Close Up: Reynold’s Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels, 650B In Prototype Phase
Reynolds showed us their new carbon 29er XC tubeless and 26″ XC and All Mountain wheels in late March with all the specs and layup details. Here’s a close up look IRL (In Real Life).
Quick details: The AM and 29er XC use a 21mm inside bead width. All three wheels use the same hub with different spoke counts. The AM wheels get 28 spokes, 29er XC gets 24 as does the regular 26 XC wheels, but the latter has a 17mm inner rim width. There’s also a tubular 26, but even they admit the market’s pretty small for it. All wheels include replaceable end caps to work with the major axle standards
Wheelset weights are claimed at 1426g (XC 26), 1571g (29er), 1588g (AM 26) and 1371g for the tubular.
They have a prototype 650B wheel that’s modeled after the 29er with the wider rim and
24 28 spoke count. Look for this one in late fall. Hubs are the same as the others.
There’s a nice ridge separating the channel for the tubeless tire bead to lock into.