Crank Brothers Cobalt 11 Carbon 27.5″ MTB Wheelset

crankbrothers cobalt 11 carbon wheelset



Get above it all with the assistance of a carbon wheelset.

Are you possibly thinking about blasting your local trail network loop, or want a solid hammer fest up your most favored summertime logging roads? Well then don’t leave the Crankbrothers Cobalt 11 behind. The newest Cobalt allows for all of your choice upper level fitness you’ve worked super hard to build up, for when you bust up past the tree line into the alpine.

  • The Cobalt mtb wheels include their 6061 alloy hub w/ stainless spokes.

Customer Reviews

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crankbrothers cobalt 11_whlset

 

Here’s a great view of the Cobalt’s side profile to display the highly functional hubs and more.

 
 

faster to accelerate
low rotational inertia – unique design distributes mass closer to the hub for faster acceleration and deceleration.
tubeless ready – hole-less rims: stronger and no tape required for tubeless setup.

stronger and stiffer
twinpair spoke technology – designed using the strongest shape in construction, the triangle, to maximize strength and stiffness.
beautifully simple – single spoke length: easy to true and replaceable without removing tire.

material
Carbon Fiber
finish
UD Carbon fiber, matte finish
rim width
21mm
spoke material
stainless steel
spoke pins
hollow 7075-t6 aluminum
front hub material
crankbrothers cobalt, 6061-t6
front hub end caps
boost: 15mm only | non-boost: 15mm (installed), 9mm (available separately)
rear hub material
6061-t6
rear hub end caps
boost: 12x148mm only | non-boost: 12x142mm (installed), 10x135mm (sold seperately)
freehub
3-pawl, 21T, alloy
xd driver
xd driver compatible, available separately
skewers
skewers not included, available separately
weight : 29″
1562g
weight : 27.5″
1454g
warranty
2 years

Race Face Aeffect 29in SL Wheelset

Race Face Aeffect 29in SL Wheelset

 

AEFFECT FOR SALE PRICE $490.00 – 10% off

 

Race Face Aeffect 29in SL Wheelset

 

 

Aeffect SL 29in For Sale/CompetitiveCYCLIST

 

FAST IS FUN.

Wagon wheels have had their detractors from the beginning. “Too flexi,” “wander on climbs,” “don’t track right”—we’ve heard it all. But in the end, they’re just faster than their stunted counterparts, and when it comes to XC speed, fast is fun. Race Face’s Aeffect SL set embodies the speed-first ethos of twenty-niners in a hoop whose design balances width against weight, going a tad wider than traditional XC models without falling victim to the rim-width arms race currently gripping the enduro world.

That’s not to say the Affect rims are tiny, at 24mm, their internal width eclipses the standard external width of cross-country race model from just a few years ago. This Race Face setup will better accommodate slightly larger tires, allowing for higher air volume, lower PSI, increased traction, and an additional layer of cushion for sopping up trail chatter. Since they’re branded Aeffect, you can rest assured that they’re also tough as hell.

The 29in rims are laced to their own Trace hubs. The Trace model doesn’t quite have the lightning-strike engagement of the brand’s new Vault freehub, but that’s just indicative of their different recommended uses. Since it’s featured on an XC model, the Trace hub’s three pawls and 9.2-degree engagement are more than equal to the needs of endurance events and long periods spent at speed. The Vault’s faster engagement is nice if you’re muscling big-travel enduro sleds over stop-and-start rocky cruxes, but the Aeffect SL’s Trace hubs do the trick when low weight and high speed are the order of the day.

Aeffect front

 

 

  • A cross-country set for the modern era
  • Rim sits wider than traditional XC hoops for increased tire volume
  • Straight pull spokes eliminate the J-bend weak spot
  • Includes additional five spare rear spokes

TECH SPECS / SIZING

 

Material:aluminum
Tire Type:tubeless ready, clincher
Width:[internal] 24mm
Brake Compatibility:6-bolt disc
Hubs:Race Face Trace
Front Axle:15mm quick-release
Rear Axle:12 x 142mm
Spokes:double-butted straight pull
Spoke Nipple:silver brass
Claimed Weight:[complete] 1,790g
Recommended Race Face Use:cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty:1 year after Aeffect purchase date.

Race Face Aeffect purchase review here…

 

Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 Boost Wheelset – 27.5

Stan's NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 Boost Wheelset - 27.5

 

ZTR Flow MK3 Boost 27.5 Wheels

 

When you produce a product that thoroughly dominates the DH World Cup circuit like Stan’s ZTR Flow MK3 wheelset has, it can be easy to rest on your laurels. But that’s not really NoTubes style. The 27.5 Stan’s engineers are constantly looking for ways to make their products even better, and to that end they’ve recently released the Notubes Flow setup.

The Mk3 is a significant update over the previous Stan’s model, with a fully redesigned rim and hub. The new low profile shape rolls faster and helps stop pinch flats, while still being 25% stiffer and stronger than the previous model for improved handling and durability. The Flow keeps the same tried and true BST tubeless technology for industry-leading ease of set up and reliability. The redesigned NEO hubs accelerate quicker thanks to a faster pawl engagement, with a design that’s optimized for durability and performance.

See the Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 review, pricing and purchase info at Performancebike.com

  • Flow 29mm internal width for tires up to 2.8″
  • Low-profile shape rolls faster, lasts longer, and helps stop tire pinch flats
  • Even lighter than the Flow EX
  • Weight for the pair is 1807g
  • Laterally stiffer and stronger for improved handling
  • 25% stiffer and stronger wheel for improved handling
  • More durable wheel shape and alloy
  • Neo hubs accelerate quicker and last longer
  • Built on the proven success of our Flow EX on the World Cup DH circuit
  • Flow also feature most trusted tubeless system for easy setup and low maintenance
  • Sapim Secure Lock aluminum nipples, paired with 32 Force Black 2.0/1.7/1.8mm spokes.
  • Flow is now WideRight optimized for Trail and All-mountain tires

Mavic Crossmax XL 29 WTS Wheelset Testing Review

Mavic Crossmax XL 29 Wheelset rear

Crossmax XL 29 WTS Overview

Price: $999.99

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The Mavic Crossmax is perfect for mountain biking and built to endure aggressive descending while remaining light enough to get up those long climbs without actually weighing you down. Mavic also employed a 23mm width that’s machined with their Fore drilling to create a system that’s rigid and stiff for excellent power transfer and lightweight, while it still allows you to use up to a 2.5″ tire. Mavic designers developed them especially for the punishing demands of enduro. The Crossmax not only keeps you safe when things get pretty knar out on the mountain, but coming back for more due to awesome Mavic durability.

 

Fore drilling on the XL also makes it more durable and resistant to fatigue. While the UST Tubeless lets you take advantage of the latest in tubeless technology to improve handling and traction, while reducing the chance of flats.

 

As if a great set of XL’s wasn’t enough, they are a big believer in the whole Tire System (WTS) concept, and have included a set of their excellent tubeless-ready Crossmax Quest tires, with Contact Compound and Guard+ tire technology, so you get the best possible performance.

Features

Crossmax Accessories Included: Rear quick release, UST valve, Front 15mm TA adaptors, Rear QR adaptors, rear 12x142mm TA adaptors, disc bolts, hub adjustment wrench
Disc Compatible: Yes, IS 6-bolt
Crossmax Lacing Pattern XL:  2 cross front, Isopulse rear
Width: 23mm
Mavic Skewers Included: Rear quick release included
Spacing: 100mm front, 135/142mm rear
Spoke Count: 24 (front and rear)
Spokes: Crossmax Zircal
Weight: Crossmax 29 Pair – 1780g
Purchase info at Performancebike.com

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Race Face Turbine R 29 Wheelset




Race Face Turbine R 29 Wheel

 

Turbine R Wheelset 29

 

The Race Face setup offers XC and Trail riders a hardworking, no-nonsense set of wheels. The lightweight but strong Race Face Turbine R is laced with burly straight-pull, bladed spokes that give it a stiff and responsive feel. The 30mm internal Race Face width provides a good balance weight and tire volume. The Race Face come equipped tubeless ready as well to keep the weight down and flats away.

 

The heart of any wheelset is its hub and the Turbine has a strong heart indeed. The Turbine features a robust hub design, running on custom cartridge bearings that mean quick and true hub engagement while still staying light and fast for those long epic trail rides. The Turbine wheelset is ready to take you wherever your sense of adventure might lead.

Purchase info for the Turbine set at Jensonusa.com

Tech

ModelTurbine
Material6061 Aluminum
Outer Width
Inner Width30mm
Height20mm
Spoke Drilling28h
Valve TypePresta
TubelessYes
Tire TypeClincher
Brake CompatibilityDisc, 6 Bolt
Front Axle Options15x100mm thru (Convertible to 9x100mmQR, 20x100mm & 15x110mm)
15x110mm Boost
Rear Axle Options12x142mm thru (Convertible to 10x135mmQR, 12x135mm & 12x148mm Boost)
12x148mm Boost
HubsTurbine sealed cartrige
Freewheel OptionsShimano HG 9/10/11 spd or SRAM XD
Max Rider Weight
Intended UseTurbine XC, Trail
Turbine Weight1850g (pair)

Ibis 935 29 Carbon Wheelset

Ibis 935 Carbon 29 Wheels

 

935 Carbon Wheels

Price: $1799

Ibis built these up to provide the ultimate light weight option for XC and trail riders. The carbon Ibis 935 rims can accommodate a range of tire sizes, making them very adaptable. They also feature a lower cross section height, which provides improved impact resistance. Ibis made changes to the layup, incorporating new layers of carbon/ epoxy pre-preg into their original composite. The 935’s asymmetric design allows for higher spoke tension, providing increased stiffness and power transfer. By combining these improvements, they made the 935 30% and 7.5% lighter than the previous generation.

At the center of the carbon Ibis wheels, they built the 935 up not only with unbelievable bomber carbon but Industry Nine’s iconic Torche hubs hold it all together. The front hub has dual bearings that each have external o-ring seals with a high strength asymmetric design. The Ibis rear utilizes four bearings, external Teflon seals, and a silicone freehub seal. Driven by 120 points of engagement and a dual 3 pawl system, the hubs deliver spectacular three-degree engagement.

 

All these 935 elements for the 29 set come together to create a light and versatile wheelset that continues to exceed expectations.

Purchase info for the 935 set at Jensonusa.com

Tech Specs

Outer Width35mm
Inner Width 935 n-a
Height19.5mm
Spoke Drilling32H
Valve TypePresta
TubelessYes
Tire TypeClincher
Brake CompatibilityCenterlock disc
Front Axle15 x 110mm Boost
Rear Axle12 x 148mm Boost
HubsIndustry Nine/935
FreewheelXD or HG 8-11 speed
Max Rider Weight
Intended Use935 Enduro, All Mountain, Trail
935 Weight1590g complete

WTB Ci31 Carbon Rims get wider, and City Slicks now under WTB brand

WTB Ci31 Rims

The Ci31 with tire shown below in all it’s splendor!

WTB has been on it lately…

As the bike technology is moving like the speed of lightning, with what seems like daily changes with industry standards, you better buck up or get left behind. Which is why they’ve already added a couple wider options for the WTB’s KOM and Frequency alloy model line. And have now increased the width of the WTB carbon models, as well, not wanting to fall behind, they gave it a simple (Ci31) acronym for it’s name.

The new Ci31 gets its name from the material for Carbon and the internal width of 31 millimeters. Available now in 27.5 and Ci31 29er sizes, claimed weights are 455g and 490g, designed for tire widths ranging from 47mm to 72mm. One huge bonus that hopefully other manufactures will catch on, as the Ci31’s are “floor pump tubeless friendly” and rated for XC, Trail and Enduro…

WTB Ci31 test

WTB Ci31 Rim Pricing is $599.95 for each, and are available on their website as this get’s posted.
WTB Ci31 Carbon Rims

Now you can put together that custom build list and check some seriously sweet rims off the list. As the Ci31 will be very versatile. Unfortunately the summer day’s are coming to a close in the higher alpine zones next month, but plenty of opurtunity to put the Ci31 setup to use in the beautiful desert regions. The Ci seems like a perfect fit for places like Sedona AZ. As they wanted the Ci31 to be diverse first and foremost.

