This exciting gravel-specific wheelset was curated by Fair Wheel Bikes for its excellent balance of features, including their low overall weight, durability, and affordability. When the roads less travelled call, having a dependable, purpose-driven wheelset provides confidence in the ride while allowing you to focus on the adventure of the backcountry. The graduation to a carbon rim for gravel and light off-road riding is justified on several levels. The material itself provides both stiffness and a measure of vibration-dampening, resulting in increased control and some added comfort. Relative to their aluminum counterparts, carbon rims can be built wider with less weight penalty. Wider rims increase the functional air volume of tires, allowing you to run lower pressures with less risk of pinch flats and better cornering response - all pertinent concerns off the pavement, where traction is significantly reduced. The low sub-1400 gram weight of this wheelset yields quicker accelerations and improved climbing performance, since the back roads are rarely consistently straight or flat.
The FSE / Carbon-Ti Gravel wheelset is offered in three different spoke count options to please all types of riders. Generally, the low 24/24 count option is intended for lighter riders, and the high spoke count option is for heavier riders. Though it's not quite that simple, and relative strength of the rider should be considered. A higher spoke count (in the rear wheel especially) can benefit strong, punchy riders with increased lateral torsional stiffness for better response under hard efforts.
FSE EVO Carbon Gravel Disc Rims
These exciting lightweight gravel-specific carbon rims are designed to tackle urban jungles, rough backcountry, and everything in between. With an impressive 30mm overall width, the FSE EVO Gravel is designed to fit just about any tire size between traditional 700c road and 29" mountain. The modern hookless sidewall and bead-lock rim bed is optimized for modern tubeless tires, allowing lower tire pressures and less worry of punctures and pinch flats. This rim's 40mm depth strikes a nice balance between stiffness and compliance for confident handling and all-day comfort for epic adventures. For most gravel applications, we recommend a tire between 35 and 40mm wide. For smoother roads, a tire as narrow as 30mm may be used. If rougher roads are on the horizon, tires up to 50mm in width may be used to allow lower pressure for even greater comfort and traction.
Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP Disc Hubs
The X-Hub SP Disc Hubset from Carbon-Ti, designed for straight-pull spokes, is unquestionably an excellent example of their design and machining prowess. Featuring an ingenious tool-free bearing preload adjustment system, the X-Hub SP can be adjusted to perfection in seconds by simply turning the clever adjustment cone and tightening the set screw. Expertly machined from 7075 T-6 aluminum, the X-Hub is both lightweight and robust, two huge necessities for gram-conscious riders who often find themselves pushing their components to the limits. The rear hub is equipped with a durable 56 tooth driver for quick engagement, with options for Shimano or Sram XD drivers. These hubs are compatible with standard ISO 6-bolt brake rotors.
Sapim CX-Ray Spokes
Sapim CX-Rays have been our first choice in spoke for high end custom wheels for several reasons. They have an excellent reputation when it comes to longevity, are some of the lightest available without compromises on affordability or fatigue life, have an incredibly stringent quality control process, and a notably long fatigue life. As a straight-pull spoke, the CX-Ray SP is less prone to the premature fatigue failures often seen in classic J-bend spokes, and gives the wheel a unique look that we find quite appealing. We selected sleek black spokes because they pair so well with the black hub and understated FSE 3K carbon weave rims.
The CX-Ray spokes are paired with Sapim's Secure-Lock nipples to ensure that even over the roughest terrain, your spokes remain tensioned and your wheels remain true.
If you're looking for a custom version of this wheelset or want to discuss if this is the right set of wheels for you we are happy to talk. Please contact us directly for inquiries.
|Weights||Maximum Rider Weight|
|24/24 spoke||1335 grams||200 lbs (90 kg)|
|24/28 spoke||1355 grams||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|28/28 spoke||1375 grams||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Front Hub||Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP 6-bolt Front Disc Hub(TA 12x100)|
Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP Centerlock Front Disc Hub (TA 12x100)
|Rear Hub||Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP 6-bolt Front Disc Hub (TA 12x142)|
Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP Centerlock Rear Disc Hub (TA 12x142)
|Spokes||Sapim CX-Ray Straight Pull Spokes - Black|
|Nipples||Sapim Polyax Hexagonal Secure Lock Aluminum Nipples|
|Rims||FSE EVO Carbon Gravel Disc Rims|