Rolf Prima adds plus sized carbon and new alloy wheels

Handbuilt paired-spoke wheelsets from Oregon with a pedigree for speed

Plus Sea Otter Classic Wheels

2016 Sea Otter Classic

The 40mm internal width tubeless ready, carbon rim features a lightweight paired spoke design.

The 40mm internal width tubeless ready, carbon Alsea+ wheel features a lightweight paired spoke design.

Oregon-based Rolf Prima has long been a respected player in the boutique road and triathlon wheel. Lance Armstrong played a big part in establishing some fame for the unique paired-spoke look that these handbuilt wheels are known for. And it’s that paired spoke patent that Rolf owns and licensed once licensed to Bontrager. Since 2012, Rolf has moved their unique wheel engineering into the mountain bike sector.

The Alsea+ ($2399) and Alsea XR+ ($1799) are the company’s first foray into the burgeoning plus bike market arena.

The Alsea+ ($2399) and Alsea XR+ ($1799) are the company’s first foray into the burgeoning plus bike market arena.

At the Sea Otter Classic, Rolf has unveiled two new models. The Alsea+ ($2399) and Alsea XR+ ($1799) are the company’s first foray into the burgeoning plus bike market arena. The 40mm internal width tubeless ready, carbon rim features a lightweight paired spoke design. Claimed weight is an impressive 1645 grams. The Alsea+ comes with White Industries XST hubs, while the XR use a Rolf house brand hub. And while the look is not exactly something that comes to mind when thinking rugged MTB wheelsets, the technology has a proven track record. We’re excited to give them a rip.

Both wheelsets feature 135/145mm and 148mm Boost compatible rear hub spacing.

Both wheelsets feature 135/145mm and 148mm Boost compatible rear hub spacing.

Meanwhile, the Ralos Mark5 ($1099) is an aluminum rimmed lightweight, tubeless ready XC wheelset that’s hand built in Oregon and measures 22mm wide internal. This model comes in either 27.5 or 29, weighing 1510 grams and 1550 grams respectively. Both wheelsets feature 135/145mm and 148mm Boost compatible rear hub spacing.

For more information visit www.rolfprima.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.


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