SRAM RAIL 40 Wheels

May 1, 2015
by SRAM  
THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF BALANCE

RISE HIGHER. ROAM FARTHER. RAIL HARDER.
You don’t win by being the lightest. Or the stiffest. Or the toughest. You win by being the fastest. And that takes a wheel designed specifically for the modern mountain biker. At SRAM, we start with the demands of the terrain and work forward from there—carefully balancing each wheel’s design around five key attributes: weight, inertia, engagement, stiffness and durability. No matter where you ride, SRAM wheels will take you further. RISE higher. ROAM farther. RAIL harder.


SRAM RAIL 40
SRAM RAIL 40

RAIL HARDER
Ready to attack, easy to maneuver. Built for aggressive All-Mountain descents, RAIL wheels balance the strength and stiffness you need with the lightness to climb quickly back to the top.

SRAM RAIL 40 WHEELS

With WIDE ANGLE™ rim design providing superior stability, RAIL 40 can withstand the most aggressive All-Mountain / Enduro riding by setting a new benchmark for stiffness in its category. Featuring the perfect balance of strength, lightweight and width for enduro terrain, RAIL 40 delivers high performance ride quality all the way down.


FEATURES / BENEFITS
• Available in 27.5” and 29”
• Lightweight but strong aluminum rim, asymmetrical profile with TAPER CORE™ technology. Welded joint
• UST Tubeless
• WIDE ANGLE™ profile—23mm
• SOLO SPOKE™—double butted spokes
• DOUBLE TIME™ ratchet mechanism for durable, quick engagement—SPEEDBALL™ bearings
• Convertible axles:
• Front Hub: QR 9x100, QR Torque Caps, 15x100, 15x100 Torque Caps, 20x110, 15x110, 15x110 Torque Caps
• Rear Hub: QR 10x135, 12x135,12x135 XD, 12x142, 12x142 XD,12x148, 12x148 XD
• Available in XD™ or 10-sp driver body
• BOOST 148 compatible
• Weight: 1810g (27.5”), 1900g (29”) Wheel pair in lightest configuration
• Wheels are priced and sold individually. (Click here for details on all configurations.)


TECHNOLOGIES
• SOLO SPOKE™
• TAPER CORE™
• WIDE ANGLE™
• SPEEDBALL™
• DOUBLE TIME™
• XD™ DRIVER BODY
• BOOST


FEATURES / BENEFITS
• Available in 27.5” and 29”
• Lightweight but strong aluminum rim, asymmetrical profile with TAPER CORE™ technology. Welded joint
• UST Tubeless
• WIDE ANGLE™ profile—23mm
• SOLO SPOKE™—double butted spokes
• DOUBLE TIME™ ratchet mechanism for durable, quick engagement—SPEEDBALL™ bearings
• Convertible axles:
• Front Hub: QR 9x100, QR Torque Caps, 15x100, 15x100 Torque Caps, 20x110, 15x110, 15x110 Torque Caps
• Rear Hub: QR 10x135, 12x135,12x135 XD, 12x142, 12x142 XD,12x148, 12x148 XD
• Available in XD™ or 10-sp driver body
• BOOST 148 compatible
• Weight: 1810g (27.5”), 1900g (29”) Wheel pair in lightest configuration


TECHNOLOGIES

DOUBLE TIME™
Ratcheting up the smarts. This straightaligned, 4-pawl design turns the 26-tooth ratchet ring into 52 points of contact. The result: smooth 6.9-degree engagement without reducing tooth size or offsetting internal geometry—which means serious long-term durability.

SPEEDBALL™
The only adjustment they’ll ever need was made back at the factory. Every part of the ball bearing comes from the exact same supplier—which means that each bearing bore can be precision machined to fit the bearing race exactly. With tolerances this tight, the days of adjusting play after every ride are over.

SRAM RAIL 40 Wheels

SOLO SPOKE™
With SOLO SPOKE™, you’re never wrong. SRAM wheel design eliminates the need for different spoke lengths—one size fits the entire wheel. This identical-length design means no longer wondering whether you have the right front/rear/drive-side/ nondrive-side spoke handy.

