Race Face Introduces AR, ARC, & ARC Heavy Duty Offset Rims

Jun 8, 2018 at 12:02
by Race Face  
Dylan Forbes photo by Margus Riga

PRESS RELEASE: Race Face

The custom wheel market is booming, and with Race Face AR and ARC rims proving to be wheel-builder favorites, we wanted to improve on the best. With a redesigned rim profile, the new AR, ARC and ARC HD Offset rims utilize an asymmetrical design to optimize spoke tension balance, wheel durability and wheel stiffness.

ARC 30 Heavy Duty Offset Rim
ARC Heavy Duty - Gravity tested rims that share the durability of Atlas DH and Park wheels

AR brings our previously OEM only pricepoint rim to market, with durable 6061 alloy providing the strength. For ARC, new 6069 Alloy provides a superior strength to weight ratio over our previous generation, significantly improving toughness and durability. And now with our new 30mm wide Heavy Duty rim at 22mm deep, we have a rim size and width option for every tire and every riding style, including DH and ebikes. Our tubeless ready bead and offest design mean these rims are ready to hit any trail with confidence. Complete your custom setup with color-matching decals available in eight color options. Decal kits sold separately.

Rocky Mountain Race Face EWS Team Photo By Paris Gore
ARC Rims share the same offset profile and balanced strength of Turbine R wheels


ARC 30 Offset Rim

ARC + ARC Heavy Duty Offset Rims

Features

• Sizes from 25mm to 40mm internal width
• Offset nipple bed for improved spoke tension balance and wheel strength/stiffness
• Tubeless ready, strong tire retention bead
• New 30mm Heavy Duty for gravity and e-bike applications – a downhill rated rim, with comparable strength to our World Cup proven Atlas.

Specifications

Wheel size: 27.5”
Rim weight*: 25mm - 428g, 30mm - 494g, 35mm - 530g, 40mm - 570g, 30mm heavy duty - 565g
Finish: brushed black anodize / vinyl decals
Type: tubeless ready clincher (tape and valve kit sold separately)
Rim material: 6069 high strength alloy
Rim depth: 20mm, 22mm heavy duty
Rim offset: 25mm – 3mm, 30/35/40mm – 4.5mm
Internal rim width: 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 30mm heavy duty
External rim width: 28mm, 33.5mm, 38.5mm, 43.5mm, 34mm heavy duty
Spoke holes: 32, 28, (heavy duty only 32)
Rim ERD**: 562mm (25-40mm), 558mm(heavy duty)
Max spoke tension: 122kgf / 1200n

Wheel size: 29”
Rim weight*: 25mm - 450g, 30mm - 525g, 35mm - 563g, 40mm - 598g, 30mm heavy duty - 595g
Finish: brushed black anodize / vinyl decals
Type tubeless ready clincher (tape and valve kit sold separately)
Rim material: 6069 high strength alloy
Rim depth: 20mm, 22mm heavy duty
Rim offset: 25mm – 3mm, 30/35/40mm – 4.5mm
Internal rim width: 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, 30mm heavy duty
External rim width: 28mm, 33.5mm, 38.5mm, 43.5mm, 34mm heavy duty
Spoke holes: 32, 28, (heavy duty only 32)
Rim ERD**: 600mm (25-40mm), 596mm (heavy duty)
Max spoke tension: 122kgf / 1200n

*+/- 5%
**Assuming 2mm nipple head height

More information here.


