Stan's Ridiculously Light XC Wheelset and New Wide Rim - Eurobike 2017

Aug 30, 2017
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2017


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If cross-country racing is your thing, you might be interested in Stan's new Podium SRD 29er wheelset that comes in at a feathery 1,287-grams - that's lighter than one burly downhill tire. The SRD acronym stands for ' Stan’s Racing Development,' which makes sense given their weight. Minimal heft is the obvious metric when it comes to cross-country racing (the Podium SRD rim weighs just 300-grams), but Stan's is doing some neat things with the rim design to improve both reliability and ride feel.


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Stan s


The 23mm wide (internal) rim is claimed to be able to deflect vertically by up to 10mm and still be able to return to its original shape, something that's possible due to the low height and specific carbon layup of the rim. This is said to not just make for a more reliable product, but also one that's more forgiving, a trait that most carbon rims aren't known for. Stan's also says that the Podium SRD rim is 15-percent stiffer laterally compared to the Valor, their previous cross-country whippet rim.

With an internal width of 23mm, the $1,995 USD Podium SRD wheelset is best suited to 2.0'' to 2.25'' tires, and they have a rider weight limit of 190lbs.


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Stan s


Also new from Stan's is their Baron MK3 rim that, at 35mm internally, is designed specifically for 2.80'' - 3.20'' rubber. The new Baron sports the ultra-low rim height that Stan's is known for, a shape that they say makes for more forgiving and faster rolling performance. The rims are laced to Stan's Neo hubs, with the rear sporting a redesigned six pawl freehub system with three sealed bearings in the freehub rather than the usual two bearing setup.

The Baron MK3 wheelset is available in 26'', 27.5'', and 29'', with the latter weighing 2,017-grams.


63 Comments

  • + 140
 I can confirm that Stans rims have the best vertical deflecting on the market. My flow mk3 rear rim deflected a impact some time ago and I'm still waiting for the return on shape. Look like a slow return alloy.
  • + 26
 You need less rebound dampening.
  • + 19
 @bsavery: Gotta keep that rebound dry!
  • + 4
 @Dark0ff: Not enough people realize how good of a reply that was. hahahah
  • + 6
 fill it with foam. problem solved. You're welcome.
  • - 11
flag Fat-Pants (Aug 31, 2017 at 2:06) (Below Threshold)
 That's an alloy rim - everyone knows alloy doesn't bounce back, they're referring to their carbon rim
  • + 1
 @bsavery: *damping
  • + 97
 Weight limit 190 lb?
Predicting low sales in the States..
  • + 33
 shots fired!
  • + 4
 That's actually a pretty good weight limit, I was expecting to see 170 lb.
  • - 3
 buuurn
  • + 2
 Grand Slam breakfast not included.
  • + 2
 If have to poo before each ride for sure
  • + 12
 Meh, still 150g heavier than my LB Flyweight/Carbon-Ti/CX-Rays wheelset.
  • + 8
 Stan's is like "LB?? Never heard of 'em. Haven't seen any mag/online tests either."
  • + 4
 @bikewriter: if you haven't heard of Light Bicycle, you haven't been around much.

Don't need a Pinkbike reviews, there are threads on multiple websites with feedback from hundreds of actual users.

Very few companies actually make their rims. So save some cash and go to the source.
  • + 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: LB makes carbon rims that are heavier than many aluminum rims of the same diameter, and they break. Ask the people who have them (I broke 2 before I threw in the towel and went to Easton ARC's).
  • + 2
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: I've broken 2 LB 38mm road rims, 1 26" DH rim at whistler, and 1 29" XC rim in a race - just picked up a set of WeAreOne wheels and they are miles better in every aspect

I'm 190lbs and a smooth rider (riding for 15 years)
  • + 5
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: I have 4 sets of Light Bicycle wheels and was one of the early adopters (that set still going strong for new owner). My post was tongue-in-cheek about Stan's asking that because LB gets no mag reviews in comparison to Stan's.
  • + 4
 @hipposauce: They could be an excellent product but anyone that has the word 'lifestyle' as one of the 4 menu items on their website needs to take a cold, hard look at themselves.
  • + 1
 @McNubbin:@hipposauce: Man you guys got there as I've never seen bent or broken AL rims.
  • + 1
 I'm just gonna leave this here for you guys (the only mag/media test I've ever seen of their product):
www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Rims,47/Light-Bicycle/Heavy-Duty-Carbon,19704#product-reviews/2847/expand
  • + 7
 "that's lighter than one burly downhill tire" does beg the question of why do we go to such huge lengths and expense to save a few grams from wheel sets yet many don't think twice about the weight of a tyre, in fact choosing a burlier tyre is often a must for some (not saying that's wrong to do though) yet god forbid your wheels are heavy.