TAPER CORE™
Strong in the right places. The sidewalls of SRAM rims are reinforced along the wings to withstand major impact. But the sidewalls then taper in along the center—reducing overall mass. The result is a very light rim with excellent dent resistance.

WIDE ANGLE™
Take corners as fast as you want. SRAM wheels have a wider rim profile without significant added mass. This profile holds tire shape better, preventing tire roll and giving you superior
comfort and traction around corners.

XD™ DRIVER BODY
XD™ is a cassette driver body design that allows the use of a 10-tooth small cog and provides an improved interface with the cassette.

BOOST
BOOST is a new wheel and drivetrain specification that provides: increased wheel stiffness and durability, better riding efficiency and bike handling precision, improved frame geometry with shorter chain stays, wider and stiffer suspension pivots, wider range of chainring options, more clearance for bigger tires.

www.sram.com / @SramMedia


136 Comments

  • 261 1
 Just SPEEDBALL™ my XD™ DRIVER BODY, DOUBLE TIME™, at a WIDE ANGLE™ and you'll BOOST that SOLO SPOKE™ right up my TAPER CORE™!

We're talking about a wheelset, right?
  • 57 2
 You've won at the internet for today, well done sir.
  • 12 0
 Hear hear....
  • 11 5
 kudos @GVArider ! Sram annoys me ever since XD driver...
  • 9 1
 As annoying are the buzzwords are, the solo spoke is a really good concept. Having to keep 4 different spokes on hand and remembering or flagging which one belongs to what side is fucking annoying.
  • 4 0
 Look at all the trademarks… MY EYES!!!
  • 5 0
 Sounds like the back of a Microsoft Office box.
  • 1 0
 Even with different spoke lengths you don't need to keep them in hand if they are J bends because they are so easy to get (not that you need the exact length anyway with deep section rims where within 4mm will still work fine). Don't get me wrong SSL is a good idea, although I hear it makes wheels inherently weaker.
  • 1 0
 Cool story @jaame
  • 156 3
 DOUBLE TIME™
only two pawls engage at any one time, reducing durability without reducing weight.
SPEEDBALL™
the bearings come from a factory just like any other, you you don't have to adjust them after every ride. Just like every other bike you have ever ridden.
SOLO SPOKE™
All the spokes are the same length. This offers little to no advantage to the end user, infact it could be argued that the wheel design is not as optimal as it could have been, in order to allow us to use all the same length spokes. The real advantage is that we only have to buy one size spoke at the factory, dramatically reducing costs at our end.
TAPER CORE™
We have varying wall thicknesses in our rims. Just like everyone else
WIDE ANGLE™
Our rims are quite narrow at 23mm
XD™ DRIVER BODY
Just our way of saying "f*ck you" to the end user


FYP Big Grin
  • 11 0
 Awesome
  • 17 0
 Lol...hilarious but unfortunately probably true.
  • 14 3
 SOLO SPOKE: making your bracing angles terrible, and reducing costs at THEIR end (more so than ours..)
  • 16 2
 I hate SRAM nearly as much as I hate Katie Hopkins. So much so that I loath the fact I am actually writing anything about them. I try to go with the 'just ignore them' thing but I'm glad some of you guys are highlighting the utter bullshit that SRAM represent.
You may or may not agree with me @gabriel-mission9 but thanks anyway!
  • 7 18
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 @theminsta actually since its part of a wheelset, the bracing angles actually improves since they optimize the drilling in the rim to bring the spokes in line to the hub flanges.
  • 33 0
 "Take corners as fast as you want. SRAM wheels have a wider rim profile without significant added mass"

What moron writes this shit?

Not only is is nonsense but it's also false as 23mm ID is hardly wide.
  • 5 0
 I agree with you wholeheartedly @ThomDawson
about Sram AND katie hopkins

Both examples of the same problem, being that for many people common sense, kindness and any sort of moral virtue go out the window as soon as someone waves some cash under your nose.

