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Race Face Next R36 carbon mountain bike wheels go real wide for real traction

2019 Race Face Next R 36 wide carbon mountain bike wheels for trail and enduro bikes
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Wider tires need wider rims, and more aggressive riding needs more aggressive carbon. And Race Face has both with their new Next R36 wheels, using a massively wide offset rim that’s ready to rally. As more and more bikes ship with 2.4 to 2.6 tires, or at least clearance for them, we need to make sure we’re matching those with rims designed around that width. The new Next R 36 have a 36mm internal width, a step up from the Next R31 for those wanting to run wider tires.

2019 Race Face Next R 36 wide carbon mountain bike wheels for trail and enduro bikes

There’s a lot going for these wheels. Standout features include:

  • 120 point, six pawl system with a snappy 3º of engagement (three pawls engaged at any point, each individually sprung).
  • Single spoke length for all spokes, all sides, front and rear, and they ship with spares.
  • Tool-free end caps let you swap axle interfaces quickly and easily.
  • Tubeless ready, as expected, with rim tape and valve stems pre-installed.
  • Oversized hub shells with wide bearing stance.
  • Carbon Confidence Guarantee pretty much means whatever you break, however you break it, they’ll take care of you.

2019 Race Face Next R 36 wide carbon mountain bike wheels for trail and enduro bikes

Specs include:

  • Available in 27.5″ and 29″
  • 36mm internal width
  • 25mm height
  • Designed for tires from 2.4″ to 2.8″ wide
  • Claimed weights: 1,700g (27.5″) and 1,800g (29er)
  • UD carbon fiber construction
  • Matte black finish with gloss decals
  • Sapim Laser spokes
  • 28 spokes front and rear, 3x lacing
  • 6-bolt disc brake rotor mount
  • Retail price: $1,499 USD / $1,999 CAD

2019 Race Face Next R 36 wide carbon mountain bike wheels for trail and enduro bikes

The wheels use their Vault hubs with straight pull spokes, which you can only get as part of a prebuilt wheel. The hubs are available in standard and Boost thru axle options, with the ability to swap to QR if you really want to. And these will have a SuperBoost option, too, to fit some of the new bikes from Pivot, Devinci and others.

And if you want to build up your own wheels? They have a full range of AR/ARC rims in four widths (from 25mm up to 40mm internal, in carbon and alloy), along with a J-bend spoke compatible version of the Vault hubs used here.

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elvis
elvis
4 years ago

“whatever you break, however you break it, they’ll take care of you.” have you ever dealt with Race Face? I suppose promising but not delivering is a form of being taken care of

Kyle Klimas
4 years ago
Reply to  elvis

Race Face has always taken care of my customers and warrantied damaged products. Sometimes it takes a couple days to get the ball going, but they’ve always sent out replacement warranty parts.

ronshev
ronshev
4 years ago

I needed a warranty on some 1st gen Next SL cranks (pedal insert loose…common problem). They warrantied quick and painlessly by Race Face. No issues. Was definitely taken care of.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
4 years ago

When the warranty policy is all anybody wants to talk about, that can’t be a good sign.

i
i
4 years ago
Reply to  thesteve4761

Mostly it’s a bad sign about your comprehension.

There are a lot of carbon wheels at this price point, and the nature of wheels – one is never going to be all that different than another. Combined with the fact that a lot of people hesitate to spend $1.5k on wheels out of concern for durability; which is the whole reason warranties exist.

I’ve had enough $100 rims destroyed by a single rock strike to be weary of a $500 rim. A warm, fuzzy no questions asked warranty eases that.

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