Halo Release Entry Level Trail Wheelset & Tubeless Accessories Range

Jan 18, 2019
by Halo Wheels  
Halo Ridge Line Wheels

PRESS RELEASE: Halo Wheels

Ridge Line Wheels

Are you looking for a 27.5" trail wheelset that offers tubeless compatibility, Boost and non-Boost bolt through fitments and a 30mm internal width, all for under £240.00 ($310.00 USD)? Our new Ridge Line wheel is the very answer.

The Ridge Line wheelset fills a gap in our range and is aimed at riders looking to maximise time on the trail and minimise expense.

Halo Ridge Line Wheels

Ridge Line wheels are built around our RL hubs which use a smooth 5 pawl 30 click engagement drive, a cro-mo axle and freehub as well as sealed bearings, to deliver great performance and compatibility.

100% hand built and supplied pre-taped, Ridge Line wheels are tubeless ready from the box.

Halo Ridge Line Wheels

Tubeless Accessories

To complement our range of tubeless compatible wheels, we also now offer a complete package of tubeless tape, valves and Fibre-Tech Tubeless Sealant.

Halo Tubeless Accessories Range

Fibre-Tech Tubeless Sealant uses a synthetic latex base formula and is non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-allergenic and lasts up to six months. Coupled with our revolutionary high density micro fibre technology ‘Fibre Tech’, holes up to 6mm are sealed instantly. It's also made in our home country, England.

Unlike some other sealants on the market, Fibre-Tech sealant does not collect in a ball when dry. Simply top up and keep on riding.

Available in a handy 250ml direct application bottle and a workshop sized 5L bottle with injector pump.

Our tubeless valves are pretty modest looking, but offer a built in core removal tool which can be used on the trail for those nightmare trailside fixes and workshop 'where the f**k did I put that' moments. Each set of valves also come with a tool box core removal tool and are available in multiple lengths.

Having used many types of tubeless tape of the years we have finally settled on what we think is the bomb, so now we are offering it to you! Our tape has highly adhesive, with slightly elastic properties to conform to the rim bed. Available in many widths and two package sizes- singular wheelset rolls and workshop 50m rolls.

www.halowheels.com


MENTIONS: @halo-wheels



82 Comments

  • + 54
 A CrMo freehub? That's cool. Too many companies come with an aluminium freehub which require an expensive cassette with spider as the cheaper (but otherwise perfectly fine) Shimano cassette would notch it and become stuck. Halo actually looked at what the target audience of an entry level wheelset would spec on a bike and went for a sensible steel freehub.
  • - 15
flag IllestT (Jan 18, 2019 at 2:43) (Below Threshold)
 Mmm not really, that's just what happens to come on the basic Novatec hubs - which are shite unfortunately
  • + 27
 As you say @vinay, Cro-Mo freehubs are perfect for this end of the market. Our higher end hubs/ freehubs are made of alloy which will also now include anti bite steel inserts. It's more expensive naturally, but has a fair weight saving!
  • + 0
 LoL What? Isn't SLX up all spider based?

