Video: Race Face Launches New Next SL Wheelset

Oct 17, 2018 at 17:23
by Race Face  

PRESS RELEASE: Race Face

Rupert loves to hit some trail laps

Rupert enjoys spending time in the Race Face office, but he lives for mountain biking. As a rescue from Northern British Columbia, his life started out rough and he doesn’t hold back when it comes to voicing his opinions. Rupert believes all creeks are for swimming, all squirrels deserve to be chased, and all trails should be hit at speed, because going through the woods fast is what is ancestors did. Rupert dislikes hot weather, big scary German Shepherds, and excuses for not going mountain biking. But most of all, Rupert hates a slow ride, because noodling up the climbs or pushing to the trailhead means less laps before dark. Rupert always wants to do more laps.


Rupert loves when people ride Race Face Next SL wheels because then he knows it’s going to be a fast ride door-to-door with awesome descending and no stopping for wheel issues or flat tires. He doesn’t care how people classify the wheels - down-country XC, trail, marathon, xc-race - all Rupert cares about is that you have them on your bike and his goggles are left at home.


Race Face is excited to introduce our new down-country XC/Trail wheelset, the Next SL. Next SL wheels are ready to maximize your trail riding; light for XC, but wide and strong for aggressive days on the mountain. Designed to complement our award winning Next SL Crankset, Next SL have been designed to take full advantage of the benefits carbon fiber has to offer - durability, compliance and weight savings in a 26mm width. The asymmetrical build onto our Vault Hub gives you a stronger, stiffer wheel construction and the Vault’s Super-Fast Engagement, long bearing life and tool free end caps simplify your life. Produced with the Step Cast 34 Factory Series rider in mind, the ultimate trail wheelset is for attacking the climbs and pushing the descents. Get ready to take your ride to the Next level!

Race Face Carbon Confidence: Our Next SL Carbon Wheelset is covered by our Carbon Confidence Guarantee – 2 Years, No Fault, Guarantee to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase. More details here: https://www.raceface.com/support/wheel-resources/

Next SL Wheelset Specs:

HUB FEATURES
• New 15mm dedicated front hub for 50gram weight savings
• Large oversized flange for improved bracing angle and larger bearings.
• Wide bearing stance.
• 6 double tooth pawls (3 engage at a time).
• 120 points of engagement (3 degrees).
• Individually sprung pawls.
• One length spoke used throughout wheelset (F&R).
• Tool-free interchangeable end caps (sold separately).
• Low drag labyrinth cassette body seal.
RIM FEATURES
• 29’er rim size
• Full carbon fiber construction
• 26mm Internal width
• Tubeless ready rim (tape and valves installed)
• 4.5mm Offset improves spoke tension balance and wheel stiffness
• High gloss black logos and interchangeable vinyl decals.

Wheel size: 29"
Weight set: 1555g
Front hub: 15x110 Boost front (15x110 torque cap conversion)
Rear hub: 12x148 Boost rear
Finish: carbon fiber / vinyl decals
Type: tubeless ready clincher
Rim material: UD carbon composite, offset spokes, matte finish
Rim depth: 21mm
Internal rim width: 26mm
External rim width: 31mm
Spoke: Sapim laser, 28 f/r, 3x pattern (5 spares included with rear)

Next SL are available now from local retailers and Race Face!

Rupert loves to hit some trail laps



114 Comments

  • + 53
 #rupertforrampage
  • + 33
 #RandyforRupert
  • + 6
 @garneau565: Randy would have a go at trashing these



