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crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 8, 2019 at 17:32
Apr 8, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
@gabriel-mission9: First off to address the point of spoke tension, or any other aspect of a wheel build, needs be seen as individual characteristics that contribute to an overall system. If you make a change to any contributing element you change the overall performance and behavior of the system as a whole. So comparisons should be made from complete system to system, not individual characteristic to characteristic. There are many factors that contribute to the overall wheel set feel or performance; hub- flange spacing and diameter, spoke- gauge, bracing angle and tension, rim- shape, weight and materials . . . just to name a few. All of these individual elements and the interfacing loads they create end up needing to work together in a balanced manner to insure the best performance and durability possible for the rider in the end. The Second point of clarification, the discussion around spoke tension needs to target deflection or movement of the rim/wheel which result in the riders sensation of stiffness. The reality is most historical (prior to carbon rims) high end wheel build methodologies were based on steel spokes and lightweight rims, primarily aluminum. The nature of the materials used would quickly find the limit of the rim stiffness or integrity during tensioning or load, so high tension builds were not an option. With the invention of carbon hoops and the improvement of spoke technology it has opened the opportunity to move into much higher tensions then in the past. Barring you don’t pull the nipple through the spoke face of the rim, the stiffness and integrity of a carbon hoop doesn’t deflect or deform like a lightweight aluminum product. This gives the opportunity to vary spoke tensions more than we could with aluminum rims and by doing so we can limit or allow the movement or deflection of the rim/wheel as desired. So yes, on a modern well designed carbon rim adjusting the tension changes the way the rim moves or deflects and in doing so changes the riders feel of stiffness. Queue the CrankBrothers Synthesis Wheel System, we have now engineered the rim characteristics to move vertically but not laterally which is the next wave of wheel performance evolution. In addition we have optimized the spoke tensions on the front wheel to allow the rim for more deflection to follow the surface which maximizes traction and tracking. In the rear we upped the tensions to limit the deflection and create snappy accelerations and cornering. All these things combined to produce the best ride feel we have ever invented amongst all the mountain wheels that Mello and I have created in the past. I hope this is helpful! - Jason Schiers, SR56/Crankbrothers
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 10:27
Apr 2, 2019
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 10:26
Apr 2, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
Thanks for the feedback! Let us know if you'd like to demo a pair of our wheels. Please contact info@crankbrothers.com
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 10:21
Apr 2, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
@cerealkilla: The rim widths and spoke counts are different, yes, (31.5 vs 29.5 and 28 vs 32 on the Enduro) - but that, along with different spoke tensions, allows us to achieve a more compliant front wheel and a more stiff rear wheel, which gives the rider better control through turns up front, and better tracking at speed in the rear.
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 10:14
Apr 2, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
As a brand, when we first decided to pursue the category of carbon wheels, we tested what was already on the market. What we found was that most wheels fall into one of two groups; stiff or compliant. Amongst our 30 rider sample, the opinions were extremely mixed and it was hard to draw a conclusion. From there we decided to mix the wheelsets up, trying a mix and match of stiff and compliant front and rear wheels. What the test group found, unanimously, was that a compliant front wheel and stiff rear wheel was by far the best choice. This is because a compliant front wheel allows for better handling, grip, and control in turns, while a stiff rear wheel allows for supporting peak loads, enhanced stability, and tracking at speed. If you want to know more about the concept, check out our Youtube video: The Story Behind Synthesis. Also if you’d like to demo a pair at one of our demo centers we’d be stoked to hear your feedback. If you’d like to arrange an opportunity to ride a pair, please contact info@crankbrothers.com
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 9:57
Apr 2, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
We're confident after both lab and rider testing that these wheels can take some serious abuse! To get more riders to experience the wheels, we have set up demo centers around the world. If you'd like to test them out please send us an email at info@crankbrothers.com and we'd be stoked to set that up for you, and hear your opinions.
crankbrothers crankbrothers's article
Apr 2, 2019 at 9:54
Apr 2, 2019
Crankbrothers Partners with Industry Nine on Synthesis 11 Carbon Wheels
Before releasing the wheels to the public, we had a selection of our athletes from all around the world test them for both performance and reliability. This included a full year of UCI DH World Cups. After a successful test period, we were confident to give a lifetime warranty on the rims.
crankbrothers danielsapp's article
Oct 1, 2018 at 11:31
Oct 1, 2018
First Ride: Crankbrothers Carbon Synthesis Wheels
@wang-chung: Look out for our later launch of Synthesis Wheel Accessories on crankbrothers.com
crankbrothers danielsapp's article
Oct 1, 2018 at 10:30
Oct 1, 2018
First Ride: Crankbrothers Carbon Synthesis Wheels
@Whipperman: We also offer the Synthesis wheels at $1,699. Check crankbrothers.com/synthesis for the whole range.
crankbrothers danielsapp's article
Oct 1, 2018 at 10:18
Oct 1, 2018
First Ride: Crankbrothers Carbon Synthesis Wheels
@FindDigRideRepeat: Doing my best to look and hang with the Italians. Jason :)
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