One of the greatest feelings on a bike is being able to ride up a hill quickly, especially when you see your mates struggling away behind you. To make it up a hill faster, a light bike always helps and this is where the C18 wheelsets bring their game. We made these wheels as light as we could, without sacrificing durability because nobody wants to have to walk their bike back home.
We started with an incredibly light rim that is tubeless ready so you can run the lightest tires on the market. With weight dropped from the rims, you’ll notice how snappy the acceleration is. To help keep the weight low, we laced these wheels with Sapim spokes. These spokes are able to absorb high-frequency vibrations (trail buzz) so you also get a more comfortable ride. But we used a standard 3-cross lacing pattern to ensure the wheels remain durable and are able to transmit power while minimising lateral flex. With an upgraded hub for 2016, this wheelset is able to take on the stresses that large cogs and 29er wheels place on hubs.
These wheels aren’t for everyone but if you are after a set of super light wheels and don’t fancy the idea of shelling out carbon prices, these wheels are well worth a closer look and a test ride.
|Tyre Type||Tubeless Ready|
C18AB: 710 g (f) / 855 g (r), total: 1565 g
C18AR: 725 g (f) / 860 g (r), total: 1585 g
C18AB: 27.5” / 650b
|Rim Width (Internal)||18 mm|
|Rim Width (External)||22.5 mm|
|Cassette Compatibility||Shimano 9-11s / SRAM 10s or SRAM XD|
|Spoke Lacing||Three Cross|
|Spoke Count||32 (f) and 32 (r)|
|Spoke Type||Pillar Double Butted 1415 J-bend|
|Bearing Count||2 (f) and 4 (r)|
|Disc Brake Compatible||No|
Fork Spacing: 9 x 100 QR and 15 x 100 mm thru axle
Frame spacing: 10 x 135 QR and 12 x 142 mm thru axle
|Product Code||C18AB / C18AR|