Stans NoTubes ZTR Crest Wheelset

4.55/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $495.00

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ZTR Crest 26" Wheelset EnjoyThe benefits of a Stans rim without havingTo buildThe wheel,The ZTR Crest Disc Wheelset comes prebuilt!The hubs feature sealed cartridge bearings and a 3 pawl, 24 point engagement system as a very reasonable weight. Enjoy great performance and a great price point. Stans ZTR Crest 26" rims Double butted 2.0/1.5 spokes ZTR 6 bolt disc hubs Cartridge bearings 3 pawl, 24 point engagement system Alloy nipples Approximate weight 1418 grams(664 grams front, 754

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fasterthanyourmom a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2013

Strengths:    Very very light (especially at the rim where it matters), Incredible value for money, Reasonably strong, decent quality hubs, directly comparable with carbon wheels 3-5 times this price

Weaknesses:    None if you use them as intended

Bottom Line:   
Unbelieveable wheelset! Been on them for over a year now and couldn't be happier! Switched from Bontrager XXX carbon wheels to these and they dropped 0.9lbs off my bike (same tire set up). They are very light and spin up quickly. I found myself shifiting up on climbs I had to back off on with the XXX hoops. I trained and raced them all season with no issues. Even though they arrived with uneven spoke tension they stayed in true for the whole season. These wheels are noticeably flexy, but not to an extreme degree. I'm very light though (143lbs) and our trails are pretty much just hard pack dirt and a few roots. I'd imagine that rough trails or heavier riders might run into some issues with the flex. Can't say for sure though, and actually I have found that the flex actually provides extra traction. Once I got use to it and realized that the flex didn't mean they were weak I used it to my advantage in races. It was kind of like riding tires 2-3psi lower than usual (in terms of added traction). Overall fantastic value for money and directly comparable with carbon XC wheels much much more expensive. If XC is your thing you'll be hard pressed to find a better all rounder than this, and I would bet its near impossible to find something that matches the value.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year

Bike Setup:   2010 Top fuel with full XX group

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tjay

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2012

Strengths:    -lightweight at 1420 grams
-stayed true after putting in 2200 miles on my trail/am bikes
-easy to install tires
-hub sounds cool

Weaknesses:    Crest decal was fading. lol

Bottom Line:   
I do 3' drops/jumps and few 4 drops/jumps with this wheelset on. I know it's not meant for these kind of things but I'm pretty light at 150 lbs geared and it can take it. I also can't tell if it flexes while cornering hard. For the price, even at $500. This wheelset is great! I bought a new set for $357 shipped just yesterday at bikewagon with their 20% cyber discount. ;-)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T Woo a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2012

Strengths:    I have been searching for wheels since I bought my 29er in May. I found a pair of the Crest with Hope pro hubs. They have taken my riding to another level. Fast and light, and stiff.

Weaknesses:    tires were hard to get on the rim.

Bottom Line:   
I have had them for only a few weeks now but feel I made a good choice. I bought these wheels new from a mtbr member in the classifieds for $500.

they climb like crazy. I just dropped my friend the other day. The combination of the rims and hubs make my bike roll much faster than the stock wheels.

I was not sure about the stan's hubs. and the DT are super expensive. The hubs are awesome and where easy to convert to a 12x142 axle.

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Favorite Trail:   Forrest hill

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Cross max on my previous 26" blur. Stock xt wheels

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic 29er carbon

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2012

Strengths:    Performance/price ratio, weight, ease-of-use.

Weaknesses:    Rider weight limit.

Bottom Line:   
First attempt for me at tubeless wheels, so I was a little apprehensive about seating non-tubeless tires. I was surprised - shocked, really - at how easy it was with these wheels. Used new non-tubeless WTB tires on a set of 29er Crest ZTRs and they seated first time, and every time since, with a floor-pump. The rims are designed in such a way that these non-tubeless tires seated and were leak-proof without any hassle whatsoever. I expected to spend more than an hour fiddling around getting things right the first time around. Twenty minutes! And that was only because I was going slowly on purpose.

I dropped over a pound off the total bike weight after swapping these wheels for a set of Easton EA70s - a decent set of wheels and no porkers by any means. Very happy with that. Only a few rides on them, but I am really happy with how they hold pressure and accelerate so far. Price was very modest, considering the performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Hard to say.

