Race Face Introduces Next R36 Carbon Wheelset

Aug 7, 2018
by Race Face  
Remi rides Next R36.
Wider means traction - Remi rides Next R36


Race Face is excited to grow our Next carbon wheelset lineup with the addition of the Next R36, providing better grip on the terrain you rip with a 36mm internal rim width, which optimizes the tread patterns on 2.4 - 2.8 tire options.

Like our Next R31, the Next R36 incorporates a durable carbon layup built for Enduro style abuse, with an offset spoke hole layout delivering improved tension balance to up the sturdiness. And with our no-fault Carbon Confidence Guarantee, you can go full send and know that Race Face has your back, from the hubs, to the spokes to the rims themselves.

Next R36 feature a 36mm internal width, the super-fast engagement of the Race Face Vault Hub, tubeless ready design, and tool-free interchangeable end caps.

Race Face Next R36 Carbon Wheel

WHEEL SIZES: 27.5, 29
WEIGHT PER SET: 27.5” – 1720g, 29”-1790g

NEXT R36 MSRP: $1499.99 USD / $1999.99 CAD

• Large oversized flange for improved bracing angle and
larger bearings.
• Wide bearing stance.
• 6 double tooth pawls (3 engage at a time).
• 120 points of engagement (3 degrees).
• Individually sprung pawls.
• One length spoke used throughout wheelset (F&R).
• Tool-free interchangeable end caps (sold separately).
• Low drag labyrinth cassette body seal.
• R36 available in SuperBoost configuration.

• Full carbon fiber construction
• 36mm Internal width
• Tubeless ready rim (tape and valves installed)
• 4.5mm Offset improves spoke tension balance
and wheel stiffness
• High gloss black logos and interchangable vinyl decals.

See the video with Remi Gauvin here.

Remi rides Next R36.

MENTIONS: @raceface

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118 articles

  • 49 1
 Hard to pick these wheels with a 2 year warranty when We Are One and Santa Cruz are offering a lifetime warranty for a similar price.
  • 10 1
 Same with e*13 - Lifetime warranty. It's a massive consideration when dropping that kind of coin.
  • 19 16
 It is definitely worth noting the fine print of any Lifetime Warranty versus a No Fault Guarantee that covers rims, spokes and hubs (down to the bearings), as well as Lifetime Crash Replacement options. You can learn more about our warranties on our site!
  • 48 0
 @raceface: We Are One’s “fine print”:

“ If you break a rim, we send you a new replacement. Period.

NO charges

NO hidden fine-print

NO exceptions

NO limitations

Lifetime support”
  • 7 1
 I just got a set of We Are One's on my latest bike and was super impressed.

Great customer service, (unlike Light Bicycle who couldn't even be bothered to respond to emails or update their website) , killer warranty, and they even give you custom valve caps! WR1 for the win Smile
  • 9 0
 Unlike race face that doesn't answer emails I've had 2 buddies get sc warranties with in 2-4 days . Whole wheels no building needed
  • 7 1
 Yeah sure, but no reply from warranty on product issues after weeks of emails is an issue - disappointing and not what I expected @raceface:
  • 2 0

Light Bicycle have been great when I ordered direct from China same day replies, answered everything, complied with my requests - namely completely blank rims no graphics at all. Landed after tax still way cheaper than any other offerings.
  • 14 13
 @mungbean: Thats great to see a small company like We Are One offer that kind of warranty; however, our guarantee extends to the complete wheel meaning that if any part of the wheel-set fails (rim, spokes, hub, bearings etc) we repair or replace the entire wheel. Which could save you a lot of money and or hassle in the end.
  • 8 1
 @HaroldCDN: looks like they're faster at replying to pinkbike comments than actual customer emails!
  • 4 1
 @raceface: Had enough of your warranties after having my Next crankset replaced two times during warranty and third break just after two years I am left with a 500 dollar brick Frown . Lousy product and you know it, still you do not replace it with something that works.
  • 5 0
 @raceface: I am really only concerned about the rim, which is the most expensive and most likely part of the wheel to fail. We Are one wheels come with proven hubs such as DT swiss. I have been running these for years and never had a failure. Also, if a spoke breaks I would just replace it, not send the wheel back for warranty.
  • 1 0
 @raceface: If your hubs are anything like the PF92 bottom brackets you make, l’ll stiick with my Hopes. I went through two in a matter months. I splurged on a Wheels Mfg bb and not a problem since.
  • 1 0
 Having all parts of the wheel covered under one company's warranty is nice but I think that I would still rather have the lifetime warranty on only the rim versus two years on all.

