I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I am going to be building a new Fargo for next year. This is a from scratch build, something I've not done in a while. My goal with this bike is to build a fairly lightweight, durable, and primarily comfortable bike with quality components. I am pretty open as to what to use for wheels and drive train. A lot of the bike is already set. It will be built around a set of Salsa Woodchipper bars. This means the bike will have to have Avid Road BB7's for brakes, and road shifters of some kind. What shifters I use will be a function of which drive train I go with.
As with all of my bike builds, I am going to start with wheels. All wheels start off with picking the right hubs. I'm weighing a lot of things for these, but I know I want a few things. First off I want these to roll. These wheels need to just disappear under me. When I turn the bike down hill I want to to run away from me. This means more to me than sheer engagement, as the majority of the time I'll ride this on gravel and longer, easier mtb rides. Secondly, I want these to be pretty. I plan on having this bike for a very long time. I want the hubs to last as long as the frame will. Realistically every hub I am considering should do that, and they are from the usual suspects. Chris King, White Industries, Phil Wood, and DT Swiss are all options as I'm concerned. Thirdly, I want hubs that have easy to service free hubs. All of those above meet these criteria to varying degrees. Now the decision rests on weighing those.
These are in the shop now, along with a set of Chris King and DT Swiss hubs. It's nice to have these on hand to play with and help make the decision.