New US-built, consumer-direct carbon wheel maker Nex-Gen goes live with new Aero V7 gravel bike wheels. Claiming their rims are already more durable & comfortable thanks to unique Innegra carbon spread tow construction, now they add optimized gravel aerodynamics – all at competitive pricing from the factory, direct to you…
Nex-Gen Aero V7 aerodynamic TeXtreme Innegra carbon gravel wheels
Claiming to be the first to combine optimized aerodynamics, impact-resistance & vertical compliance into a single gravel wheelset design, Nex-Gen’s Aero V7 gravel wheels promise a fast and comfortable ride on & off-road.
Much of that comfort comes down to the TeXtreme Innegra & carbon spread tow material combination having a claimed 15% lower compressive stiffness than standard carbon fibers, which allows the Innegra to absorb & recover from higher impacts before failure.
At the same time, the wide 38.5mm deep Innegra carbon rims are said to be about the same weight as a conventional carbon, building up into a competitive 1553g complete wheelset weight.
Aerodynamic gravel wheel – Tech details
When we got a tease of the new factory-direct consortium of Nex-Gen Sports earlier this winter, their unique tape-wound Innegra carbon spread tow rims were an obvious standout. Developed to automate a key part of the rim construction process, Nex-Gen says it results in more accurate & consistent placement of the carbon which allows them to better optimize weight & strength characteristics.
But it was also a notable cycling who’s who behind the project…
Here that translates to a CFD-optimized aerodynamic rim profile created by Paul Lew, FEA structural analysis by the UK’s Performance Engineering Solutions, and TeXtreme Innegra + Toray carbon spread tow layup by Paul Farrell.
The hookless, tubeless-ready Aero V7 rims are 26mm internal, 33mm external, and 38.5mm deep.
Ultimately, Nex-Gen’s Aero V7 gravel rims get built up 2x with premium 24-hole centerlock Industry 9 Torch hubs, a mix of Sapim CX-Ray (non-driveside) & CX-Sprint (driveside) spokes, and brass nipples. Handbuilt in the US, the 1553g wheelset comes standard with 12mm thru-axles (
oddly & most-likely incorrectly, Nex-Gen lists standard 12×100 front spacing & 12×148 Boost rear spacing Update: as expected, Nex-Gen simply switched this. The wheels are 12×142 non-Boost standard, although substitutions are possible… think Boost or even maybe Road Boost,yikes?!) and a Shimano HG11 freehub. But other axles & freehubs are available on request.
Nex-Gen Aero V7 gravel wheels – Pricing & availability
The complete Nex-Gen Aero V7 tubeless-ready Innegra/carbon gravel wheels sell for $1700 consumer-direct and include tubeless tape, valves & Nex-Gen’s own sealant (that’s $100 more than their similarly-spec’d enduro MTB wheels). The wheels have a 265lb/120kg max rider weight limit, and include an “unconditional” 5-year warranty on the rims, plus standard Sapim & Industry Nine coverage. Nex-Gen ships for free in the US and offers a discount on Schwalbe tires if you buy them with the wheels.