WTB Thick Slick Tires

Aside from the MTB oriented Rim setup, their past years Freedom brand will now be melding into their own brand name, which brings their classic looking ThickSlick urban tire under the naming scheme. As such, the WTB Race keeps its name, Sport becomes Comp, and the others (Elite and Deluxe) fuse into a new Flat Guard. Those will have three layers of various flat and puncture protection, the outer most simply being an extra (and extra thick) layer of rubber under the entire tire. They found that to be one of the most effective forms of protection, and it helps the tire last longer, too. Retail ranges from $29.95 to $36.95. The link for the Ci31 27.5, as well as the new tire and Ci31 29 models below.

WTB.com

 

Alto Velo CCX40 Wheels w/ disc hubs ready for cyclocross





Alto CCX40 Rear-carbon-disc-brake-road-cyclocross-wheels

CCX40 Wheels w/ disc hubs

 

The Florida-based startup Alto Velo debuted their prototypes at Interbike with a disc brake version, with hopes to have them out early this year. That timeline came and went, but now, finally here.

Those design changes over the past year were done to ensure that their disc brake hub was good for anyone that needed a disc brake hub, regardless of discipline…

Alto Velo CCX40 Disc Wheelset

The CCX40 above and top,  uses a custom 40mm deep carbon fiber rim. They kept their interchangeable axle design that lets you change out from QR to 12mm or 15mm thru axles in less than a minute. Each axle type does require a specific axle as opposed to end caps and spacers – it’s replacing one part with another single part, all of which are available separately.

The front hub uses the oversized flange on the non-drive side to make up for the offset required to make room for the disc brake rotor. Their testing showed that the widest offset and tallest flange isn’t necessarily the best solution because of what it does to spoke tension, and it’s doubly challenging to make a really good front disc brake wheel because there’s less width to play with. So, they did a lot of testing to balance ride quality with lateral stiffness at the right point. The result is an almost equal tension from left to right, which they say combines with their ultra-precise internals to make for a very smooth, balanced and strong setup.

 




Alto AX26 alloy disc cyclocross wheels

The AX26 is the alloy rim option (and only tubeless ready option) with disc brakes. The alloy models are tubeless ready, and they’re made by another company in Jacksonville, FL (just up the road from Alto Velo’s HQ). It’s a custom drilled version of their 26mm deep Aileron.

Anytime they made changes to the hub, they had to change the rim, because the UD fibers in the carbon are all specific to the bracing angle of the spoke and the lacing pattern. So every time they made a change, they wanted to see it proven on the computer but also in real life. In true engineering fashion, they overanalyzed everything causing them to be six months late.

 

Alto CCX56 Carbon CX wheels

The CCX56 offers a deeper 56mm carbon fiber option for aero pursuits. The carbon models are made by one of the top Asian suppliers using Alto Velo’s own molds and design, which is necessary to work with their unique spoke angles. These are not officially tubeless ready yet (they’re working on it), but they’re using a new multi-angle drilling pattern to match both the bracing and lacing angles to have exactly linear placement of the spoke – there’s no bending tension or kinks in the spokes. That’s why they really strongly recommend buying a complete from them rather than just the hubs for your own custom build.

Weights are lower than they expected, with all of the gram here, gram there trimming helping shave 50-60g of comparable hubs from competitors. The rear is 270g and front is 114g. Complete wheelset weights and specs are:

Alto AX26-alloy graph

AX26 claimed weights are 707g front, 878g rear.

Alto Velo carbon rims

The carbon options weigh in at (claimed):

  • CCX40 Clincher – 693g F / 873g R
  • CTX40 Tubular – 591g F / 771g R
  • CCX56 Clincher – 750g F / 926g R
  • CTX56 Tubular – 598g F / 774g R

All are laced 24 front (2x/2x) and 28 rear (radial/2x). They’ve already shipped the first few sets, and they’re available now through their website. Demo sets will be at Interbike’s demo day, too. Retail ranges from $1,385 for ATX26 alloy, carbon starts at $2,050 CCX40 and runs up to $2,195 CCX56 depending on depth. Choose from eight logo decal colors.

Alto CCX.com

 

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Mavic Crossmax Elite WTS 27.5 Wheel w/ Pulse Tire




Mavic Crossmax Elite WTS 27.5 Rear Wheel and Pulse Tire -red

 

Crossmax Elite WTS 27.5 Wheel

Mavic has developed a new (wheel-tire-system) or “WTS” to help make your life a tad bit simpler. While it may seem easy to get bogged down in the myriad acronyms peppering the Mavic Crossmax Wheel spec sheet, the only thing that really matters is that the mash of letters and numbers results in a lightweight wheelset that’s fast enough to rip any XC course and strong enough to withstand the bumps along the way. The star of the show though is undoubtedly their Inter Spoke Milling 4 Dimensions (ISM 4D) process, which is a mainstay in reducing rotational weight and enabling the Crossmax to accelerate in a snap and hold speed across varying terrain.

 

While Mavic’s ISM Elite 4D is responsible for keeping rim weight low, the Instant Transfer System 4 (ITS-4) rear hub ensures that all that efficiency isn’t wasted by sluggish, unresponsive engagement. IST-4 is a four pawl system that alternates engagement between two pairs of pawls. Since both pairs engage at different points in the freehub’s rotation, the gap between engagement points falls to just 7.5 degrees of free play.

Mavic Crossmax Elite WTS 27.5 Wheel with Pulse Front Tire

 

The Crossmax rims incorporate the Universal Standard Tubeless (UST) design, which eliminates tubes and tape while running tubeless with their UST tires and is compatible with virtually all tubeless and clincher tires. This particular WTS wheel comes outfitted with their own Pulse 27.5 tire, which features harder compounds (55 center strip and 50 shoulders) than all-mountain tires like the Crossmax Quest XL (50 and 40, respectively). These harder compounds privilege reduced rolling resistance over grip, so they’re well-suited to the XC and light trail duties it prefers.

 

Purchase Info:

The Crossmax Elite WTS testing review, purchase price and more at CompetitiveCyclist.com

  • Lightweight wheel with their legendary reliability
  • Maxtal alloy is lightweight and strong
  • Milling process reduces rotating weight
  • UST tubeless ready
  • Lightning fast hub engagement for snappy responsiveness
  • Crossmax comes outfitted with their Pulse tire
  • Actual Crossmax Weight, Rear, 12×142, HG: 3290g

 

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Mavic Crossmax Elite WTS 29 Wheel w/ Pulse Tire





Mavic Crossmax Elite WTS 29 Wheel

Crossmax Elite WTS 29 Wheel

Price $395

•••

 

Mixing highend Mavic technology (ISM4D, Maxtal), a proven construction, Pulse Pro tires and modern ingredients (22mm wide rim, hookless), Crossmax is the go-to for XC and light trail riding for those looking for fast and light sensations.

Available in Black or Black-Red / Boost & standard / Sram XD & Shimano / 2.1 & 2.25 tires.

Mavic Crossmax Versions:

Shimano | 6 Bolt | 2.10″/2.25″ tires – Compatible with: Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10 speed

SRAM XD | 6 Bolt | 2.10″/2.25″ tires – Compatible with: SRAM 11 speed

Lefty Supermax  | 6 Bolt | 2.25″ tires – Compatible with: Cannondale Lefty

Shimano Boost | 6 Bolt | 2.25″ tires – Compatible with: Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10 speed (Front 110mm hub, rear 148mm)

The Mavic Elite model shown above features, SRAM XD Boost | 6 Bolt | 2.25″ tires – Compatible with: Shimano 10/11 speed, SRAM 10 speed (Front 110mm hub, rear 148mm WTS)

Purchase Info:

The Crossmax Elite WTS testing review, purchase price and more at CompetitiveCyclist.com

 



Key Features:

  • Maxtal Crossmax rim is both light and strong, built with a 22mm internal width rim and a hookless profile
  • ISM4D machining makes the wheel lighter without compromising on strength
  • ITS 4 freewheel system gives you faster acceleration
  • Simple and reliable construction
  • 24 straight-pull bladed and double-butted spokes on front and rear
  • Tubeless tape on wheels: the lightest and simplest way to get the tubeless benefits such as better traction, comfort, and reduced risk of flats
  • Crossmax Pulse Pro tire in 2.1 or 2.25
  • Light and strong single ply casing
  • X-mix dual compound, offering a combination of safe grip and speed

Weight

Black, Rear, 12×142, WTS with tire: 3510g
Twentynine Inch Pair without tire: 1615 grams

Rims: 

  • Material: Maxtal WTS
  • Joint: SUP
  • Drilling: traditional
  • Weight reduction: ISM 4D
  • Valve hole diameter: 6.5 mm
  • Tire: UST Tubeless and tubetype
  • Internal width: 22 mm
  • Hookless profile
  • Use with Tubeless Tape

Spokes:

  • Material: steel
  • Shape: straight pull, bladed, double butted
  • Count: 24 front and rear
  • Lacing: front and rear 2 cross


Hubs:

  • Front and rear bodies: aluminum
  • Axle material: aluminum
  • Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Freewheel: ITS-4 alloy
  • Rear  –  Boost ( 148mm)

Tire:

  • Pulse Pro
  • UST Tubeless Ready
  • Front and Rear Tread: Dual Compound
  • Casing: 127 TPI
  • Dimension: 2.10 or 2.25″

In the box:

  • UST valve and accessories
  • Rear 12x142mm adapters
  • Crossmax BR101 rear quick release
  • Crossmax Tubeless rim tape

 

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Stan’s No Tubes Custom MK3 MTB Wheels

STANS NO TUBES CUSTOM DECALS

Custom MK3 Wheels/Decals

 

After updating the Stan’s No Tubes Arch, Crest and Flow models last April to be wider, lighter and stiffer, now they let you build their complete hoops, custom just the way you like them. You can even pick the Stan’s No Tubes Custom logo and nipple color to match your frame or components.

To have options, and make it custom to your bike is pretty sweet for sure…what takes the idea over the top is their website custom configurator. It’s kinda similar to Trek’s project one system, where details can be custom selected by the end customer, not necessarily what the shop brought in for their store display.

Stan’s No Tubes Custom MK3 decals

The Stan’s configurator allows for you to build the front and rear separately, with pricing depending on options. Choose from any of those three MK3 models listed above, then pick your hub, axle type, spoke type, nipple color and decal color. Pay for it, sit back for 2-3 days, then go ride your fancy new hoops.

Stan’s No Tubes Custom MK3 MTB wheel

 

Start your own Custom Decals/Wheels here. All models are built in their New York factory.




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Hunt Adventure Sport Disc 650b Mason Wheelset

Hunt Wheels Mason X-Hunt 650b Adeventure Sport 275 wheelset road

Part of the development on Mason Cycles’s new aluminum and titanium Bokeh Adventure Sport multi-surface Road Plus bikes was the advent of high quality fat and lightweight wheels and tires. To handle the wheel duties they collaborated once again with their Sussex, England neighbors at Hunt Bike Wheels to develop an affordable performance alloy wheelset. The resulting Mason x Hunt 650b AdventureSport disc wheels were specially designed for the recent breed of quick moving adventure bikes, that can fit around 50mm wide, high volume slicks or some light duty knobbies, and Hunt rates them for road and light trail.



Hunt Mason-X Hunt 650b wheelset rear-hub

The new 650b Adventure Sport Disc wheels feature a gravel road and trail ready 25mm wide external/20mm internal rim to provide support for tires like the new 47mm Horizon slicks or 2.0″ Ranger knobbies recently introduced by WTB. Going in either direction you can build the wheels up to add cushion and float to mostly hard surfaces or more traction for loose dirt road and trail riding.

 

The wheels are designed for the FarFast concept and stick with the same proven construction and tech as their previous Mason x Hunt 4 Season Disc wheels. That means tubeless ready, with rim tape and tubeless valves pre-installed. They’ll even provide the option to set the wheels up and ship them with one or two tubeless tire options already installed with sealant to eliminate the hassle, which is an excellent service and priced cheaper than you can buy the tires and sealant separately.

Hunt Mason X-Hunt 650b Adeventure Sport 275 road rim

Tech wise the 6061 rims use an asymmetric disc and tubeless specific profile for even spoke tension that is 24mm deep. They are laced up with 28 triple butted round J-bend spokes and brass nipples for durability and serviceability. The wheels use the same alloy Centerlock 4Season Disc hubset set up for 12×100, 12x142mm thru-axles and include 15mm front adapters in the box. QR and 135mm t-a adapters are also available separately as spares to fit pretty much any bike. The hubs use an alloy Shimano cassette body with a steel insert, but a SRAM XD driver is also available, and feature Japanese EZO bearings.

