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    First look at the $1200 Specialized Carbon 29er Wheels.


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    really interested to hear how well these hold the bead

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    So Spesh have just gone and exploded the carbon wheel market, assuming they actually grip the tyres that is.

    If these make it to the UK at a sub 1000 price I'm having a set (direct conversion comes to 750-ish). Of course they won't, the way Spesh UK carries on I'll be surprised if they come in under 1200, but live in hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    really interested to hear how well these hold the bead
    Yes, and at lower than the stated minimum pressure of 25psi...

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    I might have the opportunity to buy a set of these as take offs. If they come on a bike will they have a 142+ hub that is defferent from these? Any way I could use them on a non 142+ bike?

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    Official UK price is 900 pounds. I do not think they fit a normal 142 as they are 2mm further outboard than normal. (I guess some frames will work) But they are the same width. Not sure if you can swap endcaps as with a complete bike you get none.

    I have a set on my epic and rode them first time today. Tubeless with Specalized fasttrak tyres. All good so far and would like to try tubeless with some Maxxis Ikons but waiting till more people have used them with tubeless with different tyres.

    Time will tell how good they are.

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    My understanding is that the 142+ wheels will only fit 142+ Specialized frames.

    You have to get the 135mm model for use on non-Specialized bikes. (The 135 model can easily be converted to 142x12 by swapping end caps.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOK View Post
    My understanding is that the 142+ wheels will only fit 142+ Specialized frames.
    IIRC 142+ uses a standard DT Swiss 142mm axle, so they will fit any frame with a 142mm through axle back end.

    The Plus part refers to the chain line, the hub body is slightly (3mm I think) wider so the chain line is 3mm to the right and the wheel has slightly less dish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobgfish View Post
    Time will tell how good they are.
    Does the bead have any kind of hook to it or is it as flat as it looks in the photos?

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    Interested in your ride reports. Price looks good, what kind of warranty on the rim itself?

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    Really really compelling deal considering the weight and the 240-ish rear hub. If tires stay seated these will be a huge hit.

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    I know, exactly. Itching to hear how these do...

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    Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects on the rims. Currently sold out at spesh.com anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Does the bead have any kind of hook to it or is it as flat as it looks in the photos?
    It is flat as can be!

    It's mounted and I'll ride it today at 20 psi.

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    awesome

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    Do these rims have a weight limit? Are they lightweight race-only wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    Do these rims have a weight limit? Are they lightweight race-only wheels?
    I think they're xc/trail/light all mountain wheels. 240 pound limit

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    So no pop at all when the tire seated ? The audio on the video cut off right when you started pumping.

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    Hopefully a game-changer

    The $2k+ brands can't be thrilled about this. Hopefully they'll have to bring their prices down to earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    So no pop at all when the tire seated ? The audio on the video cut off right when you started pumping.
    Yeah, that was a bit of a bummer. I'm gonna 'guess' that there would be a pop. I would think that has more to do with the tire snapping into place evenly than it does with there being a hook, but what do I know?

    I was figuring the sound went out to mute the explatives! LOL!

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    Nice!...want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    It is flat as can be!

    It's mounted and I'll ride it today at 20 psi.

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    That is sincerely frightening!

    How do they stop the bead pulling off when you get a good side load on it? I've seen people rip tyres right off the rim with a good sideways landing, not having any kind of bead hook seems counter-intuitive to me.

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    I'm really hoping that he has good news and then decides to go even lower with the pressure with good results again... Love a set of these if so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    That is sincerely frightening!

    How do they stop the bead pulling off when you get a good side load on it? I've seen people rip tires right off the rim with a good sideways landing, not having any kind of bead hook seems counter-intuitive to me.
    When No Tubes launched the Crest (followed by the Arch EX and the Flow EX) I was shocked by the tiny bead hook. The seat area (the corner that the tire sits in) is raised up so much that it SNAPS on super tight. I ran EX rims all summer at the enduro/ SD races with low pressure and hard cornering (for me at least) and had no issues. I pinched through 4 tires, EXO and Snake skin casings without damaging the hook. My guess is Spec took this shape to the next level.

    As mentioned in the vid, motorsports don't use a hook to hold the tires on. Obviously MX uses a bed lock. not sure about others.
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    has a lot to do with tire pressure
    mx needs a bead lock because they run low pressures

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