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Beatdown: The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Rims Gain Muscle

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.

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Interbike: Rolf Prima Ralos Mountain Bike Wheels

09.22.2011

After a long absence from the mountain bike world, Rolf Prima is back. The company, which is famous for its paired-spoke lacing patterns, rolled out its new Ralos XC/trail wheels at Interbike. These hoops will be available in both a 26-inch and 29-inch version (the Ralos6 and Ralos9 respectively). The Ralos9 wheelset, shown here, tips […]

Easton Havoc And EA70 XCT Wheelsets

09.15.2011

The Havoc is Easton’s latest DH offering, and claims to be the lightest dedicated downhill wheelset currently on the market. At 1,870 grams, this is impressive, as the wheelset features an ultra-wide, 23-millimeter internal rim width and UST compatibility. The wheelset is designed around 150-millimeter dropout spacing, but adaptors are available for frames that utilize […]

Gear: A-Class VXD3 Wheelset

09.08.2011

By Kevin Rouse A-Class VXD3 Wheelset – $749 aclass-wheels.com Stock and bond markets be damned—gold is where it’s at.  The designers over at A-Class obviously think so at least.  Well, as far as aesthetics go anyway.  For their VXD3 wheelset, they chose aluminum instead to help keep weight and (at roughly $1700 an ounce for […]

Preview: Easton Havoc UST 150

07.23.2011

At a media event during Crankworx, Easton took a group of editors to ride its new DH wheelset on the burly trails of Squamish, BC. We were all excited about the rumor of getting to see and ride the carbon downhill wheels that Easton has been working on, however Easton said that these were not […]

First Impressions: 2012 Shimano Deore XT

06.23.2011

By: Kevin Rouse Last week the folks at Shimano took the time to herd a group of journalists around Lake Tahoe and let us get our hands on the 2012 Deore XT M780 groupset for the first time. While first impressions aren’t everything, we can definitely say we were quite pleased. In fact, nearly all […]

Sea Otter Products: DT Swiss

04.19.2011

Words: Kevin Rouse Captions: Ryan LaBar Photos: Kevin Rouse and Ryan LaBar Video: Kevin Rouse DT Swiss came to Sea Otter with some noteworthy new product offerings in the wheel department, with their all-new XRC 950 T, a 1200-gram tubular 29er wheelset definitely garnering some attention. The wheelset uses DT Swiss’ proprietary Tricon system to […]

Easton Haven Carbon Wheels — Part one

04.02.2010

All-mountain goes bulletproof 
The use of composites in bicycle manufacturing is hardly a new idea; frame builders have been utilizing bonded carbon fiber tubes since the mid-1970s, and as carbon-composite technology advanced, wheels and components were quickly embraced by the skinny-tire world. Composites also drew the attention of the weight-conscious XC crowd, but the high-impact […]

Race Gear: Jeremiah Bishop’s Cannondale Scalpel 650-6er

04.03.2009

Words: Ryan LaBar The 650B wheel is finally getting some love. The unconventional wheel size—between a standard 26-inch wheel and the larger 29er—has been hanging around for a few years, but hasn’t received much attention. Until now. While at the US-Cup Pro XCT opener in Fontana, California, last weekend, Bikemag snatched some photos of Monavie-Cannondale […]

Review: Continental Mountain King 29er 2.4

03.26.2009

Many 29-inch devotees, citing the increased traction delivered by larger wheels, believe they can run skinnier, faster-rolling tires without sacrificing performance. In a way, this is like putting all-season tires on a monster truck—they might work fine on a dirt road, but would lose their grip while smashing over a row of cars. Likewise, even […]

Tested: FSA XC-290 NINER 29er wheels

01.10.2009

XC-290 NINER 29er wheels FULLSPEEDAHEAD.COM $550 The XC-290 NINER wheels represent FSA’s first stab into the 29er market. The first thing most riders will notice about these wheels is that they use proprietary spoke nipples. Normally, non-standard components can be a pain–replacements parts and the proper tools are always hard to find when you need […]

Tested: Syncros DS28 All-Mountain Wheelset

10.29.2008

Syncros’ DS28S are billed as all-mountain wheels—light enough to be ridden all day, yet stout enough to handle any terrain without turning into an aluminum taco. They are respectably light (2,000 grams), but about 100 grams on the hefty side of the all-mountain pre-built wheel market. Then again, these hoops are solid. The 28-millimeter wide, […]

7-24-08 // Tested: FSA Gravity Wheels

07.24.2008

FSA Gravity Wheels // $590 425-488-8653; ridegravity.com When your friendly neighborhood bike shop can lace any hub to any rim with as many of whatever spoke you choose, a pre-packaged wheelset needs to offer a little more than matching stickers. Enter FSA’s Gravity Wheels. Aside from looking downright moto, they sport straight-pull spokes, which offer […]

7-23-08 // Tested: Bontrager Rhythm Elite 29

07.24.2008

Bontrager Rhythm Elite 29 // $539 920-478-2191; bontrager.com Overgrown 29-inch wheels have a pesky way of upsetting the balancing act bike makers must tackle: creating bikes and parts that are lightweight and durable. Big wheels are heavier, no way around it. But there are advantages to be found. The engineers who created the 1,950-gram Rhythm […]

Affordable Disc Hoops

01.09.2006

WHAT: Cane Creek Terros Disc HOW MUCH: $350 WHERE: www.canecreek.com Leave it to Cane Creek’s design team in the Smoky Mountains to make performance wheels so affordable. With 28 high-tensioned spokes, sealed cartridge bearings and sturdy hubs, the Terros have the features of wheels twice their price. Plus, the all-black components make a low-profile, stealthy […]

TESTED Sun Ringle 8 Track

12.26.2005

WHAT: Sun Ringle Eight Track WHERE: www.sun-ringle.com HOW MUCH: $565 to $585 The Eight Track, like all Sun Ringle wheels, is littered with options. Consumers can choose from 32 or 36 spokes, 24- or 26-inch rims, quick release or thru-axles and three rear hub spacings–standard 135 millimeter, 150 millimeter or a 165 millimeter. The extra-large, […]

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