The 650b wheelset weighs in at a claimed 1579g. Wheels get a matte black ano finish and laser etched graphics on both rim and hubs.

 

Hunt does a good job of paying attention to the details, and the result is a wheelset that will last you a long time and perform through the toughest weather conditions. They even offer a pretty solid 60 day ride & return testing warranty so you can be confident in your purchase and even have a separate crash replacement discount.

Hunt wheels Mason X-Hunt Adeventure-Sport 27.5

The wheels are available now for pre-order with a retail price of £400. To get a set for early October delivery you can to pay a refundable £70 deposit to reserve your wheels.

HuntBikeWheels.com

 

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WTB Frequency i29 Rims get 29mm wider internal width

WTB Frequency i29 and KOM i29 wider mountain-bike-rims



WTB’s tubeless ready mountain bike rim collection adds a new 29mm internal width to two of its families. The new Frequency i29 joins 19, 21, 23 and 25mm inside width options, and the WTB KOM i29 tops out the 21, 23 and 25mm widths. For both Frequency and KOM, you’ll find the new wider i29 measurement on both 27.5 and 2-niner rims.

All WTB Frequency rims use their I-beam construction and 4D spoke hole drilling to maintain a robust profile ride after ride. The Frequency will retail for $84.95 and weigh in at 570g (27.5″) and 606g (29er). The KOM rims are their lighter weight option, hitting the scales at a claimed 495g (27.5″) and 527g (29er) and retailing for $100. The KOM’s lose the I-beam and get slightly thinner walls to make the KOM a little racier than the Frequency brethren…hence the name KOM for (king of the mountain). Both are currently available.

 

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Sun Ringle Inferno 27 29er Wheelset Review

Sun Ringle Inferno 27 29er Review Intense Rim

$199.00
50% off $400.00 msrp

Inferno 27 29er

 




The Sun Intense 29er wheelset brings no shortage of killer performance with modern thru-axles and wide internal rim width at a price-conscious price point. The Sun Inferno rim is an affordable trail/all-mountain rim with a wider 22.3mm inner width. The Inferno 27 rim is built to be durable enough for relentless trails, yet light enough to prevent it from anchoring you down. The Sun Rims are paired with a sturdy, reliable Intense branded hubset. They are 6 bolt disc compatible and the 12×142 rear axle and 15mm front thru axle ensure that you’re up to date with the latest in mountain bike technology.

Sun Ringle Inferno 27 29er Wheelset Review

 

FEATURES:

  • Inferno Rims
  • Inferno w/Intense Hubset
  • Rim Width External/Internal: 27mm /22.3mm
  • 6 Bolt Disc Rotor Compatible
  • 10-Speed Shimano Freehub
  • Rear Hub Axle: 12x142mm Thru Axle
  • Front Hub Axle: 15mm Thru Axle
  • Spokes: 32h
  • Inferno Sold As Wheelset

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Stan’s NoTubes Arch MK3 29 Wheelset Review

Stan’s NoTubes Arch MK3 29 Wheelset Review

 




Arch MK3 29 Wheelset

 

Price $679

 

Stans Notubes set out to redesign getting input from their Enduro World Series team, and now the new wider profile Arch is ready to own every trail. The Arch is WideRight optimized for maximum stability with 2.25″ to 2.5″ tires, as Stans expanded the internal width out to 26mm while keeping the rim incredibly light. As the 27.5″ MK3 model weighs a minimal 425g. A new proprietary alloy and stronger, low-profile rim shape means the new Arch MK3 is built to last. Featuring Bead Socket Technology, the new Arch also offers the unmatched traction, ontrol, and reliability only found on genuine NoTubes rims.

 

The Stans Arch MK3 borrows from the light, fast profile of their Crest XC rocket and the burly internal arch design of the gravity monster Flow, to ramp it up as a versatile set amped for any trail. It’s back with an updated Arch rim profile, running even wider, lighter, and more durable than its acclaimed predecessors.

Notubes wheelset review, purchase info and more…

SPECS

Rim Internal Width: 26.0mm
Rim External Width: 29.3mm
Rim Depth: 16.0mm
Spokes: Sapim Force Black 2.0/1.7/1.8mm
Nipples: Sapim Secure Lock Alloy Black
Hub: Neo
Hole Count: 28-hole, 32-hole
Drilling Style: Symmetrical
Color: Black
Material: 6069 Aluminum Alloy
Brakes: Disc only
Wheelset Weight: 1697g (27.5″) / 1770g (29″)
Rim Weight: 406g (26″) / 425g(27.5″) / 453g (29″)
ERD: 542mm (26″) / 567mm (27.5″) / 605mm (29″)
ETRTO: 559×26.0 (26″) / 584×26.0 (27.5″) / 622×26.0 (29″)
Color: Black
ISO: 29.3mm
Tape: 27mm
Valve: 35mm Presta
Spoke Tension: 125kgf (1225N)
Max Rider Weight: 230lbs (104 kilo)
Max Pressure with 2.25″ Tire: 39psi
Max Pressure with 2.5″ Tire: 36psi

 

Spada Rapido SL 29er Carbon World Cup Wheelset w/ low weight at even lower price




Spada Rapido SL 29er World Cup Wheelset

Rapido SL





Italians are not afraid to pour as much passion as they do performance into their machinery, as Spada is no different when it comes to these racing hoops. Spada developed a set of colorful and quite light Rapido wheels to put through the paces, by the World Cup arena. Located in Tirano Italy, a small town on the Italian/Switzerland border where racers have been climbing their way out of the Valtellina valley during the Giro d’Italia since the 50’s. Since climbing is a necessity in the region, Spada saw a demand and started to develop crazy light wheels for both mountain and road bikes. For example, their Spillo road model is at HALF the weight of Zipp’s Firecrest 303’s (830g)!

While not insanely light like their Spada Rapido Carbon XX 29er wheels (1250g!), the alloy Rapido World Cup Edition green, version is lighter than many of the much more expensive carbon wheels on the market.

 

The Rapido’s rim has a hookless bead, which employs 6082 alloy as they claim is up to 20% greater in strength compared to 6061, also not meant for enduro conditions, and come in every size, 26, 27.5 and SL 29er.

Spada Rapido SL 29er World Cup Green-Wheels

The rear wheel is laced asymmetric to better distribute spoke tension with 0.9mm Sapim double butted spokes. Visually the wheels look robust enough, but when you pick them up they feel almost scary light. All of Spada wheelsets come with their own made in-house hubs that increase the weight savings without what appears to be any sacrifice in durability. The rear is available in both QR and 142mm thru and with either a SRAM/Shimano 9/10 or SRAM XD 11 speed cassette.

Spada Rapido SL 29er Carbon World Cup Wheelset

Up front, the Spada high flanged hub is available in QR, 15mm thru, and even Lefty configurations. One of the lightest wheels in this price range ($900/£695), the Rapido are nice to look at, and don’t appear dainty despite their lower weight value.

SpadaBike.com

SpadaWheels.co.uk

 



 

WTB Scraper i40 Rim will put “plus” tires in the sweet spot

WTB Scraper i40 27 plus rim

WTB originally only offered as the Scraper i45 (with a 45mm width), the new i40 Rim fills the gap between it and the Asym i35 to offer the perfect fit for 2.8 mountain bike tires.

WTB first introduced their plus-sizes tires on the Scraper i45 and it quickly became a choice pairing for usage with the WTB 3.0 tires, but it seems an equal amount of riders now prefer 2.8” tires for trail riding, says Jason Moeschler, WTB’s global OEM sales manager. So they wouldn’t consider either width to be the ideal option or better performing choice, but rather consider it a case of preference. The 40mm version will hit that sweet spot for those who prefer to ride 2.8” tires.

In addition to the new width, the WTB manufacturing process used for all rims have switched to a sleeved design. They say this makes for cleaner manufacturing and straighter than is usually seen on welded-seams. WTB weights and pricing are:



SPECS

  • Scraper i40 27.5 – $124.95 – weight TBD
  • Scraper i45 27.5″ – $124.95 – 697g
  • Scrape i40 29″ – $129.95 – weight TBD
  • Scraper i45 29″ – $129.95 – 735g

That price is $25 less than the original. Available now. The WTB setup use their TCS (tubeless compatible with sealant) profile and an angled “4D” spoke drilling.

WTB.com

 

2017 Fulcrum Alloy Red Power HP, Red Passion 3 MTB Wheel Review

2017 fulcrum red passion 3 XC MTB hubs




Fulcrum will be bringing a lot of their upper end alloy mountain bike wheel tech to a lower price point thanks to simplified component selection. Two models get the trickle down treatment, the 2017 XC/Marathon Fulcrum Red Passion 3 (shown just below) and the Red Power HP (shown lower down the page), which is slightly wider and taller for trail riding. Both will also be compatible with standard SRAM/Shimano cassettes and XD driver bodies, and both work with standard QR, 15×100 and 12×142 thru axles, and 12×135 rear axles.

2017 Fulcrum Alloy Red Power HP, Red Passion 3 Mountain Bike Wheels

The Red Passion 3 was increased to a wider 21mm internal width, but kept it’s original shallow 20mm height and rotational weight to a minimum. The cost savings come from switching to an alloy hub shell rather than the intricate carbon ones on the past years Red Passion models.

2017 fulcrum red passion 3 XC MTB wheelset

 

The Red Passion 3 comes tubeless ready with rim tape pre-installed and gets a Boost hub width option, though it’s not listed with weights or in the spec charts at bottom of this post. The whole wheelset comes in at just 1,500g (claimed) for the 29er, and 1,450g for 27.5. Add 35g per pair for Boost.

fulcrum-red-power-HP-alloy-mountain-bike-wheels

The Fulcrum Red Power HP is the evolution of their XL model and increased it’s rim width to 28.5mm (23mm internal) with a 19.5mm height. Spec sheets for both are below:

fulcrum red power hp passion-3 mtb wheel specs

Note the measurements for the Red Power HP wheel are not to bad, considering the main goal was lowering the Red Power pricing.. 

Fulcrum Wheel review…

 

 




Framed Bikes Carbon Fat Bike Wheels spin on DT Big Ride Hubs

Framed Carbon Wheelset DT Big Ride Hubs

 

 

Framed Carbon w/ DT Big Ride Hubs

 




Rolling big no longer means rolling heavy, and now rolling lighter Carbon doesn’t mean rolling expensive. Or, at least, not too expensive. Framed has made a name for itself offering carbon and alloy bikes at very affordable prices, and now they’re rolled out this set of carbon-rimmed fat bike wheels to provide a similarly well-spec’d budget offering to upgrades.

The Carbon rims are 80mm wide, are tubeless ready and (they say) ready for “any abuse you can throw at them.” Full specs, wheelset weights and carbon pricing below.

Framed Bikes Carbon Fat Bike Wheels spin on DT Big Ride Hubs

The Carbon setups are built up with the relatively new DT Swiss Big Ride hubs, but with a price of $1,099, which is only about $100 more than the complete DT Swiss Big Ride set! Also as Carbon is inherently lighter, coming in at a claimed weight of 2,090g. So, lighter, presumably stiffer being carbon, and about the same price as an alloy rimmed set…what’s not to like?

framed carbon dt swiss hub fat-bike-wheels specs

Framed allows for you to pick between standard and XD freehub bodies on the Carbon hoops, Centerlock or 6-bolt disc brake mounts. Available online at the-house.com or through Framed dealers upon request.

Framed Bikes Carbon Wheelset.com




Stan’s Notubes Flow MK3 29 Wheelset

Stan's Notubes Flow MK3 29 Wheelset

Claimed Weight [pair] 1918 g

Fortunately the existence of Stan’s NoTubes allows for you to upgrade to a more rugged set of wheels without cleaning out your savings account. The incredibly durable wheels that Upstate New York-based Stan’s NoTubes lovingly produces are beloved throughout the 29erCafe office and far beyond, and the Flow MK3 Wheelset stands poised to live up to the workhorse reputation Stan’s has established for itself.

To update the Flow MK3 this year, Stan’s switched to a newer 6069 aluminum alloy construction, which it used across its MK3 line to shave weight while adding lateral stiffness. Stan’s was able to use less material to make a stronger rim, and when combined with the added 2mm of internal width, the Flow MK3’s ability to adapt to the blurring lines of the XC discipline shouldn’t be in question. They’ll be at home on smooth singletrack courses, but unafraid when you point them towards bigger bumps and less predictability.

