The 2016 Altamont Lite disc brake rim features a new tubeless rim bed profile with a bead locking shape. This is specifically designed to lock in lower pressure tubeless tires and prevent burping. If you are running tubeless cyclocross ties or gravel tires, you can be confident they will hold air at the lower pressures. The wide center channel allows for side by side bead mounting (not stacked like with a narrow rounded center channel). This makes for much easier mounting and inflation; no more breaking tire levers and relying on an air compressor for inflation!! Of course, clincher tube and tire systems work perfectly with the new Altamont Lites. If you are not running tubeless, your favorite tire can still be used flawlessly.
Adding the Tubeless Kit: The tubeless kit above will include our new (blue) tubeless tape and tubeless valves pre-installed on the wheels! We will install two layers of the tubeless tape in the exact width you need for your wheels. We will also include and install two of our tubeless valves in the exact length needed for your wheels. Take the guess work out of converting to tubeless and let us do it for you.
Note: you will still need a tubeless specific tire and sealant to run the wheels as a tubeless system.
DISC BRAKE HUBS
Disc brakes are making their way to the road, joining cross and mountain biking. With the disc brakes, you have solid predictable braking in any weather condition. Use you carbon wheels in any terrain or weather conditions and still come to a stop safely.
Our disc brake hubs feature:
- Wide flange spacing for a solid stiff wheelset
- Double crossing the spokes on both front and rear wheels for better torque handling
- Configuration to any axle "standard"
- Front hub - QR 100mm, 100mm X 15mm thru, 100mm X 12mm thru
- Rear hub - QR 135mm, 135mm X 12mm thru, 142mm X 12mm thru
- Very quick and solid engagement so you have no lag when starting to pedal
- Oversize 6902 bearings to hold up to even the harshest of conditions
The inside width of the rim gets a bit wider for 2016 and now sits at 19.86mm. This increase in width allows for a much better tire shape. The better tire shape improves handling, aerodynamics, and vibration dampening due to increased air volume. The new rims were specifically designed around a 25mm tire. Of course, 23mm tires all the way up to cross tires work incredibly well with the new Altamont Lites. The new rim takes on a more rounded shape, for better aerodynamics and a stiffer overall rim.
New for 2016 we have changed to a welded seam on the Altamont and Altamont Lite. The welded seam makes for an extremely strong connection where the rim joins itself. It also provides very smooth and consistent braking without any seam hitting the brake pads. Welded seams helps to make the strongest possible rim.
BEAD BLASTED FINISH
It's more than just a cosmetic finish (although it does look very cool!). The rims go through a round of bead blasting before getting anodized. This allows more anodization to seep into the rim, which helps to create a stronger and stiffer rim. This gives a sleek matte finish with an extra layer of strength for each rim.
The past couple years we have been laser etching the logos on the Altamont. While laser etching certainly does give a unique finish, we were limited to only an off white metallic color. We now have a water transfer decal, baked into the rim. We are able to offer a nice mix of pop and stealth to the new Altamont Lites. Light gray (semi stealth) logos display on the side of each rim, with a white, newly revised, Altamont Lite logo at the valve. Lets face it, looking good is half the battle and so having a wheelset that performs and looks great was definitely a priority.
External Brass Nipples
Double Cross both sides on rear wheel
Free Rim strips (NOT tubeless compatible) Free Skewers
Everyday lightweight wheelset
Posted by Jim Hearn on 6th Dec 2016
This is a great lite weight wheel for climbing, which is tubeless-compatible and now available with disc brake hubs. It would be hard to find a better wheel in this price range. They also look nice out on the road
All prices are in USD.