I bough a set of used 289’s and am very pleased with them. Their light weight combined with their horizontal and lateral stiffness provide an extremely stable ride. I want to add that Hayes Bicycles warrantee and service are top shelf outstanding. In a very bad crash involving a Forest Setvice pickup I destroyed my front wheel. Hayes extended their crash warrente
I got these to replace the stock wheels on a 202 Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 90 which had Race Face ARC Offset 30mm (internal) rims, a sealed bearing front rub and a DT 350 rear hub. First: bike weight dropped near a full pound (400 grams) just in the wheels. Win! Second: I9 hub engagement is crazy quick. I added more I9 recommended grease to the pawls to quiet it down a bit. Third: the bike had new life! It was more poppy, steered better due to the precision of the wheels, and felt so much better overall. Losing weight in the wheels was HUGE. I don't notice any difference in the tire shape or sidewalls due to the 2mm narrower rims.
These wheels look killer, are dead straight out of the box, and spin forever, These are a fantastic upgrade. Do yourself and your bike a favor and pick up a set of these wheels.
So far so good! These wheels are extremely precise. The difference is night and day between stock wheelset that came with my bike. Definitely best upgrade I could have made. The I9 hubs are amazingly smooth and engagement is instant. My bike feels like a high performance race machine akin to F1 race car. Stoked on these wheels!