Stan’s NoTubes has introduced what is being billed as its 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 classic Podium and Valor wheelsets. During testing this summer, the Podium SRD wheelset has already won the grueling BC Bike Race and the US Marathon National Championships.
The all new rim shape of the Podium SRDs features a 23mm internal width and lower profile sidewalls that when combined with a new carbon layup process, creates a sub-1,300g 29er wheelset with ‘outstanding acceleration and impact absorbing ability’. According to the company, the rim shape of the Podium SRD represents the next stage of Stan’s Radial Impact Absorbing Carbon Technology (RiACT).
Although the 300g Podium SRD rim is the lightest carbon rim that Stan’s has ever made, the company adds that it’s every bit as strong as Stan’s acclaimed Valor and 15% stiffer laterally, thanks in big part to the evolution of Stan’s impact absorbing technology. The new RiACT rim shape and lay-up is able to reportedly able to deflect radially 11% more than the Valor, which translates into fewer pinch flats, added durability and less rolling resistance.
Podium SRD wheelsets are laced with Sapim’s Laser ultralight spokes and Sapim Secure Lock alloy nipples. They include Stan’s Neo Ultimate hubs with an updated Speedsync freehub. Three bearings spaced for superior durability and six pawls engaging in sets of three help to ensure the Speedsync’s long life and ‘near-instantaneous five-degree engagement’.
Podium SRD wheelsets will be assembled at Stan’s New York facility and will be available in 29” wheel size for both standard and Boost axle configurations, with additional configurations (such as Cannondale Lefty). Buyers may customize decal colour and specify Shimano or SRAM XD freehubs.
The Podium SRD wheelset will be available in early September 2017 for US$1,995 MSRP. It comes with a double wheel bag.
New wheelsets added to MK3 family
Stan’s NoTubes has also added three new rims and wheelsets to its premium aluminium MK3 product line. The Sentry MK3, Baron MK3 and Major MK3 offer wider rim shapes designed for 2.5” to 3.5” tyres. Based on Stan’s WideRight sizing concept that matches rim width to tyre width for optimal speed and traction, the wider MK3 rims bring Stan’s patented Bead Socket tubeless technology to Plus tyres.
Like the popular Crest MK3, Arch MK3 and Flow MK3 models introduced last year, the new designs will be constructed of 6069 series aluminium 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 perfect rim width for every rider’s favourite tyre size’.
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, and the simultaneous six-pawl engagement system is positioned as being fast and reliable.
The 32mm internal width of the Sentry MK3 bridges the gap between wide trail and Plus tyres, providing more stability for 2.5” to 3.0” tyres without adding unnecessary weight or distorting tyre shape.
The Baron MK3’s 35mm internal width is aimed at being ideal for most Plus tyres, making it versatile enough for everyday trail riding and fully loaded bikepacking adventures. The Major MK3’s 38mm internal width brings Stan’s patented tubeless technology to the largest Plus tyres ‘for big tyres and big miles’.
Stan’s patented Bead Socket Technology (BST) features low-profile sidewalls that allow every tyre to expand to its full shape, meaning each of these new MK3 rims rides as if it were slightly wider. Stan’s BST rim shapes do not restrict the tyre, allowing it to distribute its volume more effectively for 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. The suggested retail price of each wheelset is US$699, and they will be offered in both stock and custom configurations, allowing for a wider range of axle types and seven colours.