WTB Laser Disc Trail 29er Wheelset

DESCRIPTION

The ultimate Wagon Wheels. With 27-millimeter-wide LaserDisc Trail 29 rims, 28 WTB double-butted spokes and LaserDisc Lite hubs, these wheels are light enough for the racecourse yet strong enough for aggressive trail riding. Optional LaserDisc SingleDuty rear hub.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 29, 2013]
Steve
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stay true.
Reasonably quiet freehub (personal preference).
Wider than most.
Tubeless set up was simple (Just follow the instructions on Stans website to the letter, I had zero problems and did it all with a hand pump).
Eyeletted rims (seem to be getting rarer these days).
Fantastic, light hubs.

Weakness:

Probably not the lightest wheels around, but then, these aren't meant for the weight weenies.
A tiny bit trickier to get tyre beads to seat (you just need to overinflate to about 50 - 60psi and the bead pops in to place, then defalte to your preference. This even works with setting up tubeless with a floor pump, no hassles).

As the reviewer a couple below me said - a lot of the negative reviews here are for OEM wheels which just happen to have Laserdisc Trail rims only. This is a review for the aftermarket Laserdisc Trail WHEELSET which includes the fantastic WTB hubs.
I tightened the spoke tension slightly by hand as soon as they came out of the box. Since then I have not touched them once in over a year of proper trail abuse, and I ride really rocky trails and weigh almost 200lbs.
It's a shame that good products get mediocre overall ratings because of some reviewers who aren't reviewing the right product. Don't let these reviews put you off, these wheels are great.

Similar Products Used:

Dozens.

[Jun 30, 2010]
wheelzofsteel
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stay true! Lightweight, smooth ride, roll forever!

Weakness:

Loose spoke in the rear wheel occasionally.

No complaints, great wheel for a great price, high quality

Similar Products Used:

Easton XC one 29ss

[Jun 08, 2010]
Bikerdom
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Weight and strength, very high quality hubs.

Weakness:

Maybe the QR skewers(very minor) could be a little better. They're a little hard on my hands.

To clear some things up. The Real WTB Laserdisc Trail 29er wheelsets come with WTB Laserdisc Lite hubs. Motobecane Fantom Pro bicycle comes with Forula hubs laced to WTB FX28 hoops and the Fantom Pro SL has Formula hubs laced to WTB Trail 29er rims. I see some people think that if the rim say's WTB Trail 29er they have a WTB Laserdisc Trail 29er wheelset. THEY DON'T! Anyone can buy WTB rims and build a wheelset. Who is really building the wheels have a lot to do with the way the wheels perform and last. Make sure you have the REAL THING.
These wheels have been excellent for the past couple seasons for this 190lb rider. I'm not hard on wheels but I don't shy away from technical riding.
I would buy these wheels again and again. 5 Stars Baby!

Similar Products Used:

Shimano WH75, Sun/LX, WTB FX28/Deore

[Jun 02, 2010]
zolkabetyar
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

0

Weakness:

It was out of true when I received my bike.
I hit a 3" curb with my rear tire and the rim bended and now way out of true. Will have to replace it....

Poor quality

[Mar 19, 2010]
247
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bomb-proff. Lite for 32 spoke wheel. Love the hub's, they're great and responsive. They sound Alot more Manly than my Bontrager Race hubs!!

Weakness:

None yet!

27mm wide(work Great with my Michelin AT's. You can pick up a pair for a few hundred less than WTB sells(With WTB Lite hubs)--look for some. I am going HARD this season on trails, stay true--small drops, Rock Garden's.. DID I SAY the Hub's sound cool????

Similar Products Used:

1st 32 spokes wheels I've had.

[Sep 10, 2009]
newaccount
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight, strong, stays true, cheap.

Weakness:

Only available in black.

The 32 spoke wheels are great and still among the lightest on the market. I've had no problems with them even riding through rock gardens and 3-4 footers at 180 lbs. You can't expect to huck a lightweight wheelset with a fat arse so I believe these perform as expected.

Similar Products Used:

Hope Pro 2, Chris King

[Aug 30, 2009]
Dominic Libby
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks, weight, bearings, great stiffness to weight ratio

Weakness:

skewers handles/levers are to long and edges are sharper than most

These wheels were purchased as an aftermarket part and have been great. Around 400g's lighter than the wheels they replaced. They run in the 1800 gram range which is light for 29ers. I wasn't sure what to expect because I read the reviews after I ordering the wheels and thought these are going to be really bad but just the opposite occured. I've experienced none of the problems other reviewers have had. 29er wheels are flexy because of the diameter creating much more leverage on the spokes. These were stiffer than my last wheels so no complaints here. They spin really smooth on super high quality cartridge bearings. They engage nicely when putting the leg to the cranks. Mine came perfectly tensioned so they've stayed true pretty long. IRC & Michelin tires/tyres beads seat perfectly in the rim. I weight 200lbs geared up and really thought I'd have problems with the wheelset but after 500 miles on them(90% hard trails) they have been a diamond in the rough and pass with high marks. The only thing I hate is their QR skewers. The handles are way longer than they need and the edges kind of dig into the hands when tightening the levers. Did I get lucky and get a good set? Maybe. Happy trails:o)

Similar Products Used:

shimano lx/sun

[Aug 11, 2009]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Look Good. Acceptable rolling resistance.

Weakness:

Poor Stiffness. Out of true after every ride.

This is the first 29er I've ridden but the wheels are out of true after every ride. I'm not concerned about weight, only concerned with a strong nice rolling wheelset. It appears that the 32 spokes aren't enough for this design. I'm pushing 200lbs so perhaps lighter riders won't experience this problem. i'll be upgrading the wheelset at the end of the year.

Similar Products Used:

None. First 29er Mountain Bike.

[Jul 20, 2009]
slooslsolssolssosl
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Lightweight, good for racing.

Weakness:

Can get out of tru.

Not a bad wheel as everyone else seems to think. It can be pricey for some, but the thing everyone has to keep in mind is that this wheel is manufactured and assembled by machines. If you want your wheel to be solid and stay in tru, have a mechanic do a rebuild for you. It'll help out a lot.

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager Race Lite, Stans Flow

[Jun 30, 2009]
waterxracer585
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

29"?

Weakness:

Everything about them. The front wheel folded over in a very low speed switch back. WTB did warrenty it. But I still feel that they flex way to much and do not stay in true at all. I hear the rear spokes ping in every climb. Poor wheels forsure!

These wheels might be good for rolling on flat smooth surfaces but offroad they are not good. These came stock on the bike, and will be replaced when I can afford to do so.

Similar Products Used:

No other 29" wheel

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