Admittedly heavier tyres have performance advantages in puncture protection and sidewall support which is massively important when talking about your bikes point of contact but i do feel like tyre manufacturers get it easy compared to everyone else when it comes to saving grams, especially when rotational weight is such an important factor.
  • + 58
 I can guarantee that a person buying a sub 1300 gram wheelset is also putting just as much attention to the weight of his tires.
  • - 3
 @jaredpbt: but unfortunately also the same guy that wants a warranty on his tires or wheels when he damages them riding them day in and day out. "But they only have X amount of miles on them!"
  • + 0
 @jaredpbt: but... if you want ~1KG tires to be safe (Maxxis DD, Sch SG, etc) or even full on DH tires, you might compensate that with a 1600-1700gr Wheelset ..shit adds up...
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: sure, but that's not even close to what we're talking about. The topic at hand is people who buy ultralight cross country wheel sets.
I personally have followed the strategy you've mentioned though.
  • + 0
 Maxxis Ardent Race 2.2. Done.
  • + 0
 @meesterover: Yeah definitely done, as in done on the side of the trail with a flat. HA!
  • + 0
 @warmerdamj: learn how to ride them ;-)
  • + 8
 i wonder how fast i can break them
  • + 8
 I'm 187lbs oh yes! I'm in
  • + 3
 Includes gear.
  • + 2
 Dont wear shoes Smile
  • + 2
 @hollowing2000: hahah spd implants below my feet?
  • + 7
 So if I don't take a good shit before my ride, I have to switch wheels.
  • + 4
 Wont be a problem if you're drinking high life.
  • + 6
 I could build a set of carbon Nobls with I9's for less...
  • - 21
flag eswebster (Aug 30, 2017 at 7:29) (Below Threshold)
 If you have to ask that means you cant afford it Wink
  • + 33
 @eswebster: He didn't ask, he stated.
  • + 1
 I would love to see Stan cone up with a 1400 to 1500 gram wheelset designed for extreme XC and 2.25 to 2.35 tires and of course make it a stallion build for those of use that lift the fork more than weights. I am thinking 24 to 26 mm internal width.
  • + 4
 Stans arch?
  • + 20
 What is extreme XC? Is it enduro?
  • + 2
 NOX xcr-29 and I9 hubs is right at 1500grams. 30mm exterior rim. I'm 150lbs and have ridden them for enduro for years, now I'm running them on my xc bike and racing XC with them. Nox said at my weight I could drop them off a building and be ok...
  • + 0
 @IluvRIDING: Google the Nimby 50 on Pinkbike -its an XC with DH trails and black diamonds. One hell of a race but really scary for us XC guys.
  • + 1
 @manchvegas: Agreed they would make a good wheel set. Being a "semi sponsored" Canuk my options for good wheels is a little more limited to what the LBS can get unless I want to pay full asking. Stan's in one of my options as a wheel choice. But good point.
  • + 1
 @dldewar: looks like a nice race. ...but to be honest, have you seen the XC WC race tracks recently? They are often very very technical.
  • + 2
 @IluvRIDING: Agreed, the difference is that those guys who do the World Cup XC's are 50 lbs lighter than me with twice the DH skill. That's why I need a heavier XC wheel
  • + 1
 Happy to see they've moved to a sturdier freehub. The inner freehub bearing would fail... then riding it home damaged would kill the pawl springs 3 rides later. Then the bearing would fail... rinse and repeat. This looks a lot better, i have a couple dead 3.30 hubs that would love the upgrade if possible.
  • + 4
 So.....26 isn't as dead as one would think then....
  • + 3
 Thank God
  • + 3
 @jonasDEKSNYS: which one?
  • + 3
 I feel like you guys get off from the sight of seeing companies making 26" parts or anything like that.
  • + 1
 That's a 35mm wide rim for 2.8" and wider. It's been for quite a while that I'm hearing 26+ is going to be a thing. But at least the rim is there. That said, Stans simply makes you 26" rims, regular widths too. Always been like that.
  • + 1
 It was never dead, its just been long enough that most people have switched over to 27.5/29 and now they have to get us back to 26" wheels. Time for, "Research shows that 26" wheels accelerate much faster than 29 or 27.5 wheels plus provide a much more stable feel as the rider is lower to the ground".
  • + 0
 Not bad actually since many 2g Carbon wheelsets etc are still north of 1700 grams. Way to rich for my blood. I find used hubs, new old stock spokes, free alloy nipple and whatever decent quality surplus rims local sponsored riders have for firesale
  • + 2
 At least you know your money isn't going to glammed-up marketing materials and professional product shots...
  • + 3
 I'm too heavy, so not on my radar. ~199lbs.
  • + 1
 but what does it sound like?
  • + 0
 Those sealed bearings look an awful lot like shielded bearings in the pic
  • - 2
 Stan's wheels are OK, but nowhere near ENVE's quality. Be ready to re-true the wheels after very rocky rides. They just don't stand up like some of the more high end brands.
  • - 1
 26! Take my life savings!

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