The trend of widening rims is nothing new, but Stan’s refused to just jump on the bandwagon. Instead, it trusted its proven WideRight design process to ensure it didn’t widen the rim to the extent that it became detrimental to tire positioning. WideRight allows the tire to embody the shape that it functions best at, rather than becoming distorted for the sake of a wider rim measurement, achieving ideal traction, grip, and far less likelihood of pinch flats throughout your ride.

Along with WideRight, Stan’s also trusted its Bead Seal Technology (BST) to develop a perch atop which 2.0-2.5″ tires can sit comfortably and effectively on the Flow MK3’s, ensuring the sidewalls don’t become pinched and that you’re able to use the tread pattern to its full extent when leaning into a tight corner. While you’re enjoying the rims’ bombproof tubeless interface, the Flow MK3’s will spin reassuringly on Stan’s new, and appropriately named, Neo hubs. Boasting a CNC-machined aluminum construction and a four-pawl design, the hubs were built with 36 points of contact along 10 degrees of engagement. Whether you’re out on a weekend ride or toeing up to the start line of a summer race, the hubs will jump to engage when you need to accelerate out of the dirt.

  • Tubeless alloy wheelset ideal for XC riding and racing
  • New aluminum shaves weight and adds stiffness this year
  • Wider internal rim width for improved tire stability
  • Spokes are Sapim Force Black
  • Accommodates tires ranging from 2.0-2.5in wide
  • Durable, lightweight machined hubs engage quickly
  • Stan’s Neo Hubset

Price $670

 

Stan’s review, sizing, purchase and more, check’em out here..



Rim Material
6069 aluminum alloy
Tire Type
tubeless
Rim Depth
16.0 mm
Rim Width
[internal] 29.0 mm, [external] 32.3 mm
Brake Compatibility
6-bolt disc
Hubs
Stan’s Neo
Front Axle
15mm quick-release
Rear Axle
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Spokes
Sapim Force Black
Spoke Nipple
Sapim Secure Lock Alloy Black
Max Rider Weight
250 lbs
Wheel Bag Included
no
Recommended Use
Trail Enduro XC
Manufacturer Warranty

1-year

 

 




Stan’s Notubes Crest MK3 27.5 Wheelset

Stan's Notubes Crest MK3 27.5 Wheelset rear
Claimed Weight [pair] 1528 g

Fortunately the existence of Stan’s NoTubes allows for you to upgrade to a more rugged set of wheels without cleaning out your savings account. The incredibly durable wheels that Upstate New York-based Stan’s NoTubes lovingly produces are beloved throughout the 29erCafe office and far beyond, and the Crest MK3 27.5 Wheelset stands poised to live up to the workhorse reputation Stan’s has established for itself.

To update the Crest MK3 this year, Stan’s switched to a newer 6069 aluminum alloy construction, which it used across its MK3 line to shave weight while adding lateral stiffness. Stan’s was able to use less material to make a stronger rim, and when combined with the added 2mm of internal width, the Crest MK3’s ability to adapt to the blurring lines of the XC discipline shouldn’t be in question. They’ll be at home on smooth singletrack courses, but unafraid when you point them towards bigger bumps and less predictability.

The trend of widening rims is nothing new, but Stan’s refused to just jump on the bandwagon. Instead, it trusted its proven WideRight design process to ensure it didn’t widen the rim to the extent that it became detrimental to tire positioning. WideRight allows the tire to embody the shape that it functions best at, rather than becoming distorted for the sake of a wider rim measurement, achieving ideal traction, grip, and far less likelihood of pinch flats throughout your ride.

Along with WideRight, Stan’s also trusted its Bead Seal Technology (BST) to develop a perch atop which 2.0-2.5″ tires can sit comfortably and effectively on the Crest MK3’s, ensuring the sidewalls don’t become pinched and that you’re able to use the tread pattern to its full extent when leaning into a tight corner. While you’re enjoying the rims’ bombproof tubeless interface, the Crest MK3’s will spin reassuringly on Stan’s new, and appropriately named, Neo hubs. Boasting a CNC-machined aluminum construction and a four-pawl design, the hubs were built with 36 points of contact along 10 degrees of engagement. Whether you’re out on a weekend ride or toeing up to the start line of a summer race, the hubs will jump to engage when you need to accelerate out of the dirt.

  • 27.5 inch tubeless alloy wheelset ideal for XC riding and racing
  • New aluminum shaves weight and adds stiffness this year
  • Wider internal rim width for improved tire stability
  • Spokes are Sapim Force Black
  • Accommodates tires ranging from 2.0-2.5in wide
  • Durable, lightweight machined hubs engage quickly
  • Stan’s Neo Hubset

Price $670

 

Stan’s review, sizing, purchase and more, check’em out here..



Rim Material
6069 aluminum alloy
Tire Type
tubeless
Rim Depth
15.8 mm
Rim Width
[internal] 23.0 mm, [external] 26.3 mm
Brake Compatibility
6-bolt disc
Hubs
Stan’s Neo
Front Axle
15mm quick-release
Rear Axle
12 x 142mm thru-axle
Spokes
Sapim Force Black
Spoke Nipple
Sapim Secure Lock Alloy Black
Max Rider Weight
190 lbs
Wheel Bag Included
no
Recommended Use
cross-country
Manufacturer Warranty

1-year

 

 




2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels




2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon Mountain Bike Wheelset tires

New XA Pro takes the upper tier..

The reports for Mavic’s full carbon intentions for their mtb wheels were early this year as part of their off-road neutral support planned for the Leadville 100 race. Now, and much earlier than anticipated, they’ve formally announced the XA as part of a new Quest adventure lineup.

The 2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon is now their top of the line trail MTB wheelset. It gets a full carbon fiber rim that addresses all of a rider’s primary needs – lateral stiffness, vertical compliance, impact resistance, light weight, and tubeless reliability. The XA does all that as part of a complete system that builds upon the “Clincher 2.0” design concept introduced with the SL Cosmic and Ksyrium road model in March. That meant a new layup and a new Mavic way of thinking about how rims should perform as part of a complete setup.

2017 Mavic XA Elite alloy-trail wheelset-blue

Positioned for “Trail” rides and sold as a tire system, the XA come with a 2.4″ wide Pro version of the Quest tires that were ridden in the past, which means upgraded X-Mix dual compound rubber and +Guard sidewall safety.

Mavic-Quest-XA-Pro-MTB-carbon-fiber-rim-stiffness

They are laced 2x front and rear, with spoke tension more closely balanced from side to side (50/80 compared to 30/100) thanks to the rim’s asymmetric. Besides making it a little stronger, it also works in tangent with the fiber layup to better vertical compliance, which basically means it’s absorbing some of the bumps rather than transmitting all of it into the frame and fork. The result is more comfort and better traction, which is shown as a lower Frontal Stiffness number in the chart above even though their lateral stiffness is much higher.

Mavic Quest XA Pro rim-profile

 

Note the XA weights, which are very competitive even among XC models, and these are intended for more aggressive trails than what cross country typically offers.

 

Hub options will include standard and boost spacing with all relevant axle standards accommodated. Retail for the XA 27.5 and XA 29er versions is $1,849 (€1,700 / £1,300), available on September 1.

2017 Mavic XA Pro Carbon trail tires -wheels

Carbon isn’t the only new thing for the Quest lineup. There’s also the new XA Elite, which uses Maxtal alloy ISM4D machined rims to offer a less expensive option without adding much weight. And, in a first for them, it offers colors other than yellow. Black, blue and green are all on tap, with the hues covering the hub flanges and rim decals.

 

 

The Elite’s are 1mm narrower on the inside and use much thinner sidewalls, but keep the UST and Hookless design. Both models and the alloy rims rely on tubeless tape to keep the air in.

Retail for the XA Elite trail wheel-tire system is $749 (€600 / £450), available July 1st. Both come with their new Mavic Care Plus warranty, which includes a crash replacement program, three year warranty and, starting in August, the ability to have damaged items picked up and replaced where ever you want – home, work or local mtb shop.

Mavic XA Pro Carbon/ competetivecyclist.com

2017 Enve M60 Forty Plus 27.5 Wheels

2017 Enve M60 Forty Plus 27.5 wheelset

New M60 Forty will use 2.8″ and bigger tires..

Last summer, ENVE added high volume options to their M60 Forty and M70 thirty mountain bike wheels in response to riders’ desires for bigger tires. Now, to stay up on the game with the plus sized movement in full swing, it looks like Enve needed something even bigger to accommodate the masses of 2.8″ and wider tires that are currently flooding the market. So it looks like the M60 Forty will be your tool to get it done. The carbon gurus always stay true to design esthetics, and the bigger M60 Forty is no different.

Several sources in the media have reported the official launch for the model isn’t until the end of June and that some specs on the M60 may change before that announcement, but we have some basics.

2017 Enve M60Forty Plus Wheels

 

 

 

The info received points toward a 480g rim weight, 40mm internal width and 49mm external width. Height is just 25mm, which should help maintain some radial compliance.

Recommended tire sizes for are 2.8 to 3.0, and it’s looking like it’ll be only available as a 27.5″ rim or complete wheels. Expect the usual DT Swiss 240 and Chris King build options and a M60 forty rim-only price around $975. More as it’s available.

The goal with the 2017 Enve M60 Forty Plus 27.5 version, and both the original M-series, is to now have appropriately matched tire size and rim width, which allows it to improve handling, ride characteristics and rider safety.

ENVE purchase info..

 



Reynolds Enduro 29 Wheelset For Sale

Reynolds Enduro 29 set

 

 

2016 Reynolds Carbon Wheelset

The Reynolds Enduro 29 offering is for aggressive riders who prefer bigger wheels. Built with their Enduro asymmetric carbon rim, these wheels even out spoke tension for a more durable and predictable ride. The 28 mm wide, hookless Enduro rim channel provides excellent tire fit and provides additional air volume for superior ride quality and traction. Add the new Enduro center lock premium hub with 3-degree engagement to make these the first choice in big wheel, big mountain performance.

Reynolds Enduro 29 wheelset carbon

Reynolds Enduro 29 reviews, and more..



SPECS

Weight:
Tubeless Set: 1585g
Width:
External: 34.00 mm , Internal: 28.00 mm
Spokes:
28 front / 28 rear
Hub:
Enduro Hub by Industry Nine
Compatibility:
Center Lock Rotor

MSRP:$2500, now for sale $1999.00

*excludes Enduro sales tax

 

Reynolds 27.5 Plus Enduro Wheelset

Reynolds 27.5 Plus Front wheel

Price $2340 Save 10%

Reynolds Blacklabel Wheelset

The new Reynolds Enduro 27.5 Plus carbon mountain bike wheels have already set the bar for this emerging category. At only 1625 grams, the 27.5 are as light as many focused models while offering up a 40 mm hookless channel to ensure great fit for 2.8+ sized tires.

reynolds carbon 27.5 plus wheels

Their new 27.5 center lock hubs come with ‘Boost’ spacing to match bike specs and allow better spoke angles for unbeatable durability, while the 3-degree engagement provides 27.5 category-leading quickness.

Reviews and Reynolds Enduro 27.5 Plus purchase info

Weight: Tubeless Set: 1625g
MSRP: $2600
*excludes sales tax

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 27.5 Tubeless Set: 1625g
Width: External: 45.00 mm , Internal: 40.00 mm
Rim Depth: 24.00 mm
Spokes: 28 front / 28 rear
Compatibility: Center Lock Rotor
Hub: Hub by Industry Nine
Diameter Size: 27.5 inch

Ibis adds 6 new wide wheelsets with Industry 9 hub options

Ibis 742 wheels


 

Wheels may not come to mind when you think Ibis, but with their new options that may soon change. Adding a whopping 6 new rims to their line up, Ibis will now have 9 different models to choose from with carbon and aluminum options. Not only are there new rim widths available, but Ibis’ 741 and 941 rims also get a boost in strength with new 742 and 942 options. All together, you’ll have a lot more options if you’re building up a new Ibis or if you’re just looking for a set of stand alone wheels.

