The wheel deal

Who said you can't re-invent the wheel? For 2009 wheel manufacturers have used new technology, new materials to shave weight and add strength. And of course this seasons must have colours

 

Red Styling For DT

In striking red, the FR2350 is DT's new heavy-duty Freeride wheelset. The solidity of the rims has been improved through DT's "Strength Boost Welding Technology". The hubs have stainless cartridge bearings and star ratchet drive system. The FR2350 comes in three different built-in widths between 110 and 150 millimetres.


Cobalt blue

The Cobalt is Crankbrothers' latest cross-country wheelset. Designed with no spoke holes the rims are extremely stiff and strong. The 24 twinpair spokes connect at twelve vertical tabs that are part of the i-beam rim extrusion.

At just 1540 grams per set, the special design of these rims and spokes makes the wheel light, without sacrificing strength. The strikingly different look is more than aesthetic. Included with the wheels is a set of new split QR levers. The lever has been split in two, so that each side of the lever can be opened and closed independently.


Carbon dating

Reynolds Cycling recently unveiled its 2009 product line, showcasing its new 3K line. Made wholly from Reynolds unidirectional multi layered carbon fiber weave, the DV 3K is built out of a ultra-light, high modulus carbon fiber molded into 46 millimeter aero profile rim, DT Swiss spokes and DT Swiss 240S hubs complete the set. With a mirror finish that shines without any weight-adding paints or lacquers the wheels mean that this flyweight comes in at 1405gms. These performance wheels are designed to look as distinctive as they perform.

Hands on

For those looking for the quality of hand built wheels, disc brake manufacturer Quad has added a full line of rims and wheel sets to its product line. The Free Ride/Downhill line contains six models, the All Mountain line four and Cross Country two.


Fulcrum sees red

Less spokes means less weight, 1450gms per wheelset, in fact. Four spokes have bean removed from Fulcrum's Red Carbon cross-country wheelset without reducing the performance or handling even when braking, this is achieved by their specially designed asymmetric carbon rims.

Also for 2009 Fulcrum introduces a lightweight free-ride wheel, The Red Fire. Finished in red anodized tubeless rims, the asymmetrically drilled spoke holes for strength and better wheel balance. Strengh is also enhanced by the addition of a 20mm thru axle.

 

Italian stylin

Long known for its road wheels the Italian company Ursus has now introduced its first MTB wheelset, the disc brake compatible Diablo CL. These light-weight wheels tip the scale at a mere 1540 grammes.

The Diablo features Ergal 7075 CNC machined hubs with SKF sealed bearings. The 6063 tubeless rim has an 18 mm asymmetric profile for flexability. Compatible with Shimano and Sram cassettes these wheels come in anodized black or white.


Class of its own

For a bit of bling the A-Class is the high-end rim for after market bike manufacturer Alex. Finished in anodized gold and hidden nipples these wheels look as flash as they ride. Using new scandium rims and DT spokes the cross-country version is a scant 1350gms. The 32 Aero spokes offer high performance and strength.

A-Class has also developed the VED3 wheelset, featuring the Centerlock hub, 28mm welded rims and a 28 spoke pattern. The result is a wheelset that's light and strong enough to ride Freeride trails.

Sealed deal

The new FSA MTB XC-550 tubeless disc only set comes with the 6061-T6 rims, a very light weight direct pull hubset with a sealed cartridge bearing and DB-14 stainless spokes with brass coated nipples. The complete set weighs 1,900 gms.



Off the cuff

In its BlackJack wheelsets range Rodi is introducing the new Sleeve collection. By using the 6061 rim Rodi has reduced the weight while maintaining performance. The Downhill DH560 and the FR420 weigh as little as 2259gms. The M380 cross-country version is V brake or disc compatible. All wheelset are available in black or white.