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Praxis Works C32 Carbon Rims go solo, Girder M30 crank gets a direct mount makeover

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A little over a year ago, Praxis Works unveiled their surprise lineup of carbon wheels. Between the C32 and RC21, they had a little something for everyone from MTB, to road, to gravel. Built to their own hubs with DT Swiss internals, complete wheels can be had for $1399. But, if you’d rather build your own wheels to the hub of your choice, the C32 rims are now available a la carte…

Available in 27.5 or 29″ variants, the C32 gets its name from the 32mm inner width, while the external width is 38mm. Billed as a trail/all mountain rim, the C32 has a 3mm asymmetrical spoke bed, hookless profile, and 32h drilling with a flat spot at the valve for better sealing. Shipping with an orange rim strip, the rims are priced at $500 a piece and have a claimed weight of 424g for the 27.5″ or 475g for the 29″. Custom decals can also be created through their partnership with Stikrd.com.

Praxis also announced that their Girder M30 crankset is making a return as a forged crank with a direct mount chainring interface. Built with hollow forged arms, the Girder follows many of their other cranks with a 3 bolt direct mount interface and a corresponding Wave Tech DM ring with a 49mm or 52mm Boost chainline spacing. Compatible with 10/11 or 12 speed drivetrains, the cranks can be customized with your choice of chainring from 28t to 36t and run $240 – $315 depending on the bottom bracket chosen. Since the cranks use an M30 spindle, you’ll need a bottom bracket that is compatible like the Praxis M30 BB. Sold in 170 or 175mm arms, the cranks have a claimed weight of 614g for a 175mm with 32t chainring, and a 172mm q-factor.

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zooey
zooey
5 years ago

Sorry Praxis engineers, that your leadership is so pressured to promote growth, that you have to compromise your product’s performance. The clueless economics expert consultants don’t understand your craft and simply want to chase the demand, who perhaps swayed your leadership. That’s not what you are. You want to sell the customer solid products, that are *well engineered*, even if the customer doesn’t know they want the properties that you focused on, such as exceptional crank and chainring stiffness.

You’re better off just relaunching the products with new stickers, and spending the money on inviting individuals who have a large social following, to learn more about your product and become believers in it. Break some stuff on film in a test lab…

While you’re at it, create more well engineered solutions for other areas of the bike please! I’m sure there’s some stresses somewhere on the bike that are unbalanced that you can find and work out a solution to. Can be small… how about a new seat clamp that’s more dropper friendly, that puts more equal pressure around the tube? How about some sort of device that acts like a cage lock for a Shimano RD? Or something that helps shoe-horn/guide a wheel into drop-ous and disc caliper? Or a tuned mass damper to eliminate vibrations close to the source?

Get creative. You’re better than this.

myke2241
myke2241
5 years ago
Reply to  zooey

Please…. those hoops look pretty nice to me and fill a voidi. The more options on the market the better.

ELEVEN_g
5 years ago
Reply to  zooey

Geeze. If only you knew who makes decisions at Praxis, you’d not say such stoopid things.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
5 years ago
Reply to  ELEVEN_g

Does that make it better or worse? I’d hate to live in a world where engineers made all product decisions.

ELEVEN_g
5 years ago
Reply to  thesteve4761

It makes it well considered…

rocket
rocket
5 years ago

Wow- you’ve unloaded with all the dribble you could muster! (Are you sure you were not fired at one time? )
Since Praxis has come to market they have not released a bad quality product and refused to bow to industry pressure and release the same same generic product. Forged cranks? Not many players, forged rings? Not many hands up either. To me they are a viable alternative , easy to deal with and simply works.

tyler
5 years ago

flat at the valvestem is a nice touch. wonder why noone has done that prior.

who makes the rims? Merida?

Thesteve4761
Thesteve4761
5 years ago
Reply to  tyler

Merida does not make these rims.

Miles
Miles
5 years ago

The C32 rims look to strike a good balance of width/weight IMO, so nice that they’re available on their own now. A little pricey, but not really out of line with other mid tier carbon rims- I’d definitely consider them for an “enduro” oriented build.

Michael Howard
Michael Howard
1 year ago

Hi I’m trying to find a very good quality 29 32 hole carbon rim to replace a cracked rim on my Cannondale lefty. The broken wheel is the front wheel, the components on the wheel are all nearly new and I plan to reuse them.
Thanks in advance for any good advice.
Michael

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