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WTB Laser Beam Wheelset

3.88/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00


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Super light and strong cross country racing rim for use with rim or disc brakes. 14/15g DT black spokes with Alloy Black nipples. 32 hole, black, welded and machined Laser Beam 22mm rims. Momentum front hub and XT rear hub.


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Renato Tumang a Cross Country Rider from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2005

Strengths:    Its lighter than my oldest wheelset (mavic 517 + XT hub).

Weaknesses:    The wheel broke after 10 months. It is not for hard users.

Bottom Line:   
I hate the wheelset!! It is hubs are demaged, and I will buy Mavic 717 + Dt hubs.

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Favorite Trail:   Itupeva

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   local Dealer

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 517 + XT hub + DT

Bike Setup:   KHS 904 full, with XTR components and Minute 2:00 fork.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by matt martinez a Cross Country Rider from albuquerque, nm, usa

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004

Strengths:    price

Weaknesses:    Everything, I rode on these rims less than 50 miles and thrashed the rear beyond repair. The front wheel is also been impossible to true. This should not happen within two weeks of purchasing the product. I also had a WTB velocoraptor tire that ripped on the seam between the side wall and tread. Word to the wise, do not buy WTB anything!!

Bottom Line:   
I rode on these rims less than 50 miles and thrashed the rear beyond repair. The front wheel is also been impossible to true. This should not happen within two weeks of purchasing the product. I also had a WTB velocoraptor tire that ripped on the seam between the side wall and tread. Word to the wise, do not buy WTB anything!! I weigh 150 pounds and if they cannot handle me, do you want to by them.

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Favorite Trail:   porcupine rim, moab

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   biycyclebuys.com

Similar Products Used:   bontrager select, mavic 515, spinergy xyclone

Bike Setup:   2003 Gary fisher sugar 2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan Lambert a Weekend Warrior from Hanwell, NB, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

Strengths:    Very light, super-strong, stay true. One of the best dollar values going. Used hard over roots, rocks, hard & loose dirt, mud. Really take a beating.

Weaknesses:    Nothing, but some spokes needed tightening (finally after 2 years)

Bottom Line:   
Great for XC riding/racing and anywhere quick responsive wheels are needed (like singletrack). If you are looking for strong race-ready rims these babys are the ticket.

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Favorite Trail:   Dana's, Whitetail, any wooded singletrac

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Airbomb

Similar Products Used:   Weiman Zac, Mavic 222

Bike Setup:   Bought handbuilt with WTB Momentum grease-guard hubs, black Swiss DB spokes 24/28, presta valves, ultralight tubes. On second set of WTB Enduroraptor rear/Velociraptor front kevlar tires. GT 6061 Alum frame rebuilt with full XT drivetrain, lots of Titec & WTB parts.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philip a Cross Country Rider from Kodiak, Alaska

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2001

Strengths:    Light (?), nice spokes, OK hubs (WTB momentum disc = non-greaseguard), true, well built.

Weaknesses:    No real ones. Some seal somewhere in the hubs sometimes gets dry and decides to squeek when the temperature is just so. Anodizing wore off braking surface in a hurry.

Bottom Line:   
Have stayed true for the duration of 1,000 miles of offroad riding (no real thrashing, just fast cross country and a little freeriding type-stuff). I've gotten a few pinch flats and the rims show braking surface rock contact but I have yet to have to true them. I have run v-brakes and discs with them and there is no real slop or brake rub. Accelerate well and handle nicely. I don't know if they would stand up to real abuse (as in misuse). I have yet to ride wheels which were total dogs so I can't say they are the best ever, just as good as I expect they should be. Inexpensive, durable and great looking. What more do you want? 5 burning cats for value, 4 for overall (there are certainly better wheelsets out there for more $$).

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Lots

Bike Setup:   Came stock on my GT XCR 1000

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lou Jones a Racer from Welland ONT

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2000

Strengths:    Light, stayed true

Weaknesses:    WTB tire was hard to get on

Bottom Line:   
These came perfectly straight and have not wavered. I keep
checking just because I want to see when they come loose.
Black spokes and 28 hole radial are high on the cool factor and the price seems way cheep. I heard airbomb has a new
builder so see if Jon builds yours if you get them. I talked them into wtb skewers for cheap - nice looking and
work well but kinda heavy.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Crossmax

Bike Setup:   Nukeproof Stealth

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve E a Cross Country Rider from Arlington,Tx,USA

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2000

Strengths:    Very slick, cool, and eye catching.
awesome construction and super stiff.
25mm width optional.
Xtra light at approx 1700g per set.


Weaknesses:    excess grease catches dust, but still protects the hub (no real problem)

Bottom Line:   
These wheels ROCK! Dino Valley is a rocky, steep and brutal single track in places and these things didn't flinch once, even at close to 30mph.
even after taking some slight spoke damage being shipped these wheels are true as new and solid as Hell.
Some of the best looking wheels on the planet.
X-country doesn't get any tougher than this.
We'll see how they stand up over time.

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Favorite Trail:   Dinosaur Valley, Glen Rose, TX

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Mavericks

Bike Setup:   Klein Pulse Comp, Truvativ Firex cranks, XT fr&rr der, LX 9spd, Xt 9spd cass, modified rock shox Dirt Works OTIS/Indy C.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Graeme a Cross-Country Rider from Mill Valley

Date Reviewed: December 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Extremely well built, Long lasting, greese guard system, and stays true longer.


Weaknesses:    
My decals came off! O golly.


Bottom Line:   
I have my laser beam rims on momentum hubs and they are working great. Its been over a year now and i have only needed to true the rear wheel once. And i have riden them a lot and ran into a few things and they are still good. They are the best rim out there but nobody knows about it yet.

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Favorite Trail:   
Homestead Valley Trail

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Mavic 217 cermaic and mavic 121.


Bike Setup:   
WTB Pheonix, Z-2.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by clevis a Weekend Warrior from stanwood,wa

Date Reviewed: November 1, 1999

Strengths:    
good build, good looking wheels and hubs


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
the guys @ sportslink did a very good job in building these wheels. when i got them from the ups guy, i immediately put them on the truing stand and they looked great. good tension and very true. once i was done with that, i put them on the bike and went for a test ride. i rode pretty hard and purposely slammed into rocks and roots and they came back looking good.

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Favorite Trail:   
devils gulch

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
mavic 217, 517


Bike Setup:   
devinci bonzai full-suspension

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