AR 30 Offset Rim

AR Offset Rims

Features

• Sizes from 25mm internal width to 40mm
• Offset nipple bed for improved spoke tension balance and wheel strength/stiffness
• Tubeless ready with strong tire retention bead


Specifications

Wheel size: 27.5”
Rim weight*: 25mm - 448g, 30mm - 514g, 35mm - 552g, 40mm - 595g
Finish: brushed black anodize / vinyl decals
Type: tubeless ready clincher (tape and valve kit sold separately)
Rim material: sleeved 6061 alloy
Rim depth: 20mm
Rim offset: 25mm – 3mm, 30/35/40mm – 4.5mm
Internal rim width: 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm
External rim width: 29mm, 34mm, 39mm, 44mm
Spoke holes: 32
Rim ERD**: 596mm all widths
Max spoke tension: 122kgf / 1200n

Wheel size: 29”
Rim weight: 25mm – 470g, 30mm - 545g, 35mm - 583g, 40mm - 626g
Finish: brushed black anodize / vinyl decals
Type: tubeless ready clincher (tape and valve kit sold separately)
Rim material: sleeved 6061 alloy
Rim depth: 20mm
Rim offset: 25mm – 3mm, 30/35/40mm – 4.5mm
Internal rim width: 25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm
External rim width: 28.5mm, 34mm, 39mm, 44mm
Spoke holes: 32
Rim ERD**: 600mm all widths
Max spoke tension: 122kgf / 1200n

*+/- 5%
**assuming 2mm nipple head height

More information here.



Jones Precision Wheels - ARC 30 Offset on Vault J Bend Hubs

Prices

ARC Offset Rims: $94.99-99.99 USD / $118.99-124.99 CAD
AR Offset Rims: $64.99-69.99 USD / $80.99-87.50 CAD

Rocky Mountain Race Face EWS Team Photo By Paris Gore


www.raceface.com


120 Comments

  • + 42
 I hope they stopped using the butter-tanium that was bend city before.
  • + 16
 Haha, this^. My Arc 30's just kind of melted away over a few months.
  • + 9
 @bderricks: Don't leave it in the sun too long. #CantBelieveItsNotButter
  • + 26
 My DT EX471s must be made of Viagra
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Damn straight! These won't even cum close.

These are wider, so they should be better. Right? Bigger is always better isn't it, or does it just sell more?
  • + 8
 Tell me about it! I put an ARC 30 and a aggressor 2.5 dd on the rear of my bike a few weeks ago. The tire still looks pretty much brand new and rim already needs to be replaced. Could probably dent an arc with a plastic tire lever.
  • + 21
 No kidding.... I have a set of hope pro 4, dt comp, dt alloy, Flow MK3s being delivered Monday to replace the spaghetti like ARC 27s I currently have. Softest rim I've ever used, and won't be suckered in to buying any other RF products again.... Atlas pedals explode before they get to 100 miles, ARC rims bend and dent just by looking at them, crank pedal inserts rip out, dropper posts die a horrific death soon after install...... Most over rated bike component manufacturer on the planet.
  • - 3
 @DBone95: even softer than WTB?
  • + 1
 @DBone95:

Goodluck with the flow. I've never used an arc but the stans is the softest rim I've ever ridden. Until I set it up with cushcore I was hammering out dents every other week
  • + 1
 @650boss: My ibis 738's bend when I use tire levers on them. First time I have ever seen rims this soft, cant believe this is a common thing now.
  • + 1
 @howie286: seconded. My flows were soft as a baby's bum.
Switched to spank and never looked back. Not joking, my bike fell off the rack a couple of months ago at 70mph. Front wheel was still straight after and the rear was about 3mm out of true. Unbelievable!
  • + 1
 @DBone95: may be their easton legacy is the problem.. i have some RF aeffect wheels, brand new that came on a bike. Havent tested their strength yet, hope they are not made of playdough.. have read only good things about them..
  • + 1
 @howie286: stand are made by sun so essentially a sun rim.
  • + 1
 @howie286: Well sh#t haha. I just bought custom wheels with Stan Flow rims to replace my own broken Arc rims... At least new rims are cheap, the hubs certainly weren't...

