Reynolds Announces New XC Wheel Line

Oct 12, 2020
by Hayes Bicycle  

PRESS RELEASE: Reynolds Cycling

The world of XC is evolving. Tires are getting wider, pressures are getting lower, and the courses of today regularly feature rock gardens and drops worthy of an Enduro race. The current XC market is filled with both slammed-stem race sleds and fun-focused short travel rippers that have riders searching for components that can withstand an aggressive riding style while still maintaining the light flickable fun that is an XC bike. It is our mission as a component manufacturer to continue to push what XC bikes and riders are capable of. Therefore, we are stoked to announce our new family of XC wheels that checks all the boxes. Introducing the all-new Reynolds 309/289XC.

The new 309/289 XC family features four unique build levels including a limited-edition version with the Super Bubba X turquoise hub set from our sister company Ringlé. Each level features our new front and rear-specific rim designs and spoke counts. With prices ranging from $1299.99 to $2099.99, there is an option for anyone looking to upgrade to a high-quality carbon wheelset with a lifetime warranty.

Rim Design:

As you may have picked up within the title of the wheels, our new 309/289 XC features a 30mm internal width front rim paired to a 28mm internal width rear. We have chosen a mixed width for a variety of reasons. Wider rims allow you to run lower pressure, increase traction, and add precision to your steering. However, wider rims can also result in a less compliant and bumpier ride. To avoid the later we have reduced our rims profile to 21mm. By reducing the depth, we have improved overall compliance and comfort while simultaneously offering all the benefits listed above that come with a wider rim. With most of the rider weight and power on the bike being transferred to the rear, we found a 28mm wide rim paired to 28 spokes an ideal balance between strength, comfort, and performance. On the front, we widened the rim to 30mm to add even more steering precision and sidewall stiffness where it matters most. To maintain a similar feel to the rear, we decreased the spoke count to 24 to add compliance and reduce weight for a more flickable feel while navigating the tight and twisty sections of the trail.


Our Blacklabel wheels utilize the same IDM (Impact Dispersing Matrix) and MR5 rim construction technologies found in our DH wheels to provide industry-leading impact resistance and durability in a new lightweight XC package.

There are two build options offered at the Blacklabel level. The first option includes our Reynolds/I9 proprietary Blacklabel Hydra hubs. These hubs are fully CNC machined with an instant .52° engagement for immediate power delivery. The second option is a limited-edition model featuring the Ringlé Super Bubba X hub anodized in a turquoise homage to the original Super Bubba’s of the past. This hubset is only available within the Blacklabel 309/289r wheelset and is available while supplies last. The Super Bubba X features 4° of engagement and a drop-in ratchet ring design for enhanced durability. Each of these wheelsets is laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and alloy nipples to keep things light and strong out on the trails.

TR and TRs: :

In addition to the Blacklabel versions, we have created a TR and TRs version of this wheel for those who are more budget-minded. The TR and TRs versions both use the same 309/289 rim design and profile with our PR3 rim construction found in our current TR and TRs series of wheels that provide unmatched ride quality and durability at a lower price point. The TRs are laced with Sapim CX-Delta spokes and alloy nipples to our TRs MTN hub featuring 5° of engagement through 6 phased pawls. The TR uses Sapim Sprint spokes, brass nipples, and our TR MTN hub with 10° of engagement through 4 pawls.

Please visit our website for more information about the new 309/289 XC family.


