SRAM has been busy developing a whole new line of wheels and we’re pleased to announce the launch of their Rise 60 wheels. These are XC/Trail wheels that feature a carbon, hookless rim with 21mm internal width. Weight is 1390 grams for a pair of 27.5 wheels and 1430 grams for the 29er version. MSRP is $1990 a pair for either wheel size. 1×11 XD Driver or 1×10 standard cassette versions are available at the same price. The tubeless kit and all the popular axle end caps are included with the wheelset.
The big news here is SRAM is going with a hookless rim profile now. This increases strength and reduces manufacturing cost for the rim. An in our experience, performance is not compromised as hookless wheel and tire hold pressure just as well as hooked rim systems as long as the tire is tubeless or tubeless ready with the proper tire bead diameter.
What does SRAM know about wheels?
This is a valid question and they know a lot actually. They’ve built an engineering team based in Colorado Springs, CO and they are entirely dedicated to developing excellent wheelsets at many different price points. In their first efforts in 2012, the wheels weren’t quite dialed but they’ve learned a lot since then. Their design directive is ‘balance’ since they want the rim, spokes, hub and wheel build to be tuned around the type of riding the wheel is designed for.
We’ve tested their Roam 30 and Roam 60 wheels for the past year we’ve found no weaknesses so far. Ride quality has been A+ and reliability has not been an issue. Of course we’ve wished for a lighter wheel sometimes and it looks like the Rise 60s fit the bill.
Is the rim wide?
Instead of 18mm internal width, it is now 21 mm. And with a hookless rim, it may measure out wider than that. But it is nowhere near a 30mm internal rim width, which seems to be all the rage these days. SRAM is looking in to the real physics and effects on tire traction with all these wide rims and may offer products in the future if they see an advantage.
So far we’re happy to see a serious player in the wheel arena and we like that they’re producing good wheels at many different price points.