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WTB Laserbeams Rim

3.71/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $50.00


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WTB Laserbeams


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by abikerider a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2014

Strengths:    They stay true and have a wide breaking surface. Strong and light.

Weaknesses:    Tight, tight fit onto tires

Bottom Line:   
These are great rims. Too bad WTB couldn't have better quality control when it comes to sizing. I've broken a few plastic tire levers on these because of how tightly they fit some tires. Today I decided to do something about it. I stood it up next to a Mavic 517 and they were about 3/32" bigger in diameter. That's a lot when it comes to rims. I decided to file the outer diameter down a little to make it easier on me. I mounted the wheels sans tires on the bike and got to work. Working my way around the rim I used a file to slowly remove material from the outside of the rim. This took many rotations of the rim and I had to clean the file with each rotation. I finally got it to less than 1/16" bigger than the Mavic and after chamfering the rough edges with the file I was able to put a tire on with only a little difficulty. I did not want to take more than this off out of fear of weakening the tire bead lip on the rim. It was already looking pretty thin. The rim went from "nearly impossible to mount the tire" to "just a tight fit". I am now happy with the rims and I hope this helps others with the same problem.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry Mesa

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Purchased At:   swap meet

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, Sun

Bike Setup:   PerformanceBike hardtail frame "Access", 26" wheels, Sid fork, Proshift V-brakes, XTR 8 speed pod shifters, Specialized Captain and Purgatory tires, nothing else special. It's kind retro.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dr Shepard Mclintock a Downhiller from uranus

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2006

Strengths:    fits on my bike, made of reinforced paper mache

Weaknesses:    they dont speak english

Bottom Line:   
i dont see a line---- where are u hiding it can u please tell me i want to eat it.

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Favorite Trail:   thongs are on the floor next to the headphones that like to be sat on ur ears

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   taco bell

Similar Products Used:   internet, camel, mountain goat,

Bike Setup:   the usb tht is sitting on the desk just farted in my face now the basement smells of poo ------ huffy slider

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Elps a Racer from Charlotte, NC , USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2005

Strengths:    Great Looks, Strong, Light

Weaknesses:    No wear indicator on the rim if you use v-brakes (I use disc's though)

Bottom Line:   
WTB named these wheels correctly, they are as straight as Laserbeams, as fast as Laserbeams and only about 400 grams heavier than Laserbeams. I am not really a Mountian Biker but I am a semi-pro road racer so Im pretty used to light wheels and these wheels really have a low curb weight. Definetly worth the $.

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Favorite Trail:   Beatty or The Greenway

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   WTB Speedisc
WTB Dual Duty
Sun Rims Rhyno Lite's


Bike Setup:   '05 Fisher Tassajara with WTB grips, tires and wheels, (trying to replace the bontrager stuff)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darrin a Cross Country Rider from Fairfield, OH

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, strong, takes a beating.

Bottom Line:   
I have no trouble with changing tires. I ride as hard as I can and these have taken every rock, root, bridge, jump, and fall that I have given them.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with bike on eBay, extra set.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jim a Cross Country Rider from mo

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Strengths:    Easy to build up, look tuff

Weaknesses:    Severely dinged side wall, tuff to change tires

Bottom Line:   
They look burly and I read the previous mtbr reveiws and was excited about them. Unfortunatly the second time I took my new pride and joy out on the trail I put a SERIOUS ding in the side wall, the top of the rim bent in and the internal wall bowed out, pushing the brake serface out. I haven't been able to bend it smooth yet. To be fair I was riding a rocky trail, hopped a stream bed at about 18 mph, and landed on a small rock in the trail, no pinch flat (35psi),just a narly dent (FYI I'm 150 pounds).
Not a bad value, and sounds like alot of people get tons of miles out of them. I say check the rims, or wheel set before you buy as it seems quality control is spotty.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   Mavic, sunn

Bike Setup:   IRO Single Speed, rigid fork, surly 1X1 hubs, dt spokes, Moto raptor 2.4's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Weather expert a Cross Country Rider from iowa

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2004

Strengths:    very stiff. wear resistant, good braking. easy build.

