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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Carbon MTB wheels from Bontrager!

    No weights yet, but claimed to be lighter than the Race X Lite wheels.
    If these are under 1700g and can be used via Brontragers UST ot a VERY good Tubeless System, then I think I am getting new wheels!!! -
    Wheel guru Keith Bontrager is known to be a huge fan of carbon fiber as a rim material for road bikes, so these pics of proto mountain bike wheels with carbon rims aren't entirely surprising. But for anyone looking to lose some weight off a racing mountain bike, they're still pretty exciting!

    Details are currently sparse, but according to Gary Fisher team mechanic Ben Coates, they're significantly lighter than Bontrager's current aluminium-rimmed wheels (and Bontrager's Race X Lite MTB wheels are already some of the lightest available); and they're stiffer. The spokes used in these wheels are thicker than usual for Bontrager's lightest wheels, Coates said, and the wheels still end up lighter. Bring on the version with 14/17 spokes! <table align="right"> <caption class="small" align="bottom"> </caption> <tbody><tr> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Close examination of the pics points up a few other details. These will be disc-only rims, which makes perfect sense for carbon rims on mountain bikes, given the marginal braking of carbon wheels on road bikes - with no braking surface nobody will be tempted to build these rims into wheels for a rim-braked bike. The hubs appear to be DT Swiss units (probably 240s) with Center Lock spline, like the current Race X Lite. These wheels are using DT's adapater that mounts a six-hole rotor on a Center Lock hub, however.

    There's no word as to whether these wheels will work with UST tubeless tyres or Bontrager's 'Tubeless ready' sealant system, but given Keith Bontrager's liking for tubeless tyres, we'd be surprised if they're not.

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    Looks like relabeled Token carbon mtb wheels
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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janman
    Looks like relabeled Token carbon mtb wheels
    why, because they are round, have hubs, have spokes, and have carbon rims?

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    Wow those things are dead sexy.

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    sexy yes, but just like supermodels, they might break if you hit them over the head (rim) with a rock

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