Maybe I should have gone for heavy rims instead, my partner's Bontrager Line Elite 30s took a head on crash with a rock without even a loose spoke and nothing but a chip in the rim to show for it :I

Pretty disappointed since Industry Nine put their weight behind Stan's.
  • + 1
 @KxPop: mine were the flow mk1 if that makes you feel any better
  • + 2
 @Lagr1980:

I have had the affect r’s on my bike since last August, with no issues. Knocks on wood...
  • + 1
 @howie286:
My previous set of Stan's EX Flow was last forever - 4 years, till I get huge crash and had distorted a rear rim a little (still not dent). My new set of Stan's MK3 5 months now and no any sign of dent, looks like yesterday I built it.
May be yours was due poor building?
  • + 1
 @Saidrick: same ones I have... hope they hold up.
  • + 4
 @DBone95: you forgot crankbrothers in the over rated department
  • + 1
 @jaame: latest ZTRs are as legit as Spanks.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I was pricing up flow 3s for a second wheelset... but kind of ended up comparing them to oozy 350s, the non vibrocore ones, and I think I will go for them because they are a bit lighter and I believe probably stronger.
  • + 1
 @KxPop: my line 30 comps (same hoop as the elite) are covered in dents, I've already swapped the rear rim for a new one due to a relatively minor rim strike that peeled the rim bead down so far that it exposed the tire bead completely, in two places. I am convinced it is due to the rim width being so great that the 2.35" (claimed) tire doesn't do a great job protecting the rim wall.
I also have Bontrager Paradigms on my road bike and they dent easily.
  • - 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: same with my friends Bont 30 who got theirs on their Remedys.
  • + 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: also not impressed with the line 30, dinged real bad on a minor huck section of trail.
  • + 1
 Anyone ever heard of a wee French wheel/rim company called Mavic? Wink
  • + 16
 6061 is used on many Aluminum rims.
It dents very easy but it is less prone to cracks.
7000 series Al is very strong but it's more prone to catastrophic failure like carbon rims.
6069 seems like a good choice.
Too bad no options for the DJ crowd.
No 26 inch rim ?
  • + 1
 yeah. Where the f do I get good rim for my DJ bike?
  • + 3
 For a DJ bike get Spank Spoon 32... look no further
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: pretty much all spank rims still come in 26
  • + 4
 @strasznyzbigniew: Halo
  • + 1
 Sun ringle mtx
  • + 0
 @raddog: Sun rims are also made of cheese, it's just that unlike Easton/ RF they use lots of it.
  • + 2
 I recently purchased sun mtx 33 wheels for my DH bike in 26." There's still options out there but very slim
  • + 1
 @ThunderChunk: options are many they just aren’t as excessive as 27,5 and 29. Please remember that at the time 27,5 came in, many 26” rims were shitty, narrow, soft and heavy. As I wrote above DT, ZTR and Spank make fkng great rims in 26”, you just can’t get the sht I mentioned above. Sunrims are not good rims. They are cheap.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Spank actually makes rims I believe unlike Race Face.
From feed back and research I would recommend Spank rims.
Yes Sun rims are nice and soft.
I'm running a Funn Rim. It's got plenty of dents but I'm not too worried about it cracking.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: unrealistic comment. Sun rims are great for the price. The cover everything from dh to trail and even bmx. Why do you think they're still around?
  • + 1
 @raddog: why are they still around? What kind of question is that? Because they produce cheap rims? And people who don’t want to spend more or don’t know better or both, buy them? And Sun ringle is good at selling them? Why is RST or Sunrace or YT around?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Stan's rims are made at the Sun rims factory. That doesn't mean they are made of cheese though.
Spank make their own rims in their own factory in Taiwan, using their own alloys and their own designs. It's not just point to a picture in a catalogue like most companies do. They are really good rims.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: cut the cheese waki, you didn't really answer my question.
  • + 0
 @jaame: they are made at the same factory whoopie doo, that doesn’t change the fact that all sun rims I had were cheese starting with Singletrack and Double track, going to MTX and Equalizer. There is a reason they all go for 20-30£ on CRC and your beloved spanks start at 50£. Minions DHF 3C DD are made in the same factory as CST BFT, by which measure are these tyres comparable?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: my mtx 33 seem to be holding up pretty well. I also had good success setting them up tubeless. Which ones did you have? I read up a lot of positive reviews with the 33 model which is why I went with them.
  • + 0
 @ThunderChunk: some white ones and orange logo, around 2012. Had them for a short time, got the whole wheelset super cheap second hand. Came already a little buckled, then hit a rock and got a big dent. Sold them as da bomb hub was getting fkd. It takes much more than that to make a tiny mark on EX471.
  • + 1
 123455
  • + 1
 @raddog: @WAKIdesigns Trevor, you're getting better at this forum thing. Using cheese comment from earlier. B+
  • + 7
 I had one of the old arc30 rims and I think it was made from cheese I killed it in about 3 months then changed to a dt swiss ex 471 which is still good 18 months later. Anyone buying these I hope for your sake they are better.
  • + 1
 @ads72: Swap ARC27 for 30 and I’ve done the same and had the same experience, did try WTB i25 1st but they only lasted slightly longer than the ARCs, DT EX471 have become my go to rim now.
  • + 11
 wheelsize 26`` ?
  • + 25
 What about the 24" for those still on Big Hit lmao ?
  • + 2
 @Euskafreez: I almost bought one of those the other day.
  • + 0
 @jasonatspecialized Bring Big Hit back!
  • + 2
 We the people would like the Big Hit to Be Great Again Smile
  • + 2
 @Euskafreez: Don't forget about the groms!
  • + 0
 You don't need rims on your Kona Stinky.
  • + 8
 Mavic ex729 can't beat them imo
  • + 4
 Best rims ever made...get em built up by someone who knows what they're doing and they should last forever...too bad they're not asym though.
  • + 1
 any magic rim is quality. their complete wheels are bombproof.
  • + 1
 I wish I could up-vote this more than once! +++++++++++++
  • + 4
 "we have a rim size and width option for every tire and every riding style".............except for 26". Guess I'll be sticking with Stan's, DT, WTB, Spank, or Chinese carbon, which sound like better options anyway.