  • 45 2
 Quality hubs check. Quality well thought out rims check. Life time warranty check. Made by a respected company on the rise check. I’m in.
  • 11 21
flag cogsci (Oct 12, 2020 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 Reynolds is a respected company? They had a history of recalled and thrashed products going all the way back to their early road products.
  • 6 0
 Look at that weight too sub 1450 g, that's a downright bargain when you add it all up!
  • 11 1
 @cogsci: their Black Label enduro wheels are literally the strongest wheel I have ever ridden. I have broken just about every other carbon hoop out there. Couldn't ever kill the Reynolds.
  • 2 0
  • 8 0
 @cogsci: Yes, a respected company with employees that ride and race their products.
  • 3 0
 XC is back ya'll. Jk.
  • 18 0
 When I think Ringlé I think purple/green/blue bottle cages mounted to Marins with fluro stems.
(I had one. Not that easy to remove the bottle!)
  • 20 6
 Am I really poor, or are these pretty expensive for some hoops attached to a bearing with some sticks?
  • 6 3
 Yeah, it’s pretty expensive for sticks
  • 6 2
 About par for the course for the specs and warranty. Not burning me up with excitement but they seem decent in the mix of 1000 other carbon wheelsets out there. *Edit* - I'm not sure if you are really poor or not.
  • 5 6
 There is a good reason that wheels are the most expensive part of a bike. Poor is a state of mind!
  • 1 0
True, but expensive wheels may not be the best bang for the buck on a mountain bike. Will you notice the difference between a 500 and 1000 set of wheels? Yes, a bit. Between a 500 and 1000 fork the difference will be night and day. Now, if you have all the money in the world, spend away, but for most of us, we have to prioritize what we feel will give us the best return on a dollar/euro/pound.
Poor isn't a state of mind, it's just a different way of saying that you have other priorities.
  • 12 1
 So we came to a point that xc wheels has 30mm inner dia
  • 11 0
 If the Redbull commentators were right; they said Nino has been running 30mm rims and 2.4" tires.
  • 19 4
 We have been here for a few years now, which rock do you live under?
  • 8 1
 @yupstate: I've heard that too. And like 18 psi 20 psi front/rear. If its true, Nino is running 30mm rims and Loic is potentially running 25mm rims with the ex511. The world is crazy these days.
  • 3 0
 @yupstate: Nino has been running i30 rims since 2017
  • 6 0
 @Breeconay: 511 have an inmer width of 30mm. 471 rims are 25mm
lots of DH riders choose 471
  • 4 0
 @vhdh666: 25mm is the one true size
  • 1 0
 @Breeconay: ex511 are 30mm. the 471's are 25mm
  • 2 0
 Yeah but But those 2.4 aspen and rekon race tires are WT and 170 tpi perfect for 30mm rims, the sidewall of the "normal" xc tires are super exposed on 30mm rims
  • 2 0
 Call me weird, but I still prefer narrower wheels. I still have 23mm on my XC bike, and just put a 25mm on the back of my 170mm bike. Of course, one is a carbon XC hoop, the other is an aluminum heavy as hell hoop...
  • 1 0
 @Skarhead89: Doesn't the tire form a semi-spherical hoop between the rim bead, regardless of whether WT is printed on the sidewall, or not?

I'm almost certain that WT applies only to the way the tread is positioned/shaped, and has nothing to do with the actual shape of the tire, which would leave sidewalls equally exposed in either instance.

Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • 2 0
 I can't tell much difference between 30mm and 25mm.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: The difference is exactly 5mm Wink But yes I also somehow doubt us common people would notice any difference between 25 and 30.
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: you're wrong.

The shape of the cross section of the tire is determined by both the tire and inner rim width. Yes, the shape of the cross section will approximate a circle, however the circumference of the circle will be larger for a wider rim. As a result, the proportion of that circumference that is protected by the tread will be lower for a wider rim.

Note also that the cross sectional shape of the tire is also constrained by the radius of the tire, not just the bead to bead distance. If you take it to absurd levels, consider a 700c road tire vs a 29er 'plus' tire (both are 622 ETRTO) on a 40mm wide rim. Ignoring the fact that you might not be able to seat the bead of the road tire, the shape of it would be more of a "V" vs a nice fat "O" for the plus tire.
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: WT just means that the tread is spread out wider to position the shoulder lugs on the shoulders and not in the middle when mounted on wider rims.
Nothing magical about it, just the non-WT tires having too narrow treads for wide rims.
  • 1 1
 @tonit91: Yeah. Ha. I have both 30mm wheels and 25mm wheels, but the change in the tire profile and riding characteristics is not a big difference when running 2.3 Magic Marys in front. Tires make a much bigger difference in profile volume as some tires have much bigger volume than others. Schwalbe has some of the biggest volume tires. Their 2.3 is very big compared to other tires 2.3.
  • 1 0
 I use 30mm in the front. It helps those thin casing 2.35" xc tires not fold over at the pressure I like.
  • 10 0
 Top dad baiting with the Ringlé hubs, clearly too fat for these wheels, but i can feel myself being drawn in.
  • 8 1
 SO let me get this straight, Ringlé is making the hubs for a Reynolds wheel set using an Industry 9 driver?
  • 27 3
 You could probably just say "Taiwan Built a wheel"
  • 6 0
 "The first option includes our Reynolds/I9 proprietary Blacklabel Hydra hubs...The second option is a limited-edition model featuring the Ringlé Super Bubba X hub..."

