Boost Wheelset Reynolds TR 249 set 29in. Fortunately the design team and Reynolds understand where you’re coming from, and have crafted up the TR 249 Boost 29-inch wheelset for just that. These speedy wheels are built to conquer miles of cross-country singletrack, packing in all of the technology you expect from Reynolds, like Blacklabel level carbon fiber layups, and snappy house-machined hubs to propel you to the podium, and all without decimating your summer season’s upgrade budget.
Wheelset Campagnolo Bora One 35 Clincher. It offers low rotational mass making quick work of climbs and just enough depth to cheat the wind so holding speed on the flats is a little easier. As with everything Campy, it makes no compromises in the wheelbuild or any of the components ushering in a modern-width rim with Campy’s legendary bearing expertise that brings the Bora name to a price point that is more attainable.
Wheelset DT Swiss E 1800 DB23 Spline Wheel. It’s more than ready and able to bust out an epic day on some unknown gravel one weekend and help pilot you through mud bogs and sandpits at your local CX series the next. This wheelset, thanks to its tubeless ready rim construction and disc compatibility, also lends itself well to the commuter. As we have come to expect with every wheel from DT Swiss, this one comes out of the box built to the utmost precision with quality, durable components.
Wheelset DT Swiss XR 1501 Spline 29in Wheel. It favors weight savings, but without sacrificing too much in the strength department. In fact, the XR 1501’s rims share the same Strength Boost Welding Technology as XM rims, meaning that you’re able to ride with confidence over the rough stuff. The XR 1501’s rim is narrower than the XM, providing an excellent platform for straight ahead speed.
Wheelset Shimano Dura Ace 9170 C40 Carbon Disc Brake Road Tubeless. Component manufacturers are now releasing groups with hydraulic offerings on its top-tier lines, and the new Dura-Ace ST-R9120 and ST-R9170 mark the first time we’ve seen hydro disc brakes under the Dura-Ace moniker. Naturally, Shimano has expanded its wheel offerings, embracing discs and drawing heavily from its mountain bike development along with its proven road technology.
Wheelset Shimano Ultegra WH RS500 Road Tubeless. The ability to run lower pressures and the increased flat prevention can’t go unnoticed. While it’s been a little bit slower to catch on with the road set, more road tubeless tires are currently available, and the technology, materials, and reliability have vastly improved.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Arch MK3 275in Wheelset. 5in Wheelset brings bombproof functionality to technical, aggressive trails. It borrows the light profile of Stan’s XC speed demon Crest and the burly internal arch design of the gravity-focused Flow to step in as a versatile wheelset that’s ready to tackle almost any terrain. Compared to its predecessors, the Arch MK3 clocks in even wider, lighter, and more durable than ever.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Arch MK3 29in Wheel. In fact, it’s the go-to wheel for Stans team of professional enduro racers, so you know it’s built to withstand serious abuse across technical terrain. Stans achieves an optimal balance of strength, stiffness, and lightweight efficiency with its 6069 alloy rim laced to Sapim Force spokes. Seeing that Stans is a tubeless pioneer, it’s no surprise to see the Arch MK3 with Bead Seat Technology (BST) for a proper seal and secure fitment with tubeless set-ups.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Hans Dampf Addix 275in. 5in Tire is a jack-of-all-trades that rolls happily onto just about any trail. The grippy TrailStar compound delivers tons of traction and control when cornering at high speeds, while the lightweight, yet robust SnakeSkin sidewall protection keeps you covered by enduring abuse on the trail, providing an easy fit, and featuring a tubeless-ready design.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix 29 x 26in. Now, it’s available in the greatly-anticipated 29 x 2. 6in size for those of us wanting the extra traction and cushion provided by the high-volume casing.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Magic Mary Addix 29in. Its intermediate tread serves up maximum brake traction and corner grip, even on extremely muddy terrain, thanks to the robust shoulder studs and aggressive, open tread design. The innovative Addix Soft compound has impressively good rolling characteristics, and at the same time, outstanding damping, both of which are also evident at low temps.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Nobby Nic Addix 29×26. Versatility is key these days, and the Schwalbe Nobby Nic Addix tire is one to tackle whatever trail you throw at it from rock gobbling enduro hits to long XC miles out into the backcountry. The Nobby Nic is a quiver killer of a tire, with excellent tracking and braking, from centrally arranged lugs, and larger shoulder studs that boost your control and grip when you hit washed out corners.