Sram I would be willing to forgive if they buck their ideas up and try to spend less time cutting corners in production then selling it as a benefit under some bs acronym.

Katie hopkins on the other hand....well, the world would just be a better place without the deluded old trout if you ask me. And I won't say that about many people....
  • 11 0
 Boost: Cause f*ck YOU!!
  • 8 10
 @deeeight : you can't be serious.. like always, knows nothing and spews the koolaid. You don't even know what bracing angle means!

Learn it: it is the angle the spoke makes from the rim to the flange hole. Wider and symmetric is better as that allows for even tension and higher stiffness. Rear hubs are always plagued with the worst bracing angles, especially when using the same length spokes. Anyone who's ever built a wheel knows that.
  • 17 15
 I've been wheel building for 25 years. I know a lot more about bracing angles than you'll ever be able to copy & paste from wikipedia. You can change the bracing angle by changing where the flange is on the hub shell when you design the hubs as well as where the spoke holes are drilled into the rims. SRAM is not the first company to design wheels around identical length spokes.
  • 15 11
 @deeeight obstinate old man. Read your own freaking garbage: "the bracing angles actually improves since they optimize the drilling in the rim to bring the spokes in line to the hub flanges"

How does drilling the rim in-line with the flanges improve bracing angles? The bracing quality will be much nicer than if it wasn't inline, but you'd actually get better bracing ANGLES from NOT drilling inline.

The only two factors that change bracing angles are spoke head placement and nipple placement. That means [flange diameter and width] and [rim ERD and offset].

25 years of bullshit in your head, thinking you know better than everyone, now it's coming out your mouth without any filters. Why do you think your comments are always negative 50?
  • 16 19
 Rather an Obstinate old man than an obstinate moron like yourself. Anyone who comments on wheels with "lulz" as part of their argument should not be taken seriously for anything they have to say.

I never said drill the rim in-line... I said to bring the spokes in line... perhaps you need to learn your grammar again. My comments get negative props whatever because the morons will downvote facts and reality of the world and prop the other folks of similar immaturity during these reviews of new products always attract a lot of morons. And unless they make the prop system NOT anonymous like mtbr did, that will continue to be the case, because as long as they remain anonymous, cowards will continue to hide behind their computer screens.
  • 7 4
 Mmm, I don't give a tiniest fk about theoretically existing issues with angles at which spokes enter hubs or rims. When spokes are the same length in both wheels I don't need to fk around like with Mavics, where you can have up to 4 spoke lengths per wheelset. I wish you all the best of luck with your order when you break one. My rear hub just got fkd in my 2010 Shimano XT wheelset with 24 spokes, so I can throw it straight to the garbage. I paid 20$ for a spoke to Crossmax SX, So everyone with factory wheels with proprietary spokes: enjoy your cancer Big Grin

Gabriell mission - that was damn funny!
  • 6 17
flag theminsta (May 1, 2015 at 11:29) (Below Threshold)
 @deeeight you are such a typical old fool. You're too stubborn to admit you're wrong, so you start talking about how I said "lulz"? Why is your post so irrelevant to the fact that you had a brainfart? Is it because everything in your mind is actually brainfart?

[drill the rim in-line with hub flange] = [optimize the drilling in the rim]. Neither of those things improve the bracing angle. Yes or no? Either way, you look like a fool again.

You. Are. The. Moron. Living. In. Your. OWN. Reality. Of. Bullshit. You would fit RIGHT IN with all this marketing and new standards! Like a sheep
  • 10 14
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 11:39) (Below Threshold)
 Fine, I admit I should have used a comma in my sentence for morons like yourself who hinge on exact wording placement to determine what was said. I'm not particular worried what some guy on pinkbike says about me though, nor am I worried about new hub standards or wheelset design features or how they'll affect my buying habits or enjoyment of mountain biking. Since they clearly however affect yours, you should consider switching to another hobby because you're clearly ill-suited to this one.
  • 8 11
 Lol. I wonder how much worse you are in person.

