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While many of the performance mountain bike rims on the market utilize a double wall construction to improve strength and durability off road, as well as increase stiffness, that design is not necessarily the best for fat or plus sized wheels.
Conventional rims blown up to fat dimensions would be extremely heavy and would leave more surface area exposed to impact. Enter Atomik, which claims to have created a carbon fiber rim that can withstand high stress and high impacts.
Atomik’s solution is a single wall carbon rim that is wrapped around an aerospace foam core. The foam is molded into the structure, creating a pseudo-semi wall rim that boasts increased strength, energy dissipation and stiffness while adding additional damping characteristics. The rim itself is skinned with a blended 12k carbon fiber weave that is claimed to be impact resistant and lends additional protection and strength.
This design results in a low profile rim that helps reduce damage from trail debris and reduce snow and mud build-up on a wheel when riding in nasty conditions.
This technology is now available in Atomik’s Phatty 85, which fits tires up to 4.8”, and the Chubby 43 which will accept up to 3.25” tires. The fat bike rims are available as a 26” only and have a 77mm inner depth. Each rim weighs 570g and a set will set you back $1,250. Prices for a complete with DT 350 hubs starts at $1,825.
The plus version is only available as a 27.5”, but Atomik claims it will fit on most existing 27.5 and 29er frames. Price for a set is $1,070 and complete wheelsets begin at $1,650.
For more information visit atomikcarbon.com.