Rob H wrote:
Never laced a wheel in my life
If you can start with a none disc front wheel, I find them slightly easier to lace.
Modern hubs have a shorter and smoother ratchet period. No idea if the new Deore are included in this
Hope look better
Hope are probably lighter or as light.
To be honest I don't know the Deore, just the XT.
Modern XT hubs still have cup and cone bearings mind
Absolutely nothing wrong with cup/cone bearings. They give smoother wheels in my opinion and better adjustment on the bearing load than cartridge bearings than you do in the Hopes (I.e. none)
The only downside is people don't look after them so 20 years on the races are battered. If looked after they are still loverly.
Cartridge bearing came about ason mass as they is cheap way for the CNCers to make a hub. Only a few of the top end users e.g. Suntour and Mavic added adjustment on the load for their hubs.