NO 26" = NO SALE.
  • + 4
 Raceface arc rims suck.
They flatspot very easily.
They are heavy.
The sidewalls bend easily.
They are too expensive. Its just 600g of AL
Not even eyeleted, lame.

I highly doubt the “new alloy” will make a legit difference.
No 40mm “heavy duty rim” for big boys, lame.
  • + 1
 you just destroyed RF
  • + 2
 And ebike compatible. Noooooo
  • + 5
 Why dont we run a poll to see which are the most popular rims? I mean replaced rims and why that brand model. Not the ones that came on your bike. Those dont count
  • + 3
 Great looking rims. Options for alloy with deep offset are to few. WTB asym's are okay, but in my experience the standard arc rims are more round and true from the factor and less fussy to lace up. If the ARC offset is similar to the standard, this should be a great rim. Nice to have the heavy duty option also for those who have previously had trouble with the hardness of the original arc' which did tend to dent a little easly early on. I have laced quite a few sets recently and RF seems to have resolved the initial alloy softness I think.
  • - 1
 But only hd in 30mm width, which is hardly a wide rim.
Increased internal bead width increases tire stability. Only reason not to is rim proud of tire scratches dings and weight/cost. Side knobs get down a little quicker maybe but doesnt mess up handling by any means.

I was riding 28 &29mm internal width rims for years before all this wide shitZ. Now im on 34mm innternal rimz, and they have way more stability.
Running asym i35’s on my xc-freeride hardtail with 2.25 crossmarks and that shit works real good, can be like 15psi and no tire roll, so why a i30 rim? 1.95” tires maybe?

The norm for 2.3-2.8 tires (maybe 3” also) should be in the 33-40mm internal rim width.

RF should be building a decent rim over i30.

Heavier vehicles (motorcycles) use bigger width tires and rims. We should be too. So why is the option for wider stronger rim not there?
  • + 2
 @getsomesy: Top enduro racers use 25-26mm rims with Maxxis 2.5-2.4 WT so you don't have a point.
  • + 2
 @casman86: I would tend to agree.