The bigger issue for me here is the question of value. Where are these rims made? The hubs? I do not see any mention of it so I generally assume Taiwan but maybe I am wrong. I was able to buy a set of We Are One wheels with Industry Nine hubs and custom decals for less money than this wheelset. I am not going to say that Taiwan makes bad quality products because I do not believe that to be true but I don't see the value in spending the same amount of money or more on a product that is made with lower labour costs, plus I get the benefit of putting more money into my own country's economy by buying locally made goods. Then there is the consideration of own-brand RaceFace hubs versus a really good aftermarket hub, again with own-brand generally being done to bring costs down I find it hard to spend the same money or more.
  • 16 4
 I hope they last longer than their carbon cranks
  • 3 0
 but they take more hits than deadheads at a concert?...........
  • 5 5
 They aren't making many friends with those cranks
  • 8 1
 My Next SLs have been going 2+ years of hard abuse. No problems for me.
  • 4 2
 I'm 220 w/ gear and was riding Next Sls on a short travel bike for 2 yrs with ZERO issues. They are now on my trail hardtail and are still going strong. Every brand has their failures, and the only way to know what brand is good vs bad is to look at overall recall/failure rate. Anecdotal evidence ("I know someone", "My crank broke") isn't a meaningful indicator or brand performance without the big picture, since most negative experiences get far more traction than the "set it and forget it" experiences most of us have.
  • 3 0
 @SprSonik: you are debating anecdotal evidence with your own anecdotal evidence? BRILLIANT!!!!
  • 1 0
 @BT180: Mine just developed play in one of the arms. This is after my XX's did the same thing. Just riding XC here, even though it gets rowdy at times. I'm usually in soil as well vs rocks. My conclusion - carbon just isnt for cranks. Other stuff, heck yeah. Cranks.... nope.
  • 7 1
 Race Face ... No chance of me buying any more of that c4ap. Every product from RF I have ever owned has been rubbish and either had multiple warranty of just thrown on the bin. Overpriced garbage.
  • 1 0
 Wow, so many negative comments about RF! I always thought they were a pretty decent brand, but that is just based on one chainring, a pair of shorts, and I guess all of the proper riders they sponsor.
  • 2 0
 @MTB-Colada: The shorts are good.
  • 2 0
 The chainrings are the best i've seen for holding a chain without a guide.... i'd buy those. The other stuff.... getting skeptical after my SL cranks have now just failed.
  • 6 0
 Man, I wish RF would've replied to my emails regarding my 7 ride old Atlas pedals self destructing as fast as they replied to comments here..... but don't worry RF, I'm a quick learner with a long memory.
  • 5 2
 I wouldn't run anything narrower than 2.8" on those which means new tyres with paper-thin casings which means tyre inserts which all together means £€¥$ on top of your wheel costs! Hmmm...
  • 2 0
 I hope these are more robust than their carbon cranks. I have had several RF cranks fail. No more RF carbon for me. How are these wheels even competitive with We Are One, who make an excellent product and offer a lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty?
  • 1 0
 Dude, RF answered this above. The hubs are their own. Whereas WAO uses you know hubs people would actually want.
  • 2 0
 Been riding Next R36 wheels for 4-5 mo. Came spec'ed on Devincy Troy. Was a bit worried, however I like them as much as my Reynolds/I9 wheels. Can't criticize customer service/warranty because haven't needed it, but the hubs engage quick (120 deg - 6-pawl) and quiet. And the 36i with 2.4 rubber is surprisingly awesome on rocky/slabby technical features without being mush in the corners.
  • 13 8
 Race Face? No thanks. The worst quality components on the market
  • 4 1
 Yup, I'll stick to my trusty Ali baba components
  • 2 1
 im happy i removed all rf products that came on my bike (except pf bottom bracket) because of their lack of support and horrible distributors. am i bashing them in every other article about them? yes and ill still be until theyll stand behind their products
  • 3 0
 First you think a $4000.00 bike is expensive, then you buy a fork for, $1000.00, rims for $2000.00, drivetrain for $1000.00, and you shoot yourself in the face.
  • 2 0
 Those are nice rims, I'm just at a point where, "they're not going to help you". Pro buddy could buy a 800$ bike, and still be better than almost anyone.
  • 1 0
 @Kramz: Aren't you a somewhat legit rider?
  • 1 0
 @gonecoastal: I dunno, I'm severely unhealthy, I tried my best to bicycle. I did it daily when the weather was good from like 3 years old, until 17, but never got very good. My friend got brain damage at like 17, and we all stopped.
  • 1 0
 @Kramz: Oops. Might've got you mixed up with someone else
  • 1 0
 @gonecoastal: My other friend broke his collar bone. We kind of watched shows like, "Drop-In", but we weren't as good.
  • 4 0
 For a longer ride, go wide
  • 5 1
 36mm internal width...bloody hell
  • 1 0
 After putting over half a year on 36mm Id rims and 2.35 tyres, you deffinately need to run bigger tyres on these! I've now downsized to 30mm id, and it's just that bit better for the edge profile and sidewalls.
  • 3 0
 @scar4me: 36mm is silly for anything less than massive tyres
  • 1 0
 If anybody is looking for the ultimate crash replacement offering, check sixth element wheels sets, they even honer it if you buy them second hand
  • 3 1
 Are these lighter than aluminum counterparts? Seriously I don’t know
  • 4 0
 For the width yes. Aluminium at this width with any strength at all are like boat anchors.
  • 1 0
 Great to see another option available but for that price you could build up a custom wheel set for a lot less
  • 4 3
 industry nine enduro 305, 1700g and $250 less...
  • 10 1
 carbon, not just about weight
  • 5 0
 To be fair, you must compare with I9 PillarCarbon 360, 1825g and 825$ more...
  • 3 2
 Plus tire rim when plus is starting to die off?? (thankfully)
  • 2 1
 Beat the shit out of my NOBL wheels last week. Not a scratch or a burp!!
  • 1 0
 I took a poop today.... so what's your point?
  • 1 0
 @eswebster: just commenting on how bad ass my NOBLs are compared to other brands. Enjoy your turds
  • 1 0
 To quote Cheech Marin..Ya we know Curtis .
  • 11 11
 Woop woop...another $1k over what they should be priced at!

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