Unless you've been hiding under a rock you've heard plenty the last few months about Salsa's full suspension fatbike, dubbed the Bucksaw.
As anyone that owns one knows, they did a good job of spec'ing this bike with quality components at the price point they targeted.
But with any build comes a compromise, and on this one the wheelset left a lot of room for improvement, both in weight and in the ability to easily and reliably run them tubeless.
Because most are riding this bike on dirt, with little need for massive flotation, the rims don't need to be 'winter wide', and the tires don't need huge (read: slow) tread blocks to dig in.
Thus, the most common wheelset I've been building for Bucksaw owners looking to improve the performance of their steed is this one.
The end goal was to shed as much rotational weight as possible. The secondary goal was to keep them as stiff and durable as the stock set. The final goal was to put some fast, supple, tubeless ready tires on there--both to shed the weight of a tube and to ensure low rolling resistance when run tubeless.
Hubs are Salsa Fat Conversion. 15 x 150 up front for Bluto, 12 x 177 out back for Bucksaw. They can be set up for XD or 10 speed--please specify.
Rims are Stans Hugo, 26" x 52mm. These are V2 rims.
Spokes are DT Swiss SuperComp triple butted, nips are DT Swiss Prolock alloy.
Stans tubeless tape and valves are included and installed.
The end result is a wheelset that sheds a good chunk of mass (almost half a pound per wheel in rims, spokes, and nips, compared to stock) and that allows you to easily, safely, and reliably run them tubeless, thus saving yet more weight by removing the tube from the equation.
If you want just the wheelset (already have tires? Fine by me...) the total cost is $800 including shipping.
Want a set of light, supple, tubeless ready tires too? Add $190 to the total and choose from 45N Van Helga or Dunderbeist, Bontrager Hodag, Maxxis Mammoth, or Vee Bulldozer.