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Roval’s New 2021 Control Carbon MTB Wheels

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Roval’s New 2021 Control Carbon MTB Wheels

Roval just announced their a redesigned Control Carbon wheelset for 2021, which combines low weight and strength found in their Control SL rim and built with the new DT Swiss 350 hubs. These Control Carbon wheels feature the same zero-bead-hook design and wider 29mm-inner width, found in Roval’s Control SL as well.

Specs:
-Control SL 29”
-29mm Internal Width
-4mm FlatTop Bead Hook
-Tubeless Compatible
-New DT Swiss 350 Hub Straight-pull
-6-bolt Rotor – 36t Star Ratchet System
-Thru Axle 100x15mm & 148x12mm
-Weight: 1450g w/ Tubeless Rim Tape
-MSRP: $1350.00 – Wheelset
-Lifetime Warranty – No-Fault Crash Replacement

See more at Roval.

Revel Bikes: New XC RW27 Wheels

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Revel Bikes: New XC RW27 Wheels

The RW27 is the narrower and lighter sibling to Revel’s groundbreaking RW30 wheelset. Think of them as a lighter and zippier wheelset for XC or riding where the terrain doesn’t demand stouter wheels. These wheels are made in the United States from the revolutionary “FusionFiber” material, which replaces resin with a nylon-like material. It combined with German and Japanese fibers results in a rim that is 100% recyclable. The RW27 offers the same flex as the RW30, but is 50g lighter.

-27mm width
-29” rim diameter
-Available in 28H or 32H drilling
-Complete wheels or rim only
-Wheelsets available with 28H Industry 9 Hydra (1740g) or 1/1 hub (1770g) options
-XD or Microspline driver body options
-ERD: 592
-Rim depth 35mm
-Rim only weight: 430g
-Lifetime warranty
-Rim is recyclable FusionFiber material
-Recommended tire width 2.2-2.5”
-Rim only $699 – i9 1/1 wheelset $1975 – i9 Hydra wheelset

See more at Revel.

Industry Nine Announce Its Lightest Wheels Yet

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Industry Nine Announce Its Lightest Wheels Yet

i9’s newest wheels are designed for ‘cross, gravel, xc, and trail riding, but in a lighter package. The wheels we thought you’d be most interested in are the UL250 Carbon. These race-ready, lightweight (1320g for the set) wheels come in a 25mm ID, 24-hole count, with new carbon hoops, based on MTB XC racing tech. The new UL250c wheels roll in at $2500 and are fully customizable at Industry Nine’s AnoLab. You can also check out the aluminum version of the UL250 (1450g for the set), which retail for $1275.

WTB’s Wheels Return with MTB and Gravel Proterra Light and Tough Models

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WTB’s Wheels Return with MTB and Gravel Proterra Light and Tough Models

You might recall a few years back, WTB had an extensive MTB and gravel wheel lineup. Well, after a few years hiatus, it’s back, a bit more dialed, with a bit more options. The Proterra wheel lineup is hand-built in California and has something for just about anyone’s needs. On the 29er and 27.5 MTB side, the light option is a 27mm wide rim with alloy nipples, while the tough is 30mm with brass nipples. Both wheels use 3-cross spoke lacing. Meanwhile, the gravel options come down to a 700 or 27.5 Proterra light in a 700 x 23mm rim or a 650 x 25mm rim. You’ll most likely be seeing these wheels in an OE application, rolling out under familiar bike models from big brands but should you be on the hunt for a $295 wheel, they do look like a great option. See more at WTB.

HED’s New Emporia GA Pro Comes in a Limited Edition Silver Finish

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HED’s New Emporia GA Pro Comes in a Limited Edition Silver Finish

HED Cycling’s Emporia gravel wheels just got a classic makeover. These wheels come chromed-out, weigh 1,535g for the wheelset and features the same 25mm internal width as the Emporia GA Pro. The wheelset is only being produced in a limited quantity and will be available starting this today, so if you’re building up an all-silver groupset bike and have been looking for the perfect wheels, head on over to HED to see the juicy detials.

