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Gone Crazy for Carbon - Bontrager Carbon Mountain Bike Wheels


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Looking at the latest bikes and component offerings from the bike industry today, you'd think that carbon fiber grew on trees. Everything mountain and road from frames, cranks, chainrings, saddles, brakes, derailleurs, wheels, trainers, toilet seats, and ballcocks (hey, I found it on a cycling site) are carbon fiber. It's all about loosing weight, gaining stiffness, and making your riding buddy jealous as hell. Bontrager has been testing a 26" prototype set of carbon fiber wheels on Gary Fisher 'Race Day' bikes at Sea Otter. From cyclingnews.com, these prototype wheels are disc-only and tubeless. No suggestion as to the weight of these wheels, but if they are anything like their roadbike brothers (XXX) these will definitely be lighter than anything currently available for mountain bikes. I suspect the 29er crowd need not feel left out very soon. With Trek/GF/Bontrager so gung-ho about 29ers, I can't imagine they not offer a 29" version.

This wouldn't be the first time carbon wheels have been introduced to the mountain bike scene. We all remember Spin wheels and Spinergy Rev X Roks wheels. Reynolds also showed off a set of
carbon tubular wheels at Interbike recently, as did Cane Creek.

Time to read my bike mag on my new carbon fiber toilet seat...

Related articles:
Sea Otter Classic: Gary Fisher Race Day... (cyclingnews.com)


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