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   R2 Performance

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Kona King Kahuna 29er.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by el_burras a Racer

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012


Weaknesses:    ****

Bottom Line:   


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Price Paid:    $549.00




Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cyclingmagnet

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2012

Strengths:    Great solid wheel set, hubs are like butter. Not super heavy but seem bullet proof after riding for 2 months now.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These wheels have really held up to some abuse. Perfect true and no complaints. Great Value.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah a All Mountain Rider from Palm Desert, CA USA

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2012

Strengths:    -EZ tubeless setup
-Light, at under 1500g
-Wide, 21mm rim width for stability
-Smooth 3.30 + hubs....finally, Stan found a great hub supplier!
-Decent freehub engagement

Weaknesses:    -Crappy skewers

Bottom Line:   
The hubs are no DT Swiss 240s - but pretty damn close. After much trial and error - NoTubes finally gets a worthy 3-pawl hub to compliment its flagship XC wheelset. But, what you are really paying for is the NoTubes, patented rim. Everything about it is PERFECT....which is why Specialized "tried" to copy it!

Even though it's touted as an XC wheelset, the ZTR Crest easily handles All-Mountain and real-world Trail duties quite well too. Make sure to keep spoke tension correct, and this wheel will never fail to conquer almost anything you throw at it. A great successor to my previous Mavic Crossmax SLR( hated/feared replacing $12/ea spokes!).

The wide 21mm width offers cornering stability the 17mm wide Crossmax could not deliver on. I run 2.35 tires with zero issues. I've encountered drops up to two feet deep and the wheels still remained straight as an arrow. The BEST $425/shipped I ever spent!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Crossmax SLR - about the ONLY worthwhile commercial wheelset maker
Easton Haven - awful hubs
Crank Brothers' Cobalt - flat spots way too easily
Specialized Roval Controllee - Noodle thin spokes break like twigs
DT Swiss XRC-1350 - legendary hubs - sub par rims

Bike Setup:   22-pound Giant Anthem X2 - XC/AM...whatever, it's FAST up or down.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HatePavement a Racer from MO

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2011

Strengths:    Lightweight, easy to set up tubeless

Weaknesses:    Seen some reviews where durability was questioned. But I haven't had any problems yet.

Bottom Line:   
This wheelset is so much lighter than any I have ridden previously. They were the easiest to set up tubeless out of the several wheels I've previously converted. I have a full review written at:

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Favorite Trail:   Berryman

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   bontrager

Bike Setup:   Superfly 100

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scrap15 a Racer from sacramento

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2011

Strengths:    light, fast, super easy to mount and set up tubeless with maxxis icon exo tires

Weaknesses:    none so far, but could use a more modern, sleek design.

Bottom Line:   
i just got done with a 24 hour race in tahoe on some trails that no hardtail should endure. i wished to god i had a full susupension everytime i went down this three mile downhill section. and i did it 8 times.
anyway, i was sure that my rims were going to be warped and feared they were going to collapse. to my amazement, they are still perfectly, and i mean perfectly true!! is there such a thing as perfection?
they spin super fast, and i hope they continue to perform like they have.
they shaved 1.8 lbs off my bike by going tubless with maxxis icon exo tires. about a pound of that was the rims, so lower rotational mass. and they were so easy to set up tubeless.
also, i didnt lose a single lb of psi. no burps. fanitastic!
i will follow up if things change, for now 5 chillis for my idea of perfection.
by the way, i weight 172 lbs without gear.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $460.00

Purchased At:   speedgoatbikes

Similar Products Used:   mavic tn719, american classic tubeless, sunrhyno lite, velocity aeroheat

Bike Setup:   2011 sette razzo 1.0 29er stock, except for wheels and maxxis ico exo tires...tubeless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by khsxc304 a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2011

Strengths:    Weight. Price to weight you cant beat the 29er crest wheels.

Weaknesses:    Notubes logo on the wheels.

Bottom Line:   
For a set of 29er wheels that weigh <1600grams you cant beat the crest. I got it with the ztr hubs and the combo has worked great for me.

The white wheel with black spokes and nips look killer too.

If you are pretty light (under 175lbs) this is the best choice.

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Crossmax

Bike Setup:   Built from scratch 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mripper a Cross Country Rider from Durango

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2010

Strengths:    None. Riding the 29er version of the Crest.

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel exploded on me with about 20 miles on a brand new set. Spoke blew up, popped tubeless, found out I had two flat spots on rim. Sent the rim back to Notubes, total s*** service, said I had to pay for everything, said it was my fault. Wouldn't even want to ride this *** rim again unless I wanted to be stranded. Never would buy Notubes again.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy Notubes. Worse customer service and a waste of money for a fragile RIM.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Web

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