m.pinkbike.com/photo/16473290
  • + 6
 I'm here for Rupert - the end
  • + 5
 @Hyakian: Rupert is big name rider for Cannonpaws.
  • + 0
 These wheels are not a strong as Randy. #RandyLifetimeWarranty
  • + 1
 #rupertgotrobbed
  • + 1
 That’s a good dog @IamErzathedog
  • + 37
 These look like nice enough wheels but unfortunately for Race Face the bar has been raised by Santa Cruz and We Are One with the lifetime warranty on the carbon rims. I have no idea why anyone would buy these when they could get a similar wheelset (price, weight, hub engagement) with a lifetime warranty (and domestic production for WAO).
  • - 4
flag avg-roadie (Oct 18, 2018 at 10:43) (Below Threshold)
 Santa Cruz makes you jump through hoops and I've seen multiple Santa Cruz wheels break, never had a Next SL break yet, under solid riders....
  • + 5
 +1 for the lifetime warranty featured on the Crank Bros Synthesis wheels (albeit at a slightly higher price)
  • + 38
 @avg-roadie: I'd hope you'd never seen a set break considering they just launched the wheels...
  • + 3
 @clapforcanadaa: Yea, is @avg-roadie really referencing the reserve wheels, having seen them break? If so pics please.
  • + 6
 My we are one are bombproof and with lifetime warranty why not I think every carbon wheel manufacturer need to do lifetime warranty to get a part of the market I dont understand why you will go elsewhere than we are one made in Canada
  • + 1
 For a lot of people they don't keep wheels for a lifetime. I know for me having a wheelset with a no fault no questions asked warranty for 2 years is way better!
  • + 7
 @avg-roadie: I broke 2 @santacruz reserve wheels in 1 ride- the first ride they went on. Raceface next R have never broke anything besides a couple spokes.
  • + 7
 @rednova: that's what we are one have but lifetime why would you rather have 2 years over lifetime????
  • + 10
 I always felt like the "lifetime warranty" stuff was kind of a sales gimmick. Often those products are significantly more expensive making me feel like I'm paying for the warranty replacement up front and you're actually getting shafted if you DON'T have to use the warranty.
  • + 9
 @slovenian6474: But when you have companies like WeAreOne and Santa Cruz offering wheels for less money and a lifetime warranty it's no longer a gimmick, but more of a more competitive market. Carbon wheel options are better than ever, so it definitely seems like the best time to be shopping for carbon wheels as there's so many solid, lower cost options out there now.
  • + 3
 @clapforcanadaa: Less money and lifetime warranty is excellent. Everyone should be doing it. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's not a sales gimmick as you could very well still be paying for the replacement up front. That said, it's a fantastic gimmick when your competitors are more expensive and don't offer a lifetime warranty. And those WeAreOne naked carbon look sooooooo good.
  • + 4
 @cyrways: I saw multiple Reserve wheels on different riders bikes exploded at Andes Pacifico this spring.
  • - 6
flag yzedf (Oct 18, 2018 at 12:47) (Below Threshold)
 @cyrways: here is one snapped clean through in two places www.instagram.com/p/BpEvbwvBFmR/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
  • + 9
 Well the durability of the crankset with the same name doesn’t give too good prospects for these. I love my lifetime warranty on my carbon rims. Whenever they crack someone sends me a new one for free. Which means I ride on alu replacement wheel all the time. Prestige of carbon with durability, compliance and functionality of alu. Win win!
  • + 9
 Your lifetime warranty will only last until the Next wheel size comes along.
  • + 21
 The idea of the 2-year Raceface guarantee being automatically of less value than the Santa Cruz lifetime warranty because of the time period involved ignores the fact that they are two different things even before the time issue.

Santa Cruz give a lifetime "warranty", against all issues with their rims and hubs (not spokes) that they determine to be defective. My opinion is that defects usually would show themselves within a year or so anyway but you get the extra coverage just in case, which is good.

Raceface give a 2-year "guarantee" against any damage to the wheel (including spokes) during that time, even if you have a perfectly good wheel that your neighbour drives over in their car. Your wheel will be replaced or repaired (they determine which) within that time period.

So, if you usually run wheels for years and rarely damage them, the Santa Cruz warranty most likely gives you more.

If you ride terrain or have a style that damages wheels more often (or are a bad luck magnet!) and you need to replace every couple of years anyway, the Raceface guarantee almost certainly is a better proposition.

This is without taking into account how easy/fast/etc it is to go through the relative processes.

Horses for courses, really.