Ibis 738

Even though you’ll still find the 741 and 941 wheels in the line up, the 742 Carbon and 942 carbon wheels are the new wide top dogs in the range. Still technically 41/35mm outer/inner width, the ‘2’ in the name denotes the new, stronger rim. Using a new hybrid carbon fiber layup with the addition of a high strength carbon/epoxy prepreg layer, the 942 rim /742 rims should have a new level of impact strength especially when combined with their 5mm offset rim design. Ibis claims the carbon tech with the rim design and 19.5mm section height makes a rim that is better able to deal with localized impacts (rocks, hard landings, etc.). Essentially,  the rim is stronger without adding weight. Specifically, it’s actually lighter with a 7.5% decrease in weight but 30% increase in strength. Combined with the new Industry Nine hubs, the 742/942 are up to 104g lighter than the previous 741/941 (1630g/1690g vs 1734g/1768g). The addition of the Industry 9 hubs also adds a Centerlock option for their wheels with all of the new I9 builds running Centerlock with Enduro bearings with Shimano or SRAM XD free hubs and I9’s 60t, 6 pawl free hub design. Why would anyone stick with the previous 741/941 wheels? Now there is a significant savings to be had with the new wheels selling for $1799 while the previous models now sell for $1099.

Ibis 738 Alloy wheels

 

Completely new to the carbon options are the 735/ 935 wheels. Basically just narrower versions of the new 742/942 wheels, the 735/ 935 are 35mm/29mm wide externally/internally and also make use of the new spoke offset but in 2.5mm rather than the 5mm of the wider rims. The narrower rims also still use the new carbon tech for improved impact strength over the 741/941 just in a size that matches the weight of their 928 carbon rims. All of the new carbon wheels are tubeless ready and built with Sapim CX-Ray spokes, and Industry 9 centerlock hubs with Enduro bearings and Boost 110/148mm spacing only.

 

Ibis wheel-with-graphics

Ibis is also taking the opportunity to launch a line of aluminum wheels with their 738/938 models. Offering the same 35mm inner width as the 741 / 742 / 941 / 942 wheels, the aluminum rims have a narrower external width at 38mm but the same 19.5mm section height and 5mm spoke offset. Built with the same Taiwanese made Ibis hubs with a 36t, 4 pawl free hub system as the original 741 / 941 wheels, and Pillar DB 14/15 spokes the wheels are the budget option of the spread at just $549 per set. The trade off obviously comes from the wheelset weights of 1880/1935g (27.5/29″).

ibis wheel spec-chart

We know we just threw a ton of numbers at you, so for a wheel by wheel break down, check out the chart above (click to enlarge). Note that while all of the new wheels are only offered in Boost 110/148 spacing, Ibis says if there is enough demand 100/142 builds may be an option. All of the wheels will be available starting May 1st.

Ibis Cycles

Industry Nine UL235 Ultralite Wheelset

Industry Nine UL235 Ultralite Wheelset

UL235 Ultralite

Industry Nine is just releasing their newest hoops right before everyone heads to Sea Otter 2016 this week. They will be featuring a new version of the popular Industry Nine Ultralite and some wider Enduro models as well.

Check out the new Ultralite UL235’s and the Industry Nine EN305 with their completely new rim design, plus the new I9 Centerlock road models.

Industry Nine UL235 Ultralight Wheels

UL235 featured in fabulous blue.. along with the EN305 model featuring purple below! Always so impressive in the color department, and their amazing functionality as well.

 

I9 UL235 Ultralite

The new UL235 rims build up I9’s 2nd generation Ultralight wheelset. They get a little wider with a 23.5mm internal, up from the current models 21mm. We’re told that the new shorter and revised bead hook will improve tire retention, and by adding more material to the rim wall, the UL235 rims will be more durable as well.

Industry Nine UL235 blue hubs

No word on revised wheel weight yet, but we should hear something soon, and will update it here. They are available now in Ultralite 27.5″ and the 29er will be in about a month.

I9 UL235 tech

With the new wider profile comes an update in recommended tire sizes. I9 now rates these to fit up to a 2.3 inch tire. Depending on axle and bearing configuration, the new Ultralite wheels will retail for around $1,225.

 

EN305 Enduro

Industry Nine EN305 Enduro

i9 enduro rim width

 

Once you’ve finished trying to figure out which bike you could put those purple EN305 beauties on, take into consideration that I9 has grown the internal width of the EN305 rims by a whopping 17% to handle bigger tires, lower pressures, and more aggressive riding.

I9 en305 tech rim width

With the wider rim profile, the EN305 model should snuggle up to a 2.6 inch tire just fine. The now 30.5mm internal EN305 rims use the same revised bead design as the Ultralites for improved performance, and will be available by the end of May for $1,255.

Industry Nine Centerlock-Road hubs purple

Centerlock hubs will be available on all of I9’s road offerings by mid May. Depending on rim choice and configuration, you’ll be able to roll with the new hubs on the road from as low as $1,175, up to about $2,500, so start saving up now.

I9-Ultralite.net

 


2017 Mavic Crossmax Pro Boost Wheelset

2017 Mavic Crossmax Pro Boost Wheelset


 

Crossmax Pro Boost Wheelset

 

It’s about time Mavic updated their mountain hoops, as it’s been quite a few years.  The Mavic’s Crossmax lineup has just spread its rims and hubs out to modern standards. And, Mavic switched to a hookless bead wall, which is a big departure from their usual UST compliant design. Then they gave it a new, wider tire option that’s designed specifically for these new wider rims.

2017 Mavic Crossmax Pro Mountain Bike Wheels

Available in two versions, both the Pro and Elite versions get ISM4D machined Maxtal rims in 27.5 and 29er sizes, and both with standard, Boost and Lefty Supermax hub options with all common axle standards accommodated. And both Crossmax have the new 22mm internal width and hookless Maxtal rims. That’s up from 19mm on the prior generation Crossmax, which gets them inline with modern XC wheels. That’s not the the widest available, but just as with their new Cosmic and Ksyrium Carbon SL road model, they are selling the Crossmax as a wheeltire system with tires optimized specifically for this rim width.

2017 Mavic Crossmax Pro mountain bike wheelset

 

The Crossmax, shown at top, upgrades to a Fore drilled rim, which chases threads directly into the rim. Then, the nipples for their fatter Zicral aluminum spokes are threaded directly into it. This means no spoke holes on the inside of the rim bed, so you won’t need to use tape to set them up tubeless. They also get higher end hubs, with the front using a carbon fiber shell between the alloy flanges. Claimed weights are 1,535g (27.5) and 1,590 (29er), retail is $1,099 (€1,000 / £765).

2017 mavic crossmax elite mountain-bike hub

The Crossmax Elite’s hubs are all aluminum bodies with their latest ITS-4 pawl system with two working at any time for 7.5º of engagement. Choose from black or red graphics. Claimed weights for just the wheels are 1,565g (27.5) and 1,615g (29er).

 

The Elite comes in at $750 for the set, including tires, quick release, thru axle hub adapters, and tubeless rim tape, valve stems and sealant. They use 24 straight pull bladed and double butted spokes and traditional rim drilling.

Included are the Pulse single-ply, mixed compound tires in either 2.1 or 2.25 widths. Claimed weights are:

  • 27.5 x 2.10 – 580g
  • 27.5 x 2.25 – 640g
  • 29 x 2.10 – 620g
  • 29 x 2.25 – 680g

Mavic.com

 

Atomlab SL 27.5+ Plus Rims & Wheelset

Atomlab SL 27 Plus Rim

 

 

Atomlab SL 27.5+ PLUS RIMS

Weaponry for all your jungle riding warfare.

Product Specifications

Material: Aluminium
Rim height: 18mm
External rim width: 49mm
Internal rim width: 45mm
ERD:
Holes: 32
Weight: 605g (27.5″/650B)
Available sizes: 27.5″/650B

– Only to be used with Atomlab Torque Nipples

Atomlab is now building complete wheelsets, and employ their new Plus rim design. Constructed around their 102 hubs that feature 3° of engagement, these wider Atomlab wheels will be a big player in the aftermarket wheel segment. The Atomlab hubs are stout, with 5 bearings and are available with either a SRAM/Shimano cassette body or an XD driver.

 

The first of them will be aluminum SL 650 Race wheels that employ their rather 470g SL  Race rims (also available separately) that have a 30mm internal width. With that light weight and big size, the rims use a pair of internal ridges to increase lateral stiffness. The complete wheelset will retail at a decent $920 and only comes in 27.5.

 

photo courtesy of Bikerumor.com

And for a step bigger are the new SL+ wheels. They feature a really low profile along with 45mm for internal width, combined with their 605g SL+ rims which should be all the craze with the exploding plus-size. They employ the same Atomlab stiffening ribs and tubeless bead shelf as well.

Race Face Aeffect 29 Wheelset

Race Face Aeffect 29 Wheels

 

 

 

Race Face Aeffect Wheelset Review

 

$412.00

31% off $599.00 msrp

 

The Aeffect 29 set is built for the trail and cross-country rider that demands a reliable yet lightweight set of wheels. The Aeffect, at only 1900 grams for the set, fits those needs nicely. Stainless steel straight pull spokes are laced to the 27.3mm wide rim in a 3 cross pattern and secured using durable brass nipples.

Race Face Aeffect 29er hub

 

The Aeffect hub rolls on cartridge bearings that are sealed to keep the grime out and the set of wheel in service for many miles to come. This 29″ setup is available either with XD 11 speed driver or a 9/10 speed Shimano/SRAM compatible freehub.

NOTE: Be sure to select the appropriate hub for your specific needs. It is available with an XD 11 speed driver or 9/10 Speed Shimano/SRAM freehub.

Race Face Aeffect 29 Wheelset

 

All the Aeffect hub sizing, review availability and purchase info can be had at Jensonusa.com .

 

 

FEATURES:

  • BUILT FOR: XC/Trail
  • AEFFECT RIM: Clincher, 28h, Tubeless compatible, Alloy , Disc brake only, Presta valve.
  • RIM DIMENSIONS: Height – 20.5mm, External Width-27.3mm, Internal Width-23mm
  • FRONT HUB: 15x100mm,28h Straight pull , Cartridge bearing, 6 bolt Disc
  • REAR HUB: 12x142mm, 9/10 speed alloy freehub (Shimano/Sram), 28h Straight pull, Cartridge bearing, 6 bolt Disc
  • SPOKES: Black stainless steel bladed spoke, w/3 cross lacing, Silver brass nipple.
  • Weight: Wheelset – 1900 grams.
  • INCLUDED: Rim strips.
  • AVAILABLE OPTIONS: XD Cassette body (For SRAM 1×11). 9x100QR Front & 10x135QR Rear configurations available upon request.
  • COLOR: Black

Next Cycling 38G Carbon Gravel Tubeless Ready Clinchers – Disc

Next Cycling  38G Carbon Gravel Tubeless Ready

Next Cycling 38G Carbon Gravel Tubeless Ready Clinchers – DISC Wheelset & more

 

Next is relatively new on the scene, but if you follow US cross you may have heard of the man behind them, Jerry Chabot heads off a Vermont-based engineering firm that stepped up to sponsor US CX champ Jonathan Page. After having success with his investment into pro cycling, Chabot worked with industry connections to then start Next to design and build high quality race wheels for cyclocross, mountain, and road as well.

With a lineup of a couple cyclocross tubulars and some gravel clinchers, Next recently added a couple of tubeless mountain bike wheel set options with 28 & 33mm external widths, and just released an update to their 38G gravel wheels with 25mm wide external rims. Take a closer look, gets more specs, pricing, and a bit more on Next below.

Next Cycling  38G Carbon Gravel Tubeless

With an eye on supporting the future of the sport, Next is also tied into their own club and development team, putting the bulk of their wheel proceeds back into riders.

 

Next Cycling 33M-carbon-tubeless-mountaindt 240 wheelset

All of their wheels are laced in Vermont with standard DT Swiss hubs for reliability and the ease of swapping axle types, and typically Sapim spokes. All wheels are also “tubeless specific” not just compatible with tubeless setups, so they include well-defined “bead pockets” and hookless beads for low pressure road and cross or a hooked bead for high pressure road tubeless.

Tubeless+Specific

The new 2016 carbon gravel rim gets updated slightly wider, and with a new look. The 38G (G for gravel) rims are 38mm deep, 25mm wide outside, with a 19.5mm internal width. Their hooked tubeless bead means they can be run up to 130psi. The Centerlock disc brake wheels sell for $1300 with DT350 hubs with 28 spokes front and rear. Total weight is about 1650g.

