Based in the Netherlands, 9th Wave Cycling makes a variety of carbon bicycle wheels. While they offer a selection of disc-brake-specific products for the ever-expanding disc market, their latest release is for rim brakes. Claiming unprecedented braking, unique front/rear rim profiles, and tubeless compatibility, 9th Wave is looking to keep your rim brake bike relevant in 2019 and beyond.

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9th Wave Cycling Vanora 38.42 rim brake carbon wheels

It’s no secret that disc brakes are taking a huge slice of road bike market share in 2019. However, rim brakes are definitely still around, and 9th Wave Cycling decided to invest in it. Why? According to 9th Wave’s own website:

“A completely new wheelset for rim brakes at a time when disc brakes are on the rise? Why not?”


As the name suggests, the rim depth for the Vanora 38.42 is unique for front (38mm) and rear (42mm). Combined with an asymmetric rear rim shape, they say it offers an ideal balance of crosswind stability, aerodynamic performance, and balanced spoke tension for long-term durability.


Vanora says that their unique “profiled” braking surface offers great performance in both wet and dry conditions… plus they include FOUR complete sets of brake pads so you always have stock. Similar to many other manufacturers, Vanora says that you should only use their supplied brake pad, as it’s the only one they can vouch for in terms of safety and performance.


Vanora uses their own Torquay carbon hubs in the 38.42 wheels, with straight pull spokes and a 15-degree freehub engagement. Weight is impressively light, at 79 grams front, 202 grams rear.


Weight for the Vanora 38.42 wheels is 1,440 grams (rim-only weight 475g front, 480g rear). Like all 9th Wave Cycling wheels, they’re hand built in the Netherlands, and are available in dealers and online for €1.299,00. Check out these and other 9th Wave wheels at the link below.


    • Believe it or not, yes. Most of us didn’t throw away our road bikes older than 5 years because disc brakes are 20% better at stopping.

    • Not everyone is working in london stock market and change bike every year… I would happily ride a disc brake bike but to get the same performance than my actual bike would empty my wallet so much that i’ll keep rim for road for quite some time. Also i have a TT bike and sharing wheel between road and TT is great.

  1. If I was in a mountainous region, sure, I could justify upgrading to disc brakes, but here in south east Michigan where our biggest hill you may be able to touch 45 mph for about a second, there’s no need. I will happily save a good chunk of coin while having a bike about a pound lighter then its disc equivalent.

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