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Wheels for DH Racing

CalvinRCalvinR Posts: 3
edited October 2009 in MTB buying advice
Hi, im thinking of getting a DH race frame (2010 spesh demo) :D purely for DH racing, i want a light set of wheels to go on the frame, but at the same time strong wheels....
what would you reccomend? i will be doing the NPS series next year and going to all the rough tracks like fort bill and rheola.
one idea i had was to get a pair of light wheels and a pair of heavy duty wheels, like the mavic ex 729s i had on my glory....what do you think?
cheers Calvin


  • jay12jay12 Posts: 6,306
    some mavic deemaxes. but i think they're pretty heavy
  • The ultimate in tough and light was the old d521 mavic rims, an aquaintance who is a semi-pro dh rider up in scotland swears by them as a light strong setup, the only rims he hasn't broken (i saw a pair of 819 rims that he had trashed - flat spots and broke them at the weld :shock: )

    The 721 on a decent pair of hubs with good spokes would be a good bet, or the 823 which is UST so inherently stronger and a touch wider. Hub wise i'd say pro II built by a really good wheelbuilder.

    The other rim option would be the no tubes ztr flow, very strong and light. ( if money was no object i'd probably go for industry nine hubs with cx-ray spokes and the flow rim from jra. Otherwise 823 on hope from merlincycles.
  • mikeyj28mikeyj28 Posts: 754
    I have a set of Mavic d521s that i MAY well be parting with in a few weeks time.

    One thing that can be said about them is that for downhill wheels they are definitely relatively light & they are really strong.
    Constantly trying to upgrade my parts.It is a long road ahead as things are so expensive for little gain. n+1 is always the principle in my mind.
  • thanks ill probably go for the 721s maybe
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