Saturday I bought a bike - well, most of a bike.
It's a 2005 Gary Fisher X-Caliber with a 2003 Bomber shock, Hayes Hydro brakes, Race Face crank and LX/Deore drivetrain. A modest bike but I'm excited to put some miles on this 29er hardtail and see how I like it.
I could have bought the wheels with it, but I want some wheels made for tubeless. I'm considering:
- Buy a Bontrager Rhythm Comp TLR 29 wheelset - made for tubeless, most riders like them, not super light but light and tough enough for all-mountain riding, reasonable price.
- Buy a Mavic C29ssmax wheelset - good wheels, pricey (so pricey I'd have to find them used and even then probably too expensive).
- Buy a used 29er wheelset, preferably tubeless specific.
- Build a wheelset with Stans rims and Hope Pro II hubs (or Shimano XT to save $) [I have some issues with Stans rims, but that's for another post].
I need to get some wheels for this bike soonish or I may succumb to temptation and steal the wheels from my wife's 29er so I can ride this bike. And that would get me in trouble.
And what tires? Kenda Karma or Small Block 8, Continental Mountain King, Maxxis Crossmark or Ignitor, WTB ExiWolf or NanoRaptor? It's good there are so many 29er tires to choose from now, but makes deciding harder.
I'm also interested in upgrading the crank (the Race Face is burly and heavy) and drivetrain (SRAM X9 or X0 would be nice), but that can wait.