 

Next Cycling  38G Carbon Gravel Tubeless Ready  DT-350-hub

 

The carbon mountain wheels were developed for two distinct types of riding. The more narrow 28M (get it M for mountain) was a wheel designed for Next’s cross riders who also road XC or just wanted a tubeless CX wheel for off season trailing. It uses a 28mm deep, 28mm wide external, 23.5mm internal rim that can do double duty with cyclocross or light trail tires. The lower profile wheels get built with road 11 speed compatible DT 350s for $1350 and a claimed 1450g. The 28M wheels are only available as 29ers. As with all of their mountain wheels, Next uses an asymmetric rim profile front and rear for more even spoke tension.

Next Cycling  Carbon offset

For a more trail capabilities, while still being able to be raced in cross country due to their low weight, Next added a new 33M carbon trail wheel. It gets a  30mm deep, 33mm wide external, 26mm internal rim that is available in either 27.5″ or 29″. Either option will set you back the same $1350 as the narrower wheel, with the 29er adding 110g and the 27.5 coming in at just 1475g on DT350s. The mountain hookless beads have a pressure limit of 65psi, and are available with lighter DT240 hubs if your looking to trim a bit of weight.

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Mercury X1 Carbon MTB 29″ Wheelset

Mercury X1 Carbon MTB 29 hubs



 

Mercury X1 Carbon MTB Wheelset

OWN THE TRAIL.

$999.00

55% off $2,199.00 msrp

 

Everything else in comparison pales to these carbon 29er winged wheels. The X1’s are wide and laterally stiff so you can live out those enduro dreams. Mercury laces the X1 rims with 28 Sapim Race spokes and tensions them perfectly to 6-bolt hubs.

Mercury X1 Carbon MTB 29 Wheels

Sitting at 32mm wide, you can throw on your favorite tires that grab and deliver a plush feel. If you decide to run tubeless, the X1 is prepped and ready to go.

Mercury X1 Carbon MTB 29 Wheelset

 

So the X1 Carbon wheelset won’t mind if you charge down that technical descent and pedal up gnarly terrain and all the while youl reap all the good stuff carbon has to offer.

 

All the sizing, availability and X1 purchase info can be had at Competitivecyclist.com.

 

 

Mercury Specs
Size29”
MaterialCarbon
Outer Width32 mm
Inner Width26 mm
Height24 mm
Spoke Drilling28h
Valve TypePresta
Tire TypeClincher / Tubeless Compatible
Brake Compatibility6-bolt disc
Front AxleQR or 15mm thru-axle
Rear Axle135mm QR or 12×142 mm Type
Intended UseEnduro
Weight1642 g

Reynolds The Dean Carbon Fat Bike Wheels – Reviews

Reynolds Dean Carbon Fat Bike Wheels

 

Reynolds The Dean Carbon Fat Bike Wheelset

— Listed for Sale $$2,649.00 now $2,384.00

Recently at 2016 fat bike worlds, Reynold’s newest pro put on a masterclass of low-weight fatness. As The Dean wheelset brought the eventual winner’s bike weight down to a claimed 27lbs, shedding around 3lbs at the wheels alone. The Dean achieves this outsized weight loss by substituting carbon fiber for the usual alloy and eliminating bead hooks and tubes. While we’re sure that the rider — Hincapie Racing’s Squire, who has produced some impressive performances in some of the Western Hemisphere’s biggest races — had something to do with the win, dropping so many grams of rotational mass at the rims surely played a role.

While switching to carbon and shedding the extra material required for bead hooks obviously has an effect on weight, the real source of fat bike fatness lies in the tubes. Despite the optimistic claims some manufacturers make for lightweight fat bike tubes, our own digital scale has registered weights upwards of 550g. That’s almost 1-1/4lbs per tube, which doubles up on a complete bike unless you’re riding a fat unicycle. When combined with the claimed weight savings of 460g compared to alloy fat wheels, we calculate that Reynold’s claimed weigh loss of 3lbs is refreshingly modest, putting that number closer to 3-1/2.

Despite its relative svelteness, The Dean is still built on the blueprint of Reynolds’ Mountain Rim 5 (MR5) carbon lay-up schedule, which distributes different stripes of carbon, resin, and epoxy in a strategic landscape meant to preserve durability in high-impact areas while reducing weight wherever possible. It’s the same process used in the brand’s Black Label wheels, so it’s trail-tested and gravity-approved. The rear rim is also laced to Industry Nine’s peerless Torch hub, which features an offset six-pawl engagement design that grabs at three degrees. That’s pretty much the top of the heap when it comes to mountain hubs, and it gives The Dean a remarkable spryness compared to its more lethargic fat competitors.

Purchase info and Dean Carbon wheel reviews are at Competitivecyclist.com .


SPECS

Rim Material:
MR5 carbon fiber
Wheel Size:
26 in
Tire Type:
tubeless
Rim Depth:
28 mm
Carbon Rim Width:
[internal] 80 mm, [external] 85 mm
Brake Compatibility:
6-bolt disc
Hubs:
Industry Nine Torch
Front Axle:
15 x 135mm thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 177mm thru-axle, 12 x 197mm thru-ax;e
Spoke Count:
32 / 32
Wheel Bag Included:
no
Actual Weight:
Black, 15×135/12x197mm TA – XD: 2200g
Recommended Use:
snow and sand
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

 

Stan’s NoTubes Valor Team 29

Stan’s Valor Team

Stan's NoTubes Valor Team 29

  • Designed for XC racing and riding
  • New faster engaging, 100% CNC machined Neo hubs
  • Sapim Custom Force 2.0/1.7/1.8 spokes with Secure Lock aluminum nipples
  • RiACT system absorbs impacts and rolls faster
  • Bead Socket Technology on the Team for unmatched tubeless performance
  • WideRight 29 rim design optimized for wider tires
  • 2-year warranty with 3-year crash replacement
  • Available for Shimano or SRAM XD cassettes
  • Available for all current axle systems, including Cannondale Lefty SL, Lefty Supermax, SRAM Predictive Steering, and Boost 110mm and 148mm spacing
  • 1441g for the Team Wheelset!

Now available this February, orders can be placed for the Team set here at CompetitiveCyclist.com, your online Stan’s retailer.

Lighter and stronger than aluminum rims, the Valor’s carbon rim lay-up is engineered to absorb radial vibrations and impacts adding suspension to a bike, making the ZTR Valor Carbon the most advanced wheelset NoTubes has ever produced. Non-compliant heavy rims that deliver a harsh, abusive ride have become the standard from most companies producing carbon rims.  The ZTR Valor utilizes a construction that is both elastic and strong. 

NoTubes have constructed a light weight carbon fiber Valor rim design not just to be stronger than aluminum but also to perform better in real world riding conditions.

15mm x 100 front Valor Team wheels also include quick-release end caps and quick releases.
12mm x 142mm rear wheels also include quick-release end caps and quick releases.
Valor wheels include: small parts bag, replacement spokes, and spoke tension readout for your unique wheelset.

 

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Spada Rapido Carbon XX 29 MTB Wheels

Spada Rapido Carbon XX 29 MTB Wheels


Check out Spada’s insanely light Carbon Rapido XX wheels as well as their other well, really light wheels including the wild looking World Cup edition Rapido SL’s.

Just to get it out of the way, these are a no holds barred set of wheels made to be stiff and as light as possible, therefore they come with a weight limit. The 1210 – 1250 g Rapido XX wheels (£1,349.00/$1,959) will suit most elite to pro level racers that fit within the 85 kg (187 lbs) weight limit. If you’re above that line but under 210lbs, the ones next in line weigh only 1440 g! Boasting robust 30mm outer & 24mm internal widths the tubeless-ready wheels are compatible with Shimano and SRAM XD cassettes as well as Lefty forks.

Specs for the Rapido Carbon:

  • Weight: 27.5 1210gr & 29er 1250
  • 30mm wide rim and 24mm channel, asymmetrical profile. 3k carbon fiber t800.
  • Rider weight limit of 85 kg (187lbs)
  • Tubeless ready
  • Made in Italy
  • Superlight forged hubs – Front 123 g, rear 238 g
  • Quick releases included
  • Compatibility Shimano-SRAM
  • Shimano / SRAM 9-10
  • SRAM XD optional 11 XX-1
  • Lefty also available

 

While it’s hard to believe a 1440 g wheelset is not a company’s flagship model, Spada is not your typical wheelsmith. The Rapido SL (£695.00/$1,005), has an asymmetric profile to balance spoke tension for a stronger wheel. At almost half the price of the Rapido Carbon’s, (when squeezing almost a 1/2 lb out of an already really light set, you gotta pay to play), the Rapido SL comes in at a fair price and is available in the green, 2016 WC edition for no additional charge! It’s also worth mentioning both versions come in 26, 27.5, and 29er diameters.

Specs for the Rapido SL & SL 2016 WC:

  • Wheelset weight excluding QR of 1440 gr.
  • Rider weight limit of 95 kg
  • Asymmetric profile for an excellent balance of the right-hand spokes / claims for the benefit of the strength and performance over time.
  • Alloy 6082
  • Oriented holes to eliminate stress of nipples
  • The tubeless ready rim has an optimized profile specifically for tubeless.
  • Aero-spoke profile of 0.9mm
  • 32 spokes front, 32 rear spokes
  • Made in Italy
  • Superlight forged hubs
  • Front 123 g, rear 238 g
  • Quick releases included
  • Compatibility Shimano-SRAM
  • Shimano / SRAM 9-10
  • SRAM XD optional 11
  • Lefty also available

The Spada Tananai Enduro Wheels, (£695.00/$1,005), weigh in at where a light set of XC wheels usually fall. At 1660 g, the Tananai wheels have a 25 mm internal width and come in all 3 popular(‘ish) wheel diameters. They are also available with up to a 20mm front and 150 mm rear axle leading us to believe these could be used as an overly light option on a downhill bike, or that there may be a downhill version in the pipeline.



Specs for the Tananai Enduro Wheels:

  • 1660 gr.
  • Rider weight limit maximum 100 kg
  • Rims Aluminium Black
  • 25mm internal rim width
  • Suitable for all mountain enduro profile offset to optimize balance beams and resistance rim
  • Differentiated Spokes
  • 32 differentiated spokes:
  • Forged hubs – Over Size
  • Front: 15 or 20mm thru axle
  • Rear Axle diameter 12mm
  • Rear axle width 135/142/150 mm
  • Compatibility Shimano-SRAM
  • Shimano / SRAM 9-10
  • SRAM XD optional 11

All Spada wheels are available in the US through their UK distributor,  VAM Performance.

 

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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro Black Label Wheelset

© Kevin Syms © Kevin Syms



 

 

// Reynolds 27.5 Enduro Black Label

 

■■ Digs for your 27.5 Mountain Bike..

Latest Concept
weight: 1,565g

// Description

 

 

$2250.00

Order 27.5 Wheelset Here

Price For Sale/ 20% Off of $2500

 

 

 

The newest Enduro Black Label wheelset provides you with amazing mountain amenities, alongside some of the best modern design elements for hard-charging 27.5 wheels. The 27.5 asymmetric carbon rim gives amazingly even spoke tension not only for increased durability and ride quality, as the 28mm hookless rim channel is where it’s at providing that amazing tire fit.

The new Reynolds center lock hub provides ultra-quick, 3-degree engagement and delivers power when you need it most.

Reynolds Enduro Blacklabel Wheelset

Weight:
Tubeless Set: 1565g
Enduro MSRP:
$2500

*excludes sales tax

This 27.5 set is eligible for..

Reynolds Assurance Program

Tubeless Clincher
Mountain Rim 5


Rim Profile

PERFORMANCE


SPECS:

Weight:
Enduro Tubeless Set: 1565g
Width:
External: 34.00mm , Internal: 28.00mm
Rim Depth:
29.00mm
Spokes:
28 front / 28 rear
Hub:
27.5 Hub by Industry Nine
Compatibility:
Center Lock Rotor




Niner XC Carbon Wheels

XC CARBON WHEELS

Niner XC Carbon Wheelset

 

 

■■■ ONE Niner BIKE. ENTIRE MOUNTAIN! ..

 




 

$1,550.00

Best Price /BUY

 

 

 

 

The newest Niner XC setup ticks all the boxes for cross-country racers looking for lightweight, bombproof wheelset. Boasting industry-leading tubeless design and SRAM’s SR-1 hub up front, this carbon set pairs perfectly with your RochShox RS-1 fork to deliver race-ready stiffness, lightning fast XC responsiveness, and impeccable handling to navigate terrain at speed.