Wheelset ENVE SES 78 Disc Clincher. With that in mind ENVE brings you the SES 7. 8 Disc Wheelset, which boasts all the wind-cheating, screaming speed of the original SES 7.
Wheelset FSA 650b Road and Gravel Disc Brake Tubeless. We say “technically,” because the latest breed of all-terrain bikes mean that 650b–or road plus, MX, etc.–are built to accommodate smaller diameter rims and seat big tires. Whether you’re looking for a plush ride across hundreds of miles of bikepacking or you want to ride up a canyon and then ride up the singletrack at the top, FSA’s proven alloy construction and the added tire clearance of 27.
Wheelset HED H3 FR Carbon Road Wheel Tubular. Available as both a front and rear wheel, the H3 FR Wheel is a full carbon tubular, with a 55mm deep rim, airfoil section spokes, and smooth connection points for incredibly low drag. Its deep rim section reduces drag for maximum efficiency.
Wheelset HED Jet 6 Plus Carbon Road Clincher. Now, if they were just long drawn out grades, then any deep-dish would do. But all too often, they are of the brutal switchback variety where drafting is quickly negated.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Racing Ray Addix 275in. The Racing Ray features alternating center lugs and stable shoulder lugs that work together to deliver precise steering and predictable traction while transitioning in and out of turns, along with optimal spacing between the lugs for good mud-shedding capabilities and reliable braking performance. The sophisticated tread design is combined with Schwalbe’s Addix Speedgrip compound that finds the right balance of speed, grip, and durability.
Bike Tire Schwalbe Rock Razor Addix 29in. Its sturdy side knobs flanks a smaller, lower profile center tread that lets this tire fly over dry hard packed trails and while still able to have the cornering chops to dig in and provide confidence at high speed. The Rock Razor is designed primarily as a rear tire and it’ll save the legs when pedaling between stages and inject speed during enduros, or if you are looking for an advantage on a quick, sunbaked DH course.
Bike Tire Surly Lou Fat Bike Tire. When they go out, Lou lets Bud lead, giving him the spotlight while Lou humbly works to keep their operation moving forward and occasionally bailing his impulsive friend out of trouble. His spacious, 7 millimeter tread is similar to Bud’s, built to transfer power over wet, lumpy, and loose terrain; however — like his personality — it leans more toward stability for braking and accelerating. His durable 120 TPI and Kevlar bead also mean that you’ll be rolling fat with virtually no flats.
Bike Tire Teravail Coronado 275in. Some of us live in places where sandy conditions are the norm, and we make do with what we’ve got, just happy to get out on a bike and spin our legs on the local trails. The problem is, most tires are built with rocky and rooty trails in mind, loamy dirt, and sometimes hard pack, but rarely are they built to dominate completely loose conditions and float through sand pits with ease.
Wheelset HED Jet Plus Black Disc Wheel. HED being HED, since that first unveiling, the Minnesota-based manufacturer has been constantly tinkering with and updating the profile, structure, hub, brake track and every other aspect of the wheel. The Jet Plus Carbon Disc Wheel is the latest iteration, bringing the increased stability, comfort, and rolling speed of an expanded rim width to a wheel that HED calls “the epitome of speed.” The secret to the Plus build’s ride quality lies in the expanded tire volume afforded by a the wider, 25mm rim. Since the tire’s bead sits fatter, the tire itself follows suit, which serves to make a plusher ride with less PSI required while reducing rolling resistance by putting a healthier patch of tire on the tarmac.
