New wheelset advice.

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arcadian
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New wheelset advice.

Postby arcadian » Sat Sep 28, 2013 04:35 am

I currently have a set of Halo Freedoms, which I think are great. They'll be getting swapped over to the new bike I'm about to build, but are a couple of years old. They spin forever so the bearings are fine, but I'm thinking the spokes are starting to slacken off quicker than they used to, and there's a slight slight kink in the trueness of the front wheel I can't seem to sort myself (lbs has a 2-3 week wait for truing so not keen on that due to weird work pattern).

I've been looking at new wheelsets, preferably for <£300. Have looked at the Halo Chaos wheelset for £250 new which is tempting, but they're obviously really similar/a slight upgrade tot he freedom rims.

Just wondered if I'm better trying to "sort" my current wheels (really only a minor bother with them, but I like it perfect!), get the similar new set I know I'd be happy with, or seek a different set such as the current internet favourite of pro 2 evo/stans flow? Or are there wheels out there that would have hubs as good/better than the spin doctors with the nigh on indestructibility of the Freedoms I could consider?

Usual sort of riding the wheels would go through is a standard mix, do a fair few drops, rocky and rooty descents and general hidden trail adventures with all the hidden tree stumps they entail.

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby rapid_donkey » Sat Sep 28, 2013 08:16 am

Do you run tubes or planning to go tubeless?

I ride the same sort of stuff as you. I have mavic xm719 rims on superstar switch evo hubs. The wheels have been faultless so far. I have had to replace front wheel bearings, but its not a big job. There are some good superstar wheel service guide pdf's on the internet, and spares are available if there is a fault. For the price, it was a no brainer.

I did consider hope pro 2's on stans crest or flow, but couldnt really justify the extra £. Glad i didnt now.

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby ej2320 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 20:40 pm

Either superstar or Hope Hoops
The hopes are £300 on cycle sport uk with a full hub colour choice

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sat Sep 28, 2013 21:30 pm

Find a good local wheel builder and get them properly trued and tensioned. You don't need to replace them.
I have just had a quality rebuild done for £30 per wheel plus parts.

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby ej2320 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 21:50 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:Find a good local wheel builder and get them properly trued and tensioned. You don't need to replace them.
I have just had a quality rebuild done for £30 per wheel plus parts.


I forgot to say that, most LBS won't charge you much for a rebuild even though it can be time consuming

arcadian
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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby arcadian » Sat Sep 28, 2013 21:55 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:Find a good local wheel builder and get them properly trued and tensioned. You don't need to replace them.
I have just had a quality rebuild done for £30 per wheel plus parts.


That would be the preferred option, but Aberdeen is weird in having only two bike shops, both chains (alpine and edinburgh bike co-op) that deal with mountain bikes. They both have fairly big waiting times, 3 weeks or more, and I've heard locally about problems with the work from both places which puts me off a bit.

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby ej2320 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 22:22 pm

I've got a feeling there's some very good wheel specialists where you can send the wheel to them

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Re: New wheelset advice.

Postby RockmonkeySC » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:44 am

arcadian wrote:
RockmonkeySC wrote:Find a good local wheel builder and get them properly trued and tensioned. You don't need to replace them.
I have just had a quality rebuild done for £30 per wheel plus parts.


That would be the preferred option, but Aberdeen is weird in having only two bike shops, both chains (alpine and edinburgh bike co-op) that deal with mountain bikes. They both have fairly big waiting times, 3 weeks or more, and I've heard locally about problems with the work from both places which puts me off a bit.


Try asking local clubs. In my local club there are at least four lads who do a really good wheel build.


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