Hayes Bicycle Group Announces New Reynolds Wheels & Manitou Dropper Post

Mar 30, 2022
by Hayes Bicycle  


We are pleased to launch a new collection of Trail wheels, featuring several new wheelset options from Reynolds, along with a new, versatile Manitou Jack dropper seatpost.

Taking the rider further down the trail, the new Reynolds Trail wheels redefine the category, being light, strong, and compliant. The new low profile, wide channel rim increases cornering speed, trail feel, and improves compliance, featuring an asymmetric rim profile for better power transfer and overall wheel durability. Bridging the gap between XC speed and Enduro tough, Reynolds trail wheels will leave you with confidence-inspiring precision and control.

Blacklabel Mountain wheels combine Reynolds’ asymmetric, hookless rim profile featuring our proprietary Impact Dispersing Matrix (IDM) technology and MR5 lay up process. The rim design offers a perfect balance of width, depth, and layup for wheels that provide ultimate durability, riding comfort, and trail-hugging traction like you’ve never experienced before.

Manufactured and designed by Industry Nine and Ringlé, the precision hubs set the bar in mountain bike wheel performance. All Reynolds Trail wheels are available with the most current Shimano and SRAM freehbub bodies.

Reynolds Blacklabel 327 PRO &329 Trail PRO
Reynolds’ premium wide trail wheelset, the Trail PRO, starts with Reynolds’ asymmetric, hookless rim profile featuring our proprietary Impact Dispersing Matrix (IDM) technology and MR5 lay up process, specifically created for speed, durability, and comfort. These wheels feature 100% CNC machined Reynolds/Industry Nine Hydra hubs with 6-pawl, .52-degree engagement, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, and aluminum nipples.

Reynolds Blacklabel 327 Trail EXPERT & 329 Trail EXPERT
The Blacklabel Trail Expert wheels combine Reynolds' asymmetric, hookless rim profile, featuring our IDM technology and MR5 lay up process, specifically created for speed, durability, and comfort. The wheels include Reynolds/Ringlé Super Bubba X hubs with 6-pawl, 4-degree engagement, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, and aluminum nipples.

Reynolds TR327 Trail; TR329 Trail
The TR327 Trail and TR329 Trail series use the same asymmetric hookless rim profile as our premium Blacklabel Trail wheels, with our CR3 lay up process. The wheels include new Reynolds/Ringlé SRX MTN hubs with 3-pawl, 12-degree engagement, Sapim Sprint spokes and brass nipples.

Manitou Jack Dropper Post
The Manitou Jack dropper post features a cartridge bearing for smooth, precise operation and three drop options – 185mm, 160mm, and 80mm – for improved handling when you need it. Available in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters, the Jack includes a Manitou cable head which is the same dimension of a cable clamp, allowing all the cable tension adjustment to be completed on the lever side.

To further demonstrate the serviceability of Manitou products, the Jack dropper cartridge can be fully rebuilt to replace bushing and seals when the time comes, keeping the smoothest post on the market feeling like it's brand new. The 80mm Jack features a shorter overall length at 320mm, for use on youth performance, Gravel and XC applications; while providing an actuated auto reset function when the post is in the fully dropped position. Manitou: Science of Smooth.

Reynolds is confident that we build the best carbon rim and wheel systems in the cycling industry. All of our wheels are produced in our own facility, by our own staff, to our strict engineering specifications. Therefore, we confidently offer a lifetime warranty to the original owner of Reynolds rims.

To the original owner, all Manitou products determined by the factory to be defective in materials and/or workmanship, within two years from the date of original purchase, will be repaired or replaced at the sole discretion of the manufacturer.


  • 54 0
 I would have expected the dropper post to look the same as other posts, but reversed.
  • 7 0
 Yes! With the stanchion clamped in the sea tube. I love it.
  • 1 0
 just gotta turn it back to front
  • 5 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: DT Swiss already does that though.
  • 30 0
 Is the dropper a rebranded BikeYoke?
  • 1 0
 It's the same post!!
  • 6 0
 Yup looks like a Revive
  • 17 0
 Smart choice.
  • 2 3
 @DG370: Probably it‘s the Divine, not the Revive. The Revive has the manual reset lever, which the Manitou does not seem to have. The Divine does the reset automatically every time you lower the seat.
  • 7 0
 Well… I love the BikeYoke droppers…
Best dropper post I’ve had on my bikes so far…
  • 3 0
 @the-ninth: Looks like a Revive 2.0, reset Allen screw can be seen on the post head.
  • 12 1
 Very happy to see it. I love my Manitou suspension parts and I love all the Bikeyoke droppers in the household. Indeed, smart move.