I read that as standard build is the I9 Hydra and limited edition is Ringle Super Bubba X; two different hubs without driver compatibility.
  • 10 0
 I9 sources a lot of their carbon hoops from Reynolds. Seems like a symbiotic relationship of American companies to me!
  • 4 0
 @hardcore-hardtail: yep and I bought some for my cross bike and had two rims delaminate in 5 months! They were super incredible w warranty though—under a week turnaround both times. I also was in the process moving to a new country when i noticed it the second time and they returned shipped it to my new address without any questions. Super sick crew.
  • 1 3
 @hardcore-hardtail: download one of their technical service manuals for a reality check. The tech specs on their hubs are all in Chinese characters.

How do I know? Look up reviews on the TR309 wheelset. Hopefully the "NEW" hubs on the model refresh are better.
  • 2 0
 Hayes own Reynolds now, along with Ringlé so there's that connection. As for the i9 thing....the article seems to claim that the i9 hubs are a proprietary collaborative offering between i9 + Reynolds - no Ringlë involved. Two different spec kits available - one with Ringlę and one with i9.
  • 3 0
 I have to laugh at all of the people on here that will blast Reynolds for allegedly machining hub bodies in Asia on a modern, super light, premium wheelset, that is competitively priced with a lifetime warranty. Yet in the next article they will blast Industry Nine who does manufacture in the US because $800 for a hubset is too expensive. Tough crowd on the PB peanut gallery.

@dsut4392: First, most bike components are made in Asia, they have been doing it for a long time and they are the best at it. I don't understand what a bilingual technical drawing has anything to do with anything other than effective communication of design intent to the factory.

Second, I clicked your link and looked at a 2017 manual, no characters to be found.

Third, you should be happy they are made in Asia because then you are more likely to get it down under than if we made it here, since we are all part of a global economy whether we like it or not.

They make a great product that they will stand by so why does it matter where it is made? People in China deserve jobs too don't they?
  • 1 0

I'm not criticising Chinese manufacturing or Chinese people, I'm criticising your silly statement "it seems like a symbiotic relationship of two American companies to me".

Try looking at the 2019 spec sheet instead of 2017, the tech data for the TR3 hub is not "bilingual", the specs are _only_ in Chinese characters. This isn't a symbiosis of two American companies, it's an American company sourcing the cheapest component it can find from an OEM and crossing their fingers that it will be OK without doing their own QC.

I honestly couldn't care less where it's made, what I care about is that the quality on the TR309 hub instead of being 'great' is 'defective'. The fact that they "stand by" the product didn't help my friend when he crashed after his first one seized up, or when he had to pull out of a day's riding and wait around for hours at the trail-head for a pick up a few weeks ago when the replacement one self destructed. There are also multiple reports of the centerlock interface not being machined properly leaving people with loose brake rotors. When they 'stand by' the product, so far all they're doing is replacing it with an identically defective one.

Do you see the irony in suggesting that it's easier for us down under to get Asian made parts in the same sentence where you talk about the "global economy"? The cheese on my sandwich today came from California, do you really think it's any harder for me to pick up some shiny King, Paul or I9 part from my LBS than it is for you?
  • 1 0
 @dsut4392: Lots of American made companies manufacture in Asia, in fact, the vast majority of companies in the bike industry do. QC definitely has unique challenges when working with vendors overseas but it is easy enough to make it work, to suggest that Reynolds doesn't QC their parts and processes is laughable. The symbiotic relationship I was referring to is between Reynolds and Industry nine, I thought that was obvious.

You seem to have quite a few biases here but I suggest you reconcile your issues with Asian manufacturing if you want to be a mountain biker.

