before I realized my problem and slowed it down.
 

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I have a friend who has crossmax sx on his heckler and he has had a lot of issues with the freehub on that set. Also due the custom spoke design shops typically do not carry replacements in stock.
 

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The hope pro ll/ex5.1's get my vote as well. Been running them for two years now with no issues other than having to replace bearings in front hub recently which was a 10 min job.
Best value for money.
 

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I'm going to replace the DT 340 hubs that came with my bike with Chris Kings, 20mm ISO up front and the heavy duty rear hub with stainless steel drive shell and 10mm Fun Bolts. Haven't decided if I'm going to lace them back up to my DT 5.1d's or order a set of Mavic 721's and sell the original wheels still built up.

I'm going to make this my first attempt at building a wheelset myself so I'm pretty stoked.
 

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I've been riding the XT wheelset for over a year and they are frickin' bulletproof. I'm around 225 or so - plus gear.
 

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jdusto said:
I have a friend who has crossmax sx on his heckler and he has had a lot of issues with the freehub on that set. Also due the custom spoke design shops typically do not carry replacements in stock.
Check around if any LBS in your area carry parts and service them. They meet all the requested criteria, they are light (1755g per pair), strong and can be found for a good price. :D
 

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Bowbender said:
Just placed the order for my new Nomad today and I went with the Crossmax SX. :D
Second bowbender, I'm also running the crossmax's as a tubeless....... no problems, all fun :thumbsup:
 

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Looks like I am going for a custom build with a focus on strength:

Front:
Hub: Hope Pro 2 Front Disc 20mm - 36H- Red ... Wt: 186g​
Rim: Velocity USA P-35 26" - 36H - 35/22 - Black ... Wt: 535g​
Spk: DT Swiss Competition 256/258 - Black (x3 pattern) ... Wt: 208.1g​
Nip: DT Swiss Brass Nipple 14ga/2.0mm - Black ... Wt: 67.5g​
Tire: Kendra Nevegal - Stick-E - 26x2.35" ... Wt: 760g​
Rotor: Avid G3 IS 6Bolt - 203mm​

Rear:
Hub: Hope Pro 2 Rear Disc - 10mm Thru-Bolt - 36H- Red ... Wt: 295g​
Rim: Velocity USA P-35 26" - 36H - 35/22 - Black ... Wt: 535g​
Spk: DT Swiss Competition 256/258 - Black (x3 pattern) ... Wt: 208.1g​
Nip: DT Swiss Brass Nipple 14ga/2.0mm - Black ... Wt: 67.5g​
Tire: Kendra Nevegal - DTC - 26x2.35" ... Wt: 993g​
Rotor: Avid G3 IS 6Bolt - 203mm​

Totals:
[w/out tires]: 996g + 1105g = 2101g
[w/ tires]: 1756g + 2098g = 3854g
 

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jdusto said:
Looks like I am going for a custom build with a focus on strength:

Front:
Hub: Hope Pro 2 Front Disc 20mm - 36H- Red ... Wt: 186g​
Rim: Velocity USA P-35 26" - 36H - 35/22 - Black ... Wt: 535g​
Spk: DT Swiss Competition 256/258 - Black (x3 pattern) ... Wt: 208.1g​
Nip: DT Swiss Brass Nipple 14ga/2.0mm - Black ... Wt: 67.5g​
Tire: Kendra Nevegal - Stick-E - 26x2.35" ... Wt: 760g​
Rotor: Avid G3 IS 6Bolt - 203mm​

Rear:
Hub: Hope Pro 2 Rear Disc - 10mm Thru-Bolt - 36H- Red ... Wt: 295g​
Rim: Velocity USA P-35 26" - 36H - 35/22 - Black ... Wt: 535g​
Spk: DT Swiss Competition 256/258 - Black (x3 pattern) ... Wt: 208.1g​
Nip: DT Swiss Brass Nipple 14ga/2.0mm - Black ... Wt: 67.5g​
Tire: Kendra Nevegal - DTC - 26x2.35" ... Wt: 993g​
Rotor: Avid G3 IS 6Bolt - 203mm​

Totals:
[w/out tires]: 996g + 1105g = 2101g
[w/ tires]: 1756g + 2098g = 3854g
That's a really wide rim. Never heard of them before. Do you know the inside width (bead-to-bead) of the rim ?