Ride The Rainbow: Industry Nine’s New Carbon Rims by We Are One Composites

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Ride The Rainbow: Industry Nine’s New Carbon Rims by We Are One Composites

Alrighty just gonna come out and say it, this Industry Nine carbon wheelset is amazing.  Fucking duhhhhh, for $2500 it better be sweet right? Well, yeah, it is.  If you’ve read this far and gleamed as much as you need to know about a really expensive wheelset that you (and me honestly) can’t afford, great, look at the cool photos and enjoy.

If you are seriously interested in making this purchase and want to know my thoughts then, please follow me down the rabbit hole…

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Critical Interstices: “The Wheel is a Flat Circle” – A Roval + Ultradynamico Review

We don’t usually do video here at the Radavist, usually reserving it for special projects like this one. It’s different and thus, pretty special, so enjoy…

Recorded at the Live Oaks Community Center in January 2020 this presentation was scheduled thanks to the centers call for local participant submissions. Products featured in this presentation include the Roval Terra CLX Evo 650B, The Ultradynamico Rose Race 650B, and the Bistro Graphic Croc. If you like this review and would like to see more please contact @newantarctica to discuss whether or not a in-depth product review is right for you.

Gulo Composites Wheels are Made in North Carolina

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Gulo Composites Wheels are Made in North Carolina

There is no shortage of wheel manufacturers in the United States, which is a good thing, but there are very few carbon wheel manufacturers here so when a new one pops up, we have to share it. Gulo Composites is from Western North Carolina and make their wheels – road, MTB, gravel – in-house. Their GRX-SL is an Allpavé wheel meant for road, gravel, trail, and everything in between. These superlight, 22mm internal width rims were designed with a 2mm spoke hole offset which helps create a very balanced wheel and the spoke hole angles were optimized at each point to work in perfect conjunction with Gulo’s ETI hubs and their unique GIS – Gulo Integrated System – spoke system. Let’s look at this system in detail below.

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HED Cycling’s Gravel Lineup Now Called Emporia

HED’s line of gravel wheels, formerly known as “Eroica”, will now be titled “Emporia”, named after Emporia, Kansas. This change is being made out of respect to the international ride series “L’Eroica”. With this change comes a brand new wheel, dubbed the Emporia GC3 Pro. This wheel is a 30mm deep, full-carbon gravel wheel, featuring a 26mm internal width and weighing in at 1,395g per wheelset.

The Emporia GC3 Pro set is made in the USA and will retail at $2,200. Head to HED for more information!

The Roval Alpinist CL: Performance to the People

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The Roval Alpinist CL: Performance to the People

Roval’s newest wheels are an ultra-light 1365 gram wheelset, which is even lighter on your wallet. The Alpinist CL pairs the lightweight climber’s Alpinist rim with the bombproof DT Swiss 350-series hubs and gossamer DT Swiss Aerolite spokes.

Alpinist CL Highlights:
-Carbon, Clincher (tube-type) / Rim Depth: 33mm  / Rim Width: 21mm internal
-Hubs: DT Swiss 350, CenterLock, Sealed Cartridge bearings, DT Swiss Star Ratchet internals, 12mm thru-axle compatible, convertible to Quick Release. Shimano HG freehub.
-Spoke Count: 24 front, 24 rear
-Spokes: DT Swiss Aerolite T-head
-Nipples: DT Swiss Alloy Pro Lock Hexagonal
-Front Spoke Pattern: Two-cross/Radial (2:1) Rear Spoke Pattern: One-cross/Two-cross (2:1)
-Hand-built
-Weight:  601g (f) 764 (r) 1365g (set)
-MSRP: $1600
-Extras: Roval padded wheelbag. No-Fault crash replacement policy. Lifetime warranty.

Available at Rovalcomponents.com and Roval/Specialized Retailers

The Roval Control SL Team Wheels Are Lightweight and Race-Ready

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The Roval Control SL Team Wheels Are Lightweight and Race-Ready

… yet we all know that you don’t have to be a weight weenie or a racer to appreciate a good set of XC wheels. Lighter, more durable wheels mean you can get out to your favorite loop with less rotational mass. Roval’s new Control SL Team Wheels come in at 1240 grams for the set, have a rim wall that is 4mm wide, offering up protection against pinch flats, and offer a 29mm internal rim width.

Specs:
-54t DT Swiss Star Ratchets for Precise Engagement
-Included Double Wheel Bag
-Team-Spec Metallic Blue Graphics
-MSRP $2650

See more at Roval.

