Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/
At the 2009 Interbike, I was highly intrigued by the Australian rim maker Velocity P35 or Pacenti 35 rims. The ultra wide 35mm rim, is 22mm deep with an inside width of 29.5mm, and seemed ideal for fat tires and brutal All Mountain riding. The rim was co-designed by Kirk Pacenti, who is also well known for his development of the 650b wheel size for mountain bike use. The P35 is available in 26”, 650b, and 29” sizes, drilled with either 32 or 36 holes, and comes in black, silver, white, electric red (shown) and antifreeze green.
Velocity was kind enough to send along a set of the P35′s, which were built with their own hubs, and their brand new tubeless kit installed. They have been thoroughly tested on my Ibis Mojo, and recently the front has been used on my Yeti ASR 7.
Rim: Velocity P35
Size: 26 inch
Color: Electric Red
Front – Velocity ATB 20mm 32 hole black
Rear – Velocity ATB 32 hole black
Spokes: DT Competition 2.0/1.8
Spoke pattern: 3 cross
Nipples: brass silver 2.0
The rims came installed with their new Velotape (blue tape not yellow) which is specifically designed to convert P35 rims and wheelsets to a tubeless mode. You can also purchase a two tire kit for $24.99, which includes 10 meters of tape, and two tubeless valves with removable cores. I have installed the same sort of tape, and basically you apply the tape in the center of the rim, and slowly lay it down, keeping the roll of tape taut, with a strong enough pull to stretch it slightly, and push it down with your finger tip to adhere it to the cavity, until you cover the entire circumference plus a couple of extra inches. Then you pierce the valve hole, and insert the valve stem and tighten its nut down.