Yeah, I'm pretty pissed off at the prospect of having spend more money than I should. That's basically everyone with a brain between their ears. Keep paying for stupid products and "standards", sheep
  • 2 9
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 12:00) (Below Threshold)
 Well unless you're somehow magically paying wholesale... you really can't be paying more money than you should and really have sweet F all to be pissed off at the prospect of...for new wheels when these wheels are as low as $700/set. I have THREE carbon fiber wheelsets going on my bikes this season. I AM paying below wholesale and it is still going to be over $500 per wheelset in parts. If I wasn't paying below wholesale, that'd be $1200+ per wheelset and a $700 wheelset from SRAM that's only a half pound heavier on the same internal width of rims would strike me as a bargain.
  • 2 2
 IDK about a bargain, its a pretty decent price but there are much better deals out there. The Derby carbon rims seem like a really great alternative, www.derbyrims.com
  • 5 1
 You realize all they have to do to change spoke length is change the diameter of the hub flange, right? Having all the same length spokes is a good thing.

The wheels I just built used all the same lengths coincidentally and it's really nice. Spoke lengths are usually within 1-2mm of each other so this minimally affects bracing angles or any of that nonsense. And if they design it right, they could theoretically make bracing angles BETTER.
  • 5 0
 Katie who?!? Guess I'm lucky I don't know.
  • 3 0
 @unrooted pls do not find out. That would mean me breaking my 'just ignore them' policy has caused the vile filth to gain yet more publicity. Please, anyone who has read this and thought about googling the name - just let it go and carry on happy.
  • 2 11
flag theminsta (May 1, 2015 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 You are mistaken @Alias530. Please at least have a look at your rear wheel before you speak again. It's basic trigonometry for christ sakes
  • 4 3
 @theminsta - Do I need to draw you a picture you stupid Canadian?

Let's say that the rear drive side needs a 286mm spoke and the non drive side needs a 288mm spoke to compensate for the increased angle it leaves the hub at. Increase the diameter of the non drive side hub flange by 2mm and voila you can use 286's on both side.
  • 2 12
flag theminsta (May 1, 2015 at 15:00) (Below Threshold)
 I'm so done. When less intelligent people call you stupid, what the heck do you say. There's a high chance my IQ is double yours. Give me more confidently mistaken comments so I can ascertain it is more likely 3 or 4 times
  • 3 2
 Picture below... increased hub flange diameter on the right in red. DS spokes on the right of each diagram. DS spokes obviously go more vertical towards the rim than NDS spokes, but all it would take to compensate for this would be increasing the NDS flange diameter.

i.imgur.com/E9XiaMs.png
  • 2 13
flag theminsta (May 1, 2015 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 Miscommunication. I was saying your generalized opinion of "having all the same length spokes is a good thing" wrong because that means a "more vertical" driveside bracing angle. I am talking about bracing angles on 135/142mm hubs. Same length spokes are only good for consumers if you have a box of 500 spokes and you want to use that. Otherwise, design limitations with 1 length spokes restrict having a properly triangulated wheel build.
  • 3 15
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 Would it help if we provided a link to a spoke calculator with images ?
  • 2 15
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 And you've been building wheels professionally for how long to explain to us about properly built wheels ?
  • 4 13
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 It's convenient having the same lengths and proper engineering allows for it. I'm 6'6" 240lbs, ex powerlifter, pretty sure I know a thing or two about what makes for a strong wheel that doesn't break easily.

Also, the wheel I just built used the same spoke length front and rear, both sides. 286.7mm, 285.9, 285.7, and 286.4. Used 286's all the way around. You think you know more about wheels and hubs than SRAM and Chris King (the hubs I used)? Laughable.