Dubbed as a fast rolling, the XC rim is fashioned from carbon fiber and features a wide 24mm internal width and 30mm outer width to address typical 29er rim complaints by providing a light, stiff platform. The XC setup also employs Stan’s NoTubes’ tubeless rim design, dubbed Stan’s Bead Socket Technology (BST). BST features low-profile sidewalls that provide a better seat for the tire bead and allow for quite a few benefits compared to standard rims with higher sidewalls. When run as tubeless, BST provides an exceptional seal while allowing the tire to hold a greater volume of air than rims that place the bead 2-4mm below the edge. This interface allows the tire to maintain its full shape for a wider, more stable rolling platform compared to the same XC tire mounted on a standard rim.

Niner XC Carbon Wheels

Pairing BST with the ability to run up to 30% lower air pressure than on a standard clincher wheel results in more stability, better handling, solid cornering, and better overall control. These XC rims are also compatible with standard tubes, and the lower sidewall drastically reduces pinch flat risk.

Niner’s Carbon Predictive Steering set weigh in at 1525 grams, and available with either a Boost 12x148mm rear axle or a 12x142mm rear axle also compatible with 6-bolt brake rotors. While complete with tubeless rim tape and valve for easy tubeless setup.

Industry Nine Pillar Carbon Ultralite 29 Wheelset



 

 

Industry Nine Pillar Carbon Wheelset

Pillar Carbon 29 Wheelset

 

 

■■■ Ultralight Trail tech applied here..

 

$2,749.00

WHERE TO BUY

 

 

 

 

First off, the Industry Pillar’s are quite remarkable in the weight department, being both light and durable the newest Pillar will have you shredding in no time. Developed for world of cross-country, this lightweight I9 carbon wheelset is also ample rugged.

Industry Nine Pillar Carbon Ultralite 29 Wheelset

Studies show heavy wheels are more costly, in terms of performance, than heavy components elsewhere on the bike. This is because higher rotational weight ruins a bike’s stability and handling characteristics. When they designed the Pillar Ultralight setup, hitting the scale at sub 1500 grams was the number one objective. At around 1400 total grams, they met that goal and then some.

 



// MTB Specs
Material – Carbon.
Tire Type – tubeless ready.
Warranty – 3-years for the Pillar set.
Pillar Color – Matte Black w/ I9 graphic shown above.
Size – 29 inches.
Hubs – Industry Torch 6-bolt disc.
Rear Axle – 12x142mm.
Front Axle – 15mm thru-axle.
Weight – 1412g for complete Pillar set.
Width – 24mm (inner dimension).
Spokes – 28/28
Manufacture – Industry Nine
Model Name – Pillar

 



 

 

Mercury Wheels X3 29 Wheelset



 

 

Mercury Wheels X3 29 wheels

X3 29 Wheelset

 

 

■■■ Trail tech applied here..

 

$799 $399.00

WHERE TO BUY

 

 

 

 

First off, the Mercury X3’s are quite the bang for the buck, being both light and durable the newest X3’s will have you shredding in no time. Designed for XC, the lightweight wheelset is ample rugged.

Mercury Wheels X3 29 Wheelset

The wheel setup is built around a set of their own 6 bolt convertible hubs where a simple end cap swap transforms them from 135mm to 142mm, thru axle or QR. The X3 also employs Sapim double butted Race spokes for added strength and round out them out, being both lightweight and tubeless ready.

 

// MTB Specs

Material – X3 alloy.
Tire Type – tubeless.
Warranty – 2-years.
X3 Color – Matte Black w/ white graphic shown above.
Size – 29 inches.
Hubs – Mercury 6-bolt disc.
Rear Axle – 12x142mm, 12x135mm.
Front Axle – 15x100mm
Weight – 1624g for complete X3 set.
Width – 24mm.
Spokes – 28/28
Manufacture – Mercury Wheels
Model Name – X3

 



 

 

Spank Oozy Trail 295 29″ Wheelset

Spank Oozy Trail 295 29 Wheelset

Oozy Trail 295 Wheelset

 

 

■■■ Fun on-the-trail times..

 

$599.00

WHERE TO BUY

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tubeless Ready.
  • Sandvik T302 Triple Butted 2.2/1.8/2.0 SP Spokes, and Oozy *Alloy Nipples.
  • Hand Built and Trued – 3 Cross Lacing.
  • Spank Oozy 29

SpecificationDescription
Best useMountain biking
Weight(F/R Complete Wheelset):
1670g (26″)
1700g (27.5/650b)
1800g (29″)
Rims 26-) -29.5mm outer width-25mm inner width -28H
Front-15mm x 100mm O.L.D. -20mm Front Hub Adapter Incl. -Japanese Bearing Upgrade -Oozy Oversized SSL Flange Design (adaptable to 20mm) -6 Bolt Disc Mount
Rear9/10-Speed 12mm x 142mm
*28H Straightpull
*Standard QR Rear Hub Adapter Kit Included with your Oozy complete set.
*Super-Lite CNC Optimized Alloy Freehub Body
*Oversized SSL (Single Spoke Length) Flange Design
*6 Bolt Disc Mount
Sizing The Oozy26″, 650b, and 2niner
BearingsUpgraded Japanese
Freehub bodySuper-lite Oozy CNC Optimized Alloy

Spank Oozy Trail 295 29er Wheelset wasabi green
Spank Oozy Trail 295 29 Wheelset -black

 

 

Spank Oozy Trail 295 27.5 Wheelset

Spank Oozy Trail 295 650b Wheelset wasabi green

Oozy Trail 295 Wheelset

 

 

■■■ Fun on-the-trail times..

 

$590.00

WHERE TO BUY

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tubeless Ready.
  • Sandvik T302 Triple Butted 2.2/1.8/2.0 SP Spokes, and Oozy *Alloy Nipples.
  • Hand Built and Trued – 3 Cross Lacing .
  • Spank Oozy 27.5

SpecificationDescription
Best useMountain biking
Weight(F/R Complete Wheelset):
1670g (26″)
1700g (27.5/650b)
1800g (29″)
Rims 26-) -29.5mm outer width-25mm inner width -28H
Front-15mm x 100mm O.L.D. -20mm Front Hub Adapter Incl. -Japanese Bearing Upgrade -Oozy Oversized SSL Flange Design (adaptable to 20mm) -6 Bolt Disc Mount
Rear9/10-Speed 12mm x 142mm
*28H Straightpull
*Standard QR Rear Hub Adapter Kit Included with your Oozy complete set.
*Super-Lite CNC Optimized Alloy Freehub Body
*Oversized SSL (Single Spoke Length) Flange Design
*6 Bolt Disc Mount
Sizing The Oozy26″, 650b, and 29er
BearingsUpgraded Japanese
Freehub bodySuper-lite Oozy CNC Optimized Alloy

Spank Oozy Trail 295 27.5 Wheelset -black

 

 

Shimano XT WH-M8000 29 Wheels

Shimano XT WH-M8000 29 Wheelset

Shimano XT WH-M8000 29 Wheels

 

 

■■■ Fun single-track times..

 

starts at $375.00

CONFIGURE WHEELS HERE

For Sale 0% Off of $0.00

 

 

 

 

Upgrading the legs on your racehorse might just be the quickest, yet most significant upgrade you can make, and when you do so, know that there is a wheel out that there that sacrifices nothing to give it all. Of course we’re talking about the Shimano XT M8000.

Engineered to wreak havoc on the XC course, the Shimano XT WH-M8000 wheels deliver resilience, lightweight versatility, and all-out speed. By lowering the rotational weight of the wheel, the rider can turn the pedals over more efficiently and control the bike with agility. Through the wider 20mm rim and tubeless-ready design, you’ll instantly drop the weight by 40 grams over the previous models.

With the spawn of Shimano’s 1×11 XT grouppo, the M8000 wheels are compatible with 8, 9, 10, and 11 speed cassettes. This quick engaging hub equates to more energy of every pedal stroke going into the forward propulsion toward the finish line.

 

Specs:

Recommended Tire – 29×1.90-2.25.
Rim Width – 23.9mm
Rim Height – 18.8mm
Rim Type – Offset rim
Axle Type – QR
Brake Type – Disc Brake
Model Number – WH-M8000
Series – Deore XT
Spokes – 28PC butted spokes (front & rear)

 

 

Storck Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Tubular Wheelset



 

 

Storck Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Tubular Wheelset

Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer

 

 

$5,940.00

CONFIGURE WHEELS HERE

For Sale 0% Off

 

 

 

■■ Soak your 2015 carbon frame, in one Spectacular set of Storck Lightweight Tubular’s.

How do you boost the agility of a full-carbon spoked wheel above and beyond any existing classification?

The aim of Lightweight was to make this exclusive spoked wheel even lighter and more rigid, and, at the same time, to consistently improve its braking performance and aerodynamics. A newly devised layered structure allows to further optimize the application of resin and fibers. And Lightweight developed a completely new hub for the front wheel into the bargain. This allows to reduce the weight of the MEILENSTEIN OBERMAYER by a total of 25 grams – while at the same time doubling its rigidity value. For you, this means: even less inert mass, even more cutting-edge technology and thus agility in a completely new dimension. In a nutshell: one of the lightest and most rigid carbon wheels on the planet.

The 700c carbon wheels are delivered with one set of Lightweight quick releases, one set of Lightweight brake pads and aluminium valve extensions as well as a Lightweight wheel bag for two wheels. The rear wheel is equipped with a DT Swiss hub and an easily changeable rotor for Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed or for Shimano 9/10/11-speed and SRAM 10/11-speed. The new Lightweight front hub offers more compatibility with narrow forks. With laminated magnet (for bike computer) and individually numbered read-only microchip (important for the registration and Wheel Protection) in every wheel.

Note: All Lightweight products are the result of manual labor. Slight deviations in color or surface finish are characteristic features of this high quality manufacturing procedure.

Product Name:Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer Carbon Wheelset Tubular
Manufacturer:Lightweight
Year:2015
Material:rims: carbon | quick releases: stainless steel
spokes: carbon | hub body: carbon
Weight:approx. 935 gram (per pair with 16/20 spokes)
(front: approx. 395 gram | rear approx. 540 gram)
Rim height:47.5mm
Spokes:bladed | 5mm
Spokes number:front 16 | rear 20
Over locknut distance:front 100mm | rear 130mm
Type of tire:tubular
Tire dimension:622-(19-27)
Purpose:competition – road
Fitting for shifting:Campagnolo 9/10/11-speed
Shimano 9/10/11-speed/SRAM 10/11-speed
Maximum permissible total weight
(rider + bike):
90 Kilogram
Included in delivery:includes quick releases, wheel bag, valve extensions, brake pads

 

 



 

 

Asterion F-ONE Ultimate Carbon Racing XC Wheels – Sub 1200g!

Asterion F-ONE Ultimate Carbon Racing XC 29 Wheels

 

ASTERION F-ONE

F-1. A simple letter and a number combination that has garnered global recognition in the automotive racing world and become synonymous with speed, performance and technology. It’s a fitting name for competition or luxury level componentry, such as these ultralight, hand-built cross country wheels from France’s Asterion.

Asterion is a small operation that assembles about 10 wheelsets a day, but the company is growing with an impressively wide selection of high-end stock and custom wheels. Their new carbon F-One wheelset should catch the eye of weight-conscious cross-country riders. According to Asterion, the 27.5” F-One wheelset weighs in at 1137g, and the 29” set weighs 1184g, not including the tubeless valves or rim tape. There are a few options to choose that might change that number, but you’re still looking at some very svelte wheels.

See what the rim options have in store below.

The tubeless compatible, 28-spoke rims are made from T1000 carbon fiber and interestingly Asterion offers a few different versions to suit varying riding styles. First off, the rims come in two widths. The ‘normal’ width measures 22mm inside the bead, and is meant for weight weenies and XC racers looking to shave every gram off their bike. While Asterion provides the bigger 25mm internal size, that’s better suited for enduro style riding, offering more durability and stability in technical terrain. Beefing up to the wider rim doesn’t sacrifice much weight, as it only adds 14g to each.

Furthermore, buyers can also choose between standard or reinforced sidewalls for the same reasons as listed above. With the reinforced sidewall the internal width you choose remains the same, as the additional reinforcement is added to the outside of the rim. Choosing the reinforced sidewalls will cost you 38g per rim versus the standard version.

