In the flurry of tradeshow season, Stan’s NoTubes has introduced their lightest and most advanced carbon racing wheelset, the Podium SRD. As the first wheelset to be released as part of the Stan’s Racing Development line of products, the Podium SRD builds on the racing heritage of Stan’s Podium and Valor wheelsets.
The new rim shape of the Podium SRDs has a 23mm internal width and lower profile sidewalls that when combined with a new carbon layup process, creates a sub-1300g 29er wheelset with claims of outstanding acceleration and impact absorbing ability. The rim shape of the Podium SRD represents further development of Stan’s radial impact absorbing carbon technology.
Although the 300g Podium SRD rim is the lightest carbon rim that Stan’s has made, it’s claimed to be every bit as strong as Stan’s Valor and 15% stiffer laterally, thanks in part to the new impact absorbing technology. The new rim shape and lay up is able to deflect radially 11% more than the Valor, which translates to fewer pinch flats, added durability, and lower rolling resistance.
Podium SRD wheelsets are laced with Sapim’s Laser spokes and Sapim Secure Lock alloy nipples. They include Stan’s Neo Ultimate hubs with updated Speedsync freehub. Three bearings spaced for improved durability and six pawls engaging in sets of three improve hub durability and engagement.
Podium SRD wheelsets will be assembled at Stan’s New York facility and will be available in 29er wheel size for both standard and boost axle configurations, with additional configurations (such as Cannondale Lefty). Buyers may customize decal color and specify Shimano or SRAM XD freehubs. The Podium SRD wheelset will be available this month for $1995 and come with a double wheel bag.
New Alloy Wheelsets Added to MK3 Family
Stan’s has also added three new rims and wheelsets to their aluminum MK3 product line. The Sentry MK3, Baron MK3 and Major MK3 offer wider rim shapes designed for 2.5-3.5 tires. Based on Stan’s WideRight sizing concept that matches rim width to tire width for optimal speed and traction, the wider MK3 rims bring Stan’s patented Bead Socket tubeless technology to plus tires.
Like the Crest MK3, Arch MK3 and Flow MK3 models introduced last year, the new designs will be constructed of 6069 series aluminum and will be available as both rims only and complete wheelsets. With the addition of these three models, Stan’s MK3 series joins the more affordable S1 series in offering six different rim widths, ensuring the right rim width for most tire sizes.
All MK3 wheelsets include Sapim Force spokes, Sapim Secure Lock nipples and CNC machined Stan’s Neo hubs with updated Durasync freehubs. Three stainless steel bearings in the Durasync freehub are spaced wide for improved stability and longer life.
The 32mm internal width of the Sentry MK3 is intended to bridge the gap between wide trail and plus tires, providing more stability for 2.5-3.0 tires without adding unnecessary weight or distorting tire shape.
The Baron MK3’s 35mm internal width is best for most plus tires, making it versatile enough for everyday trail riding and fully loaded bikepacking adventures. Cornering stability and traction are the Baron’s trademarks. The Major MK3’s 38mm internal width brings Stan’s patented tubeless technology to the largest plus tires.
Stan’s patented Bead Socket Technology (BST) features low-profile sidewalls that allow tires to expand to their full shape, meaning each of these new MK3 rims rides as if it were slightly wider, claims the company. Stan’s BST rim shapes do not restrict the tire, allowing it to distribute its volume more effectively for better handling and control.
Sentry MK3 and Baron MK3 rims and wheelsets will be available in early September 2017, with Major MK3 rims and wheelsets coming in December 2017. Suggested retail price of each wheelset is $699, and they will be offered in both stock and custom configurations, allowing for a wider range of axle types and seven colors.
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