The advantages of carbon rims are well-known by now: They are light, they are stiff, and they can be built to be nearly indestructible. But with this new trail-riding wheel, we also focused on ride quality. There is such a thing as too stiff, and the XA Elite was developed over time to find the perfect balance that also includes just enough vertical compliance to smooth out the ride quality and optimize tire performance. It all starts with the layup of the carbon fiber itself. We went through several iterations to arrive at the perfect formula, as deemed by our experienced test riders.
The rims have an asymmetric shape and are 30mm wide, perfect for getting the most out of just about any trail riding tire. We use 24 straight-pull spokes to further dial in the spot between lateral stiffness and vertical compliance. The hubs feature our new ID 360 freewheel for durability and fast engagement. They are set up for 6-Bolt discs and compatible with all current axle standards, including Standard and Boost spacing.
Lightweight feel (1650g) for fast climbing and agility on the trail
- Full-carbon rim delivers quick acceleration and a responsive feel.
Better traction and control, plus a reduced risk of punctures
- 30mm internal width rims are optimized for larger trail tires.
- Hookless rim profile reduces tire burbs and creates stronger rim.
More control, more confidence on the trail
- Laterally stiff with just enough vertical compliance
- Two-cross spoke pattern on the front and rear creates a smooth, comfortable ride quality.
Going tubeless allows you to run lower tire pressures without the added weight of a tube. Lower tire pressure has many benefits, including greater traction, lower rolling resistance over rough surfaces, and decreased risk of a puncture-related flat.
Tubeless-ready rims and tires are parts of a complete system that eliminate the need for tubes by creating an airtight chamber between the rim and tire. Liquid sealant is added to the chamber to fill small punctures and maintain air pressure while you ride.
UST (Universal Standard for Tubeless) is a specific type of tubeless system that dictates the shape of the rim and tire beads. UST rims should be paired with UST-specific tires for best results.
|XA Elite Carbon, Hookless profile, UST Tubeless
|Disc IS 6-bolt
|Aluminum body, QRM Auto bearings, Instant Drive 360 freewheel
|Steel, straight pull, round
|Inner Rim Width
|Outer Rim Width
|Tubeless rim tape, Multifunction adjustment wrench, UST valve and accessories, User guide
* Subject to change without notice.
|148 x 12mm / Shimano/SRAM / Black / 29-inch