SRAM is the garbage cassette. Make you buy their 'top' offerings if you want something that isn't going chew up your freehub.
  • + 3
 Few others offer aluminium bodys with anti gouging steel pins or plates. Saves massive weight with the same durability of steel.
  • + 1
 @qreative-bicycle: Yeah, this is one of the main reasons I mostly stuck with Shimano hubs. My first DT hub (DT 440, isn't around anymore) got such deep notches that it was a huge hassle to get my cheap cassette off. Now I understand that there were more complaints about DT aluminium of that era though it was enough reason to stay clear of aluminium freehubs ever since. Actually my current Syntace MX rear hub does have an aluminium freehub so that was my first attempt. And yes it did develop notches from my SLX cassette. But I actually got this hub because they do offer an aftermarket freehub with some steel pins to protect it. So I was confident that I wouldn't be all screwed after my first cassette swap.
  • + 1
 @vinay: does your syntace mx hub don't have the steel plates?
  • + 3
 Once a season remove your cassette (even if you've got to knock it with something) and file down the notches. If you ride a sh ton, do it a little more often. It'll be fine, and you'll avoid digging in so deep they become fused.
  • + 3
 Agreed. Alloy bodies are the spawn of devil.
  • + 1
 @halo-wheels: can the RL hubs take 141 boost end caps?
  • + 2
 *pushes glasses up nose* The Shimano freehub body was designed to be made from steel originally for the very reasons that caused problems with aluminum freehub bodies.But, all of those issues have been solved with cogs mounted on spiders and anti-bite guard designs, obviously. Still, it is nice to see a sensible build for this wheelset. Looks nice.
  • + 1
 @Bahlman: No, I don't think they have them. Didn't notice them and the body is notched. Not sure if I apply a particularly heavy torque. I ride with 34t oval in the front (my frame doesn't accept larger than 36t round or 34t oval) and 11-36 in the rear. I usually stand up and punch pretty hard on the pedals. After a few weeks, I'm already finding burrs on the smaller sprockets. Main reason for me to move from SLX to XT cassettes is that clusters are smaller so I can replace smaller bits (individual sprockets) at a time. So yeah, if sprockets are subject to such loads then obviously the same goes for the freehub. I probably will get the freehub with the steel splines for this hub.
  • + 1
 That's awesome. Love how they casually mention the sealant that doesn't ball up or dry too. Like that wouldn't be a big deal or anything.
  • + 35
 This has me more excited than any carbon wheelset I’ve seen over the past two years. An affordable, modern, name brand option to recommend to people who want advice on attainable wheels. Here’s hoping for a 29” version.
  • + 32
 Thanks @ninjatarian! We plan to have a 29" version very soon. Smile
  • + 3
 Check out the Halo Vapour 29 inch. Similar price, I hammered one for about 2 years. Stayed true with minimal maintenance and not that heavy either. Makes a carbon wheelset very difficult to justify.
  • + 6
 @nojzilla: No plans for 26" at the moment, sorry. We do offer T2, Vapour, Chaos (plus more) wheels in 26", depending on your requirements, though.
  • + 2
 @halo-wheels: do you ship to USA? Went on your website and on the drop down menu doesn’t have us listed
  • + 5
 @nlibot33: Hey! We have a US distributor called BTI, who look after halo-usa.com. Ridge Line wheels will be on there soon, and avaliable through your local BTI supplied shop.
  • + 2
 I have been running the Vapour 35 (30 inner) 29 inch rims (replaced a damaged e13 rim) on Hope hubs for one season, 1000 miles. Zero issues and I think they may be sub 500 grams. I'm a solid 250 lbs riding a hard tail and no issues. Definitely worth a look and I believe come in a complete wheelset.
  • + 9
 So micro fibers hey ? While plastic micro fibers are probably the mext big ecological scandal to come I hope that a bike company, sport suposedly green, is not using plastic based non degradable fibers for they tubeless sealant ... That it is non toxic and hazardous is one thing but so are plastic bag, that doesn't make it right tho.
  • + 5
 If you think mountain biking is a green sport you are fooling yourself.
  • + 1
 @Poulsbojohnny: greener that MotoX for exemple, and not being the greenest sport doesn't mean you shouldn't try to lower your impact when you can.
  • + 4
 @Balgaroth: Hey! We think you might be confusing our Fibre-Tech with Microbeads (which are a major environmental issue). Fibre-Tech is not made from plastic. Fibre-Tech includes recycled tyres which helps make a small dent in the tyre mountains which have few other disposal options. The fibres themselves are not biodegradable (unlike the rest of the fluid), but the idea is that not much will escape the tyre before sealing. It's also worth remembering that inner tubes that this fluid replaces have a much bigger impact on the environment. We always do what we can to cut down on our carbon footprint. Smile
  • + 6
 Hands (props) up if you've removed a valve core trailside to refill or patched a tyre and finished your ride tubeless.
Genuine question.
  • + 1
 Last time when I used Snake Skin from Schwalbe I got a puncture under the thread which the sealant could not handle:
- opened the tyre but only the bead from one side;
- patched it from the inside;
- inflated it with CO2 cartridge and it was sealed again.

