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snclawson

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Can't say for this wheelset but I can say from personal experience that Dtswiss are usually pretty accurate with their published weight...


     I just got a pair of the XR2.0's and as they are in the box (15mm thru-axle end caps on the front, no rotor lockring and no tubeless valve installed, 10/11 speed mountain freehub), mine came out to: 884g (890g claimed) for the rear and 727g (740g claimed) for the front, for a total of 1611g for the set.  So I'm happy about the weight. 

     The front 15mm endcaps are a little screwy in that they don't seem to turn all that smoothly, but since I'm replacing them with 12mm endcaps I'm not that worried.  The rear is nice and smooth though.

     I still have to wait until my 650b tires show up, so weighing them is about all I can do with them right now. =(  Ok, and the cassette, since I opted to order the 11-34t HG700 instead of swapping out the freehub for an 11-speed road one.
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I've heard similar comments about the 15mm DT caps.  The 15mm ones just "float" outside of the bearing.  It is not until the axle is through and tightened down that everything lines up and turns smoothly.  I'm sure I thought the same thing the first time I had one in my hands.  The 12mm caps are different, they slide into the inner bore of the bearing.
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I've heard similar comments about the 15mm DT caps.  The 15mm ones just "float" outside of the bearing.  It is not until the axle is through and tightened down that everything lines up and turns smoothly.  I'm sure I thought the same thing the first time I had one in my hands.  The 12mm caps are different, they slide into the inner bore of the bearing.


It's tidbits like these that keep me reading threads that I should have no interest in.  Thanks!
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The rest of my 650b bits came yesterday and this morning I figured I'd get everything put together and do a short ride to try them out.  Turns out while I was worried about the height of the tire, the biggest constraint is the slightly less than 46mm of width at the chainstays and the tires I got measure closer to 48mm.  Really should have measured first instead of just assuming there would be plenty of space!

     In the end it would seem that my tire choices are basically the same as they were for 700c (`gravel' specific tires mainly, or road/commuter slicks!).  Panaracer has some Gravel Kings in a 27.5"x1.75" size, which is showing as ETRTO 42x584 and the Surly Knard 650b tires look interesting.  Not sure if it's really worth it though, especially with the loss in BB height.
     



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My solution to that problem is to go fat up front only.  650x54 front matched to a 40x700 in the rear.  Food for thought.
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That's a great idea, I'll give that a try!  The front has pretty reasonable limits, other than trying to match what I end up with on the back. =)

I ended up looking at tires at Planet X and went a little nuts too (might as well buy some more stuff as long as the shipping cost doesn't go up, right?).  I've got a set of Clement Strada USH and XPlor MSO 42mm 650b tires on their way, along with a Schwalbe Smart Sam 40mm and some CycloX-King 35mm 700c tires (amongst other things).  So definitely some more options to play around with.  

Granted, I can always fall back on my ancient (circa '97) 26" hardtail for any trail that needs serious tires and low-end gearing (gotta love that triple!), but the more overlap the better.  


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