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I've been looking to get some bigger inner diameter wheels for a while now. I was interested in the Clement Ushuaia wheels with a 23mm ID. They got write ups in many sources but trying to find any for sale - not happening. Those wheels were spec'ed on new bikes but as far as I was concerned, they were a unicorn. Finally, I decided on Easton EA70 AX wheels to get my 23mm ID I was looking for. Even buying those wasn't as easy as it should have been. I got the rear wheel from Jenson but had to order the front directly from Easton (should be here next week). I like the idea of straight pull spokes as in my experience (cough cough I'm old) 90% of my broken spokes have been at the J bend. I have a set of Shimano XT mountain bike wheels with straight pull spokes and in years of hard use have only broken 1 spoke. I hope these wheels do as well. One nice thing was Jenson included 4 extra spokes. Price was good - right around $250 per wheel. I want to wait until I have the wheels ready to go as I want to ride my bike with the current wheels (19mm ID) and then swap as quickly as possible to the Eastons with the same 40mm Maxxis Rambler tires and see if I can tell the difference in the ride with wider wheels. I'm hoping for a significant difference in ride quality. At the least, I want to be able to run the tires at a lower pressure for better shock absorbtion on the Rocky Mountain gravel roads I ride. The lowest I could run the Ramblers on the 19mm ID wheels was 35psi front/40 psi rear. Less and those tires wallowed and I got the occasional 'tink' of wheel on rock. So, I'll report back with my results next week.
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I put a set of these Easton wheels on my Renegade a week or two ago-they seem fine so far! Rear hub is on the noisy side but that's about it. They popped right up tubeless no problem with Compass Switchback Hill tires, standard casing. I'm running them in the high 20's/low 30s psi with no trouble and they measure an honest 50 wide on these rims.