Despite enthusiastic support and strong reviews overseas, Austrian carbon fiber wheel specialists Xentis are all but unknown in North America. Distributors Stage Race are determined to gain the company a beachhead in the new world.
Seen here in Stage Race’s Interbike booth, the 1,394g (claimed) Squad 4.2 Silver Line clincher wheelset has a number of features that set it apart. First and foremost is Xentis’ patented carbon fiber brake track, which is claimed to deliver aluminum-like braking—even in the wet—when used with standard (non-carbon) pads. Just below the brake track sits a series of active turbulator scallops, which serve to prevent the drag caused by smooth air as it ‘sticks’ to the trailing edge of the wheel.
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Added to are these niceties like handwritten runout and signature from the builder as well as rattle-reducing valve stem grommet and in-molded computer magnet. See the entire line, including 26in and 29er mountain wheels, at www.xentis.com.
edit: MSRP for the 4.2 clinchers is $2,695, the 5.8 tubulars $2,795. “Silver Line” ceramic versions of each will be available in November.