Kappius’ new rims and wheels first popped up this summer, but are available now, offering 29er and 27.5″ carbon clinchers and road clinchers and tubulars. All of the clinchers are tubeless ready, and the road wheels are disc brake specific. And they’ll work for cyclocross, too, as evidenced by Brady Kappius’ involvement on Niner’s team.
The road clincher uses the same channel and bead hook shape as their MTB rims, they’re just narrower. MTB rims are 30mm/26.4mm wide (int/ext) and the road clincher is 25mm/19mm. The tubular is 25mm wide.
The tubular’s profile was designed to be a little shallower than some, having a center channel depth that matches up with the glued shape of most tires.
Read on for cutaway photos and a look at their new fat bike hubs!
Tubular rim weight is 320g, depth is 35mm with an asymmetric design that has 2.3mm offset for better spoke triangulation.
The road clincher is also 35mm
wide deep and comes in at 410g.
The 29er rim is 355g at 19mm deep. The 27.5″ comes in at 330g.
The new Kappius KH2 fat bike hub is available now, and a front hub with a carbon shell is coming soon.
It’s a 190/197 mm axle depending on whether you’re running QR or thru axle. It’ll come with your choice, and extra end caps are $29. Retail for the hub is $499 and uses their 240-point internals with 1.5° engagement. Claimed weight is 340g. The front hub will use their existing front hub just with a wider carbon shell in the middle. Look for that one by November.
Opposing magnets on the pawl and freehub body push the pawls against the drive ring without relying on small springs.