Reynolds MTN 29R XC Carbon Wheelset - Road Bike Shop
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Reynolds MTN 29R XC Carbon Wheelset
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Few companies have invested as much time and energy into developing carbon fiber rims for off-road use as Reynolds. So, needless to say, we were excited to hear that Reynolds redesigned the XC Carbon 29-inch wheelset for this year. Along with a refined rim and an all new hub design, the spoke count has been increased, boosting the strength and durability. However, the wheels retain the feathery light weight that's made them a perennial favorite. They're back, and better than ever. The meat of Reynolds' new wheel lineup is the redesigned high modulus carbon XC rim. At a around 380 grams per rim, they'd be highly ineffective as paperweights. Thankfully, though, the cycling functionality hasn't suffered a bit. They're 26mm wide at the outside, and 19mm wide internally, and that generous width increases the volume of your tires, which enables lower pressures while also enabling a more stable platform for cornering. Tubeless compatibility has been continually refined, with an enhanced bead hook and a deeper middle section that makes tire swaps a bit easier. Naturally, they provide the characteristically damp ride that you'd expect from a durable set of carbon rims, meaning that the benefits extend far beyond weight and stiffness. Furthermore, the extensive aerodynamic expertise of the team at Reynolds is on full display, meaning that these carbon hoops cut through the air with a bare minimum of drag. They're laced to all new Reynolds straight pull disc hubs that utilize replaceable end caps, which makes them compatible with most modern axle standards. The rear hub employs a redesigned alloy freehub, which places the pawls in the hub shell, and in so doing, increases the size of the ratchet mechanism. As a result of this, durability is thoroughly enhanced. The hub shell is a straight-pull affair, which improves stiffness and makes replacing broken spokes a snap when the time comes. And while this wheelset is aimed squarely at the highest levels of cross country racin...