The newly released TR S carbon rim wheels from Reynolds combine the flawless ride quality they’re known for and the durability you’ve come to expect. No matter your budget, wheels will still be the most important upgrade you make to your bike.
Reynolds ambassador Eric Porter and product manager Todd Tanner spent time ride testing the new TR S wheels on their home trails in Utah. Porter has earnest ted a reputation for himself as a mountain biker for a number of years and is a rider most will recognize, but Tanner will likely slip under the radar of the younger crowd.
Tanner is a former downhill racer from the early years of the World Cup circuit, and it shows. He definitely knows how to handle a bike, and moreover knows how they should perform. Now he puts his years of race driven product testing experience to good use refining the ride feel and overall ride performance of Reynolds mountain wheels, including the new TR S wheels.
The asymmetric carbon rims even out spoke tension for a more durable and predictable ride. The 30mm internal rim width provides excellent tire fit and provides additional air volume for superior ride quality and traction.
The TR 309 S is the 29er version and the TR 307 S is the 27.5 version. Both are offered in a range of colors to match your bike and come with both a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.
Other features include Reynolds’ new TR6 100% CNC’d center lock disc mountain hub with 6-pawl construction and 5 degree engagement. Both versions are laced with 28 straight-pull spokes front and rear lending to the wheels’ quick acceleration and snap out of corners. The TR 309 S weighs in at 1635 grams while the TR 307 S tips the scales at just 1560 grams.
There’s a wealth of carbon wheels currently on the market, which means that it often comes down to the little details when deciding what to buy. For that reason, we’re seeing more companies offering impressive guarantees and warranties that make it a little easier to justify ponying up for a set of fancy carbon hoops.
Race Face are no exception, and they recently announced a two year guarantee for their carbon wheels that covers damage of any kind, including moments of user error, like backing over your wheel as you drive away from the trails. Read on for more details from Race Face, as well as a visual representation of exactly what that guarantee covers.
It’s clear that people love to abuse their bikes. And coming up on 25 years of building industry leading bicycle components, we’ve seen just about every story of JRA imaginable. From botched gaps to bikes on roof racks meeting garage entrances, the tragic stories of components lost before their time get shared amongst riders like folklore. And while these can be fun for wrenches filling in some #bikeshopbingo, we want to ensure our customers are getting the full lifetime of their product, especially when it comes to an investment in ride quality like Next R carbon wheels.
Race Face believes that our carbon wheels are top of their class; they are so durable we are offering the following 2 year, no fault, guarantee to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase. At the discretion of Race Face we will, within 2 years of your original purchase, repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is. This guarantee covers your complete carbon wheel, including the rim, spokes, and hub with bearings to ensure you have a fully functioning, ride-ready wheel.
The evolution of high-performance 29” wheel bikes is undeniable. From XC to DH, these bikes have proven to be incredibly capable, not to mention a ton of fun. Making great 29” wheels requires a purpose-built approach, because bigger without a purpose is not necessarily better. Developing a proper wheel for these bikes means understanding that this new wheel needs to capitalize on the quick-rolling properties they bring to the table, while still making them light, efficient, responsive and, above all, playful.
To accomplish this we’ve increased the spoke count, changed the lacing pattern, and engineered a new hub-shell design. The sum of these changes gives you a laterally stiff wheel that can smash berms and sprint out of corners, a torsionally stiff wheel that feels more responsive and accelerates faster, and a wheel that gives you the right amount of radial stiffness for best traction. And an added byproduct of the new ROAM 60 29 design is that tests show it to be really tough, too.
e*thirteen is proud to announce that it has extended and expanded its partnership with Rémy Métailler through 2018. “e*thirteen has long been a fan of Rémy’s mind-blowing Whistler Bike Park edits and his blazing fast Rampage runs, so when the opportunity arose to have him on our wheels and cassettes, it was a clear choice.” says Chris Costello, e*thirteen’s sponsorship coordinator.
“Rémy has a massive following and increasing our collaboration with him nicely complements our partnerships with Whistler Bike Park and Cube Bikes.”
Starting in 2017, in addition to chainguides, Remy will also be riding e*thirteen’s World Cup winning carbon wheels and truly innovative cassettes—LG1 Race Carbon on his DH bikes and TRS Race Carbon on his trail and enduro bikes.
