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JoyTech serves high-end wheel market with Novatec brand

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.

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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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