Velocity P35 Review

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Bottom Line
The Velocity P35 rims are stable, rigid, ultra wide, with a large footprint, which makes any tire have better traction, control and comfort. It is highly suggested to use fat tires due to the tire flare out. The stability and width allow you to blast through most anything, and ignore your line, which is a good thing, since quick steering changes are more difficult. It takes some initiative to roll them over on their sides, but once there they are rail masters. Their new tubeless Velotape system worked just fine, and will allow a plethora of tires to be run in a tubeless mode. The Velocity wheel build was a surprise, and was strong, durable, smooth and remained true.

The P35 rims are uber wide monster!

Strengths
- Stable
- Massive width
- Strong
- Tubeless via Velotape
- Large footprint for tires

Weaknesses
- Lack of front hub adapters
- Heavy hubs
- Takes initiative to roll over to sides

MSRP: Rims $99, Wheels $600

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Velocity P35 Company Specs:
Outside Width: 35mm
Inside Width: 29.5mm
Depth: 22mm
Weight: 29” 595 grams, 650b 570 grams, 26” 535 grams
BSD: 29″ 622, 650b 584, 26″ 559
ERD: 29″ 598, 650b 560.5, 26″ 536
Drillings: 32h, 36h (28h for 26″ only)
url: http://www.velocityusa.com/default.asp?contentID=715

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Barnaby Bear says:

    Isn’t the \lack of precise steering qualities\ directly related to the fact that they are \stable, rigid, ultra wide, with a large footprint, which makes any tire have better traction, control and comfort\?

    It seems to me that the two are intimately related. In other words, the fact that the tire is wider and more difficult to roll over is exactly why one would get the impression that that wheel didn’t handle precisely.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Yes, to a degree they do correlate, I wanted to point out the steering issue, I have ridden some other wide rims that had slightly better steering, but there seems to be some other synergy going on (rim shape, spokes, hubs, ?) that makes it more anomalous.

  • Book Guy says:

    Are these the 650b version?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I tested the 26er version. They do come in 26, 650b and 29. I am trying to set up a front test with the 650b.

  • Tit Janssen says:

    Softest rim I have ever ridden. 29er version. Just about every ride I am having to beat the lip of the rim back out. And when they do get dinged or bent the ano flakes off. I’m running 2.4 Nevegals so you would think that would keep them some what protected. Laced them to a set of Kings. Now begins he rebuild. These rims have been a big disappointment.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Hmmm, sorry to hear that, I never had the issue, they are painted not anodized (as far as I know), and they do seem to scratch and gouge easily. What sort of pressure are you running? I run 25psi myself.

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