No more issue after that.
  • + 2
 @pr3dator: Being new to this sealant thing, I was wondering. Can you patch a tire just like that or do you need to clean and dry that inside surface for the patch to actually stick? If so, does it depend on the type of sealant?
  • + 2
 @BenPea yeh I do often actually... I hate putting a tube in as it all gets stuck and is a bit of a pain after.. I just patch holes with those poo stick things then chuck in fluid to replace any thats lost and bang it up with c02. saves taking a bead off in the mud which means its harder to seal after.

also these rims look mint and I'm after a new set so I might just be putting an order in
  • + 1
 Ah, forgot about CO2. I was mainly puzzled about the need to remove valve cores in the middle of knowhere (and this being a selling point). If you've flatted you need to unbead to fix, in which case you can pour some fluid in from the side.
  • + 4
 Some pumps (like my Lezyne one) have a screw on head and have a tendency to pull valve cores out unless they're screwed tight. This happened to a buddy whilst riding and fortunately I carry a valve core tool with me.
  • + 4
 @DC1988: same happened to me with my Lezyne pump - tyre deflated and started leaking sealant. Luckily the tyre bead remained seated so was able to re-inflate and ride home.
  • + 3
 @DC1988: exactly the same problems with my lezyne mini pump, gives me the sh!ts.
  • - 1
 @DC1988: This is the very reason I dislike presta valves. Why not just stick with schraeder? No risk of unscrewing the valve core but you can if you need to.
  • + 2
 @vinay: I used an automotive tire patch to replace a trailside plug. $3 kit from AutoZone. Held 35 psi for a week so far, tubeless. Tire is a Chupacabra that someone gave me to try. It is worn but will work for a while. I had 27.5x3.0 and in my new frame is was just a little close for comfort. 27.5x2.8 sits perfect.
  • + 2
 About 4 times, it's easy with the right kit. Tubeless repair kit (noodles, glue, blade, rasp and needle) & I carry a 50ml centrifuge tube of sealant and a 30ml syringe with me, never failed to keep me riding, so much quicker, cleaner, easier than faffing about putting a tube in.
  • + 1
 @DC1988: you know the connector hose has a pressure release buttton? Touch the button, it depressurise the hose so making it easy to unscrew the hose without taking the core with it. To be fair a core done up with a proper tool shouldn't be coming undone anyway.
  • + 1
 @fruitsd79: Alright, but can you just patch directly on the inside surface of the tire or do you need to clean and dry the inside to make the patch stick?
  • + 1
 @vinay:
Schrader valves were too wide for skinny rims, though given rims tend to be much wider they would probably work ok now.
  • + 1
 @StevieJB: Sounds good, sign me up.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: www.decathlon.co.uk/tubeless-tyre-repair-kit-id_8332904.html happy to help :-) I think lots of people don't know about these kits
  • + 1
 @StevieJB: Ta. Haven't flatted for a couple of years, but still...
  • + 1
 @StevieJB : exactly
  • + 1
 @StevieJB: yeh thats what I use... I call them poo sticks.. the Italians call them salami (which I prefer ) haha. I use these all the time. once you get the hang of them they work a treat
  • + 1
 @vinay: Ireplaced a bacon strip between lugs.
the kit I bought at auto zone ($3) came with patches. a metal scourpad and rubber cement.
Give a Light cleaning and scuff. Rubber cement the area, remove liner, apply patch then clamp over night.
There is a clear plastic that says radial I removed the next day.
  • + 1
 @fruitsd79: Thanks, so this isn't really something to do while out on the trail, isn't it? That was the question I had after the response from @pr3dator. He seemed to be doing it out on the trail. Back in 2008 I rode the Megavalanche Alpe d'Huez and I was running tubes (tubeless with sealant and also dropper seatposts were just entering the market back then). But I had some sealant inside my tubes which was supposed to close punctures. During the practice week I punctured and the tube just deflated and vomited the tire full of the white stuff. Because it was all wet I couldn't even patch it on the spot. Obviously I just replaced the tube so that I could move on. But yeah, usually with tubes I did patch them on the trail when it was really obvious where they were punctured. This past spring/summer I finally made the switch to ProCore (so still not completely tubeless, but close) and I'm looking the different types solutions for when a hole doesn't seal. The bacon type solutions seem most sensible/affordable though I'm a bit worried that the tool would puncture the tube (that's part of the ProCore system). So yeah, I was interested in whether a patch would be doable.
  • + 1
 @vinay: Update, it's been several weeks and I did see a bubble of sealant forming in the cut. but holding air just fine. Riding in the 6-25*F weather and it hasn't failed yet.
  • + 3
 Really like the look of these. Seems like the perfect upgrade for a rider on a budget. I'd like to hear the freehub though to see how loud it is in comparison to their supadrive hub.
  • + 4
 Hey @Dav82, thanks for the feedback! Sound wise these are very 'normal' sounding, unlike our SupaDrive system.
  • + 1
 @halo-wheels: thanks for the response. Is there, or will there be a video of the sound? Just weighing up buying the pair or just the front then a rim(£40 is a bargain) and supadrive hub for the rear. Need a bit of noise for alerting/scaring people on the trails!
  • + 1
 We don't have any videos of the sound at the moment, but if you are after sound then look no further than the MT Supadrive series. We have these pre-built into the similarly proportioned Vapour 35 rim, which is a great trail wheel. Cheers!
  • + 2
 @halo-wheels: thanks for the response again!
  • + 4
 U guys need an ozzy distributer!
  • + 5
 Yes, we absolutely do. 100%.
  • + 1
 Massive fan of Halo, since back in the days of Dowie and the Identiti brand. Always been bullet proof no nonsense great product who never detract from that ethos- respect
  • + 1
 Thanks so much @sewer-rat!
  • - 1
 Thinking about rims and EWS type riding, it's time for quality stainless steel rims to reappear. The weight will help with the gravity created inertia and you won't break them. If they're dinged, a pair of pliers would get them back to working order.
  • + 3
 I’m no chemist/metallurgist but I recall steel rims as being far too soft. Maybe the kind I used to service were not high enough quality. I think if you wanted to beef up metal, you’d just make alloy stronger/heavier.
  • + 3
 @ryan83: Stainless steel is indeed softer than regular construction steel (galvanized or with an other surface treatment to avoid rust). Remember though that steel can't be extruded like aluminium can. Steel can be roll formed into a rim profile but you can't create closed cavities like you can with extrusion. Or you'll need to roll them as separate profiles and then weld them together, but I'm not sure if you can then still bend them into a rim shape.

