Wide, tubeless-ready tires need wider, tubeless ready wheels, right? If your answer is an emphatic yes, you should check out the new AR and ARX wheels from Reynolds. Not only are the new wheels designed with a wider profile perfect for modern road tires, they’re also available in rim or disc brake versions and multiple depths to fit your needs.
The ARX (or All Roads X) series is the higher end version of the two – but both series use the exact same rims. These rims are available in 29, 41, and 58mm depths (58/62mm depth for the disc brake version), and feature a rounded profile that has been refined for stability in cross winds at varied yaw angles.
Each rim brake version features a 19mm internal channel, while the disc brake versions bump up to 21mm. Both use a hooked, tubeless-ready clincher profile. The rim brake models also get Reynold’s CTG2 brake track which is said to be 30% more heat resistant than previous models.
Disc brake wheels get Centerlock hubs – and the hubs are one of the biggest differences between the AR and ARX. Shown above is the Reynolds TR3 hub with Sapim Sprint spokes with brass nipples that comes on the AR wheels. The ARX wheels get upgraded All Roads hubs with Sapim CX-Sprint bladed spokes and alloy nipples. Both hub options offer 10° engagement.
Otherwise, the AR and ARX wheels are very similar. That difference in hubs and spokes is worth an additional $250, with the AR wheels going for $1299, and the ARX selling for $1549. This price structure also represents a big change for Reynolds as a whole – they will now have a three tier pricing structure for all of their wheels. They’ll be $1299 for the base model, $1549 for the mid level wheels, and $2099 for the top end Blacklabel series making them very competitive in the market – especially since all wheels include their Lifetime warranty.