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WTB LaserDisc XC Rim

2.71/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 425 grams


Product Description

  • Cross country and freeride rim
  • 24mm disc specific profile with excellent strength to weight ratio
  • 32 hole, black, welded


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    Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by mhelander a Racer

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2014

    Strengths:    Cheap and stiff for its weight, easy wheelbuild, exceptionally good tubeless rim

    Weaknesses:    None so far, applying Stans tubeless rim tape was little more laborious than some other rims

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this rim together with LaserDisc Trail 29er for my homebuilt fully suspended recumbent, was likely cheapest available for my 28h hub. I was totally amazed how good quality rim this was and building wheel was breeze.

    Later bought DT-Swiss XR-400 rim and WTB LaserDisc hubs to replace these rims but when going tubeless these just didn't work with my required low pressures. So turned back to put my Furious Fred 50-559 tire to this rim with great results.

    Eventually bought another WTB LaserDisc Lite hub pair and rebuilt this rim and Trail 29er using 2.0/1.5 3-cross spokes. That is my racing setup and it's working flawlessly.

    Going tubeless was exceptional experience. Applying Stans tape was little laborious because of deep center groove but when done this rim together with Mavic tubeless valve was immediately fully airtight and rim has required groove to keep flimpsy Furious Fred tire beaded in all my punishment. And WTB didn't suggest these to be used in tubeless setups...

    What more to say, my next rims will also very likely be WTB's later generation rims, no DT-Swiss rims anymore.

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    Similar Products Used:   DT-Swiss XR-400

    Bike Setup:   Homebuilt fully suspended off-road recumbent

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Fparra

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2013

    Strengths:    they are in the stock build Santa Cruz Super Light 29er...maybe the price...because it was in the stock build DXC no chilis

    Weaknesses:    Stiffnes... they are build for street riding..

    Bottom Line:   
    a lot of rear flex in the 29'r version... the front is also flex but not as the rear is... riding in rocky trail...not an abusive riding style...mostly climbing and downhill at descent speed... they where curved and fixed by spoke tension.. really don't know why they got curved... at the end the flexy feeling is the most uncomfortable thing ever happen...

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by cigar_fiend a Cross Country Rider from Norman, OK, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2011

    Strengths:    none that I can find

    Weaknesses:    I was at a MTB Race in Ardmore Oklahoma this past weekend and hit a patch of sand that sent me head first into a tree. These rime bent like paper. I was able to finish the race because they were rubbing the inside of my shock, but still rolling. I am very disappointed in these rims. I was hoping they would last longer so I could save up for some nice Easton or Mavics, but I guess I will be getting them before I planned to!

    Bottom Line:   
    These rims are not strong at all. I was not going fast when I hit the tree. This is evident by the total lack of any injury to myself. This front rim is weaker than warm butter. I will be replacing them TODAY!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Came on bike set-up

    Bike Setup:   Came on my bike as purchased from BikeOne in Norman.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by mtbiker21574 a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO

    Date Reviewed: August 10, 2009

    Strengths:    These are lightweight low priced rims.

    Weaknesses:    They are weak and will bend easily when flexed laterally.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had a pretty good endo on my new bike last weekend. I am pretty sure that the cause of the crash was after hauling through a rock garden my front rim bent so badly that it stopped spinning through the fork, causing me to ride the next section on my face. I am reasonably certain that the bent rim was the cause of the crash and not the result. I remember seeing the bike fly through the air and land nicely on the rear wheel, not on the front. Regardless, they are weak rims and should be used by casual riders.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Sanction 3.0

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by finny1999 a Weekend Warrior from marion heights

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2008

    Strengths:    none

    Weaknesses:    strength. very weak rim. Walmart bike rims lasted longer.