Just my opinion, BTW.
  • + 4
 Life time warrenty is subject to what santacruz says. My friend has a set and tried to get warranty but they said nope
  • + 5
 @yzedf: That wheel is a not a Santa Cruz wheel.
  • + 6
 @yzedf: doesn't look like a Reserve, and it appears to be alloy.
Lo and behold, if you read the comments, he identifies it as a WTB rim.
He rides a Santa Cruz bike, that's why they tagged them.
  • + 5
 @skinuts: Tell your friend to call Santa Cruz back with a Scottish accent.
  • + 11
 @acali: geez a wheel ya mad bunch a wallapers or mad kev the radge will smack ye an pump yer maw
  • + 0
 @dthomp325: thanks guys! @yzedf I stand corrected. That’s disappointing for sure. Makes me happy I have nextie carbon rims. But I agree with other commentors given these facts presented, we are one looks pretty good, as does the two years no questions asked by raceface.
  • + 1
 @avg-roadie: Funny, it took Danny Macaskill crazy feets after he blew his tire to finally destroy the sc rim.
  • + 1
 @yzedf: that's a WTB rim, read the comments on the post
  • + 1
 @skinuts: I had to warranty a set of wheels (w/ crappy WTB rims) that came OEM on my Santa Cruz & they went above & beyond to help me out. Called them for new frame bearings & they sent me new pivot hardware to boot. I've never heard of anyone w/ an even remotely legit warranty case that hasn't had Santa Cruz go the extra mile for them. I have a hard time imagining them turning anyone down unless they had abused their gear and/or the customer service rep far beyond reason.
  • - 2
 Why would you get carbon wheels in the first place when you can get comparable aluminium at for third the price and don't have to worry of it being jarring or exploding without warning.
  • + 3
 100% – went through the Santa Cruz warranty process and I can say it was incredibly easy. In fact Willie went above and beyond in warrantying my Nomad 3 frame for a Nomad 4 frame. For my next set of wheels, across all my bikes, I'll be switching from Enve (5yr warranty) to SC Reserve solely based upon their customer service. Sure you pay more, but the assurance for original owners is well worth it in my opinion. If you're pushing carbon frames and wheels there is no reason you shouldn't have this for original owners.
  • - 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 19, 2018 at 7:58) (Below Threshold)
 @dstn617: I too went through SC warranty service and it was really good. Cracked frame, sent me a new one,
No questions asked. I won’t buy anything from them again anyways. The only carbon I will ever buy is one coming at the price of alu. Like my SC frame like my current frame, sorry... I have no idea why folks buy non XC carbon rims. I did it once, it’s first and the last time.
  • + 1
 @bohns1: it didn t seem that hard to be fair. No sharp angle at full speed. He didn t even puncture the tire. Only after he removes the tire that the rim starts to see impacts
  • + 0
 @ybsurf: I was referring to the SC wheels! Against SC wheels I would rather have a no question no fault warranty for 2 years over a limited lifetime warranty! As for the we are one wheels I did not know that and that’s awesome! The only reason I would still go for RF is that they are local to me in NorCal and much cheaper and quicker to ship to in case of issues????????
  • + 1
 @msusic: Ride a variety of carbon wheels and you may notice a difference from alloy. Well made ones in my opinion and experience, ride better than all of the alloys I've ridden in the past.
  • + 2
 @FlorentVN: still have a hard time believing most commoners could destroy one that easily.
  • + 1
 @bohns1: oh well, most of my friends may be judt above Joeys by Pinkbike standards yet they broke a dozen of carbon rims including Enve.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: crazy! 4 seasons on my nox carbon a 29 in the cad Rockies and north shore riding.. Spoke tension is a huge contributor to failed carbon wheelsets..staying on top of that is a huge mitigator
  • + 2
 @Cm223: Do you weigh 350lbs and take the worst lines possible?
  • + 2
 @Jackson900: no shit!
  • + 1
 @FlorentVN: No amount of warranty can mask riding like that !
  • + 27
 @mikelevy Mike "Down-Country" Levy: Vindicated.
  • + 13
 It has arrived. I am sorry but only partly.
  • + 3
 Was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the term used in the PR. This is how movements start people.
  • + 12
 I'm still gonna keep pretending 'down country' is a place where they raise a lot of ducks.
  • + 4
 Up-Duro
  • + 3
 Randy is the first Doen Country World Champion
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: I've always referred to it as "Canadian Cross Country". It immediately lets you know what kind of ride its gonna be.
  • + 2
 @hypermoto: CXC - that works better than down-country, for me at least. But I'm not a down boy. And I don't know where they go.
  • + 14
 It always amazes me how dogs can sprint down a trail littered with roots and rocks. My spaniel, Merle, follows me in Pisgah often and I have to push myself to the edge of my comfort zone (over 20 mph) to drop him. It seems that their pads are so sensitive, they are able to make micro adjustments from feel as they encounter varying trail surface.
  • + 16
 Don't underestimate their tail. It allows them to make those small shifts even when in the air. I'm still baffled that other than most primates, we have no tail. Something went wrong during evolution. We might need a proper rear fender on our bikes but other than that we'd probably kill it on the slopestyle comps.
  • + 9
 @vinay: If I had a tail, I'd have those back-flips on lock down!
  • + 7
 the only thing that slowed down my dog was wooden ladder bridges.... if the slats were pushed together he was good to rip it, if they had any space between them he would slowly and carefully make his way across..
  • + 21
 I got some tail last night.
Edit: thats a lie, I'm married.
  • + 3
 Physically, humans are pound for pound the lowest end animal as we ditched physical evolution millions of years ago for the sake of mental evolution. Yet even with all the millennia of brain development we still watch cat videos and shit in our (metaphorical) bed.