Wheelset HED Stinger 3 CX FR Carbon Disc Brake Tubular. HED’s Stinger 3 CX FR Carbon Disc Brake Tubular Wheelset goes some way toward assuaging that cautious impulse, though, courtesy of its tire bed, which is expanded beyond even the width of a standard Stinger 3 tub wheel. The extra width does add a few grams, but it comes with the benefits of more secure tire seating and increased structural integrity throughout the rim, so you can stay stone-faced and focused on the race even while clearing ‘cross tabletops or putting in a dig on the stones. While the wider tire bed is what sets the CX model apart from its stablemates, the Stinger 3 CX FR’s disc brake compatibility earns it membership in a club that’s only slightly less exclusive.
Wheelset HED Vanquish 4 Disc Wheelset. One thing is fairly universal in thought though, constructing the rims from carbon fiber as to boost stiffness and drop grams. So we’ve been patiently waiting for HED Cycling, one of the biggest names in bicycle aerodynamics, to release a full carbon clincher. Previous deep section wheels from the brand always opted for an aluminum rim bead, hook, and bed in the past, claiming they simply weren’t convinced that heating up a carbon braking surface and thus the structure holding back 100psi of constant air pressure was the right application, but with disc brake setups gaining momentum and moving stopping duties over to a dedicated rotor, HED decided the time was right for a full-carbon tubeless clincher wheelset.
Wheelset Ibis 742 Carbon Rim. It features a beefy rim width that sits shallower than that of its predecessor, the 741, for increased impact resistance and a lower rolling weight. The lower the rim, the better it weathers big hits, big drops, and surprise roll-overs without failing under you–basically, the 742 is designed to withstand even more enduro abuse. Given that Ibis’ internal tests showed the outgoing 741 is between 50 and 300% stronger than competing models, we realize that pushing even further ahead in the durability game is an ambitious–and maybe even unnecessary–move.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Arch S1 275in Wheel. 5in Wheel is one of the most versatile choices in Stan’s wheel line-up, effortlessly transitioning from fast-flowing XC loops to rugged desert mesas without sacrificing overall strength or tire support. It’s similar to the Arch MK3 Wheel, but at a more affordable price that only compromises in terms of rolling weight over its pricier MK3 sibling. The Arch S1 retains the excellent Neo hubs with Durasync, which provide a responsive 10-degree engagement for getting up and over trail impediments standing in your way.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Flow MK3 29in Wheel. Updated to be wider, stronger, and lighter, the reinvigorated Flow MK3 29in Wheel utilizes 6069 alloy construction for a bit of weight savings without sacrificing its legendary strength. The 29-millimeter internal width supports the industry’s push towards wider tires, ideally fitting trail and all-mountain tires from 2. 3 to 2.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Grail S1 Wheel. Here at the Competitive offices, we appreciate Stan’s gimmick-free approach to creating dependable wheels that support tubeless tires at lower pressures, so you can reap the benefits of greater traction and bump compliance, especially in the realms of gravel riding and cyclocross racing. Part of Stan’s S1 collection of affordably priced wheels, the Grail S1 is a palatable option for the gravel rider and cyclocross racer on a budget seeking increased support for running wider tubeless tires. However, you’ll find the caveat comes with a weight penalty of approximately 150 grams over the Grail Comp Wheelset, which sits one rung above the budget-focused Grail S1.
Wheelset Stans NoTubes Iron Cross Team Road Wheel. This wheelset tucks into the middle of Stan’s Iron Cross line of road disc, cyclocross, and gravel wheels and features a robust 28 front and 32 rear spoke count for trouble free rides and wide and low-profile rims for you get the most out of your tires.The Iron Cross Team wheels are designed for wider road, gravel, and cross rubber and utilize Stan’s trademark Bead Socket Technology (BST) with low profile sidewalls providing a better seat area for the tire bead. You can use these wheels with standard clincher and tubes, but we figure if you are reading about these, you are looking to enjoy the benefits of tubeless. When setup sans tube, BST creates an air tight seal and allows the tire’s sidewall to expand to its true, rounder, and more effective profile.
Bike Tire Challenge Grifo 33 Cross Tubular. The hand-made Grifo 33 Tubular Tire has a highly puncture-resistant and lightweight Super Poly casing. With 300 threads per inch, you can expect a remarkably supple ride.