Weaknesses:    GODDAMN IMPOSSIBLE TO INSTALL/REMOVE TIRES FROM IT!

Bottom Line:   
i have wasted at least 5 plastic tire levers on these rims. mounting a 2.1 is already hard enough, but once i had to use 1.25 slick on these. talk about bloody fingers.

but because of the tight fit, it might be a good candidate if ou plan to use stan's.

other than the tire mounting thing, this rims is pretty sweet. it built up pretty easily, it's held up for 3 years of riding, very rarely needed trueing and doesn't crack like 517.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   syncros lil snapper, bonty mustang, 221, 517, 519

Bike Setup:   it's a wtb momentum wheelset, momentum hubs and laserbeam 22mm.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Monty a Cross Country Rider from Richmond

Date Reviewed: February 29, 2004

Strengths:    Very strong. Has stayed relatively true for three years.

Weaknesses:    Very, very difficult to put tires on. I have broke tire levers during tube changes.

Bottom Line:   
This is a very strong rim. I have had to adjust/tighten the rear spokes once in three years. I have not touched the front. Sadly, the difficulty in putting on a tire downgrades this rim greatly. I have spent upwards of twenty minutes attempting to put the tire back on after a flat. This hurts your time in a race.

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Favorite Trail:   Sherando Lake Rec.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Mavic X517

Bike Setup:   Stock K2 Razorback Team - 2001 model.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nab a Weekend Warrior from Somerville, MA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2004

Strengths:    Light, tough and pretty.

Weaknesses:    A little hard putting the tire on.

Bottom Line:   
These rims are great. I think i got a good deal. $60 for the wheelset laced to Lx hubs. They're light and so far have remained true after a month and a few 2-3 foot drops. It's a little bit harder to put the tire on but it didn't take me 3 guys are 2 hours. I only used 1 plastic lever and that took me 10 mins. Usually i take 5 mins. So far, i've tried with Tioga psycho and Schwalbe Fast Fred with no problems. And they look good !!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Trek 7000, XT

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob T a Cross Country Rider from San Jose CA

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2003

Strengths:    WTB quality,build into a good strong wheel(not perfect as with Mavic),nice and wide

Weaknesses:    Almost impossible to remove "ANY"tire with plastic levers on the trail

Bottom Line:   
Good rims until you have to remove a tire.I tore a sidewall.I broke 4 plastic levers trying to get the tire off this rim.It took 3 guys about 20 minutes wrestling to get the tire on and off.I also was dealing with No Tubes so the mess complicated things even more.We all had sore hands when we were done.When I got home I bought metal tire levers.Still tough,just didn't break any levers.I tried all the different tires above to no avail.I can fix a flat normally in less than 5 minutes,maybe a little more with the No Tubes.Every other rim/tire combo I've used never had these problems except an old Sun rim mated to a Conti XC tire.Needless to say the rim is now replaced and taking up space on my garage floor.I put on a Mavic 519 rim.The wheel built up perfectly true,tensioned and round.it's held up great under alot of pounding and big hits.WTB makes good stuff,its a shame that this rim is simply unreliable due to its imcompatibility with ANY tires and the fact that its nearly impossible to remove a tire by yourself.With 'good rims' No Tubes is a great product. The flat free traits and performance of No Tubes equipped tires easily outweighs the mess of tire repairs out on the trail.The only time I've had to do repairs on the trail was when I tore a sidewall and No Tubes won't seal a rip.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Mavic,Bontrager,Sun,Campagnolo

Bike Setup:   C.K.ISO hubs,DT d.b. spokes,NO Tubes system,Conti,Specialized,Hutchinson and Scwalbe tires tried

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob T a Cross Country Rider from San Jose,CA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2003

Strengths:    nice and wide(FR version)build up ok

Weaknesses:    incredibly hard to mount tires(Conti Verticals)

Bottom Line:   
I bought these mainly because they're not French and they were the widest I could find at a decent weight.I probably won't use another if all tires are hard to mount.They built into a nice wheel,not as straight as Mavics though.I'll review again soon.