The Canadian IQ system must have a conversion rate just like their monopoly money.
  • 2 11
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 LOL @ you thinking I don't know how to use a spoke length calculator, read my last post.
  • 2 15
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 15:22) (Below Threshold)
 Actually our IQ test really is different than yours. It basically is because how the scoring is done versus what is considered "normal" is different in each country.

www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadians-score-lower-on-iq-test-than-americans-prof-discovers-why-1.2284933
  • 2 16
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 15:23) (Below Threshold)
 I was referring to the moron from toronto needing a spoke calculator.
  • 1 10
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 No comments on my facts about wheels apparently, just taking the easy way out and focusing on an off topic comment. I looked at a few of your other posts. You are constantly getting down voted into oblivion. You have some seriously wrong perceptions of the way some bike things work and the community agrees.
  • 2 15
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 15:44) (Below Threshold)
 @Alias530

Ok so let me get this right... you're feeling slighted/overlooked because I didn't feel the need to comment about how you built your wheels so you're gonna throw on insulting canadians as a nation as well as attack both me and theminsta. I didn't comment about the wheels or spoke calculations to two decimals because I didn't see a point to confirming that you understand wheel building properly since it should have been plainly obvious to all the other wheelbuilders (and the ones that aren't, should learn and stop relying on factory built wheelsets) that you do. It was to me. But apparently you're one of those self-important americans that give your country a bad name... the type who's ideal way to change a light bulb is to just hold onto it and wait for the world to revolve around you. As I've said repeatedly, i care not one bit for how my comments get voted on here by anonymous people hiding behind their computers.
  • 3 12
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 15:48) (Below Threshold)
 I don't give a shit what you do, I'm just pointing out that you came on strong and then balked like a puppy who just got kicked when you got hit with knowledge.

BTW it's "whose" not "who's" in that context.

This is a classic example of people are laughing AT you not WITH you. People aren't hiding behind their computer as if you're some big bad giant who is going to beat them up otherwise. They're just flagging a shitty post as such.
  • 8 2
 STFU.
  • 12 3
 "Winning an argument on the Internet is like competing in the Special Olympics."
  • 5 8
 Well I don't particularly give a shit either alias that you're supposedly an ex-powerlifter...what that detail had to do with the discussion of wheels I'm not sure, other than you're compensating for some small genitalia. I haven't been barking like a puppy and you really haven't hit us with any dazzling knowledge that you couldn't have just copied from Jobst Brandt's book (since he covers high flange hubs and spoke angles in it).
  • 2 9
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
 It's relevant due to the fact that your puny fucking legs aren't going to come CLOSE to putting down the power necessary to strain a wheelset, while mine will. You are simply out of your element.
  • 1 10
flag Alias530 (May 1, 2015 at 19:17) (Below Threshold)
 And if you've read a book about it how do you still not grasp the concept? Critical thinking and reading comprehension are clearly not strong points in the canadian school system.
  • 4 9
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 19:45) (Below Threshold)
 Really? So you know about my body and leg strength how exactly? Or how I build my wheels or how many I've built? Pulling facts out of your arse might work in your playground but it doesn't fly in mine. I'm not sure how you don't grasp that you're arguing with more than one person... but in my case..you're arguing against someone who'd been building wheels far longer than you have. Because according to your profile you're thirty...which means you only just stopped wearing diapers and sucking your thumb when I started working on wheels. Of course maybe that's only last week for you.
  • 4 1
 @gabriel-mission9 dude! Not only best.comment on pinkbike today, but then you also brought out the celebrities of hate spewing on pinkbike! Well done sir. Today, you have succeeded.
  • 4 1
 Break it up guys! I can't believe you guys are arguing over whose flange has the best design. Next you will be comparing who has the most experience with nipples.
  • 1 1
 The one of you 3 who stop to answer will be THE MOST CLEVER. As for me I see the DS flange diameter is bigger on the foto...may be visual distortion. And I beleive this all stop when someone will make a hub with symmetrical flanges placement and that axle length become A DAMN THE ONLY ONE STANDART.
  • 8 1
 Shut the fuck up, Donny! You're out of your element!
  • 3 2
 protour is licking his wounds after Lourdes and Sea Otter and as we can see nature can't stand the void. Troll must go On!
  • 3 1
 Can't believe a Big Lebowski reference got neg propped. You disappoint me sometimes, pinkbike!
  • 2 1
 we are old six66... face it
  • 5 3
 @deeeight Anonymous or not I pretty much downvote you all the time because you're a condescending, patronising, sanctimonious ****. No one cares if you're right or not if you're so rude.
  • 3 1
 6'6" 240 powerlifter? youre doing it wrong son
  • 2 1
 Power lifter just means you try real hard, not that you can actually log much weight!
  • 1 2
 @jaycubzz - ex powerlifter, was 290
  • 43 0
 Front Hub: QR 9x100, QR Torque Caps, 15x100, 15x100 Torque Caps, 20x110, 15x110, 15x110 Torque Caps
Rear Hub: QR 10x135, 12x135,12x135 XD, 12x142, 12x142 XD,12x148, 12x148 XD