Bike Tire Challenge Chicane TLR Tubeless. So unless conditions are exceptionally muddy or slick, the Chicane is fantastic for rolling quickly and putting power to the ground. And with the new crop of tubeless CX tires being so good and easy to swap out, we’re wondering if tubular wheels and tires’ days are numbered.
Bike Tire Kenda Nevegal 2 EN DTC/ATC 275in. Designed to provide confidence-inspiring traction without slowing you down, the Nevegal 2 EN-DTC/ATC Tire sees a revised tread pattern that reduces rolling resistance by 50% compared to the original design. A new EN-DTC dual tread compound improves cornering grip, braking control, and wear life, and the tire is now available in modern 2.
Bike Tire Maxxis Aggressor EXO/TR 275in. We can’t promise it’ll make your lines more aggressive, but its rugged, versatile construction will make sure you don’t have to hold back when you point your wheels downhill. Designed for training more than racing, the tubeless-ready Aggressor features a durable 60 TPI casing along with Maxxis’ EXO sidewall protection to ward off flats.
Boost Wheel Stans NoTubes Crest MK3 29in . The Crest MK3 has always been a favorite among XC racers and riders, due to its low rolling weight and trail resilience at an attractive price. The newest version improves upon this legacy with 6069 aluminum alloy giving you the dependable strength and lightweight efficiency desired by XC racers and trail enthusiasts alike. Its 23-millimeter internal width optimally supports tires in the range of 2.
Boost Wheel Stans NoTubes Sentry S1 29in . Its 32mm internal rim width is optimized to provide a wide enough footprint for plus-sized tires in the range of 2. 5-to-3. 0 inches, while its WideRight rim profile ensures said footprint get laid down without being overly bulbous or bell-like, so it’s not prone to pinch-flats, sidewall slashes, and burps around tight corners.
Drivetrain Race Face Atlas Cinch Crank Arms 83mm Spindle. However, Race Face’s Cinch technology changed that in recent years, and this year, the company introduced the futuristic Atlas Cinch Crank Arms with 83mm Spindle, bringing its Cinch model to bikes with DH spacing for the first time. Mechanically abusive downhill riders can now take advantage of the added flexibility of modularity without having to sacrifice the pedal-mashing durability that made the workhorse Atlas crankset so popular among them before.
Boost Wheel e thirteen components TRS Race SL Carbon 275in. They must be light, stiff, and hold up to repeated abuse over natural terrain as well as in the park. Thankfully brands like e*thirteen exist and it’s full of likeminded riders and engineers who also agree.
Chris King ISO 15mm Oversize Shell Front Hub. The Chris King ISO 15mm Oversize Shell Front Hub now brings King performance to the 15mm thru-axle. The folks at Chris King spent most of the past year putting the new 15mm axle standard through its paces. Apparently, they are quite satisfied with the new design, as illustrated by offering two versions of the 15mm thru-axle design.
Chris King R45 Disc Road Rear Hubs. And when you combine that with the notorious reliability and serviceability that comes with all of King’s products, it’s not hard to see why this tradition lives on. These same qualities are found in King’s new R45 Disc Road Rear Hubs, which were built to handle the rigors of road and cyclocross racing, where durability and smooth-rolling reliability is a must. The R45 Disc Road Rear Hubs spawned from the original, tried-and-proven R45s, with the addition of machined 6-bolt disc mount and taller flanges.
Mountain Bike Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 275 S Complete. 5+ S Complete Mountain Bike excels everywhere from lengthy rides in the mountains to enduro race courses and even blasting a few laps at the local bike park. Santa Cruz redesigned this bike with a longer, more aggressive geometry for the ever-increasing capabilities demanded by riders and a lower-link driven shock inspired by the latest gen Nomad. Making it ideal for negotiating tech-gnar one moment and fast flowing terrain the next, the 160mm fork travel and 65-degree head angle ensure handling remains refined, while the redesigned, one-piece swingarm keeps the rear wheel tracking on point however twisted you get.
Chris King Thru Axle Hub 10x135mm Rear. Every time we drive across Kansas and get to the front range, the striking views of the Rocky Mountains make us giddy and ready for adventure.