SRAM introduces mountain bike wheels

by Chipps 20

We’re a bit busy in the office today, so we were going to just run an unapologetic press release about SRAM’s new mountain bike wheels. However, it was so full of hyperbole, that we’re just going to summarise it for you.

Having bought Zipp a few years ago, SRAM has been making some nice road wheels, so it was inevitable that it would come out with some mountain bike wheels. They will come in carbon and aluminium, in 26in and 29in.

They will be called ‘Rise’ – the Rise 40 is the aluminium model, in 26in and 29in and will be out this month. The Rise 60 is the carbon version and will be available in 26in at the turn of the year and in 29in in February or so. We only have Euro prices at the moment. Rise 26 and 29in will be €465 a pair. Rise 60 in carbon will be €1800 a pair.

Oh, and SRAM reckons they’re great. “Every wheel connects you to the ground. But only RISE wheels can carry you to new heights.”

Now for some pics:

First the Rise 40 – nice wide rim there

Here's the Rise 40 in 26in

 

 

 

Rise 40 in 26in

 

Rise 40 29er wheel in 15mm

 

 

Rise 40 in 29in flavour

 

Rise 40 29er hub

 

Rise 40 29in

Weight per pair of the SRAM Rise 40 wheels: 26in: 1710g – 29in: 1840g

 

And some carbon goodness:

 

And now for the carbon. Looks rather similar to the ally wheel.

 

 

More slender hubs and bolt-thru front

 

Bolt thru rear too

 

Weights for the carbon wheels: Weight per pair 26in: 1330g – 29in: 1420g

 

Comments (20)

  1. i don’t have any carbon on my bike and probably never will, but €1800 a pair? really? for that money i rather buy the rise 40, go riding somewhere in europe for a week and still have money left for rent when i get back.

  2. And once again someone tries to re-invent the wheel.

  3. “Every wheel connects you to the ground. But only RISE wheels can carry you to new heights.”

    nice – I was just looking for some cheese for my sandwich;)

  4. Weights?

    Intended use? XC race only, or an all round wheel?

  5. Here are some answers from SRAM:

    No, the wheels are not tubeless compatible, but a tubeless conversion kit can be used and SRAM is developing its own tubeless kit.

    – Rim width I/D is 19mm. //Which is way narrower than it looks!//

    – Rise 60 and 40 are available in 15mm and QR for the front, 135mm QR and 142x12mm for the rear. Rise 60 hubs, both front and rear, have interchangeable side caps to convert to either axle standard, while on Rise 40 only the front hubs are convertible.

    – Straight pull spokes on both models.

  6. 1800 for a wheelset and it’s not UST ready and doesn’t come with a kit to make it so, really come on!

  7. No, the wheels are not tubeless compatible, but a tubeless conversion kit can be used and SRAM is developing its own tubeless kit.

    Doh!

  8. I don’t think Mavic are going to be worrying just yet.

  9. Yawn… Another set of overpriced factory wheels, what on Earth the point is when you can get a custom Stans/Hope build that are much lighter and cheaper for any given price I don’t know.

    Move along.

  10. Straight pull spokes are stupid.

  11. Hmmm something else to feed my ongoing SRAM addiction, Ive been running my 9.0SL Hubs for years now so its probably about time for some replacements.

  12. What Alejandro said. +1. I’d sooner have a lovely trip to Moab.

  13. With those weights, prices and specs I can’t see them selling well (at least to those with a brain!)

    Sorry SRAM 🙁

  14. So Sram obviously reckon there is a bigger market for QR fronts than 20mm at the top end of the market? Really?

  15. “Rim width I/D is 19mm. //Which is way narrower than it looks!//”

    Awesome, so they look wide, but really they’re not…

  16. What I meant was that you’ll have to add a tubeless kit and also weight to some pretty exspensive wheels, also the wheels are realesed but not a the tubeless kit, seems a bit a’*e about face

  17. If you listen carefully you’ll be able to hear the boat they’ve missed.

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