After breaking several rear wheels in my commuter bike (which I use not only for riding to work, it often carries me along with my two kids, groceries and all that) I built a new rear wheel with a steel Van Schothorst (Ryde) rim and 36 2.5mm spokes (with 4mm thick nipples). With the Shimano Nexus N7 (7 speed internal gear) hub. It made for a 3kg wheel (without tire). The factory built wheel it replaced (also with the N7 hub) was 2.5kg. It is keeping up nicely though.
  • + 1
 my 2008 SAS are still kicking Smile
  • + 1
 Can I run a plus (27.5x2.Cool tire on these wheels?
  • + 0
 Hey! You can happily run 2.25 to 2.8" on these.
  • + 1
 2.8
  • + 4
 @speed10: Cool pretty cool guys in the comments Cool
  • + 1
 And can you order these is canada
  • + 2
 You can indeed, but shipping is pretty expensive from the UK sadly. We are currently working on finding a good Canadian distro.
  • + 1
 looks pretty cool.
  • + 0
 Good valve but no 20x110mm front hub offering. No thx
  • + 1
 All of our higher end wheels have a 20 x 110mm option. Smile
  • + 0
 What is the weight of these wheels?
  • + 2
 2155g for the boost set. Smile
  • + 1
 @halo-wheels: very nice! thanks!
  • + 1
 @meandros: Happy to help!
  • + 1
 Weight???
  • + 1
 2155g for the boost set. Smile
  • - 1
 I only want entry-level components said no serious cyclist ever
  • - 1
 Looks like re-branded WTB rims and hubs!
  • + 3
 They aren't, but thanks!
  • - 3
 'For riders looking to maximize time on the trail' is a glass half full take on heavy and slow - making your trails last longer
  • - 4
flag BenPea (Jan 18, 2019 at 2:32) (Below Threshold)
 Correct, e.g., Stans Flows are significantly lighter, proven and not much more expensive.

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