When SRAM acquired Zipp Speed Weaponry, a longtime (20 plus years) composite component and wheel specialty manufacturing company, it provided them with the expertise to not just enter the wheelset market, it allowed them to offer significantly advanced, highly developed products Like the Rise 60 Wheelset.The Rise 60 uses carbon fiber for the rim to give it incredible strength and a low rotational weight. It should be noted that Zipp has been building carbon rims for road applications for some time now. This know-how is evident in the asymmetric shape and impact-protecting HS resin coating. The asymmetric shape allows SRAM to use near equal length spokes, creating a stronger complete structure. The rim's layers and 3K weave is enhanced to provide strength where the nipples place the most stress to ensure reliability. The Rise 60 uses Sapim CX-Ray spokes that are stainless steel and bladed. These spokes are incredibly strong, aerodynamic, and only weight a touch more than titanium ones. SRAM went with a two cross lacing, using 24 spokes per wheel. This keeps weight down and ensures optimum stiffness to resist wheel deflection. The straight pull design eliminates stress-prone bends to which traditional spokes are subject.The hub shell and freehub body are made of lightweight 6000 series aluminum, and they house sealed cartridge bearings for maximum performance and minimum maintenance. The rear hub uses four bearings and it has an aluminum freehub body to keep weight low. A 54-tooth drive ring gives just under seven degrees of engagement, while three pawls with a saw-tooth profile offers nine points of purchase to give the Rise 60 Carbon instant and positive engagement when you stomp on the pedals.The SRAM Rise 60's are intended for crosscountry race and marathon use. While they're not tubeless ready, they are compatible with tubeless conversion kits such as Stan's No Tubes. They're available with standard quick releases or with 15QR front and 12x142mm rear. The Rise 60 Wheelset is compatible with six-bolt rotors and Shimano or SRAM cassettes.
Strengths: Lightweight, appearance, fast engagement, low drag, comes with tubeless conversion kit. stiff, stiff, stiff.
Weaknesses: Price...these wheels were more than my frameset. Wheelbed depth makes tubeless conversion difficult with non-tubeless tires...had to wrap the wheels with extra rim tape to inflate.
These things are way stiffer than my original wheelset. My old wheelset was a set of lightweight Mavics that I've had for years. The Rise 60's are lighter overall and provide better acceleration and easier climbing. The feeling of lightness is not greatly noticeable, but they do feel absolutely bomb proof. Stiffness on technical descents and in cornering is much improved. The quick engagement hub is very nice and the innovative design keeps the drag while coasting to a minimum, which is commonly a problem with fast engagement hubs. They are noisy, but not nearly as noisy as others.
In short, while these may not be much lighter than a lightweight set of aluminum wheels, they offer a huge performance improvement.
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2012
Strengths: Carbon wheelset at $2,000
54 teeth freehub
Sapim CX spokes
compatible with most axle types
Weaknesses: NOT tubeless ready, you have to add a heavy rubber rim strip run tubeless
I don't know how Sram missed the mark so bad on this one, not being tubeless ready.
Is there anyone who buys a high-end wheelset and puts tubes on it?
I'm looking for some feedback on these wheels: [url=http://www.sram.com/sram/mountain/products/rise-60-29#/path/term-id/493]RISE 60 29" | SRAM[/url]
There is a bunch of marketing info out, but not much that I can find in the way of real knowledge.
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