After launching in 2016, spēd Precision has been on a quest for the perfect wheel. To founder Colin Esquibel, that means more than just using your own unique rims. spēd Precision wheels are designed as a system, which is why they aren’t sold as rim or hub only. But if you’re shooting for the perfect wheel for Trail or All Mountain applications, these days you’d better have an option for 29″ wheels.
For their initial launch, the only 29″ option for spēd came in the form of their Sparth XC wheelset, but based on what we saw at Interbike, that’s about to change. Simply called the Maul 29, spēd is building in the same vertical compliance and lateral rigidity that their other wheels are known for, but in a completely new design for 29″ trail and enduro bikes.
According to Colin, it’s important to note that you can’t make a wheel that rides the same by just taking the same profile and rolling it into a 29″ hoop. To get to the final design, it required reworking the layups and proportionally increasing dimensions like the width and height which ends up 1.5mm wider and 2.5mm taller than the 27.5″ Trail rim.
Tubeless ready with a bead hook and laced to their own straight pull spēd hubs, Colin says he is still finalizing the design, but if all goes well these should be available by Christmas. The Maul 29 Trail will come first, followed by the Maul 29 AM, and pricing is still being worked out.