Ellsworth's 29" XC wheels feature 24 spokes with special 2 cross lacing and Ellsworth's patented Quad Butted Spokes, up front, and 32 three cross Quad Butted Spokes in the rear. The Ellsworth 29" wheel is the stiffest, lightest, widest 29" wheel we tested. Compatible with the standard QR and the new 15mm QR, these are the only wheels to equip your 29er with. The rims are Ellsworth's proprietary, 29mm wide, tapered wall rim that is extruded from xxx9 Aluminum. Ellsworth's 29mm rim weighs the same as other manufacturer's 23mm wide rims but gives you the extra strength, durability and control of a wider rim. 29" wheels are big, and the stiff, light design of these wheels makes all the difference on the larger wheels. The Ellsworth 29" rim's higher width to weight ratio also provides a larger contact patch between your tire and the ground for the same amount of weight. And since xxx9 Taper wall aluminum weighs less than rubber, you can save additional rolling weight by running a narrower tire while still getting the traction and control of a wider, heavier tire.
a Cross Country Rider
from Encinitas, CA
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012
Strengths: Bike rides well, when the rim is working!
Weaknesses: I've had to return the rear rim twice due to the "Pawls" breaking. It seems like the rear hub bolts loosen over time which may cause the pawls to get misaligned. Ellsworth has replaced them twice without question, but it still means my bike is out of service for at least a month. At this cost this is ridiculous. I'm hoping the latest wheel I have won't have the same issue. I bought some cone wrenches to keep tightening the bolts. Gotta be honest, I'm sour on Ellsworth's. It seems like there is a design flaw. The o-rings on the front wheel also wore out and Ellsworth didn't even have the size on file, let alone the spare parts. They recommend going to an auto parts store...
a Cross Country Rider
from Irkutsk, Russia
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2011
Strengths: Wide rims-30mm.
Rear wheel is stiff and accelerates quickly. Much better than Arch\DTcomp\AmClassic and near to I9.
Freehub produces pleasant sound at mid loudness.
Bearings defence is top quality: o-rings around cnc machined caps(also top quality, better than anything else). Bearings also much better than at competitors.
Weaknesses: Impossible to find aftermarket 15mm caps to frontwheel.
Front wheel was stiff for my 70+kg, but a new owner of my wheels is a 100kg guy, he sees a front wheel flex.
Spoke\nipple oil constantly exposures and collects dirt.
Non tubeless ready.
Wanted to convert front to 15mm - did not find adapters anywhere. Ellswort team does not answer to contact e-mail so did not want to use these wheels more.
Overall impression from this wheelset was very good so all five stars.
Similar Products Used: All ZTR line, Industry Nine, etc.
Bike Setup: Titus, Pivot, Niner, all top line components.
a Cross Country Rider
from hood river oregon usa
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2011
Strengths: So far roll smooth.
Weaknesses: Feel flexy when carving hard into corners. Flexy on steep side hill traverses.
With only 8 hard rides on the bike hard to tell. But I definitely felt the wheel flex feeling. Kinda like the tire wanting to roll off the rim. I run about 35lbs of pressure. I only weigh 152. Considering Easton Carbon rims after I find out tax situation.....
I've got an XL Niner MCR9 that I've been struggling with for a while, now. While it's great for grueling fireroad climbs to the top of the mountain, the single track descents are nerve wracking. The thing just feels like an ungainly tractor that I'm perched way up high on, and when things get stee ... Read More »
Hello everyone!! I’m building a 2012 niner, A.I.R. 9 (med) and need help with wheelset selection. This bike will be used for XC training/racing.
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I'm thinking about getting a new rear wheel for 29er SS. My riding weight is 200 lbs and I use my SS for mostly XC riding with some small drops and jumps. I've had Stans Flows for about 4 years and have only had to true them once and have broken a couple spokes. I love the durability and running t ... Read More »
Looking for a new 29" wheelset. Light weight, but durable. I weigh 210lbs, and ride mostly xc, but I want something durable enough to withstand some occasional thrashing (and my big arse). Suggestions?Read More »
(originally posted in XC Racing--didn't see this forum)
I'm currently on a 26 FS and I'm pondering about a new bike and was wondering what to get, a 29er HT or FS? I know the riding style for each is different (slightly more hovering for the HT over bumpy stuff, seated cruising over the same bump ... Read More »