Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 Wheelset

3/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $448.49

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Product Description

Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 Disc Wheelset: Affordable alternative to the original Cobalt, with no sacrifice in stiffness, durability or style. 19mm ID (23.6mm OD) welded, anodized 6061-T6 aluminum rim with machined "Y" ribbed cross-section...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brickwallmusic a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2014

Strengths:    Nice and Stiff
Great entry level tubeless

Weaknesses:    Personally haven't experienced any yet.

Bottom Line:   
I've heard and read from people complaining about these rims being weak and getting out of true. Personally, I haven't had any issues with them, and I haven't had any problems with the rear hub assembly exploding like I've heard. I've done thousands and thousands of cross country with them and never had any issues. They are a XC rim and should be treated as such. They have a very good weight to strength ratio for an XC rim.

I stress that they are an XC rim because people should remember they aren't made for nailing loads of rocks and doing big drops. I had them for 3 years before moving to BC where the terrain was a little more intense, and I put them through some more AM stress and the back rim has finally gone out of true, but only after pushing them past what they were designed for.

Keep riding XC with these and they'll last forever!

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Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Crankbrothers' websi

Bike Setup:   2008 Trek EX 9.0

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by henrymiller1

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2012

Strengths:    Nice and light. Looks pretty cool.

Weaknesses:    Clydes need not apply.

Bottom Line:   
I just got these from a friend. He is 225 and every time he rode these, A spoke will loosen up and made rims wobble. I'm 175 and got rims from him and have had no issues. Rode a 35er and rims held up. I 'm nor sure how happy i'd be with these if i had paid $650. I contacted Crank Bro's and they asked to send in rims. I'm happy with wheelset, and most likely will not send them in. But good support from Crank Bro's. Hope this helps.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by koby

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2012

Strengths:    I am biking on those new wheels one month they looks great good balance good weight I will update again next month

Weaknesses:    not found yet

Bottom Line:   
I am a rocks singles climber my weight is 82 kg

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ccoogler

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2012

Strengths:    Look great, low weight. You can fly up hills like they are not there.

Weaknesses:    Fragile

Bottom Line:   
On my third ride on level ground on a turn it felt that the front wheel gave out on me and I went over the handle bars. Front wheel warped/tacoed. i sent it in through my local bike shop to send them to warranty service at Crank Bros. Crank Bros told me that these wheels are only intended for cross country racing for a rider weighing 175lbs. I weight 220lbs and they said that"it is common sense that I should not be using these wheels" although no where it is published what the recommended weight of the rider should be. Buyer beware!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by runningwild a Cross Country Rider from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2011

Strengths:    Rock solid, no issues what so ever

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I was a bit hesitant to buy this wheel set from the poor reviews. After further research I found the hubs on the Cobalt 2 have a different manufacture. I got a great deal on line @ Bikeman and went with it. I have been riding this wheel set for 2 months without any issues. They perform excellent and look sweet. The customer service @ Crankbrothers is top notch. Mine where delivered without the rear skewer, Bikeman called Crankbrothers and I had an e-mail in about 3 hours telling me my skewers were on the way. I had a completely new skewer set in 2 days. Great product and customer service.

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Favorite Trail:   Keystone Canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   Bikeman

Similar Products Used:   mavic

Bike Setup:   Specialized Camber Pro

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