Wheeler is a Taiwanese brand with distribution throughout much of the world, including a U.S. agent despite the limited presence here. Most of the bikes on their website are mid-level, with a few slick looking full suspension mountain bikes and aero road bikes topping things out. For Taipei, they had several new models across new-for-them categories that featured some nice details.
The Thirtysixxer was rightly placed at the corner of their booth, suckering me in for a closer look…
36×2.1 tires for the win.
On the more practical side is this smooth titanium 29er hardtail with rigid carbon fork.
Larger sections at the outside of the bottom bracket shell reinforce it for the bearings, and the rest is whittled down. Perhaps it’s mostly cosmetic, but that’s OK by us.
Ti dropouts with thru-axle and direct-mount rear derailleur all built in.
This cyclocross bike also uses a ti frame with carbon fork, and adds Shimano’s new flat brake mounts.
If only Shimano had some of their new flat-mount calipers ready for the show. In the meantime, there’s always adapters.
It shares the same BB shell design and adds some very curvy stays.
A fat bike and upright city bike rounded out the collection.