"Can we PLEASE have more hub standards!!!!" - said absolutely no one.
  • 18 1
 yeah so we have all that and boost etc but no 26", that's just crap, custom wheel build for me then
  • 2 11
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 8:29) (Below Threshold)
 Except for the new 110 and 148, all those already existed or are unique to Rock Shox forks. Torque Caps are something they've introduced for their new forks which have dropouts that are compatible with them (as well as non-torque capped hubs). If you don't have a fork with the feature, why complain about all the other options available to other owners/buyers ?!
  • 3 0
 "standards" the sad thing is its plural... there should be a STANDARD SINGULAR!!!! 1 for XC, 1 for AM and one for DH.
  • 2 8
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 10:34) (Below Threshold)
 I can tell there's no long time santa cruz owners amongst the complainers... or have you never tried supporting an older V-10 or Super-8 or similar with the oddball rear hub spacings like 14 x 160mm or 15 x 140mm ? Be thankful that with so many brands lining behind boost hubs/forks/frames that today's consumer won't suffer what us older ones have had to deal with.
  • 2 1
 be thankful for Boost? what? be thankful for another "standard" for something that they can switch in a couple of years. how about we stick with the MILLIONS of standards we have now.
  • 1 9
flag deeeight Plus (May 1, 2015 at 11:33) (Below Threshold)
 If we have millions now what's two more really going to do? Is it going to keep you awake at night, cause your hair to fall out or your teeth to rot ?
  • 3 0
 the thing is there is no need for anymore, rather than introducing more "standards" they should actually make a standard for each of the main disciplines. and i don't mean make as in create another, but get behind one everyone already has and enjoys on their bikes.
  • 2 0
 Haha, pretty much the only reason I dont still use the old super 8 in my garage is cos the rear hub is knackered and I cant get a new freehub for a 15mm axle. Well, that and the shock blows up every 5 minutes. And the swingarms a bit bent. Best bike I ever owned. Kinda
  • 1 2
 Hadley made all the Santa Cruz hubs, they could probably provide a replacement freehub body.
  • 32 0
 sorry but for $700+ I'll build up wheels with hope pro 2 evo hubs and basically any aluminum rim for less cost.
  • 7 0
 That's what I did, Hope Hope Pro 2' Evos and Spank Spike Race 28's! Love Em!
  • 5 2
 For 700$ you can get superstar carbon wheelset
  • 3 0
 Hope + WTB i25. Done.
  • 1 0
 350€ bought me a set of Actionsports.de AMride25 wheels: 1640gr,25mm int. rims,Funworks lightweight hubs.
Going strong for 6 months now.
  • 2 0
 YOU could get a superstar carbon wheelset. We can't. Frown
  • 30 0
 Needs more marketing speak.
  • 26 0
 They only used the E-word twice. I'm not sold.
  • 7 0
 disgusting, really
  • 6 0
 they should review shimano's XT 1X release for tips and hints on how to E up their products
  • 21 1
 I rarely ever take time to write comments on PB but just have to regarding SRAM Wheels. I purchased a set of SRAM Roam 60s (carbon) and have not been riding them long. Maybe a year of riding. I was washing my bike after several rides so that I could do some general maintenance. I noticed a crack and bowing on the side of the rear rim going up to the lip/bead. Took it into my LBS and the mechanic said "Yup, that's cracked". The LBS took pictures and sent them into SRAM who came back and said "Impact Damage; not covered on warranty". I was running them tubeliss with 30-34PSI, really?!?!?! Impact at 30-34PSI would cause damage on a "unilateral designed carbon weave". I'm no pro rider, Jerome Clementz is riding SRAM wheels, does that happen after every race with him? I live close to Monterey, CA so drove down there with the wheels for Sea Otter a couple weeks ago. Went to the SRAM booth and got the same response "yup, impact damage bro, they are just like aluminum. If you hit hard that's what carbon does. Just keep riding them, they will get more like that but not fail on you". So with that said, I have a set of carbon wheels no good to me, just gonna ride them until they fail. I ordered a set of I9s Torch Enduro ALUMINUM and will stick with aluminum now. Lesson Learned. Sorry for the rant, just figured this was a good subject to rant on? Cheers Fellas!
  • 22 0
 carbon rims... not all what they are cracked up to be.
  • 4 0
 After seeing what Kelly McGazza did to his carbon wheels at rampage - i will never own them. flat out blew that shit up!
  • 22 2
 The hub has 26 teeth but the rim doesn't have 26 inches... damn
  • 13 0
 My thoughts exactly. I saw the number 26 there, and for a second I had a glimmer of hope, like - 'OH what?!?! 26" ZOMG!!!'... And then... not so much.... POOP, is all I have to say about this.
  • 7 0
 this is a big disappointment sram are one of my favourite companys but this is stupid 26 is still the most used wheel size and I think we should still have the option whats next no 26 inch pike Frown
  • 2 0
 Exactly. Get your Pike while you can.
  • 2 1
 my pike is sooooooo goooodddd there soo plush
  • 1 0
 I was just installing mine today. Can't wait to get out there and ride!
  • 2 0
 hope you like them mine are incredible
  • 2 0
 Thanks mate! I'm super stoked!
  • 2 0
 BRAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPP
  • 17 0
 * Available in 27.5” and 29”`