Long live dogs.
  • + 3
 Dogs: for when the going gets ruff.
  • + 7
 Marketing aside, makes me smile every-time I see someone on the trail with their dog.... a damn good day and life being realized right there.
  • + 5
 Race Face carbon is absolute crap. To the Point of being dangerous. Myself and at least 3 other guys I know personally have had catastrophic failures of their SixC bars or Cranks. Then after you take a digger off a jump becuase their shite product implodes, you try to get it warrantied and they tell you you obviously overtourqued your brake clamp/pedal/etc.

literally f*ck Race Face right in the f*cking Face
  • - 2
 They are not great
  • - 2
 I cracked a set of sixc bars going into a crub a few mins after I sent a good 7-8 ft drop. Thank god it wasn't on the sropnits self otherwise I may not be able to type this. Never again will I own. Single raceface thing
  • + 5
 NOXcomposites and be done with it.Been on NOX skyline 27.5", sapium CX-ray spokes, DT swiss 240 hubs with 36pt upgrade for almost 3 years without any issues. 1400g actual weight for wheel set 28H front, 32 hole rear.
  • + 2
 Mirrors my experience on Nox Kitsuma wheels w/ similar build: most reliable MTB wheelset I've owned in 30yrs. If you like the Skyline, try the Teocali or Kitsuma. If I didn't hate swapping out tires so much, I'd never ride my skinnier 23mm & 26mm wheelsets again, regardless of tire type. Grip & sidewall support on 29mm+ wide rims is unreal.
  • + 6
 Can I ride politically correct xc trails with these wheels...there are no down country trails in my area.
  • + 4
 So the superwide rims aren’t cool anymore? Seems like the first ad in a while for a wheelset that hasn’t got 30 mm or more internal width. Oh yeah this are meant for downcountry not enduro
  • + 2
 unless you downcountry HARD... these rims aren't for you
  • + 0
 I just tried some Bontrager Line 40s (40mm inside) back to back with Crank Bros Synthesis (31mm inside) on my Slash and I think the Bontragers are skosh too stiff for 'down country'/all-mountain/enduro. For the more aggressive riding we have here in Bellingham, at summer-time hero dirt speeds, the Synthesis wheels are ideal for me. Fast, durable, compliant. Front wheel traction is really awesome. The Bontragers may work better for me when it gets wet here and trail speeds slow down. YMMV.
  • + 2
 Now that dogs are becoming the nr 1 marketing accessory i think it's time for Pinkbike to invite a veterinary (or several actually) to talk about the physics of different breeds and how well suited they actually are for extensive trail running. Also something about how their mind works - does it follow only of joy or also by instinct? It is probably both, but then, how do you help it regulate? By the way, I have a trail dog, a hunting labrador, think formula1 labrador. I think it is fine with me, since I'm slow and lazy - think ordinary labrador, but my dog should not do enduro races on a regular basis.
  • + 5
 Can't find Rupert on Strava, but definitely faster than me
  • + 2
 To be honest, this wheelset is too heavy to be a dedicated XC wheelset. I understand it may also be rated for more aggressive riding, but both the price and the weight turn me off. I love my Next SL cranks though!!
  • + 2
 but perfect for some aggressive DOWNCOUNTRY BRO
  • + 0
 I hope you are checking your Next SL pedal inserts once a week because they are going to come loose at some point.
  • + 1
 Race Face you make some great products!
These wheels will cast about 2000$
With a two year warranty.
Are you joking!!!
How about ten year crash replacement.
500 $ to get replaced.
Half price is still 1000$
After two years you get no backing from Race Face . Zip. For a wheelset that cost 2000$
What does that say about you backing up your product?
Your saying these 2000 dollar wheels will only last two years.
How many people are reading my comment?
About 10,000 people.
Sink or swim.
  • + 5
 I have a lot of Raceface parts that haven't given me many problems, but their marketing and support people ruin their company. I think it's ridiculous that they make the expensive ass Vault hubs with interchangeable caps but won't take the few minutes to make some boost conversion caps like every real high end hub manufacturer does. I'm forced to use universal boost adapters that fall on the ground when I take my wheels off on my $1,100 msrp Turbine wheelset. They told me they "believe in the benefits" of boost so much that they won't make boost conversion caps. It's not about the undetectable fake benefits of 6 more millimeters, a*sholes. It's about being able to USE my wheels that I paid a bunch of money for. Could be a cool company if it were ran better and they actually cared about their customers.
  • + 2
 @casman86: You must not own a RF dropper; you’d change your tune.
  • + 2
 @garygrimm: I do, an Aeffect that came on the new bike. Only been on it for a few months now though. I have had to lube the seals already to keep it returning all the way but it's been fine after that. My Brand X Ascend was absolutely flawless the whole time and even cheaper.
  • + 4
 @casman86: this has been something I’ve heard from everyone about that brand x dropper, hard to beat.
  • + 2
 What about Rovals?? Under $2,000
Lifetime warranty for the original owner and 2 year for any second owner.
As well as crash replacement for less than $400!
  • + 1
 @garygrimm: mi aeffect dropper is fantastic so far, the lever is shitty though.. I would not buy it because its too expensive compared to OneUP but its been solid..
  • + 0
 @garygrimm: Agreed! Biggest piece of shite ever to adorn my bike! Never again
  • + 1
 @cyrways: on up components....! Best dropper I've ever used. Price is good too!
  • + 0
 Great company and wheels, but I wouldn't buy them. They cost as much as Enve without the warranty. There are several brands that make great wheels for a much lower price. Nox, W.A.O., L-B to name a few. All with great warranties.

