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Hi everyone - total noob to posting on mtbr but wanted to let everyone know about a new company I started earlier this year making carbon wheelsets - Roost Wheels - Wide Carbon Wheelsets for Everyone.

I've been working with manufacturers in China for bike parts, wheels, and frames for several years and have developed solid relationships and many dead ends. For Roost, I'm working with a factory that I have a long relationship with and supreme confidence in.

Eventually I will have 3 lines of wheels - one for racing (lightweight), one for wide tires and plus tires (35mm inner width), and one for Enduro riding (32mm inner width).

Currently I have several sets of the Wide Roost wheels available for $1175 in boost and standard spacing with xd or shimano drivers.

Please hit me up with questions or comments and check out my site!

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$1,225 shipped for a DT350 build chinese carbon wheelset?

That's DT240 / Sapim CX-ray territory, for other highly respected brands. Likely, with money to spare.

Seems like a late entry into a crowded market. Can I ask what you bring to the table that Light Bicycle / Nobl / Nox and others, might not already have?

Genuinely curious, and best of luck.
 

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$1,225 shipped for a DT350 build chinese carbon wheelset?

That's DT240 / Sapim CX-ray territory, for other highly respected brands. Likely, with money to spare.

Seems like a late entry into a crowded market. Can I ask what you bring to the table that Light Bicycle / Nobl / Nox and others, might not already have?

Genuinely curious, and best of luck.
Thanks man - I appreciate the questions! I'm basically a total bike nerd who is trying to provide value and a killer product, and yes, it is crowded these days. :)

So, first to clarify - I just "built" a similar wheelset to what I'm selling at light bicycle and with shipping, the total was $1050. I firmly believe my rims are better and my build quality is better, but leaving that aside for the moment - buying from a company based in colorado means you are getting local support if there is a problem. If you have to send something back, break a rim, etc etc you are dealing with someone stateside who is supporting their product.

Nox and Nobl both have great products - their price point is a couple to a few hundred dollars higher. I hope I'm competitive with both of those companies and I'll be the right choice for some buyers, while others will go with nox or nobl.

I hope that my "niche" is a mixture of a great price, great product, and local (US-based) support.

I do welcome the feedback though so keep punching holes in my balloon! lol.

Tim

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Best of luck on your venture. With that said, introducing your brand by opening up about how you arw just a guy sourcing products from China and rebranding is probably not best way to start of and help your brand image. The public doesnt need to know all the details! Start from the ground up building the brand presenting your company in a more professional manner. Im sure the product is good. Again best wishes
 

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Best of luck on your venture. With that said, introducing your brand by opening up about how you arw just a guy sourcing products from China and rebranding is probably not best way to start of and help your brand image. The public doesnt need to know all the details! Start from the ground up building the brand presenting your company in a more professional manner. Im sure the product is good. Again best wishes

Thanks! Also to clarify - I'm am not some guy sourcing parts from China and re-branding. I've been working with several factories and building relationships for years to get to a product and wheel build that I'm ready to market. I'm not slapping stickers on some ebay carbon wheelset.

Yes, the factory I build at is based in China - but there is a lot of carbon manufacture happening outside the US and I'm not trying to appear to be something I'm not.

All the other companies mentioned here so far (nox, nobl, lb) do their carbon manufacture in China. I have worked for a long time to get this wheelset to where I want it to be.

I'm offering these wheels at a killer price because I keep my overhead low and sell direct to the public - this actually creates a big competitive advantage.

I appreciate the comments and questions. The whole point of starting Roost was to bring a super high-quality carbon wheelset to folks at a really competitive price.
 

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Always good to see more competition! Quick questions:

1) Can I get a wheelset with no stickers at all? (I hate all rim stickers, not just yours)

2) Do you build the wheelset from the ground up for each order, or do you have sets already built? (I like to have the hub logo line up with the valve hole..... OCD lol )

3) Can you elaborate on your build technique? ( 3 cross, nipple prep, spoke tension, years of experience, ect..)
 

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Always good to see more competition! Quick questions:

1) Can I get a wheelset with no stickers at all? (I hate all rim stickers, not just yours)

2) Do you build the wheelset from the ground up for each order, or do you have sets already built? (I like to have the hub logo line up with the valve hole..... OCD lol )

3) Can you elaborate on your build technique? ( 3 cross, nipple prep, spoke tension, years of experience, ect..)
HI D Bone - I can custom make a wheelset without decals - however it will take a few weeks and might cost a little more.

I build my wheelsets in advance and store them here in Colorado so they are ready for delivery today - not built-to-order.

