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I am looking to replace Mavic x138 wheelsets on our 2000 kona lavadome bikes. They have lasted well, with about 25000km. of loaded touring but are now cracking round the spoke holes. What replacements would you recommend - I am happy to use Mavic again. Thank you.

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If you have been happy with the Mavic rims, I would stick with them again. One of the biggest considerations for your application of loaded touring is getting a rim that is strong enough without adding too much additional weight. The skill of the wheel builder is also going to have a dramatic effect on durability. The XC 717 is a cross country rim, available in both disc and standard brake formats with ceramic coated side walls for better stopping if you are using non disc brakes.

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