I stopped reading here
  • 12 0
 This is PinkBike for crying out loud. Can't SRAM get someone to write the press release who isn't a total marketing speak desk jockey who is so far up his own bull**** he can't see the light?

It's like listening to an Apple press conference (re-invented, amazing, revolutionary, best ever, etc...). Yes, SRAM your products are great, but you make your audience laugh at you when you write stuff like this.

Seriously, send out a press release like this on the newswire and to your shareholders, but have some respect for us here and don't insult us with this crap. And PinkBike, don't you have any standards left? If I am gonna have to scroll through stupid press releases like this as the new norm, you can expect me to visit a lot less.

Keep getting better at what you are amazing at PinkBike (real bike and component testing, rumors, event coverage, photo epics, etc...) but have some integrity to the sites original values and don't give your advertisers free reign...
  • 6 0
 Pinkbike needs to keep a good relationship with the industry. But they don't have the man-hours to rewrite marketing copy. So they pass this crap on as requested, and focus on finding great vids, and doing good reviews. Think of this as the pain we have to suffer through for a great, free MTB website. And as place to share with the world how great we think these SRAM guys are for writing this crap.
  • 2 0
 PinkBike doesn't need to rewrite the copy. They just need to insist their advertisers, who are paying thousands, take a little extra time to target the press releases for the audience. That's not the norm for press releases, but it's not unheard of either to target the ad copy for the intended market.
  • 3 0
 Also, yes, PinkBike is free and yes it is the best and yes I appreciate that. I am just saying I'd like to see it stay the best...
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 I'd love it if PB gives us the skinny, but my guess it that this copy is sent to all media outlets, who can choose to publish a summary, do a rewrite/article, or just publish as is. Look at how the Shimano XT copy was handled by everyone - PB put out the PR, while some other websites tried to explain the new changes in a mix of article and PR. I sort of see Levy & co in tiny cubicles, busting their a$$es, making the call that they doesn't have time for that. If the product is any good, they'll do a review. For these wheels, well...
  • 1 0
 And yeah, I wish SRAM showed us all a little more respect too.
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 It says that the hubs are BOOST "compatible". Does that mean that they are also compatible with NON-BOOST bikes? And doesn't that mean that the hub flanges were not actually widened in order to create a stronger bracing angle? These are real questions...not meant to be sarcastic. Would someone who knows please answer. Thank you.
  • 8 0
 So they are 23mm INTERNAL?
  • 8 1
 That's not good. . . Too narrow!
  • 2 0
 No, "PROFILE" totally different. It's really wide, though, which is totally rad. Wink
  • 1 0
 So how wide is it?
  • 4 0
 Who knows, we only know the "profile" ha ha
  • 2 0
 I'm disappointed: I guessed it is 40mm inside....

