This tubeless ready 1955g XC / Trail wheel set with Stan's Rapid rims offers a ton of performance at an unbeatable price. The Rapid rim shares a similar 21mm tubeless ready inner profile as the Stan's Arch EX, but the Rapid is tougher, heavier duty, has a sleeved joint, and stainless steel spoke hole eyelets. Does that mean you could call it the Arch EX EX? Is Airwolf the Raddest 1980's TV attack helicopter starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, and the guy with the eye patch? Absolutely. Not convinced? Look at where they park the thing! What were we Musing about?
Should you buy this wheel set? Entirely your call. Should you watch this short but sweet rock climbing video? Absolutely.
These wheels are built with Shimano SLX loose ball, cup + cone, quick release, (front 15 TA is an option), centerlock bolt disc hubs that will work with Shimano MTB 8/9/10/11 speed cassettes. The hub shell is aluminum, but the axle and freehub are steel. Shimano SLX hubs are lighter weight than their 6-bolt Deore or Deore XT counterparts, but with the exception of XTR, Shimano MTB hubs don't play the "light weight" hub game. You can run a 6 or 7 speed cassette on them as well, but you'll need to source a 4.5mm spacer (6 speed), or 4 mm spacer (7 speed) that is compatible with your cassette's function.
These wheels are built with quality Sapim Race double butted, (2.0/1.8/2.0mm = 14g/15g/14g), black stainless steel spokes with brass nipples in a 32 hole, three cross configuration front and rear. These spokes are a premium upgrade over virtually all "new bike" wheels' spokes.
Overall, these wheels represent a solid XC wheel set option, capable of fast, aggressive driving, I mean riding, and will hold up to moderate impacts. The rims and spokes especially are light weight, a chunk of the listed wheel weight resides in the center of these wheels, not necessarily a bad thing. Here's a pro tip, add the centerlock disc option, which will qualify this wheel set to use a pretty sweet coupon code here, and will ultimately save you a bunch of money. From start to finish, these wheels are top notch, and are an unbeatable deal. We're not joking around here.
-Comes with tubeless tape and valves installed, but you can still use them with inner tubes by popping the valve(s) out.
-The Stan's Rapid (sleeve joint) 29er disc rim has a 21mm inner width, is 15.8mm tall, 25mm wide. The rim features a sleeve joint and single stainless spoke hole eyelets. They have a solid black ano finish, presta valve holes, and they weigh in at about 485g
-Recommended for use with 29er x 1.75 - 2.3" tires
-Wheel set weight without tape and valves is approximately 1950g