And I could absolutely get parts from any of those companies for cheaper than you. Everyone pays a premium for American made parts, especially if they're exported half way around the globe....

  • 6 0
 Am i the only one thrown off seeing just "Ringlé" with out "SUN" in front of it?
  • 13 0
 I remember not liking it when they *added* the Sun. Ringlé alone gives me the warm fuzzies.

Aside: Hard to believe that Sun bought Ringlé way back in 1997. Thought it was way more recent. Guess I was confusing it with the Hayes purchase.
  • 2 0
 @delta5: haha yeah, 97 is about the time i started BMX racing. So, i only know of it being SUN Ringlé. I will say, just Ringlé is alot cleaner and looks nice...but i am so thrown off from it. At first i thought it was a company trying to copy the SUN Ringlé brand LOL....
  • 1 0
 I think I'm more surprised that they want $1500 for wheels with the SRX hubs. Even though I have a set of them, I consider them to be more along the lines of Bitex/Novatec in terms of their quality. Could be wrong though, Hayes might actually have a more direct hand in their manufacturing. My biggest worry about lower-end hubs is getting spare parts later down the road.
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: The SRX hubs are an upgrade vs the TR3 they used to have. Check out the reviews on the TR309...
  • 1 0
 @delta5: You've got that wrong, it was the "Ringle" that got added Smile

(I was a Sun rims fan, had the Chinook on my MTB and Mistrals on my roadie in the early '90s - both of them were on Shimano hubs so never had an attachment to Ringle, who would want any of that heavy junk?)
  • 2 0
 My two cents and slightly off-topic (not so XC) but here goes:

I had a set of Reynolds blacklabel hoops from 2014 but bought from surplus store quite a lot later. They didn’t last unfortunately. Rear wheel cracked but a DD Maxxis didn’t snake bite. No worries, got back a rebuilt wheel on warranty. Then same summer front and rear wheels cracked.
I was offered a newer set of TRS wheels. Step down from blacklabel but okay let’s try. Unfortunately the rear wheel cracked quite soon. At this point Reynolds was purchased by Hayes.
Support request took a while but no worries I built some DT Swiss alloy rims as backup while I wait.
There was a bit of a language barrier happening next as the service center was now in Germany and not the Netherlands. I did manage to get in touch though, but through the guy from the Netherlands who was still in the company, just not in the warranty department anymore.
Next I got a set of TR wheels, so another stepdown and they were wider (good or bad depends I guess) and the freehub was now HG. I wasn’t overly happy as I know had 1.5 sets of wheels in varying componentry. At this point I was told to be happy to have gotten a wheelset for free..

Not sure how I feel. The original wheelset being from a surplus store was very cheap at around 500€. And ending up with 1.5 sets of wheels well yes there is that aspect.

Guess I’m mostly happy I didn’t pay the full retail price. I would have not given up if I had.

