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After launching in 2016, spēd Precision has been on a quest for the perfect wheel. To founder Colin Esquibel, that means more than just using your own unique rims. spēd Precision wheels are designed as a system, which is why they aren’t sold as rim or hub only. But if you’re shooting for the perfect wheel for Trail or All Mountain applications, these days you’d better have an option for 29″ wheels.

IB17: Spotted - spēd Precision Maul grows into 29" Trail/All Mountain carbon wheel

For their initial launch, the only 29″ option for spēd came in the form of their Sparth XC wheelset, but based on what we saw at Interbike, that’s about to change. Simply called the Maul 29, spēd is building in the same vertical compliance and lateral rigidity that their other wheels are known for, but in a completely new design for 29″ trail and enduro bikes.

IB17: Spotted - spēd Precision Maul grows into 29" Trail/All Mountain carbon wheel

According to Colin, it’s important to note that you can’t make a wheel that rides the same by just taking the same profile and rolling it into a 29″ hoop. To get to the final design, it required reworking the layups and proportionally increasing dimensions like the width and height which ends up 1.5mm wider and 2.5mm taller than the 27.5″ Trail rim.

IB17: Spotted - spēd Precision Maul grows into 29" Trail/All Mountain carbon wheel IB17: Spotted - spēd Precision Maul grows into 29" Trail/All Mountain carbon wheel

Tubeless ready with a bead hook and laced to their own straight pull spēd hubs, Colin says he is still finalizing the design, but if all goes well these should be available by Christmas. The Maul 29 Trail will come first, followed by the Maul 29 AM, and pricing is still being worked out.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I had a chance to talk to Colin at Interbike.. these are not open mold Nextie rims, and his hubs and rims are drilled to match to have straight spoke lines so no stress at either end. Pretty impressive the length he went to engineer the wheel as a system. I am sure Mavic and Shimano have done the same, but very few others over the years…I know that straight pull spokes really need angle drilled rims as I have seen more than a couple spokes break on ‘rim company’ rim laced to DTSwiss straight pull hub. The drill really has to be angled to mate the spoke with a hub, and of course which hub?

  2. The idea that spoke angles need to be drilled perfectly aligned between hubs and rims get thrown out the window the minute spokes cross each other (touching), thus changing the original angle. The rim and hub and constantly dancing slightly w/ rim deflection… this is common sense all wheel builders know.

  3. Unfortunate name… In Australia (not sure about the rest of the English speaking world). ‘Sped’ is a pretty insulting way to call someone with a learning disability

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