For more aggressive riding 25-30mm rims are ideal, paired with a heavier casing tire. Rim sidewalls aren't exposed and are well protected when using a moderately wide tire.
  • - 1
 @casman86:

-This conversation is not specific “top enduro racers”

-sponsored racers ride what their sponsors have for them, not neccisarily what is best for them or others.

- depending on your weight, riding, terrain, “ideal” rim tire choice will vary.

- pinkbike also covers a variety of other subsects of riding, with enduro trail and xc being the late comers to the discussion.

-im pretty sure most top enduro riders weight on the bike is less than that of a large spectrum of otherwise riders; due to being over optimum cycling build, carrying water gear extra clothing electronics.

-An enduro race course may be much different (more hardpacked) than commonly ridden or ideal (loamy, less traveled) terrain. Theirfor dictating different ideal equipment.

Racers commonly chase weight savings, Especially in the wheel department - to increase acceleration.

@casman86 you are an asshat.
  • - 2
 What, your worried about scratching your rim sidewal? Sounds like you should probably go back to grape smuggling on a road bike @FLATLlNE:

A 2.3” tire is 58.4mm wide
A 34mm internal carbon hookless rim is 40mm external width.
That gives 9.2mm of tire overhang from rim on each side. The tires wider than the rim, whats the problem!?!?

Automotive and motorcycle rim tire tech and rule of thumb dictates that a tire be 150% the width of the rim, with an absolute maximum rim width being the same width as the rim. when running a 40mm external rim with 60mm wide tire the ideal 150%tire to rim ratio is obtained.

There sure are a lot of uniteligent shallow minded consumerist on pinkbike.
  • + 2
 @getsomesy: acceleration isn't the only thing these guys look for. If so, they would all be on 23-25mm carbon rims

I look at your combo of 2.25 crossmark on i35 rim, and a Incan think is that if I took those out my home trails I would obliterate the rim wall/tire bead inna single ride, even with 30psi.

Tons of pros still on DT ex 471s, even after flirting with ex521 and xs481, because they are tougher rims, that create a fine profile.

And arguably guys like Gwin and Rude need support to no? They are the guys rolling tires off rims in a race. Yet they are still on i25 a lot of the time.
  • + 2
 @getsomesy: grape smuggling? Can't have a technical conversation without throwing your own scat around hey? Way to go dude. You sound like an idiot.

I'm not worried about scratching a rim. I'm worried about big dents and flatspots. Because I have experienced them, with wide rims and only moderately wide tires, and I never run Uber low tire pressure.
  • + 2
 Ok these rims are 6061 and 6069 Al.
Strong yes?
No soft cheesy and weak.
Why ?
Heat treating dramatically increases the strength of 6000 series Al.
There is nothing stating these are heat treated as in 6061 t6 . The t6 designates the level of heat treating.
I don't know if manufacturers don't label the heat treating or if some rims just are not heat treated.
Only one rim I own mentions the heat treating
  • + 0
 Why doesn't anyone use scandium like the old ( not sure if they are made like this anymore ) shimano XTR rims. I have a set since 07 and are like brand new. Zero dents and I'm in the north east where its all rock and gnar. And just as lite as carbon. But Shimano XTR is the only place I saw a rim made of this material . I wish there were more options with it. Anyone ever see anyone else make a rim from Scandium?
  • + 2
 Alex rims, VXD1 are made out of Scandium.
  • + 1
 I had some E13 TRS rims a few years ago which were scandium. Good rim. Shame about their hubs though...
  • + 2
 Rock solid so far, tracks well and digging the Vault hub sound. Like you put CK's angry bees inside of a coffee can making them angrier with a bit more metallic click.
  • + 4
 Trigger words. "E-bike".

