Founded by industry veteran David Earle, Santa Cruz-based Praxis continues to expand its selection of drivetrain components, now adding a carbon wheelset, carbon cranks and a minimalist chainguide.
C32 Carbon Wheelset
Praxis uses its own carbon mold for the C32 wheelset, which hangs its hat on a 32mm internal width, a hookless bead design, and DT Swiss 350 hub internals. Built with 32 spokes front and rear, the C32 wheelset also incorporates a 3-millimeter spoke offset for increased lateral support. A closer look reveals a flat valve stem bed, which allows the nut to sit flush against the rim for a better seal around the valve when running the wheels tubeless. The C32s will be available in July in both 650b and 29er sizes at a suggested retail price of $1799, and will accept both Shimano and SRAM XD cassette driver bodies.
Lyft Carbon Cranks
The carbon Lyft cranks have a claimed weight of 454 grams with the included 30-tooth chainring installed. Riders will have their choice of Praxis’ bottom brackets, whether BSA threaded, PF30, BB30 or PF92. The standard offering (shown), is intended for trail and all-mountain use, and will be available in either 170 or 175 millimeter arm lengths. A 170-mil-long Lyft HD version, designed for heavier riders or those with an extremely aggressive riding style, will be available as well. The Lyft cranksets will hit stores this July at around $500 (with a 30-tooth chainring).
PRAXIS WORKS CHAINGUIDE
As trail bikes have become more capable and drivetrains more advanced, minimalist top guides have replaced the clunky top-and-bottom guides of yore. The beauty of this two-bolt design (which is not exclusive to Praxis) allows the guide to slide in behind the installed chainring and bolt to ISCG tabs without dismantling the crankset. Available in July for $45, the Praxis guide is currently designed for the ISCG05 standard, but more mount options will soon be available. The ‘short’ version of the guide is designed for 26-30 tooth chainrings, while the ‘long’ version works with 32-38 tooth rings.