Review | SILT Carbon AM 29, strong, light and cheap?

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“Strong, light, cheap: pick two” is the phrase that is often punted around, but has SILT managed to tick off all 3 with the new SILT AM Carbon wheels? We all wish it wasn’t true, but it’s a fact that you cannot have a cheap, light and strong product. It’s easy enough to find a cheap handlebar, for example, but will it be strong or lightweight? Strong tyres? Try finding light, strong and cheap tyres. Then how about wheels? Who is SILT? SILT might be a new name to you, but the people behind the brand have plenty of experience in the bike industry already. Before launching the SILT brand, key members of the SILT team spent time designing and developing products for Nukeproof and then Hunt. The SILT range currently consists of alloy and carbon wheelsets for XC, All-mountain and eMTB, with prices kicking off at just £370 for a pair of alloy wheels or £800 for carbon rimmed hoops. SILT sells its wheelsets through its online store, where customers can also purchase spares,...

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  • Review | SILT Carbon AM 29, strong, light and cheap?
  • Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Thats a nice bike

    Premier Icon Jim Trailrider
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    I suspect the D-Light spokes have a lot to do with the ride feel and will help keep the weight down. Are they brass or alloy nipples?

    Premier Icon tall_martin
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    I’d hope an £800 wheel set was light and strong!

    Premier Icon stefanp
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    Ratchet system sounds a bit like the dt swiss Hugi system? No bad thing!

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    The overall low weight of the wheels is an advantage too and in fact, the SILT AM wheels roll along with as little effort as a pair of XC wheels might

    Rolling along is more about the rolling resistance of the tyres surely. They may pick up speed slightly quicker than a heavier wheel, but that’s a slightly different thing.

    Also, while I’m nit-picking, the whole point of the ‘strong, light, cheap – pick two’ Keith Bontrager, I think, thing, is that it saves you having to explain what it means at length. Besides, you actually seem to be saying that you can have all three? Except that £800 isn’t cheap? But it is, sort of?

    Premier Icon cakeandcheese
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    Are Silt Scribe? Same hub internals, same price point, same spares backup.

    Edit: Ah ha!

    © 2021, SILT MTB. A Scribe Sp

    Premier Icon Martinhuutch
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    Is 1750g regarded as light for a carbon AM wheelset?

    A good quality alloy wheelset such as DT Swiss XMC 1700 would be roughly the same (same cost as well), even with a 350 hub.

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