Fellow French component manufacturer Aivee’s Edition One hubs serve as the stock option for the F-One wheelset, but for an additional cost the wheels can be purchased with either Chris King or DT Swiss hubs. Several different axle sizes can be accommodated on the F-One setup, covering basically any combination of traditional QR, 15mm front axles and 142×12 rear axles.

As a boutique manufacturer, they appear to have embraced the idea of customization. Not only can customers choose between two F-1 rim widths and strengths, there are plenty of cosmetic options like Black, Red, Tangerine, or Blue hubs, and your choice of black or silver spokes. The F-One wheelset sells for €2499 ($2842  USD), and can be purchased on their website.

asterionwheels.com

DT Swiss Big Ride BR 2250 Classic Wheelset



 

DT Swiss Big Ride 2250 Classic Wheelset

Big Ride 2250 Classic

 

 

Latest DT Swiss Fat Bike Goods!

First shown as standard equipment on the super popular Canyon Dude, the DT Swiss BR2250 entry into the world of fat bikes wasn’t without motivation. After partnering with Canyon to co-develop the wheelset,  close attention was paid to the BR 2250’s weight using a cutout structure to remove every unnecessary gram.

The result is a pair of BR 2250 aluminum fat bike hoops that are very close to the weight of some high end carbon hoops. Of course, the Big Ride or BR 2250s include standard high quality in the spokes, nipples, and ratchet hub system as well. Fresh off a stage win at the Snow Epic in Engelberg, the details on the new BR2250 shown below…

DT Swiss Big Ride 2250 Classic Wheels

There are a number of ways to approach fat bike rim design, but for the first DT Swiss options, cutouts were the way to go. Using a webbed cutout profile, DT Swiss claims they were able to maintain all of the rim’s structural integrity while keeping weight to a minimum. Each aluminum rim has 32 optimized holes for the Pro Lock nipples, and an internal width of 76mm. The wheels are not listed as tubeless compatible, but we wouldn’t be surprised if you could make it work with a wide strip of Gorilla tape, especially given the aggressive looking bead locks.

As for axle standards, the BR 2250 will be available with a 150×15 front and 190/197×12 rear hub. This is more than likely the way forward since 150×15 front hubs will work on both suspension and rigid forks, and the 190/197 rear standard allows for larger tires and can still be used with narrow q-factor fat bike cranks with the right chainring set up. Making the BR2250’s more versatile.

The natural assumption would be DT Swiss eventually having the hubs for sale separately which should make anyone looking for ratchet equipped, Classic Centerlock fat bike hubs happy.


Listed with a total weight of 2235g, the BR 2250 Classics will retail for €869, or just under $1,000. Available soon.

dtswiss.com

 

MCFK Carbon 27.5 XC Tubeless Rims

MCFK Carbon XC Tubeless 29 Wheelset

 



Carbon Wheelset

 

 

 

The target of the development was nothing less than providing the best MCFK Rim for fast and light-weight bikes. Nothing but the best.
For this purpose, Mcfk matched every parameter, every detail of the rim meticulously and did our utmost to develop the very finest for you.

Carbon for the rim
In contrast with aluminium, the advantage of carbon is that it stays in form. Thus, recentering, height and lateral runouts are things of the past. Once spoked properly, the wheel will not change shape or run.

 

100% handmade in Leipzig, Germany, Mcfk has a new carbon rim design that is light enough for XC, but designed for Enduro, that has no weight limit.

Using an asymmetrical, hook less design, the tubeless rims are just 295g in 27.5″ size. Adding on that, they also mold in the nipple seat instead of drilling it, adding more stiffness since all fibers are continuous, so there is also no limit to the spoke tension.

Available in both 27.5″ and 29″ sizes, the rims have a very interesting sidewall design that is over 5mm thick. Attractive because they should be strong and impact resistant, the thick walls also reduce the inside width of the 35mm wide rims to 24.5mm inside, negating some of benefits of a wide rim.

The specs and pricing for both rims and Wheelsets are located below…

MCFK Carbon XC Tubeless Rims

 SPECS –

  • 27.5″
  • ERD: 542 mm;
  • Weight:  295 g
  • External width:  35 mm
  • Inner width: 24,5 mm
  • Height:  29 mm
  • Asymmetries:  3,5 mm
  • Holes:  28
  • Nipple hole diameter:  4,5 mm
  • 29″
  • ERD: 580 mm
  • Weight:  320 g
  • External width:  35 mm
  • Inner width: 24,5 mm
  • Height:  29 mm
  • Asymmetry:  3,5 mm
  • Holes: 28
  • Nipple hole diameter:  4,5 mm

The rims are available in the normal Mcfk finishes of UD Carbon or 3K.  They offer them as a rim for €789 or a complete wheelset with Syntace HiTorque MX hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes for €2,189, all hand built in Leipzig.

www.mcfk.de

 

 

 

 

Xentis Squad 2.5 MTB 27.5 Clincher Carbon Wheelset

Xentis Squad 2.5 MTB 29 CC Wheelset
 

Squad 2.5 MTB 29” CC

 

 

 

$2,359.00

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Description: The lightness of mountain biking!

 

The lightweight 1360 gram 29″ wheels feature amazing acceleration, as they are intuitively coupled with high torsional stiffness values. Which makes the Squad a guaranteed top performer on any singletrack trail or marathon race out there.. It’s time to ante up, in Squad MTN style!

 

Also please note the MTB wheels are available in two different versions, either the QR15/X12 version shown here, or it’s sibling with a rear quick release. Xentis also builds the 27.5 version that’s shown at the bottom.

Technology – 29er Clincher Carbon QR15/X12

dimension: 29″
tires: clincher tire
recommended use:
All-mountain
braking surface: no
Squad rim depth: 25mm
rim width: 25.6mm
spokes count: 28 / 28
hub: XeNTiS straight pull / QR15/X12
compatibility:
Shimano 9/10/11-Speed
SRAM 10-Speed
SRAM XX1
accessories: Squad Wheelbag w/ Rim tape
weight per set (29″): 1360 grams

Xentis Squad 2.5 MTB 27.5 wheels

Xentis Squad 2.5 MTB 27.5”

 

 

 

$2,359.00

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Here’s the newest highly creative iteration from Xentis, the next generation 27.5 carbon setup! Enjoy the Trail Obsession Before You!

Technology – 27.5er Clincher Composite QR15/X12 rear

dimension: 27.5″
tires: clincher tire
recommended use:
All-mountain
braking surface: no
rim depth: 25mm
Squad rim width: 30.2mm
spokes count: 28 / 28
hub: (their own) straight pull / QR15 front, X12 rear
compatibility:
Shimano 9/10/11-Speed
SRAM 10-Speed
SRAM XX1
accessories: (their own) Squad Wheelbag w/ Rim tape
weight per set: 1250 grams

 

 

 

Shimano XTR M9000 Race MTB Wheelset

 
Shimano XTR M9000 Race 29 Clincher Wheelset

Shimano XTR M9000 Clincher MTB

 

 

 

$1,499.00

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NEW XTR WH-M9000 Race TURNS IT UP!

For racing at the full-bore XC level, there are numerous exceptionally fast clinchers out there, but there is nothing that compares to the speed, control, and low weight of the tubular wheelset. The same can often be said of the XTR groupset, but if your like most you don’t want to fork out the higher price, or close to a down payment on a car? You still get marvelous M9000 Clincher hoops to rock the house down.

To differentiate, Shimano’s new clincher version is made utilizing a proprietary carbon/aluminum hybrid construction process to capitalize on the advantages of both materials while keeping cost reasonable, but the Tubular model shown here go all-out, with rims that are rendered in full carbon for incredible strength, amazing ride quality, along with a bit lower weight. While for the hub department, they employ proprietary bearings to keep the precision-machined hubs spinning fast, for countless years to come. They also revised the bearing and axle configuration to shave several grams, as well.

The XTR’s also come to your door with a 142x12mm rear axle, and 100x15mm front axle, and a freehub body that can accommodate 10 or new 11-speed drivetrains. Both the front and rear employ 28 spokes, while they are only compatible with CenterLock rotors.

TECH SPECS

Material:
carbon fiber / alloy
Front Hub Type:
15x100mm thru-axle
Rear Hub Type:
12x142mm thru-axle
Front Spoke Count:
28
Rear Spoke Count:
28
Brake Compatibility:
disc brake only
Rotor Compatibility:
CenterLock
Front Weight:
739 grams
Rear Weight:
872 grams
Complete Set:
1605 grams
Recommended Use:
XC racing
Manufacturer Warranty
3-years

 

 



 

 

 

Shimano XTR M9000 Tubular MTB Wheelset

 
Shimano XTR M9000 Tubular 29 Wheelset

Shimano XTR M9000 Tubular MTB

 

 

 

$3,130.00

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NEW XTR TURNS IT UP!

For racing full-bore XC, you can find plenty of exceptionally fast clinchers out there, but there is nothing that compares to the speed, control, and low weight of the tubular wheelset. The same can often be said of the XTR groupset, so what happens when the two come together? You get marvelous M9000 Tubular hoops to rock the house down.

To differentiate, Shimano’s new clincher version is made utilizing a proprietary carbon/aluminum hybrid construction process to capitalize on the advantages of both materials while keeping cost reasonable, but this model shown here go all-out, with rims that are rendered in full carbon for incredible strength, amazing ride quality, along with insane low weight. While for the hub department, they employ proprietary bearings to keep the precision-machined hubs spinning fast, for countless years to come. They also revised the bearing and axle configuration to shave several grams, as well.

The XTR’s also come to your door with a 142x12mm rear axle, and 100x15mm front axle, and a freehub body that can accommodate 10 or new 11-speed drivetrains. Both the front and rear employ 28 spokes, while they are only compatible with CenterLock rotors.

TECH SPECS

Material:
carbon fiber
Front Hub Type:
15x100mm thru-axle
Rear Hub Type:
12x142mm thru-axle
Front Spoke Count:
28
Rear Spoke Count:
28
Brake Compatibility:
disc brake only
Rotor Compatibility:
CenterLock
Front Weight:
586 grams
Rear Weight:
719 grams
Complete Set:
1305 grams
Recommended Use:
XC racing
Manufacturer Warranty
3-years

 

 

Enve M50 Fifty Chris King Wheels



 

Enve M50 Fifty 29 Chris King Wheelset

M50 29

$2,735.00

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Details:
Material
Carbon Enve Disc
Frame
7005 series

Enve MTB

 

The newly updated Enve M50 will continue their mad quest to design a rim having neutral manners that will fit a huge range of mtb riders. But to take an already amazing wheelset and make it the best by throwing in some world-renown Chris King hubs. But before we get ahead of ourselves, first up are the rims. When ENVE set about redesigning the replacement for its featherweight “XC” rim, the design parameters were clear — make them lighter, wider, and smoother riding. And unsurprisingly, the team designing the M50 Fifty, delivered in spades.

Enve M50 Fifty custom colors

 

The Enve Fifty rim now weighs a paltry 330g, shaving a full 50g per rim as compared to their XC. Part of this weight savings has been accomplished by trading in traditional bead hooks for a redesigned beadless hook bead, which is both lighter and more impact resistant. The width has grown to 21mm internally, which is an increase of 3mm. That translates into a rounder tire profile, for greater cornering stability, and more rubber on the ground at any given time.

 

Also by taking some material from the rim, they have taken the M50’s tuned ride feel to previously unseen levels. Anyone who’s familiar knows the fanatical lengths the engineers go to in order to achieve a perfect ride feel. Accordingly, the M50 has been tuned for greater vertical compliance, thereby reducing rider fatigue, without sacrificing the fantastic lateral rigidity that endows them with the “on rails” feeling for which they’re so prized for.

As for those wonderful hubs. Well the name Chris King in cycling is synonymous with absolute quality, longevity, and aesthetic appeal, need we say more. To finish them off though is where the M50 Fifty setup is available with either the option of XD or standard freehub, along with centerlock or 6-bolt configuration for the hubs, and in the color Black. Both front and rear M50 wheels use 28 spokes.

 

SPECS

Hubs:

Chris King ISO, w/ M50 graphic, 12x142mm thru-axle rear spacing. Front is 15x100mm thru-axle.

Material:

carbon fiber (base bar)

Rim Width:

21 mm (internal)

Rim Depth:

n/k

Spokes:

DT Swiss, w/ 28 total both front and rear

Rotor compatibility:

6-bolt

Weight:

1531 grams

Manufacturer Warranty:

5-years