So Hayes have:
- Great Manitou suspension products.
- Very good wheel sets.
- Now the best dropper on the market as well.
- After Trickstuff, with the Dominion one of the best brakes on the market (although I do which they would make one with mineral oil).
- Decent cockpit parts.
- Everything well serviceable by the home mechanic (now even more so with the bikeyoke dropper design).
- Great value for money.

They are slowly, but surely building a great component collection. If a bike now comes specced with a complete Hayes built I would definitely prefer it over anything else. I wonder what more they need to do to get the recognition and market share they deserve?
  • 1 0
 @CS645: Ragley bikes are often spec'd with Hayes stuff.
  • 1 0
 @DG370: The Divine also has a screw port at that location … I‘d still say that the Jack specified as having auto reset makes it more probable that it is based on the Divine.
  • 1 0
 @the-ninth: I have both the Divine and the Revive. The Divine just has a flat metal surface where the Revive has the Allen reset screw, there is just some white paint one there. awesome-mtb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DSC05788_web-1024x683.jpg

I agree though that by the description it sounds like it's based on the Divine.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Seems their 2019 bikes had some Mattoc's. Their current bikes don't seem to have much Hayes stuff on it. Vitus also till recently had Manitou forks on some of their builds.
  • 1 0
 @the-ninth: It says Revive right on the head just like the Revive.
  • 2 0
 @CS645: Hell yeah, couldnt agree more. my old mattoc pro is still going strong and is a hell of a fork. The reverse arch and hex axle are smart. Definitely gonna try to snag dominions when my old XTs fail. Have an Answer stem, it was cheap as beans and nice and light and stiff. They definitely went through a dark period but I for one am stoked to see this classic collection of brands back putting out quality products again! Also the focus on user serviceability is righteous!
  • 18 1
 Maniyoke or bikitou?
  • 7 1
 Not sure I'm on board for the low profile wide rim trend. I recently owned then sold a new pair pair of Specialized wheels that were this profile. I see the "improves compliance" deal and it just felt like vague tracking through ruts, flex and wind up, pushing hard into corners. At first I though is was the new frame I built up to put these on but after reading another review saying the same I switched them out for a Light Bicycle/DT240 wheels set and I was so relieved it wasn't the frame. Personally I want my wheels stiff and the tires and fork/shock to do the suspension work.
  • 9 0
 Not to be a super stalker I just love that the only thing that you’ve sold on your profile is the wheels.
  • 4 0
 @zmums: Not to second super stalk, but those wheels on his profile are not low-profile. They are standard Roval trash. Not expensive and not special.
  • 1 0
 @zmums: Don't get me wrong, they would be a rad XC wheelset and make a hardtail ride nice, I was just using them for something they weren't intended for maybe?
  • 2 2

I’m not trying to roast you or anything, just thought it was funny. In my experience on a variety of Carbon and Ali wheelsets you can tell a difference but as long as a wheel doesn’t break it doesn’t really matter. Your tire and suspension set up has such a disproportionately huge influence on descending performance. An XO casing minion vs a super gravity magic mary is insane. The difference between Carbon wheelsets is all just marketing hoo ha in my experience with several brands. I’ll buy whoever’s got the coolest sticker, warranty and price in that orderSmile
  • 4 0
 I’ve had good luck with the handful of Hayes Group products I’ve had over the years and I like the brand but I tend wonder how it is that they’re still hanging around when they seem like sort of an afterthought in every category. Are they a bigger OEM player than I realize?
  • 4 0
 "Hayes was originally a made-in-USA manufacturer that was happily making disc brakes for mountain bikes and for its core business, which catered to Harley Davidson, motorsports and heavy industry. Sales quickly outstripped the factory’s bicycle manufacturing section. That, and pressure from Taiwanese bike makers to open a factory close by in Asia to directly service the OEM market there, led to the creation of Hayes Asia, where all of its cycling components, with the exception of Wheelsmith spokes. Hayes is not unique to this business model, SRAM followed suit"

