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Dec. 27, 2017, 9:33 a.m. -  Tehllama42

I think this eloquently summarizes why there are so many riders who have opted for cheap chinese direct import (LightBicycle, Nextie, CarbonFan, XMCarbonSpeed) wheels build on solid modular hubs (DT-350's + clydes FTMFW). If you wad one up, you're still out less than the rebuild cost of a higher end option, they are impressively light, and the lego-like modularity of DT hubs means they can be portable to a new bike.   Most importantly (to me), they save just enough weight that I don't mind moving up to a beefier casing - net combination is better handling (especially for a reckless fatarse like myself), and on a fully carbon bike I AM willing to spend about $800-900 to get a really nice set of wheels. That said, they still benefit from beating on them for a few weeks, and taking them to an LBS with a really good wheel guy to true up -- I just recommend showing up with cold beer in hand and a cheerful attitude about paying full labor price.

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