Interbike 2015: Reynolds Black Label wheels go hookless

Line-up also gets Industry Nine hubs and asymmetric rims

27.5 Interbike Wheels

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No that's not enduro blue, but these 27.5 Reynolds Black Label Enduro wheels are designed to take a pounding.

No that’s not enduro blue, but these 27.5 Reynolds Black Label Enduro wheels are designed to take a pounding (click to enlarge).

Utah-based carbon wheel maker Reynolds has given a “refresh” to its stealth-looking (and expensive) line-up of Black Label mountain bike wheels.

Gone are the DT Swiss 240 hubs. Now all the wheels are now being built around premium U.S. made Industry Nine hubs, and have new asymmetric, hookless MR5 carbon fiber rims. Reynolds claims the asymmetric rim design allows for more even spoke tension (spokes are the same length on drive and non-drive side), which means better durability and improved ride quality because there’s a longer path of impact dissipation.

The hookless design also comes with a durability story, and “was not done to cut manufacturing costs,” explained Reynolds sales rep Alex Whitney. “It’s more durable because there is no bend in the rim, which can make it easier to collapse. It’s also easier to install tires with hookless rims.”

Reynolds has gotten into the Plus game with this 40mm inner width rim that still only weighs 1625 grams.

Reynolds has gotten into the Plus game with this 40mm inner width rim that still only weighs 1625 grams (click to enlarge).

The line-up includes 27.5 and 29 Enduro ($2500 per set), 27.5 and 29 Trail ($2500), and 27.5 Plus ($2600). At 40mm wide, the new Plus offering “is in the middle of the road between what the European and U.S. markets are looking for,” added Whitney. “It’s also hookless and get the Industry Nine hubs, but stays symmetrical because of the width.”

All the wheels will come with end cap for QR and 15mm front/12×142 rear, and a center lock to 6-bolt adapter. One thing missing from this line-up is any kind of Boost hub spacing option. Whitney said it will be available via special request only from their Salt Lake City facility, but the details of how that program will work had yet to be finalized.

Available is set for December and if you dont like the colors, you’ll be able to order after market sticker kits (four options for each wheelset). Here are key stats on all the 2016 model year Black Label wheels.

Reynolds Black Label 27.5 Enduro
  • Depth: 29mm
  • Outer width: 34mm
  • Inner width: 28mm
  • Claimed weight: 1565g
  • Center lock rotor
  • Spokes: F28, R28
  • Rim type: Tubeless clincher
  • Hub: 3 degrees of engagement
  • Price: $2500
The 27.5 Trail wheels helped Bernard Kerr win the coveted King of Crankworx title this year in Whistler.

The 27.5 Trail wheels helped Bernard Kerr win the coveted King of Crankworx title this year in Whistler (click to enlarge).

Reynolds Black Label 27.5 Trail
  • Depth: 28mm
  • Outer width: 30mm
  • Inner width: 25mm
  • Claimed weight: 1525g
  • Center lock rotor
  • Spokes: F28, R28
  • Rim type: Tubeless clincher
  • Hub: 3 degrees of engagement
  • Price: $2500
At 1525 grams in a 27.5, the Reynolds Black Label Trail wheel is a pared down version of the Enduro wheel.

At 1525 grams in a 27.5, the Reynolds Black Label Trail wheel is a pared down version of the Enduro wheel (click to enlarge).

Reynolds Black Label 27.5 Plus
  • Depth: 24mm
  • Outer width: 45mm
  • Inner width: 40mm
  • Claimed weight: 1625g
  • Center lock rotor
  • Spokes: F28, R28
  • Rim type: Tubeless clincher
  • Hub: 3 degrees of engagement
  • Price: $2600
The made in the USA Industry Nine hubs are center lock with 3 degrees of engagement.

The made in the USA Industry Nine hubs are center lock with 3 degrees of engagement (click to enlarge).

Reynolds Black Label 29 Enduro
  • Depth: 29mm
  • Outer width: 34mm
  • Inner width: 28mm
  • Claimed weight: 1585g
  • Center lock rotor
  • Spokes: F28, R28
  • Rim type: Tubeless clincher
  • Hub: 3 degrees of engagement
  • Price: $2500
Reynolds Black Label 29 Trail
  • Depth: 28mm
  • Outer width: 30mm
  • Inner width: 25mm
  • Claimed weight: 1545g
  • Center lock rotor
  • Spokes: F28, R28
  • Rim type: Tubeless clincher
  • Hub: 3 degrees of engagement
  • Price: $2500

For more information visit www.reynoldscycling.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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