SRAM has upped the ante with their new 2015 RISE 60. After more than two years of development, the latest-generation RISE 60 should be fantastic for XC racing and trail riding. As with most new carbon rims coming out, they have gone hookless, which increases sidewall strength, improves impact resistance and reduces the build complexity — all with no loss in tire seating or tubeless performance.
Key features of the 2015 SRAM RISE 60 Wheels:
- Hookless carbon clincher
- Built specifically for tubeless clincher tires
- Available in Predictive Steering front hub for RS-1 fork
- 21mm internal width
- Solo Spoke for identical spoke lengths
- Speedball bearings
- Double Time ratchet for quick, 6.9 degree engagement
- Custom decal kit included
- XD or 10-speed driver body
- Convertible to QR or thru-axles
- Available in 29 or 27.5
- Weight: 1430 g (29) and 1390 g (27.5)
- In shops starting Nov 2014 (29) and Jan 2015 (27.5)
- Prices: $950 (front), $1040 (rear), $990 (predictive steering)
These wheels are on the top-end of the market, but on par with other carbon hoops. The 21mm internal width is also on the wider side, but both Roval and Ibis have wider internal widths by a millimeter or more.
Wider is most certainly better and going up to 21mm may be the sweet spot for XC and trail riding — giving you straighter sidewalls and further improving tubeless performance. Going hookless is a great move, which greatly simplifies the bead setting process — a pain when going tubeless.