WHY THE HELL IT IS CALLED "RAIL 40"?

40 outside ???
  • 8 1
 so I hear people are still going to be supporting 26 inch bikes, that's nice....
  • 5 0
 When a wheel is good cause it's compatible with a million standards, you know you are at a stupid point in history. We'll look back when the dust settles on the standard wars and wonder how we ever made it through.
  • 1 0
 This war will never end.
  • 7 0
 This is just an advert, right?
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 I would way rather get a weekly email from Pinkbike with a PDF attached thats basically a little mini product advert magazine. Instead of posting paid advertisements about new products that get nothing but a solid Keyboard beat down just send it out to those who are interested.

As someone who works at a bike shop this would be awesome and greatly help with keeping up to date with all the new products being launched. I know for some this is where they come to learn about new products but maybe just save the front page to actual tests done on new products by Pinkbike's testers. There is nothing worse than having a customer come in asking about the latest and greatest component only to find out its all based on what they read from "that pinkbike post a couple days ago, you know the one? right?"

I would say 90% of the pinkbike user couldn't give to shits about the new wheels with 400 million axle standards. What most want is bike porn in the form of video or photos... If its all about the money then just put a quick 5 second advert at the beginning of pinkbike videos and leave it at that. I mean shit half the people here are watching these videos while at work so its not as if they are in a time crunch so they will probably just watch the 5 second advert knowing that for next 3 minutes they get to do nothing but drool at the screen.
  • 1 0
 Great Idea
  • 6 0
 So the question becomes should I go with DT Swiss or Spank wheels.
  • 5 0
 So essentially they just released the 2011 Easton Havoc?
  • 1 0
 Heh, anyone know the flange spacing on the boost148 version? It's a waste to support the boost 148 standard if you don't actually move the flanges, but if you move the flanges the hub won't be compatible with the more popular standards.
  • 4 0
 SRAM .... Have you been talking to Protour again ?
  • 4 0
 goddamn it sram. Goddamn it.
  • 3 0
 Now only if we could get a 26"?
  • 2 0
 Excellent, more crap components from the men who manufacture everything from cheese.
  • 2 0
 Is TAPER CORE technology borrowed from Taper Bore?
  • 1 0
 I sure hope not! Those wheels will be a major pain to service if they are!
  • 1 0
 Please list available sizes in the title so I know to scroll to the next article.
  • 1 0
 Every wheel hub option is there and no 26"??

Thank you for not bothering to waste our time Smile
  • 2 2
 Yea that marketing blablabla brake my balls...
  • 4 5
 Tough crowd to please....
  • 8 0
 Lol you talk as if they don't have a reason for the haterade. But ohhh just you wait, when you have to buy your own shit
  • 2 3
 Of course theres a reason for all the hate, Srams become quite an abomination recently. I just dont see the point in getting all butthurt over some stupid Sram product that no ones forcing you to buy.
  • 13 0
 It's the principle of it dammit. The industry is plugging us in the bum without even the courtesy of a reach around.
  • 2 0
 @bmxrace121 you have to understand that when they manufacture a ton of "stupid Sram products", that increases their overall costs, meaning we can't have that X9 derailleur for what it should cost. The less shitty products they put effort into making, the lower the prices of your Sram brakes and drivetrain components.

"No one's forcing you to buy it" is such an immature and ignorant thing to say. Please never say that again if you understood anything
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