    Bottom Line:   
    Rim is absolute garbage. 50 miles on a new bike and I had a hard time riding the bike home the rim was bent that bad. I've ridden and wrecked cheaper bikes and wheelsets that held up better. Bottom line is one week, first wreck and I now have a bike I can't ride because the wheel is bent that bad.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   sicklers bike shop (

    Similar Products Used:   various generic and cheap setups

    Bike Setup:   Stock Giant Trance X2

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Ride247forLife a Weekend Warrior from Peoria, AZ, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2008

    Strengths:    Super light

    Weaknesses:    Super super weak

    Bottom Line:   
    Don't buy these rims. They are extremely weak. I bent them after a very minor crash. Not worth your time. Look somewhere else for a light weight rim

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    Favorite Trail:   Black Canyon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Performance (came on

    Similar Products Used:   Nothin

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose Canaan Elite Full XT and WTB Velociraptor rubber

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by JEff a Weekend Warrior from Monterey

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007

    Strengths:    I couldn't find any before it smushed.

    Weaknesses:    I would not, NOT, buy these rims. If it comes with your bike, I would advise to change them. They are very very weak. I mean target bike rims last 10x longer, and this isn't a joke. After getting my new bike I rode it around my driveway to find out that the rims are bent. wow....

    Bottom Line:   
    If you understand it's strengths and weaknesses, you decide. Which one is better?? Because it came with the bike, I am giving it 2 chili's for value, but overall a rim that lasts for 2 minutes of driveway riding, nuh, uh. POOR!!! (This may vary though for different rims, so I could have just have gotton a rotton set, so if yuo do get them, don't be a sour apple). This review basically describes my experience with them.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came with bike


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by joseph rastovich a Cross Country Rider from kennewick,wa,us

    Date Reviewed: December 29, 2005

    Strengths:    looks good, very light

    Weaknesses:    VERY WEAK!

    Bottom Line:   
    great if you don't do anything aggressive but if you are aggressive, do even small jumps, or roughish dh they will need to be trued soon.

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    Favorite Trail:   wsp

    Duration Product Used:   6 months


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Santa Barbara

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2003

    Strengths:    Lite weight, durability and price.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I'm completely happy with these rims. I did get flats both front and rear. This was because of thorns and lite tires not burred spokes or rim tape. I just replaced my 2.14 Motoraptor Race and Mutanoraptor for WTB 2.4 Motoraptor Race (Rear) and 2.5 WTB Weirwolf Race (Front). I checked the rim tape and it was aligned well. The quality looked very good. These rims easly fit larger tires and were a breeze to install. For the price and durabilty these rims kickbutt. I really liked my mavics too but I'm not sold on brand names and I'm willing to try different products. I ride enduro/epic rides avg 2 times a week. Pound these rims without need for tru'ing. The bike came with these rims and WTB XC Lite hubs. The hubs have really impressed me because they are lite and the rear is silent. I did have to have my Mavic 223 rim tru'd but that was because of a blowout and subsquent wipeout! I'm 6ft and between 185-190lbs depending on my diet and beer intake. I would highly recommend trying these rims and deciding for yourself.

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    Favorite Trail:   Epics

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic 223 and 231

    Bike Setup:   Weyless Sp (Superlight Copy), Hayes Hydraulic Disks, XT, TruVativ Team Stylo Cranks...lots of goodies

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Matthew Snow a Cross Country Rider from Fairfield

    Date Reviewed: November 3, 2002

    Strengths:    The rims have held well with only minor truing.Easy to change tires. Black finish lasts.

    Weaknesses:    Use wide rim tape to cover spoke holes because of possible sharp corners.

    Bottom Line:   
    These wheels are lite in weight and have held up well to 80 hours of abuse for East Coast riding.Rich does a great job at building wheels!He makes a difference.