I’m gonna go with DT now. Shipping wheels back and forth on warranty vs. you can basically get DT parts from a local supermarket heh.
  • 5 0
 Need to find my Zooka stem so I can match again.
  • 1 0
 And get you some Kookas to go with your Zookas.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: And throw in a Carumba while you're at it
  • 1 0
 The Blacklabel wheels with I9 hubs sound great - I own two sets with Torch hubs and they've been good, and support has also been great when needed. I'd stay away from the TRs hub - I had a wheelset with those and the rear one was nothing but trouble. It always creaked, then the axle broke. After I got a new axle, it still creaked. Then the ratchet ring threads stripped, so the whole cassette just rotated without actually moving the wheel (like a freewheel in both directions, not very useful). But I do love the Reynolds rims - I had that same rear wheel rebuilt with a new I9 Hydra hub and it is awesome, even better than the Torch (as you might expect).
  • 5 1
 no bad comments on centre lock so far
  • 4 0
 Why are folks usually down on centerlock?
  • 9 1
 @yupstate: I agree, would rather have CL on my bike if I had the choice. Just not many options outside Shimano however the interface is superior to the 6 bolt interface
  • 6 0
 @yupstate: I don't understand either. I'm happy with CL
  • 9 0
 I like centre lock. Quicker to fit and looks better.
  • 3 1
 @lacuna: some here love my cl and its lighter than 6 bolts.
  • 6 0
 @ybsurf: This would be a good article for Pinkbike to do. Provide a comparison of CL vs 6 bolt brake interface.
  • 1 0
 @yupstate: Because there’s some myth out there that it can’t handle the forces of braking on a mountain bike. Not sure where it came from, but it’s insanely entrenched and in my experience on road, gravel, cyclocross, commuter, XC, and trail bikes—not true.
  • 3 1
 @yupstate: lack of rotor choice, mostly.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the feedback folks. I currently have bikes with both centerlock and 6-bolt. I prefer the centerlock for the simple reason its so easy to swap out. I suppose its not a tool you generally carry in your backpack but I've never changed a rotor on the trail and I don't carry extra rotors anyway. I can see the issue with rotor availability/options I suppose. I did recently get a new XTR rotor because there were no XT's in-stock anywhere online.
  • 3 0
 @yupstate: yeah shimano is low/out of stock in a lot of stuff. Imo the shimano freeza rotor are one of the best out there and they look cool too.
  • 1 0
 I like either setup. XC bike came with CL, other two are 6 bolt. I don't mind either way.
  • 2 0
 6 bolt is just so hard to clean.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: yeah I've noticed that too...
  • 1 0
 @yupstate: 6-bolt rotors is getting annoying when removing and installing a rotor. However, there are much more rotor options for 6-bolt than centerlock and you don't need the centerlock tool.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: A good webshop will have around 30-35 options for centerlock. Shimano, SRAM, TRP, Magura, Formula all make centerlock rotors. Do you really need more than that? Smile
IMO we're a bit spoiled when it comes to rotor choice, centerlock or 6 bolt. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @HollyBoni: yes. Especially now with ebike specific rotors with magnets in them.

Hope Still doesn't make MTB CL, the TRP ones seem to be made by Lodge cookware, Sram rotors are hot garbage regardless of the attachment.

So we aren't lousy with QUALITY options at the moment.
  • 1 0
 I have never thought of this until reading it just now. I always assumed if you go centre lock you just want the stegosaurus discs. That's the main reason to get centre lock for me. That and the easier cleaning afforded by the smooth edges and the lack of bolt turrets.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: What about the Shimano options? What's wrong with them?

I thought I was a nerd but I never knew rotor choice was this big of a deal. I've had cheap rotors, expensive rotors, all of them seemed to work fine. Frown
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: Not last time I weighed them. At least not for 180mm. The CL hub *may* be slightly lighter, but not the rotor and lock ring. It's harder to get lighter than a Hope hub w/6 bolt rotor.
  • 1 0
 @woofer2609: i9 centerlock is lighter than hope six bolt.
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: Yup, as I said, a CL hub itself may be lighter, but combined with a CL rotor and lock ring, it may be heavier than the same or comparable hub with a 6 bolt disc. I may be wrong on the latter point, but that wasn't the case the last time I researched before lacing some wheels. FWIW, I run both. I would hazard that an i9 6 bolt setup would be lighter than the same i9 cl setup.
  • 1 2
 Maybe it's just the samples used for the photos, but the Ringlé hubs look kinda... low end. Burrs around the spoke holes, and the finish isn't great. I have an old set of Abbah SOS and they're beautifully machined and finished.
  • 1 0
 Drop in ratchet ring sounds like novatec, better get the warranty guys some extra coffee on Monday mornings if that’s what they’re using!
  • 2 1
 I'm running Reynolds Assault on my XC bike. They're road wheels but no problems so far!
  • 1 0
 Are those rims non-symmetrical? They look slightly off to me
  • 1 0
 I would say you are correct.
  • 1 0
 SWEET, totally putting these on my DH bike!
  • 1 0
 Reynolds carbon is bike porn. Pure and simple.
  • 1 0
 Their hubs have always been crap, glad they’re finally outsourcing tech
  • 1 0
 one word... XXX
  • 1 1
 Seem heavy for XC use
  • 6 0
 So am I, but that doesn’t stop me!
  • 1 0
 @slimjimihendrix: hahaha! Plus one for you good sir!
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