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Favorite Trail:   Henry Coe State park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Cambria

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 317,517,217,117,Open,MA40

Bike Setup:   Turner,built on ISO disc hubs,DT db spokes.........Stans No Tubes System

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by D a Cross Country Rider from NZ

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003

Strengths:    tall braking surface, strong for compression and laterally

Weaknesses:    sidewall supereasy to ding, tall braking surface

Bottom Line:   
Seem super easy to ding the sidewalls and put bumps in them. Dinged it first week of riding quite bad without even pinchflatting. Pretty poor. Managed to bend/bash out the bumps enough to be bearable with v brakes but still.... Probably wouldn't be so much of a big deal running discs. Also, these rims are the hardest rims I've ever had for changing tyres. Had to go out and buy steel tyre levers (which are munting the rim's surface) and have to use them to get nearly all tyres off and some back on which I have never ever had to do in the past with other rims.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   mavic, alex, sun, lots...

Bike Setup:   Reaper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fish a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2002

Strengths:    Strength & abitlity to stay true.

Weaknesses:    Weight is a bit on the heavy side

Bottom Line:   
I have had these rims for 1 year plus and have loved them. They are very strong. I have had them trued once or twice, really not noticable, my mechanic clued me in. I ride 1 too 2 days a week average, I weigh 200 lbs and beat the crap out of these things and they are in great shape. I run a disk brake up front and V brake in the back. I ride all over the southeast, some rocky steep burly stuff and some casual trails like Tsali in NC. I would buy them again and recomend them to evryone I know.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bike shop in Asheville NC

Bike Setup:   Hardtail and now on my curent full suspension XC rig

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Loi Nguyen a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002

Strengths:    Light, Sweet Looking, Strong

Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
Great rims, stays true even after 4-5 foot drops and riding through ruts and rocks.

I did tweak it a little, but it was partially my fault, landed off camber on a stair jump 4 foot high, tires rolled off rim (slightly low on pressure)and the rim took the impact. However, the whole incident only gave me a small hop, but the rim remains true.

I would buy this rim again...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   2001 GT XCR1000 I-Drive

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bmxr from Miami

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2002

Strengths:    I'm thinking . . .

Weaknesses:    Weakness is the weakness. POS.

Bottom Line:   
These rims don't hold up AT ALL. They are terrible, and I was dissapointed in GT for putting them on something that is supposed to be really strong (of course we all know now thatthey had bigger problem!) Avoid these rims if you are a freerider, or anything but an XC racer.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   oem on bike

Bike Setup:   These were oem rims on my 2001 GT Ruckus.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Knut Hellan a Weekend Warrior from Trondheim, Norway

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2002

Strengths:    Gives confidence. Strong for normal situations.

Weaknesses:    My rear rim got a bump. I think I took a side hit, but I am not sure. Anyway, the rim should have handled this!
Heavy!


Bottom Line:   
I have used WTB laserbeam 25mm first on a Cannondale Super V 1000 Freeride (stole) and now on my hardtail. While my CODA rear rim was bent on the first spring ride on the 'dale, the WTB was took an enormous amount of beating. I am the only one who has entered my LBS asking for a new front axle as the old one got bent!

The rear rim on my hardtail got a bump, probably from a side hit. This could be a QA slip.

I will WTB rims again if I have a choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Bymarka

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Sport Extreme

Similar Products Used:   Coda and various Mavic

Bike Setup:   GT steel hardtail, SRAM 9.0, LX, Hutchinson Alligator tires

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