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    Favorite Trail:   Trout

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Outlaw Bicycle Danbury, CT

    Similar Products Used:   Mavic and Sun

    Bike Setup:   Maverick ML7, Hugi 240 Disc Hubs w/ 14/15 gauge black spokes.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Kerry a Cross Country Rider from Portland, OR, US

    Date Reviewed: September 30, 2002

    Weaknesses:    Burr in spoke hole

    Bottom Line:   
    I was replacing Mavic 317 rims that I had badly bent on a mellow Forest Park fireroad downhill (check spoke tension often on disk brake wheels !!). Wheels were handbuilt by reputable shop. However, a burr in a spoke hole and cheap rim tape led to numerous flats until I decided to look closer and discovered the burr. Later, I bent the front wheel in a ditch. I am 6'2", 195lbs. I am going to go
    with a wider rim next time. These 10 speed width ultralight rims are just not cutting it for my slightly agressive riding style.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Universal

    Bike Setup:   Specialized hardtail with Psylo R fork

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Chris a Downhiller from Los Altos

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

    Strengths:    
    Well, they worked for a while.


    Weaknesses:    They are too thin, I am only 110 pounds and I flatspotted them on my ruckus

    Bottom Line:   
    Dont get these, you will be pissed

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    Favorite Trail:   Northstar

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Bike Setup:   Ruckus

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John from Portland, OR

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    Laced to King ISO hubs as an upgrade to the flexy Mavic 223/Deore setup that came stock on my Scalpel. They built up beautifully and haven't moved a bit in about 300 miles of hard riding. Time will tell, but so far these seem like a great combination of strength and weight for a 200 pounder like myself.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by adrian a Cross Country Rider from Laramie,WY

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong, beyond belief.. trued once bought used from a DH kid, I use for XC and thy are worth everydime.. The rim itself is 60 alone.. I'm 220 + and they have held me well.

    Weaknesses:    none as of yet...

    Bottom Line:   
    excellent rims for the money, will allow you to make mistakes on the trail, and still not have to true all season...

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    Favorite Trail:   corner mountain

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $160.00

    Purchased At:   FIne Edge

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager mustangs, valiants, mavix x517, corvairs.. Ritchey WCS

    Bike Setup:   avid discs 160mm, front sid xc,rear vanilla rc...xtr xt components

    Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

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    WTB Laserdisc XC or Another Set for Son?

    Trying to build up a light hardtail bike for my 11 year old (4' 6" and 65 pound) son using the frame his sister has outgrown. Son rides a variety of trails that include rocks and roots. One of the wheelsets available at the lbs is WTB Laserdisc XC with Shimano XT hubs. (Another wheelset they ha ... Read More »

    WTB Laserdisc XC 29" wheels

    I recently bought a Santa Cruz Superlight 29 DXC. (really love this bike, big change from my 2011 xcal) It came with WTB Laserdisc 700C (29") Cross County rims laced to Deore M525 hubs. I can't find very much info on these wheels. I know that they are 19mm interior width and are not tubeless read ... Read More »

    WTB LaserDisc XC wheels from BWW

    [url]http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/mountain/cross-country/wtb-laserdisc-xc-custom/prod_88.html[/url] Anyone try these? It looks like a pretty great deal, if the rims will last. Reviews are mixed, but it seems like a lot of people got them OEM, so I'm suspicious of the quality of the bu ... Read More »

    WTB LaserDisc XC not disc compatible?

    I just noticed this after 6 years of owning the bike. The rear hub is a WTB Speed XC, which is not disc compatible, and that's all well and good. The front hub however, is a WTB LaserDisc XC, with no rotor mount. Its laced radially, which means it couldn't take the torque of a disc brake anyw ... Read More »

    Sun DS1-XC XT Disc or WTB LaserDisc XC Wheelset at BWW -- Worth it?

    I'm looking for a cheap disc wheelset (upgrading from V to disc). BWW has a Sun DS1-XC XT Disc wheelset for $135. They aren't the lightest wheels (2035g for the pair), but for Sun rims, XT 6-bolt hubs, and DT Swiss Champion spokes this is a pretty tough deal to beat. Does anyone have any experien ... Read More »

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