One note - these are NOT stickers - they are baked-on decals and are not going to peal, etc. Does that change your mind?

The wheels are built in a 3 cross pattern - approximate spoke tensions (for the asymmetric 42mm wide rims) are:

front rotor side: 100kgf
front non-rotor side: 110kgf
rear drive side: 130kgf

rear non-drive side: 110kgf

My wheels are laced in a machine and then tensioned by hand by one of five main wheel-builders, each with at least 3 years of experience - most of them have more.

Hopefully that answers your questions - hit me up if you have more!
 

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What about 29+ sizes? 42mm-45mm inner?
What is the weight of the wheel sets for 29er?
 

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What about 29+ sizes? 42mm-45mm inner?
What is the weight of the wheel sets for 29er?
Thanks for your questions.

I currently run 3.0 tires on my stock, wide rims - 42 outer, 35mm inner - and they work great. The tread profile is great, lots of rubber on the ground, the bead seats up well - I think that 35mm inner is great for plus size.

That said, I'm working on a 46mm inner width, 52 outer rim that I can build as a 29r or 275 with boost or regular spacing in a very similar price range. Contact me through my website if you are interested - I can let you know when they'd be ready to order.

The weight of my stock 29r 42mm wide wheelset with boost spacing on dt 350s is roughly 1775 grams for the wheelset.
 

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um, thanks? :)
I do hope you can succeed. :) :)

It's just that with the abundance of carbon rims coming out of China...it seems that anyone that can build a wheel...is selling wheels. I was at Sea Otter in April...and pretty much every other vendor seems to be a new wheel company.

I just had some i39mm carbon wheels built with Hope Pro 4 hubs and DT Competition spokes. Everything came out to just under $900 all in. I could have saved another 40 bucks if I ordered the spokes online instead of using the ones from my builder.

With so many wheel builders out there...you really need to offer something super extra that'll sway me to buy your wheels vs buying a la carte and having my guy down the street build them up.;)
 

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Nothing like a little bike porn to make a thread more interesting...

Here's a pic of the ROOST wheels in action (well, kind of in action) on a new Pivot Firebird (sic bike btw).

For everyone reading this thread - if you're interested in ROOST, here's some incentive: use the code "mtbrgrant" to get $50 off the cost of a new set of ROOST wheels. And I'm doing FREE SHIPPING from now until the end of July. Get at me if you have questions or check out the site - roostwheels dot com.


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LB still still cheaper to the door.

If you've ever killed a sourced-from-china product, you likely learned that the initial cost has long been forgotten when you're trying to get post-sale support. And when that post-sale support ranges from minimal to non-existent, you also likely learned that saving a few $ is irrelevant if the product sucks.

For people that have learned these lessons, the OP's shilltastic approach here offers them a better way. Yes, it costs a little more, but if you have a problem with some aspect of the product, you have a US-based, english speaking human to reach out to and whom is guaranteed to respond faster and more intelligibly than the chi-bon companies do.

Some people would rather pay a little more and know that they're covered when things go sideways, while for others the bottom line is everything. Variety is what makes the world go 'round.
 

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Locally we have had a company actually start making there own carbon wheels. Pretty cool see somebody try a different approach to the Carbon wheel market.

https://weareonecomposites.com/
 

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Shilltastical

If you've ever killed a sourced-from-china product, you likely learned that the initial cost has long been forgotten when you're trying to get post-sale support. And when that post-sale support ranges from minimal to non-existent, you also likely learned that saving a few $ is irrelevant if the product sucks.

For people that have learned these lessons, the OP's shilltastic approach here offers them a better way. Yes, it costs a little more, but if you have a problem with some aspect of the product, you have a US-based, english speaking human to reach out to and whom is guaranteed to respond faster and more intelligibly than the chi-bon companies do.

Some people would rather pay a little more and know that they're covered when things go sideways, while for others the bottom line is everything. Variety is what makes the world go 'round.
what this guy said^^^

I mean c'mon - I'm a cyclist, I build trails and ride bikes and drink beer. I've been buying mtn bikes and parts since the 80's (uh-huh) and I have a decent handle on the wheel market and what the average rider's options are out there.

The fact is, ROOST represents a killer option for a lot of folks who just want to buy a great wheelset without destroying their wallet and get support from a US-based, real person. To me, this is worth quite a lot actually. Plus - if you want a 650b wheelset, I can ship that s*** today and you'll have it in 4-5 days. (I'll have 29s in stock shortly).

@mikesee - if you want to offer ROOST rims in your builds, get at me - would love to talk.
 
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