Alongside Aaron Gwin of the YT Mob and Team United Ride’s Mick Hannah, Rémy will be one of e*thirteen’s key wheel ambassadors. This year, he will focus on promoting the wheels and cassettes in video edits, urban DH races, and Red Bull Rampage. Rémy will also be one of just a few select athletes running carbon wheels in Rampage.
Métailler said, “I’m excited to continue and increase my partnership with e*thirteen and to use their new TRS Race and LG1 Race Carbon wheels. I already have spent some serious time on the wheels and the ride characteristics are particularly impressive. Knowing that I have some of the strongest wheels available will be a nice confidence boost.”
“I’ve never ridden a pair of wheels this stiff out of the box, with zero adjustments so far” – Dan Wolfe
The Afterburner WideR wheelset is a delightful choice to feed your inner wolf.
• Available in 27.5″ or 29″ Boost 148, or standard 142 spacing (135mm QR end caps also provided for standard 142).
• Boost 148 (27.5″ – 1,745g / 29″ – 1,830g) – $628.99
• Standard 142 (27.5″ – 1,666g / 29″ – 1740g) – $628.99
Tubeless compatible (FSA rim tape provided) and complete with a hookless bead, these 27mm (inner rim width) rims are easy to mount any type of tire too.
Dan’s Transition Carbon Patrol complete with Afterburner WideR wheels, SL-K Modular carbon cranks, and Grid tool free chain guide.
The Wolfe lurks in the shadows…
Waiting to pounce…
And claim your seat at the big boy’s table.
“What fine wheels you have!”
“All the better to corner with, my dear…”
There are those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue victory on the trail. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.—Dan Wolfe
Shimano’s latest press release reminds us that, as much as we would all like to own a ten thousand dollar trail bike, many avid riders, and some first-time mountain bikers will be hitting the trails this season aboard far more modest steeds. The new M6000-level Deore component ensemble is targeted at the entry-level enthusiasts and cash strapped shredders who would much prefer XTR, but have not yet purchased a winning lottery ticket.
Clutch-type rear derailleur in long and mid-cage options.
Highlights of the new group are a clutch type Shadow plus rear derailleur, a four-arm XTR style crank spider, Centerlock brake rotors and hubs, and while the Servo-Wave brake levers and ICE-compatible calipers are modeled very close to the ergonomically pleasant XT and XTR stoppers, you’ll have to pony up for the finned brake pads, because they are not standard fare.
Mid-length levers and servo-wave actuation.
The 6000 calipers accept XTR finned brake pads.
Choose a two or three-ring crankset with XTR styling.
Equally newsworthy was what was not included in the press release: No eleven speed for M6000, so it won’t be cross-compatible with its pricier siblings. The basic Deore will remain a ten-speed transmission, and there is no mention of a one-by (single chainring) option. Instead, M6000 customers can choose from a number of two and three-chainring cranksets (no surprise there) paired with a new wide-range 11 by 42-tooth cassette, or Shimano’s longstanding 11 by 32, 34, or 36-tooth cassettes. To assist OEM customers, Shimano will offer front changers with every possible cable and clamping arrangement.
Side-swing front mech for the entry level Deore group.
SLX One-By and a Wide-Range Cassette
On the heels of the M6000 Deore ensemble, came the announcement that an SLX-level one-by drivetrain has finally been approved for production, and with an eleven–speed, 11 x 46-tooth, wide-range cassette – both of which will be released this Spring. The affordable one-by transmission, big-boy cassette and the concurrent release of XT-level wheelsets with Boost axle spacing reflect a large-scale adjustment in the Japanese parts maker’s range, presumably, to pull alongside SRAM in the OEM market and to ensure that those customers have the proper tools to outfit mid-priced performance mountain bikes with tip-to-toe Shimano componentry.
Entry Level Trail Pedal
Shimano also added an SPD Trail pedal to its range that is reportedly priced to match the M6000 ensemble. The PDED500 pedal once again, puts one of Shimano’s most-wanted products into the hands of entry-level riders. Expect to see the 500-level pedals on demo fleets world wide. No price was available at the time of the press release.
Wheels have gradually become a staple product for Shimano and, while wide rims are still on the horizon, to keep in step, their wheel range is now available in Boost-width as well as standard-width axles. Two new 29” and 27.5” Deore XT wheelsets have wider axle options – a 110x15mm e-thru front- and a 148x12mm rear-axle spacing. Shimano says that the new wheelsets increase stiffness. Also new are rear thru axle hubs (AX-MT700 and AX-MT500) with smaller housings and lighter weights that feature greater clearance for frames and brake calipers.