a All Mountain Rider
from New Zealand
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2012
Strengths: Well made hubs, Strong wheelset, not too heavy, great value. I was worried about the spoke count being only 28 per wheel, as I sometimes ride some interesting terrain, and weigh approx. 82 kg. However, I need not have worried, as they are quite strong.
Weaknesses: None, as this wheelset does what it is meant to do.
If you are really worried about weight, lose some from your Arse. Much cheaper, and you go faster !!
These wheels are great value for money, and are well made.
Similar Products Used: Mostly Mavic and Shimano wheels
Bike Setup: Kona Unit 29er, rigid, singlespeed
a Weekend Warrior
from York, pa
Date Reviewed: October 7, 2010
Strengths: For the price they are the best value I found. Very solid and improves my confidents. Very little flex and they can take a beating. I am 215lb and ride a lot of rocky trails. So far the wheels have stayed true.
Weaknesses: I can't see any!
For $300 these wheels are solid and strong. There seems to be three price points on 29" MTB wheel sets. $150 and below (too low quality to bother with), $300, and $500 and over. In the $300 range these wheels seem to be the best for the money.
Strengths: Very stiff and responsive. Nice looking decals.
Weaknesses: Heavy, but I don't care. Gaudy decals, but I'll peel them off.
I had no idea that the wheels were such a weak link on this bike. When I switched from 26 to 29-inch wheels I thought the springy slop when pedaling hard, the instability in fast corners, and the flat tire feeling during hard breaking were from the low-end fork or otherwise just inherent in the 29-er geometry. I can't believe it took 3 years to finally decide that it was due to a sh!tty wheelset.
$300 is a lot of money for me, so I was concerned that my investment might not result in the improvement that I was hoping for. But I could feel the difference in these wheels before I left the parking lot. The biggest and most surprising difference is how much better they climb. I am not really sure what to attribute that to, but they just seem to require less concentration to keep them from spinning out.
One cool thing about these wheels is the axle. It really is a 20mm aluminum axle. That adds a lot of rigidity to the fork and frame without requiring an upgrade to either. That's the perfect solution for a guy like me who doesn't do enough pure downhill to justify a 20mm thru-axle setup, but who rides hard enough to want a more robust front end. It's like I got a bonus fork upgrade for the price of the wheels.
The decals are attractive, but I like a nondescript look, so I'll probably peel them off. The wheels are a little heavy, but I don't really care. Maybe if I had trouble keeping up with my buddies it would matter, but it's not worth it to me to pay $200 to shed 300g. On my budget I'm much more concerned with durability.
Bottom line is 10 chilis. If I have any problems with these wheels in the future I'll report back accordingly.
Similar Products Used: Stock Ritchey / Shimano wheels.
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher Cobia 29-er, Tora fork, SRAM shifters/derailleurs. Still have the BB5 brakes, though. As cheap as they are those things are bomber.
a Cross Country Rider
from Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2010
Strengths: spins smooth, strong, great looks
Weaknesses: maybe a bit heavy.
For what i paid for these wheels there is nothing out there that comes close. They come off a bit heavy but i think that issue is resolved by how smooth these things roll. my only complaint is that they are heavy. but at a mar $270. it is not a issue
i bought me a set of 2nd hand fulcrum red metal 29 [B]sl[/B].
but i would like to convert to 15mm thru axle and all my LBS's only have stock of the adaptors for the fulcrum red metal 29 [B]xl[/B]
are these the same? on the fulcrum it gives a list of wheels that work with these adaptors but the ... Read More »
I was perusing the "New Products" section of the QBP website and notcied a new wheelset? The question mark is due to the fact that I don't know if they've been previously announced here or elsewhere. 6 bolt hubs. At any rate, they are in stock right now...
Red Metal 29 SL
Part number WE6073
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