How spendy are they ?

oh, and it's "Kenda"...unless you're talking about a knock-off :thumbsup:
 

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* damns the c&p gods -- and fixes the typos in his spreadsheet * :D

Outside Width: 35mm
Inside Width: 29.5mm
Depth: 22mm

BikeMania is showing them for $79 but I don't know what my local bike shop's cost is. Because I am a heavy volunteer for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (formally BBTC) I am getting a bit of deal from them. Its a brand new rim design for Velocity. They also suggested the ZTR Flow from Stan's.
 

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I recently got the Easton Havocs from Jenson:
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/WH501A02-Easton+Havoc+Am+Wheelset+08.aspx

These replaced my uber-burly (but too heavy at 2350grams) 729 / Hugi Freeride hubs combo wheelset. I wanted to lose a bit of weight but still keep tough wheels.

At $400, they are half off the MSRP. Pretty light, and hubs seem rock solid. Rear is SILENT (which I like). I have maybe 80 miles of HARD riding on them. So far they are holding up to abuse well but have trued the rear once due to a bad hit. I wasn't able to find anything comparable in the price range.

My last bike had Hope bulb hubs laced to some Velocity VXC rims which for their weight were very tough wheels.
 

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I looked at both Spark Subrosa and Stan's Flow and a very good recommendations. But this wheelset is going to be my "heavy" set so I have been focusing my attention on rims which come in 36h versions.
 

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I'm using the stock DT340 on 5.1d wheels, they worked for 10 days at Whistler last year and I have done plenty of drops over 5 feet on them, to tranny though. I did get one slightly "flat" spot on the front when a boosted a jump i shouldn't have and landed on the next lip, one of the rim walls is bent in slightly, just enough to see when light is reflecting off it, didn't affect the seating of the bead though. Only 18 points of engagement though, not a whole lot and the 340 can't be upgraded to the 36 point ratchet.
 

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I'm around the same size as you and I have a set of Easton Havocs with a couple of years hard riding on them and I have had them trued twice and they have held up very well. I also have a custom built set with Hope Pro2 hubs(32 Hole) and Mavic EX823 tubeless rims. I am using DT Swiss Dbl butted spokes in front and Wheelsmith Dbl Butted spokes in the rear. These are tubeless rims and pretty light for a burly wheelset.I don't think you need to go with 36 hole rims.If properly built, a 32 hole wheelset can be very strong.
 

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mullet dew said:
I'm using the stock DT340 on 5.1d wheels, they worked for 10 days at Whistler last year and I have done plenty of drops over 5 feet on them, to tranny though. I did get one slightly "flat" spot on the front when a boosted a jump i shouldn't have and landed on the next lip, one of the rim walls is bent in slightly, just enough to see when light is reflecting off it, didn't affect the seating of the bead though. Only 18 points of engagement though, not a whole lot and the 340 can't be upgraded to the 36 point ratchet.
I have DT 340 hubs and 5.1 rims and so far I've been happy with them.

My rear hub is the 135x10mm version which I think has the same internals as 240 and can be upgraded. I actually have the 36t ratchets already but haven't installed them yet..
 

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gticlay said:
I've been riding the XT wheelset for over a year and they are frickin' bulletproof. I'm around 225 or so - plus gear.
When I had my 2009 NomadMKII. I was running the Shimano XT All-Mountain 20mm wheels with center lock disc. GREAT !!! Not one problem !!! I agree 100% with gticly. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 
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