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EB14: Xentis Brings Full Carbon Wheels to 27.5″ with New Size for Kappa2

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Xentis Kappa2 CC 275  (2)

Mag wheels were big back in the day. Now made from carbon rather than plastic, the one piece wheels aren’t quite as popular but that hasn’t kept Xentis from building on their Kappa2 line. Originally just for 26″ frames, the Austrian carbon company has upped the size to accommodate the new crop of middle sized wheels. Xentis calls the Kappa2 CC a super durable wheel that is still light enough for marathon or XC use. It’s unknown whether these wheels will ever make it into the U.S., but we have more details after the jump…

Xentis Kappa2 CC 275  (1)

Using a full carbon construction, the wheels have 4 “spokes” which mate up with a 30.2mm wide rim that is 35mm deep. Compatible with either standard tube type or tubeless tires, the rims are rated to fit tires from 28-584 to 60-584 (about 2.35″ max).

Xentis Kappa2 CC 275  (5)

The six bolt hubs are the same as those found in the 26″ Kappa2 and are compatible with either QR or standard QR15 front and x12 rear thru axles. Cassette wise the hubs are compatible with all Shimano speeds including the new 11, plus SRAM 10 speed and XD drivers.

Xentis Kappa2 CC 275  (6)

As usual, the wheels are hand built in Austria and come in at 1370g per set. Wheelsets will include a Xentis wheelbag plus the skewers if applicable and will sell for 2400 Euro. Like the 26″ wheels, they carry a 120 kg (264 lb) weight limit.

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Marc
Marc
8 years ago

Mag = magnesium, not plastic.

K
K
8 years ago

Love to see these with Hetre’s on a 650b disc rando bike. Drool…

il Bruce
il Bruce
8 years ago

Dude, mags not Mg. Like the Cragar mags on my Firebird.

scentofreason
scentofreason
8 years ago

29″ please!! (and about a $1000 price drop….)

craigsj
craigsj
8 years ago

“Dude, mags not Mg. Like the Cragar mags on my Firebird.”

LOL and what do you think the mag in “Cragar mags” stood for?

SYJ
SYJ
8 years ago

google ‘BMX Mag Wheel’ to see what he’s referring to.

MICHAEL
MICHAEL
8 years ago

Was always Xentis fan, but until now it done brings road racing bike of wheels for disc not to offer the Xentis brakes, there’s no more Xentis for me.

Geezer
Geezer
8 years ago

il & craigsj

Back in the day Crager made aluminum wheels. They were interpretations of American Racing magnesium wheels which were popular on Dragsters/Gassers & Altered drag racing cars of the era.

1370g. is quite impressive, so is €2400 (for the wrong reason).

The problem with cast spoke wheels is they ride like wagon wheels because road shock is transfered by compression. Multi (steel) spoke wheels are in tension and absorb road shock better, hense their populatity.

Reg Braithwaite
8 years ago

Geezer, I rode mag and rigid disc wheels for biathlons, and they were brutal on rough pavement. But I wonder if this would this be as much of an issue on a full suspension bike?

Geezer
Geezer
8 years ago

Reg

No it wouldn’t be “as much” of an issue because of fat tires, lower air pressure & suspension but…

how happy would you be after spending $3000 & you found your bike rode worse than the wheels you just replaced?

It also depends on your expectations. If you wanted a stiffer wheel you might be pleased, but I think most people buy a full-sus bike to avoid harshness, at least I did.

AbelF
AbelF
8 years ago

Those sure look nice, but Im pretty sure they dont ride any better than traditional spoked wheels. Maybe great for a track bike?

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