Lurking in the back of the memory card from this year’s PressCamp was this story about Stan’s new fatbike, gravel and racer-boy rims.
Back in September last year, we brought you a spy shot of an unfinished fat bike (or ‘Plus Size Bike’ to be fair) tubeless-compatible rim from Stan’s NoTubes. The unfinished rim had ‘487g’ Magic Markered onto it, which got the fat bike community very excited. The production ‘Hugo’ rim isn’t quite that light, but it’s still impressive. Interestingly, the Stan’s website quotes weights for 26, 27.5 and 29in rims. Fatbike 27.5ers anyone? Weights are listed as 560g-622g . It also quotes the price as being $695, so who knows?
The clever bit about the Hugo, at least when it comes to running it tubeless, is that the tyre bead lives in a channel near the sidewall of the rim, rather than in a central channel. This means that the bead doesn’t have far to travel to seal into place – and Stan’s is confident that you’ll be able to inflate it with a track pump.
Of interest to those chunky road bike fans is the new Grail rim. This is a rim that GT asked for for its new gravel-style road bike, though we reckon that it’ll find fans elsewhere too.
Here’s a Stan’s Hugo with a Maxxis Chronicle 29+ tyre.
Stan’s Valor carbon rims are now in production, having been launched last year – offering lighter wheels, but for a $1900 cost. Hopefully we’ll get some in for a try soon.