SRAM RISE 60 29in wheels review£1,592.00

Tougher than average cross-country rollers

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These lightweight carbon hoops are designed for serious cross-country racers and gentler trail riders. Tipping our scales at 1,457g, they certainly tick the lightness box.

They’re stouter than many XC wheels, and almost as stiff as some alloy trail hoops. The rims are made from unidirectional carbon, layered so as to add strength where it’s needed most.

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The spoke bed is offset to even up the spoke angle and increase stiffness further. This means a single spoke length is used throughout the wheelset, making replacement easier.

We measured the inner rim width to be closer to 20mm than the claimed 21mm. This means larger tyres (2.2in+) roll around on the rim with little encouragement unless you up the air pressure, reducing traction.

Stiffness is fairly impressive for such lightweight hoops, but when pushed hard – harder than you’d dare push most XC wheels – we did manage to buzz the rear tread on the chainstays. Low weight combined with rapid (6.9-degree) engagement boosts acceleration.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Seb Stott

Technical writer, Tech hub, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
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