THE WTB LaserDisc XC rim (425g), features a full complement of WTB rim technology. It's true, this rim is not a part of WTB's modern rim lineup of tubeless ready Frequecy Team and KOM rims. But this rim Did sit at the top of their lineup for nearly a decade, and for good reason. The LaserDisc XC rim was one of The most versatile XC rims for a really long time. The LaserDisc strikes that great balance between inner width, strength, and weight. With a 19mm inner width, the rim works well with a wide range of tires. The rim features, (I-Beam center channel support), and UnBendium Bulge achieve the effect of boosting rim strength, yet the overall design is still very light weight. Don't let the overall wheel set weight below fool you, much of that is in the hubs, spokes, and nipples, (approx. 665g, 445g, and 65g respectively). Given the composition of wheel weight, these wheels will still ride fairly light.
These wheels are built with reliable, quick release, black ano, Shimano Alivio M475 series alloy 6 bolt disc hubs, that will work with Shimano MTB 8/9/10/11 speed cassettes. 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 DT Swiss black stainless steel 2.0mm (14g) J-bend spokes in a 32 hole, three cross configuration front and rear. These spokes are an upgrade over most "new bike" spokes. Small details make big differences with regards to spoke wire, and even though there are lighter weight spoke options available, these straight gauge spokes still feature top quality stainless, with a precise finish that allows for precise wheel building.
Overall, these wheels represent an excellent XC wheel set option, and at this price, they are an unbeatable deal. We're not joking around here.
-Comes with 17mm BWW rim tape.
-The WTB LaserDisc XC (sleeved joint) 26" disc rim has a 19mm inner width, is 18mm tall, 25mm wide. The rim features WTB's I-beam, (center vertical wall through rim cavity), Unbendium Bulge, (beadhook material build out), and single stainless eyelets, have presta valve holes, and weighs about 425g
-Recommended for use with 26" x 1.75 - 2.2" tires
-Wheel set weight with Shimano disc QR hubs and brass nipples is approximately 2050g