Rodeo Labs and Cerakote: A Match Made in Hero Dirt

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Rodeo Labs and Cerakote: A Match Made in Hero Dirt

It’s no secret that we love earth tone themes over here at the Radavist. Which is why we’ve taken a liking to Cerakote, the durable and thin coating – .5 mil thick! – that is baked on like a powder but at lower temperatures. John’s Sklar’s finish is Cerakote and we’re seeing more and more integration with frames but very few component applications. That’s why this Rodeo Labs project caught our eye. They went extra dirty with this one with the Elite Earth color on everything, including their Rodeo 2.0 rims. Check out more photos below!

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ENVE’s New Foundation Wheels are a Second-Tier $1,600 Made in the USA Wheelset with External Nipples

ENVE will always have their high-end wheelsets but to make the brand more accessible, they developed the all-new Foundation Wheels. These are their second-tier pricepoint products, made to the same standards as all their wheels, but with a few key differences. Think of them like the Force, or the Ultegra, when compared to Red or Dura-Ace on the road side and the XO1, or XT, to the XX1 and XTR on the mountain side.

These are still made in the USA, but feature external nipples, plus a pinch-flat resistant lip, and are backed by the same lifetime warranty as their standard wheels. On the mountain bike side, there are the new AM30 wheels (all-mountain), and on the road/gravel side, the 45 & 65 wheels.

These wheels have molded spoke holes, where the carbon weave is not penetrated, offering continuity in the structure, versus drilling, which ultimately weakens the material. During our discussions, we worked out launching these wheels on three framebuilder bikes, starting with a Falconer. Over the next few days, we’ll look at two more US-made bikes showcasing the new AM30, 45 and 65 wheels… For now, check out more information at ENVE and see the road launch video below!

Industry Nine’s New MTB Wheels Have a Thicker Bead Wall For Fewer Pinch Flats

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Industry Nine’s New MTB Wheels Have a Thicker Bead Wall For Fewer Pinch Flats

It doesn’t matter if you want Enduro or XC wheels, Industry Nine’s newly designed MTB wheel catalog has the right wheelset for your staple bike. Each of these newly-engineered and re-designed carbon rims come paired with the new 6-pawl Hydra hub, direct thread straight-pull spokes, and a lifetime warranty. Customize your own design, like Spencer did for his Orbea Loki, or go with jet black at Industry Nine’s ano lab or through your local dealer.

Tested and Still True: Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V Gravel Wheels

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Tested and Still True: Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V Gravel Wheels

With a weight coming in at 1575grams and setting you back $1300 for the wheelset, the Bontrager Aeolus Pro 3V is a bomb-proof, yet most importantly, more affordable carbon wheels option, perfect for road, all-road, or straight up gravel riding and racing. To be honest, with a price point like that, it’s hard to deny the appeal of these wheels but let’s dive into the details of Bontrager’s assembled in the US carbon disc wheels. I’ve been using these wheels for over eight months now and have some thoughts on what to expect…

Industry 9’s New Carbon Mountain Lineup is 100% Made in North America

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Industry 9’s New Carbon Mountain Lineup is 100% Made in North America

From NC to BC, cutting edge carbon technology meets the groundbreaking Industry Nine Hydra hub and aluminum spoke chassis. Introducing the largest i9 carbon mountain wheel offering to date, available now.  The collection includes the Ultralite 280, Trail 280, Enduro 315, Grade 315 and Enduro 355. The new carbon rims are built on a partnership with Canadian carbon manufacturer, We Are One Composites and are hand laid in Kamloops, BC. 

With a complete lineup of ten new carbon mountain bike wheelsets, the new collection provides high-performance options across all disciplines of riding, from XC to Downhill. We Are One represents an ideal partner thanks to their unrivaled quality and reputation in carbon manufacturing as well as logistical advantages from manufacturing in North America. The collaboration allows for quicker and more efficient delivery, a shorter prototyping phase, increased ordering flexibility, and avoids tariff uncertainty surrounding manufacturing abroad. 

Riders have the full assortment of 11 anodized color options as well as fitment options for all modern mountain bike specs. The wheels will be offered in either 24 or 32 spoke counts depending on the application of the wheel. Every wheelset is backed by a Lifetime Warranty.  The new era of Industry Nine carbon mountain wheels starts at $2,250 and is available now. For more information visit www.industrynine.com.