I'm with you, rolly. After a couple of decades on normal/crappy hubs I built a wheel with a Project321 quiet pawl hub. High engagement and nice and (almost) silent. Might try Onyz next but this P321/LB carbon rear wheel refuses to die after 3 1/2 years of trail riding in the west and hundreds of cased landings.
My buddy built a wheelset on King hubs and I thought they would be obnoxious but I like them the best of the 'noisy' hubs. I9s are like the guy with the anti-muffler on his truck just riding around looking for attention... as much as I'd love a wheel built with their lovely ano spokes one day.
Air or coil Walrus? I had the same concern recently considering an Ohlins coil for my Ripmo AF (driven off a clevis like the stumpy) as Ibis specs the DVO coil which has a 'thicker' stanchion/damper rod (tee hee). The Ohlins dealer I spoke with said their steel rod, whilst smaller diameter, was strong AF and rarely had issues, even on Specialized bikes.
Anyways, I think the comp model of the new evo is gonna fly off the shelves. Lotsa value there (usd) for a full carbon slx setup with shocks that are decent enough for most of us.
great article Andrew and timely for most of us as spring is knocking on the door. a good problem to have is that there are a handful of woke geo bikes with decent spec in the $3k range like the Ripmo AF and Jeffsy (and with a carbon frame).
it's a great principle to run what you brung and love it whilst occasionally upgrading for performance gains. my '17 stumpy is running well (topaz, lyrik, zees, plastic rims) but the newer stuff is tempting.... and i'm keeping my zee brakes and wheelset, no doubt.
i think the latest anti-squat kings from the boutique crowd are trying to offer the best of all worlds but they come with a hefty price tag (except the AF, not sure about Banshees latest but looking forward to reviews on the new Prime, etc.)
I don’t recall flatting it yet but the trail version 29 x 2.35 is about 950 grams which is even a little lighter than I prefer. I’m over 200 lbs and ride a big variety of terrrain here in northern Utah. A few months as a front tire and a few on the rear. It’s getting pretty worn now. There a dh version in 2.35 but it’s well over 1200 g. Anyway that’s surprising to hear. I’d like to try the 2.6 front with an E13 semislick rear.
I'm still waiting for the 29 x 2.6 Vittoria Martello..... still says 'coming soon' on their website. 1100g in the trail casing. I love the 2.35 version but moved it to the rear and am wanting something bigger on the front.
I've had mixed results with e13 in the past. I wonder how this compares to a DHR2?