Decent pricing there
  • + 7
 Just say NO to E-Bikes.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 9, 2018 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 I want an E-bike. Badly. But just so that none of my friends know. I just want to have fun on climbs and flats before they get banned.
  • + 1
 @craigcanucks:

why? imo ebikes are amazing im getting one for my GF because she cant keep up with me riding on normal bike
  • - 3
 @Asmodai: oh well, it depends if you really need your girlfriend to ride with you and if it’s good for her. I know it’s not for my wife and spouses of many of my friends.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: i dont "need" her i want her to have fun with me while riding a bike
  • + 5
 @Asmodai: oh, you must really love her. that's adorable. please go away
  • - 2
 @upchuckyeager: i actually dont and why would i go away...?
  • + 0
 @Asmodai: you now have 5 followers.
  • - 2
 @upchuckyeager: super cool story bro
  • + 3
 @Asmodai: She can stay home then. Quit trying to ruin the world with ebikes and ruining your own life by bringing your girlfriend mountain biking.
  • + 0
 @casman86: she can ride with me, its much better option

and how exactly im ruining my life and world with ebike? are you mentally 5years old?
  • - 3
 @Asmodai: and now you're back to 4 followers
  • + 4
 Good looking rims and the prices are very reasonabletup
  • + 3
 The right way forward. Wheelbuilders are rejoicing
  • + 1
 As someone who makes his living as a wheel builder, yes, I am rejoicing. I rejoice whenever I see people getting excited over aluminum wheels. They typically don't last as long as carbon in the area where I live, so there's more work to be had from people riding aluminum. I also highly recommend running the lowest tire pressure you can. Daddy needs new shoes Wink
  • + 0
 Do yourself a favour and stick to Mavic rims.
  • + 1
 @ridestuff: I'm happy to build whatever you're willing to pay for. Mavic, Sun, Enve, Sears, Roebuck & Co. I warranty my workmanship, not the manufacturer's components Wink
  • + 1
 RaceFace make good clothes, handlebars, and stems, but I don't really trust their other products anymore. I'd like to see RaceFace put out a torture test of these new rims.
  • + 3
 Never had an issue with them. Killed a couple of 471s though...
  • + 1
 So which rims do my Turbine R wheels use? 27.5 are listed as 6069 460g. Would be nice to know if I ever kill one and need to replace.
  • + 1
 It shouldn't matter, just buy any 27.5 rim with an equivalent spoke count to your hub and measure out new spokes. Your bike shop can do it for you if you can't.
  • + 1
 @KxPop: Not trying to build a new wheel. The appeal of these is they use only one length of spoke in the whole wheelset. These AR/ARC rims don't appear as light as the Turbine rims so I'm wondering what they use. I've never killed a rim on any wheelset though so probably doesn't matter.
  • + 2
 hopefully this was an OG easton project. RF cant seem to execute on sh0t.
  • + 0
 Some many of these RF wheels sets on my local Craigslist. No one wants them.
  • + 0
 After many fails from my RF parts, I am having painful doubts about their products.
  • + 1
 RF with their customer service and poor distributors never again... never
  • + 0
 $65 for a set of rims!?? Come on pinkbike...what do you think we’re all made of money?!?
  • + 4
 DT Swiss, ZTR and Spank cost the same or more. And they are worth every penny.
  • + 3
 actually a reasonable price my stans rims are about £60 each.
  • + 3
 i think that was the point.......
  • + 12
 Alright, my sarcasm wasn’t obvious enough today...I’ll do better next time haha
  • + 1
 @DGThree: It's not $65 for a set of rims. The price is per rim. Which is reasonable, but the rims still suck. LoL
  • - 2
 @DGThree: I took that very personally
  • - 1
 RF? No thanks, even if it cheaper wider and fancier, all products are prone to be shitty quality, no customer service or spare parts as well as customer support sucks
  • + 0
 Arc. Arch Ex. Such originality. So wow.
  • - 1
 Softest rims in the game. Should’ve gone for a re-brand
  • + 0
 DT Swiss so sexy
  • - 1
 Industry Nine or Bust!!!!
  • - 3
 Du-du-does AR rims stand for ASSAULT RIFLE rims? REEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeee
  • + 0
 no it's assaulting rifle. you need assaulting bullets for it too
  • + 1
 AR stands for Armalite Rifle. Always has, pepe.
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