Wheels have gotten stupid expensive. While Easton’s Heist wheels aren’t going to qualify as “cheap” or “inexpensive” in anyone’s book, they sell for less coin than a lot of wheelsets these days. More to the point, they have a hell of a lot going for them.
We had a nice rim-width progression in this test, ranging from 23 millimeters to 35 millimeters. We used the same tire for each test with the idea that we could focus primarily on rim width, and tested each wheelset back-to-back on the same bike.
There are lighter wheels on the market and a few that are lighter and less expensive, but I haven’t found any of them to be as durable as the Easton Haven. That’s why I continue to run these things, even though I’d love to see them grow wider in the future. Looking for a solid all-mountain wheel set? Check this out.
Did you know that World Cup downhill racers tune their wheel stiffness by adjusting spoke tension to suit certain courses? Optimizing wheel stiffness can improve traction, control and comfort. Reynolds has done an excellent job at this with the Blacklabel wheels. For me, they strike a great balance between providing stable, yet supple ride–something I appreciated after experiencing how harsh some of the other carbon wheels on the market can be.
CRANKBROTHERS GOT A BLACK EYE WHEN IT RELEASED ITS first wheel line back in 2010 and the rear hubs failed at a rate of about 17 percent. When your product looks this odd and its guts start seizing up on the trail, you’re in a precarious position. So Crank- brothers redesigned its hubs in 2011 and they’ve proven up to the task ever since. With its hubs sorted, the company went into 2014’s version 3.0 looking to improve the rims.
Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
Photo Gallery I: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For the next two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers will put next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
The Roval Traverse SL 29s are lighter than a set of wagon wheels have a right to be, they don’t feature crazy, proprietary components that require outlandish tools to fix, they stay true surprisingly well, the hub technology is well proven and while the price tag might make you see red, you could easily spend almost twice this much on a set of carbon hoops that aren’t any lighter or appreciably “better” in any concrete way.
Stan’s has been slow to release a carbon rim and jump on the bandwagon with all of the other companies offering carbon. I would venture to guess the company hasn’t felt pressure to do so because its aluminum rims are selling so well. This has put them in a unique situation to take time developing the ZTR Valor carbon rim that utilizes the NoTube’s Bead Socket Technology that has set its wheels apart.
Whether or not you are familiar with JoyTech, chances are you've spent some time on their hubs. With a production capacity counted in multi-millions of units per year, this is a company with a serious amount of experience churning out (often rebranded) hubs and wheels. Novatec is a division of JoyTech designed to market and further develop a high performance line of wheels for road and mountain bikes.
Mavic introduces the light weight Crossmax SL mountain bike wheel system. Made for cross-country riders, racers, and fast trail riders, the Crossmax SL features exclusive Mavic materials and technologies for exceptional light weight with no sacrifice in stiffness, durability, or ride quality.
When Trek told us that they were doing 148-millimeter rear axle spacing, our first reaction was to turn our noses up at it. We just figured the whole axle spacing thing out, didn't we? But they swore that it was legit, so we flew out to Waterloo to get the story on Boost 148 to see if this was just a marketing gimmick or the real thing.
Carbon wheels are only as sexy as they are strong. ENVE's new hoops get a boost in brawn.
Chris King is proud to announce the ISO XD Hub, Chris King’s solution for SRAM’s one-by drivetrains. Our new XD Driveshell combines our legendary in-house made bearings and the unparalleled engagement of our patented RingDrive system in our SRAM one-by compatible Chris King hub. Our new XD Driveshell system allows current Chris King hub owners to easily convert their ISO and ISO DH hubs to a SRAM one-by system.