Race Face brought the Arc to market, which basically the XT of wheelsets; priced well, reliable, and great performance. I don't see why they're ignoring consumer needs with Carbon. At their economy of scale, RF should be bringing wheels to market at $1200.00 and still kill it.
  • + 1
 Remember that while many dogs love to run and will do so exuberantly, doing distances at speed etc can really cause orthopedic injury without you noticing it until later in life.
  • + 3
 Rupert does look quick. I bet he could even keep up with Randy. Perfect trail pals, those two.
  • + 2
 Nice and light-- Down-Country took off just like that. Marketing people are laughing at us weak minded consumer riders. Sad but true.
  • + 6
 you can just call it fun xc
  • + 0
 Broken axles and roached freehub bodys are pretty common with raceface wheels. Stay away until they create a more robust product. Like many companies, once they go for the OEM market the quality drops dramatically. They stop engineering for quality and start engineering for price points.
  • + 2
 ....we asked for way more trail dog coverage. And yet again....another set of fucking carbon wheels.
  • + 1
 wondering if these break as easily as their nextSL cranks when ridden with flats or their Atlas pedals. Another garbage product no one needs.
  • + 2
 Great video. Trail dogs are the best! Smile
  • + 1
 Can we just all agree that no matter what you make a wheel out of, it will be breakable. Except maybe granite....
  • + 2
 randy could test these wheels real good
  • + 1
 Nice, I found an edit I can watch while I am trying to fall asleep at night.
  • + 2
 2mins to fall asleep? Teach me!
  • + 1
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: you raise a good point
  • + 1
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: try watching test cricket. They took a boring game (cricket) and dragged it out over five days. After two minutes I am asleep, or at least some sort of unconsciousness.
  • + 2
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: oh yeah, there's also any novel written by Jane Austin or any one of the Bronte sisters. For emergency use only!
  • + 1
 #rogerforrampage. We can all do our bit...
  • + 2
 light bicycle
  • + 1
 someone explain this Randy thing...
  • + 0
 Children think it's funny. Don't worry it will die soon
  • + 2
 Marco Osborne started it/Is "Randy", or nicknamed Randy. Someone about a week ago said his buddy Randy (speaking about Marco) was a rock star racer and people just ran with it and poked fun... probably thought the guy was full of it maybe. Or maybe they actually knew who he was talking about. I think 1/2 people or less knew it had to do with a physical human, and the other half were just being Pinkbikers....which I enjoy. Or maybe I'm the half that doesn't get it? Lol
You decide what's real and what isn't on Pinkbike! Bob's your uncle kinda stuff.
  • + 1
 That poor GSD - they are not built for running about trails.
  • + 0
 This is not going to work. 28 Laser spokes on 29" wheels, that makes no sence...
  • + 0
 Piss on race face / Easton.. customer service is shit!! Not once or twice, every time!
  • + 1
 Wonder what Ezra thinks?
  • - 2
 Everything from RaceFace which include any bearings is shit. I had wheels RF,I had BB RF and their bearings are total shit
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