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Bontrager unveils ultra-lightweight Kovee XC MTB wheelset


Trek and its accessories operation Bontrager have unveiled a carbon XC mountain bike wheelset that weighs in under 1300g and aims to offer more speed and stability to cross country mountain bike racers. The all-new Kovee Triple X wheels are billed as ‘the perfect upgrade for racers seeking more speed on climbs, faster acceleration, and more stability in technical terrain.’

These OCLV Carbon hoops weigh only 1290g, and they feature a wide, 29mm inner rim width that delivers improved tyre support in order to run lower pressure for better traction, cornering, and a smoother, faster ride.

“We started with the team in mind, to give them every advantage with a light, fast wheel,” said Bontrager’s Wheel Product Director Graham Wilhelm. “At under 1300g, these wheels are crazy light – and you can feel that accelerating and climbing – but the wider profile is just as important. Compared to narrower rims, you can run less pressure for a smoother, faster ride that translates to carrying more speed through technical sections and faster race splits.”

Like all Bontrager Carbon wheels, the new Kovee Triple X wheels are backed by the Carbon Care Wheel Loyalty Program. ‘In the unlikely event that an original owner damages them within the first two years of ownership, Bontrager will repair or replace the wheels for free.’

The wheels can be setup tubeless using either rim tape or Bontrager’s proprietary rim strip system, both of which are included. Rim tape saves a little weight, while the Bontrager rim strips provide a solid bead lock with the tyre for setup and improved performance, especially at lower pressures.

The all-new Kovee Triple X wheels are positioned as an upgrade for any serious XC racer. They’re available in 29˝ with centre lock disc compatibility, DT Swiss 240s hub internals, and Boost 110/148 spacing for US$2399 MSRP exclusively online at trekbikes.com and through Trek’s global network of retailers.



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