  • 4 1
 Yep. Private label, good sourcing, oem supplies. MTBers get wrapped up by bouquet brands and the [alleged] latest and greatest…meanwhile a brand like KHS is still highly competitive at nationals. I’m saying MTBers are chumps for marketing.
  • 1 0
 @SvenNorske: I’m not comparing to boutique anything, just the regular players like sram, shimano, Fox, etc. I like the brand just hardly ever see it on anything.
  • 2 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: Canyon used to spec a lot of Reynolds carbon wheels on their higher end MTB builds - I have them on my 2020 Strive. The hubs were shite, which may be why Canyon seem to have fully moved across to DT swiss last year...just in time to get on board with the DT Ratchet EXP debacle.
  • 5 1
 As a group they make some awesome products (ahem Mezzer) but GOD DAMN they need to work on supply and after sales, I recently had to buy another fork despite wanting Mezzer.
  • 6 1
 not listing wheelset weights makes me instantly suspicious
  • 8 2
 Like 690 points of engagement level of instantly?
  • 1 0
 Hopefully this version of the jack can actually be serviced. I have the prior version, said it could be, then said could only replace the cartridge. I have had a dead one on the bench for a year with no replacement cartridges available.
  • 11 7
 Lost me at Centerlock only
  • 2 0
 I have Reynolds centerlock hubs from a couple years ago, and they have 6-bolt adapters included. Perhaps it's the same case now.
  • 1 0
 Same, which is weird because I9 offers 6 bolt options. At one point I was eyeing Chris King, and now they offer only centerlock for us mere mortals.
  • 3 0
 The good news is that you can get adapters for 6-bolt on Centerlock, but not the other way around, so fewer variations for the manufacturer to make. It also lets them quote lower weights, but surely they can't be that cynical haha!
  • 2 1
 Yeah, I don't want to carry a lockring tool on the trail.
  • 2 0
 @axleworthington: When did you have to remove a rotor on the trail, and what else on your bike is T25? If your rotor is trashed, you're likely walking out anyways
  • 2 1
 should've lost you at straight pull spokes
  • 4 1
 Centerlock is the best thing to happen to disc brakes.
  • 2 0
 @axleworthington: if you have to remove your rotor on the trail you should probably just call it a day lol
  • 1 0
 Anyone know if the Reynolds/Ringlé SRX MTN hubs with 3-pawl, 12-degree engagement are quiet? Project 321 is trying to sort theirs out... Shimano needs to get on their Scylence game!
  • 1 0
 How does Hayes make a wheelset and not even use their own spokes (Wheelsmith)??
  • 1 0
 I f***ing love these wheels. Plus the hydra's make you sound like a swarm of bee's so hikers tend to move quickly
  • 4 5
 No weight likely means around 1900-2100 grams for the set. Another way to light money on fire compared to an aluminum. DT wheel set.
  • 13 0
 You can guess, or you can click through and find out that the weights are listed on the site. 1574g a set for the expensive ones, 1776g for the "inexpensive" ones. Either way it should have been listed here
  • 2 1
I’m sure he mentioned that because most of these high priced carbon wheels come out to 1800-2000g for the set (other Reynolds, Zipp, etc). 1574g makes the drop in stacks worth it imo
  • 19 0
 @neatoneto: I get why he mentioned it, but if you can take the time to comment you can redistribute that time to look. Lazy comments lead to disinformation for others too lazy to look as well. Just an annoyance of mine, and the potential downfall of society, but I'll put my tinfoil away.
  • 5 0
 Thank you for your well reasoned opinion, @Tacodip420
  • 1 1
 John Cena approved dropper remote ... Looks like the marketing team has also been outsourced to Taiwan.
  • 2 1
  • 1 1
 A dropper post with a weight Limits....Why....
  • 2 0
 Many of them do, I've seen some with a lower limit than this one.....
  • 1 3
 Manitou dropper post... what could possibly go wrong..

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