Palindrom is a new name in wheels, but their roots go back over 25 years. Started by ex-Campagnolo employee Simone Roncali, the outfit is hoping that their tech-packed Palindrom MP1 will change your expectations for XC mountain bike wheels. With a 32.65mm outer width, huge 6mm spoke offset, wide bead shelf, and many custom options, you can shred it your way.
Palindrom MP1 carbon XC 29″ mountain bike wheels
In a crowded market of wheels, it’s getting tougher and tougher to stand out. Italy-based Palindrom is spearheading their effort with an unusually high 6mm spoke offset, allowing for even or near-even spoke tension on the wheels’ left and right sides.
This big offset is combined with what they’re calling Double Angle Drilling, which aims the spoke holes left and right, rather than radially. The result is a straighter spoke path, reduced stress on the spoke and nipple, and a stronger wheel overall.
The rim is only available in 29-inch diameter, and is intended for XC-style riding. It has a 32.65mm outer width, 27mm internal width, hookless bead shape, and wide 6mm bead shelves – said to minimize or eliminate air burps.
The rim weighs a claimed 350 grams, with an HD laminate option available for rougher use. Builds are available with Carbon-Ti SP IS X-Hubs or DT Swiss 240/350, in 24, 28, or 32 spokes.
All Palindrom MP1 wheels are handbuild in Italy, using Sapim CX-Ray, CX-Sprint or D-Light, with washers available upon request. The base build package comes in at a claimed 1,260 grams, using Carbon-Ti SP hubs and CX-Ray spokes.
MP1 wheels include their own 33mm-wide polyurethane tubeless tape, weighing in at only 28 grams. Tubeless valves are also included.
Pricing of the MP1 can vary quite a bit based on options, with full detail below:
Pair of MP1 rims with standard lamination: 649€, with special lamination: 749€
One MP1 rim with standard lamination: 349€, with special lamination: 399€
Set of MP1 complete wheels with Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP IS6 100/142 and CX-Ray spokes + alu polyax nipples, with tubeless kit (72g): 1260g, 1.299€
- 28+28 CX-Sprint spokes +56g: -22€
- 28+28 D-Light spokes +39g -80€
- Boost +8g: +33€
- HM washers +9g: +20€
- Custom drilling +25€
- 24+24 spokes: CX-Ray -38g: -20€, CX-Sprint -46g: -15€, D-Light -44g: -8€
- 32+32 spokes: CX-Ray +38g: +20€, CX-Sprint +46g: +15€, D-Light +44g: +8€
- DTSwiss 240 SP hubs (availability TBC): +77g, same price
- DTSwiss 350 SP hubs (availability TBC): +117g, -300€
- Red anodized light alloy nipples: same weight, same price
56 CX-Ray spokes + 56 Polyax light alloy nipples + wheelbuilding for one wheelset: 200€
- With CX-Sprint: 178€
- With D-Light: 120€