Stan's releases new Avion R Pro wheels

Wide, light and tubeless carbon hoops made for rim brakes

Stan's NoTubes has introduced the rim brake cousin to its Avion Pro wheels, the Avion R Pro wheels. The new Avion R wheels delete the disc compatible hub and add a high-temperature brake track for rim brake use.

The 21.6mm internal rim width is claimed to provide superior cornering and decreased rolling resistance with wider road tires
The 21.6mm internal rim width is claimed to provide superior cornering and decreased rolling resistance with wider road tires

Stan's Avion R Pro wheelset specs

  • Carbon rims
  • 41mm rim depth
  • 21.6mm internal rim width 
  • Pre-taped for tubeless set up
  • Neo R Ultimate Speedsync hubs
  • Sapim CX Ray, 18 front, 24 rear spokes
  • Avion R All Weather Blue Compound brake pads included
  • 55mm tubeless valves included
  • 1,455 grams (pair)
  • £1,900 / $2,249 / AU$TBD
  • Available now

For wider tires

The Avion R Pro rims utilize Stan's BST-R rim shape so they are claimed to work well with both narrow road and wider gravel tires. The rims are compatible with lower pressure, tubeless-ready tires, as well as with tubes. 

A wide range of tire pressures is claimed to be capable. 25mm and 28mm tubeless road tires can be pumped up to 115 psi (7.9 bar), while higher volume 32mm to 50mm wide tires are said to be still useable at pressures below 45 psi (3.1 bar). 

The rims are compatible with standard road tubes at pressures up to 115 psi as well.

The ride

In contrast to some carbon rims which can provide an overly harsh, ultra-stiff ride, Stan’s Radial Impact Absorbing Carbon Technology claims that its rim shape and special lay-up process delivers a ride that’s supposed to feel laterally stiff, while still absorbing radial road vibrations. 

Stan’s new Avion R Pro wheels add a high-temperature brake track said to deliver consistent and predictable braking
Stan’s new Avion R Pro wheels add a high-temperature brake track said to deliver consistent and predictable braking

Cynthia Frazier of the VeloClassic/Stan’s road team says: “We get the best of both worlds with a Stan's NoTubes tubeless-ready rim and an aggressive carbon profile. We can rail corners in a high speed professional crit and tackle gnarly gravel sectors in the local road race on the Avion wheels with confidence and style.”

The hubs

Avion R Pro wheelsets roll on Stan’s new Neo R Ultimate Speedsync hubs. The rear hub has a five-degree engagement along with updated bearing positions that are claimed to minimize axle stress and spin better.

The Avion R Pro wheelset features Stan's Neo R Ultimate Speedsync hub, which is available in both Shimano or Campagnolo freehubs
The Avion R Pro wheelset features Stan's Neo R Ultimate Speedsync hub, which is available in both Shimano or Campagnolo freehubs

Freehubs are available to fit both Shimano and Campagnolo cassettes. 

Ready to roll

Everything except tires and tubes or sealant is included with the wheels. They're ready to be run tubeless with Stan’s yellow rim tape and 55mm tubeless valves are already installed. 

Brake pads are included as well with a set of Stan’s Avion R All Weather Blue Compound brake pads. The wheels are also compatible with Swiss Stop Black Prince and Flash Pro Platinum brake pads. 

Quick-release skewers are included. No thru-axle options are available as the Neo R hubs are road specific to minimize weight as much as possible.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
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