Ritchey Vantage II 29er Carbon Wheelset

29er Video Wheels

Sean Coffey from Ritchey Design gives us a first look at the first carbon 29er wheelset from Ritchey, the Vantage II. Tubeless ready and weighing in at just 1,537g, this new for 2012 wheelset features carbon monocoque frame construction, WCS hubs, and DT spokes.

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Ritchey Vantage II

  • New for 2012
  • Carbon monocoque frame construction (only 2 manufacturers in the world use this rim)
  • Bladderless molded rim
  • Stronger, lighter, more durable rim
  • Ritchey WCS hubs – 6 pawl 12 point engagement micro clutch
  • Shimano compatible rotor system
  • DT spokes
  • Stan’s tubeless compatible
  • Weighs 1,537g – very light for a 29er wheel
  • 21.5mm rim width
  • $1999.95

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. Turning his insatiable passion of road biking from a hobby into a career, Thien joined RoadBikeReview in 2007 as Site Manager. A native of Calfornia, Thien enjoys the year round riding and great climbs the Bay Area offers. When not riding or putting products through their paces, he enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • Varaxis says:

    I’m guessing Roval is the other mfg with this rim.

    I hear Reynolds is coming out with a carbon rimmed wheel that’s going to be really affordable (1k range).

    I’m glad to see this end of the market with more competition. Wheels are 2nd or 3rd in the list of important parts on a bike, behind frame and suspension. Carbon rims are the future must have for high performance bikes, IMO.

    I would like to see more sophistication/innovation in this section of the market. I’m not gonna whine about “new standards” if they go tubular or some other tubeless format, or with a new freehub spline design, or more integration such as a cassette+freehub-in-one design, as long as there’s overall improvements in this area that make it worthy to upgrade over heavier, flimsier, and/or weaker designs. Would be impressive to see some wheels with Easton’s warranty, but extended out to 2-3 years or so. I want to see marketing start smacking around numbers like BSD, inner rim width, outer rim taper angle (I know a few who hate having the outside of their rims dinged), flange width, height, and maybe even effective triangular area. Maybe start promoting asym spoke holes, nipples that are inline with the spoke, how much of a “drop channel” there is for ease of tire installation/removal without tools, spoke tension, etc.

  • PAmtbiker says:

    Adding to the above list:

    - Phasing out the quick release as the standard method of wheel securement. QR is fine for road bikes, but I see little disadvantage to moving to 15mm thru-axle on XC bikes and 20mm thru-axle on “bigger” bikes (or 20mm on everything) and Syntace X12 rear axles (with greater center to flange spacing on the hubs, much like the Specialized 142+ system. If we are giving ourselves 7mm more space to work with, we might as well use it).

  • yogi says:

    Since when is almost 1550 grams pretty dange light for 29′r rims? With all that bling and price, i figured 1350 grams easy…….

  • hardmtnbiker says:

    It seems that all the carbon wheelsets are only sold as completes. What if you want to transfer your hubset or spec your own build with better hubs? If you spending over $1000 you should have choices.

  • professed says:

    Agree with Yogi, nothing special weight wise (what is rim weight?) And silly expensive. They had better be super stiff and strong to earn their keep

  • mac says:

    12 point engagement ? really ?

  • YP says:

    Mac, they mean 12 points of pawl engagement like the American Classic hubs. there are 6 pawls with 2 ratchet contacts per pawl, so at any one time there are 12 contact points….not the same as POE per rotation although they really should differentiate and give that info as well.

  • WerxRAcing says:

    Well the WTB LaserDisc Trail on my Fuji Tahoe 1.0 29er mountain bike is 1170 grams for the rear, rim alone is 595grams. Oh & can get them for a nice price. 350 to 500 a set. Now is that is total weight of both wheels then that may mean 650 to 700 gram saving???? but still high price then.

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