Schmolke Carbon, a pioneer in the application of modern composites to bicycle component manufacturing, continues their legacy with the introduction of their SL and TLO series of carbon road rims. As a boutique custom manufacturer, new product releases for this company are quite rare. We can rest assured that any item stamped with the Schmolke brand has been thoroughly vetted through their obsessive design and testing processes. As their first machine-built product, Schmolke's carbon rims were given an additional measure of caution in design and production to ensure that they match the high standards of quality present in their handmade seatposts and handlebars. The result of Schmolke's hard work is a superior carbon rim with a surprisingly competitive price point.
TLO 45 Tubular
The TLO 45 is a medium depth aerodynamic rim, designed for the rolleurs - stronger riders who need their wheels to accelerate quickly, cut through the wind, and fly up the mountains. These 45mm deep tubular rims take a minimal weight penalty over their super light 30mm counterparts, in exchange for increased lateral stiffness and an improved aerodynamic profile. The TLO 45 boasts a weight 20-50 grams lighter than comparable rims from other manufacturers, but with an attractive price tag. Designed specifically for glued-on tubular tires, the TLO 45 has a cross section ideal for 21-23mm wide tires, and is equipped with a seam channel to aid tire alignment and improve adhesion. Each rim includes rim washers that reduce friction at the nipple/rim interface while spreading load from spoke tension to increase longevity of the built wheel.
Understanding the shortcomings of carbon fiber wheels on rim brake bicycles, Schmolke has paid extra attention to friction-related heat resistance. Using state-of-the-art resin in their molding process, Schmolke can claim an impressive glass transition point of 230ºC (446ºF). For riding steep, winding descents - and for heavier riders especially, this feature adds an invaluable safety component.
TLO 45 rims feature an elegant matte finish over a carbon weave, with Team Edition white and red printed logos.
Schmolke rims are manufactured in Germany, and are covered under a 2 year warranty with a Crash Replacement option. Schmolke TLO rims carry a rider weight limit of 105kg (230 lbs).
We recommend that wheels built with Schmolke rims be assembled by an experienced wheelbuilder. We are happy to provide this service, and can provide helpful suggestions in hub and spoke selections; feel free to contact us directly.
|Rider Weight Limit||105 kg(230 lbs)|