Having firmly dipped their toes into the water last year with the release of the Rise mountain bike wheels, SRAM is looking to further expand their lineup with the release of some burlier options designed for Trail and All Mountain riding. Aside from the new wider rims (21mm on the Roam, 23mm on the Rail), there is also a new UST Tubeless rim profile, and a significant redesign on the hubs and the freehub internals. Like the Rise wheels, there are both carbon and alloy versions, though the new models are placing their eggs into the long-travel basket with claims of strength and durability over weight.
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Roam 60
In the SRAM wheel lineup, the ’60’ refers to the use of a carbon fiber rim, which in the case of the Roam wheels is an oversized construction that features a generous 21mm internal width for use with tyres up to 2.4″ wide. For skinnier XC tyres, the wider profile opens up the tread for better traction and better support of the sidewalls in hard cornering. New for the Roam and Rail wheels is the switch to the UST profile for bulletproof tubeless setup – an issue we’ve had with the current Rise 60 wheels. With the American MSRP at $2199, we’re expecting the Roam 60’s to come in somewhere under $2.5k AUD, though we’ll have to wait till July before they become available.

“It’s the only wheel you need. By layering extra material onto stress points, ROAM 60’s UST compatible CARBON TUNED rim is light enough for long climbs and strong enough for the toughest Enduro races. It’s DOUBLE-DECKER hub shell design takes straightpull spoke slots and stacks them two-by-two—distributing force perfectly around the wheel’s SOLO SPOKE design. The resulting wheel dish is wider, maximizing lateral stiffness while retaining frontal compliance. If you love to ride, this is your wheel.” – SRAM.

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26”, 27.5” and 29”
  • CARBON TUNED unidirectional and woven carbon fiber, asymmetrical rim profile
  • WIDE ANGLE profile: 21mm inside, 28mm outside rim width
  • UST compatible
  • Available with 11-speed XD driver body for SRAM XX1 or 9/10-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ring
  • SOLO SPOKE design with double butted, stiff stainless steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with STAR RATCHET 36T system
  • SIDE SWAP easy conversion to all axle types
  • DOUBLE-DECKER hub shell design
  • Claimed Weight: 1495gm (26″), 1550gm (650B), 1625gm (29″)

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The new hubs feature adaptability between all the major axle standards (Front: 9mm QR, QR15 & QR20, Rear: 135mm QR & 142x12mm). There are stacked flanges to help balance stresses between opposing spokes and it also means that SRAM have been able to design each wheelset with one spoke length throughout – how good is that!

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As many other brands are doing, SRAM have gone to DT Swiss for the Star Ratchet freehub mechanism, over the 3-pawl system that the Rise wheels feature. We expect to see newer versions of the XC Rise wheels take on board the same upgrade, which utilises a simpler and bulletproof ratcheting system with 36 engagement points. The Freehub is also XD Driver compatible, meaning you can fit up the 10-42t 11 speed XX1 cassette.

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Roam 50
If you like the idea of the carbon Roam 60’s, but want those same features in a more wallet-friendly package, the Roam 50 wheelset is for you. What’s interesting about the alloy wheels, is that they actually come in a few grams lighter than the carbon equivalents, making them incredibly competitive for the price. They also utilise a varying thickness for the alloy sidewalls of the rim, much like a tube on a frame is butted, which SRAM call ‘Taper Core’ technology. Combined with hub adaptability and the Solo Spoke design, these are likely to appeal to hard riders who want to avoid the costs of ongoing maintenance. Price-wise, the alloy Roam 50 wheels are expected to retail for $1072 USD, so they’ll likely be around half the price of the carbon 60’s when they drop at the start of Spring this year.

“It’s everything the modern mountain biker could ask for. One of the lightest alloy trail wheels in the market, ROAM 50 delivers a smart balance of weight, inertia and stiffness—making for a very responsive and predictable wheel. Thanks to our WIDE ANGLE rim, its tire profile delivers superior traction.” – SRAM

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26”, 27.5” and 29”
  • Lightweight aluminum rim with asymmetrical TAPER CORE profile
  • WIDE ANGLE profile: 21mm inside, 25mm outside rim width
  • UST compatibleAvailable with 11-speed XD driver body for SRAM XX1 or 9/10-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ringSOLO SPOKE design with double butted, lightweight steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with STAR RATCHET system
  • DOUBLE-DECKER hub shell design
  • Claimed Weight: 1475gm (26″), 1530gm (650B), 1610gm (29″)

 

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Rail 50
Pushing rim width wider again, the new Rail wheels from SRAM are built tougher for the demands of Gravity Enduro racing and All Mountain riding. Given their riding intentions and profile, what’s most impressive with the Rail 50’s is how light they come in at – under 1700gm for the 26″ version. As you might be guessing from the naming system, there is a lack of a Rail ’60’ model in the new wheel lineup, though we’re guessing there’s a carbon version of this wheelset in the works that we’ll hopefully see soon.

“An alloy rim that does what other alloy rims can’t. With WIDE ANGLE rim design providing superior stability, RAIL 50 can withstand the most aggressive All-Mountain/Enduro riding while setting a new benchmark for lightweight in the category. Featuring the perfect balance of strength,stiffness and width for All-Mountain/Enduro terrain, RAIL 50 delivers best-in-class ride quality all the way down.” – SRAM

  • Available in all 3 wheel sizes: 26”, 27.5” and 29”
  • Lightweight aluminum rim with asymmetrical TAPER CORE profile
  • WIDE ANGLE profile: 23c, 28mm outside rim width
  • UST compatible
  • Available with 11-speed XD driver body for SRAM XX1 or 9/10-speed driver body
  • Aluminum nipples with nylon lock ring
  • SOLO SPOKE design with double butted, stiff steel spokes
  • Durable hub internals with Star Ratchet system
  • SIDE SWAP easy conversion to all axle types
  • DOUBLE-DECKER hub shell design
  • Claimed Weight: 1690gm (26″), 1750gm (650B), 1830gm (29″)