Reynolds Blacklabel 29 XC Wheelset

Reynolds Blacklabel 29 XC Wheelset - Interbike 2014

Reynolds has been crafting carbon hoops since as long as I can remember. In fact, on the road side, they were the first to introduce a carbon clincher wheelset to the market well over 10 years ago. That technology has now bled over into every pair of wheels they produce — both carbon and alloy.

While at Interbike, I got the lowdown on several wheelsets — including the┬ánew Blacklabel 29 XC hoops. Intended to be durable XC race wheels, the Blacklabel 29 XC’s tip the scales at a scant 1400 grams. These are meant to spin up fast and maintain momentum over all terrain.

Reynolds Blacklabel 29 XC Wheels

They are not compatible with 6-bolt rotors, so you’ve either got to be a Shimano brake devotee or run adapters. Considering the fanbase of Shimano’s XT and XTR brakes, this is not a huge loss for many riders in the market for a fast set of wheels, but it does make running the new SRAM Guide brakes a bit more challenging.

The sidewalls also curve inward to provide the bead and add durability. Check out the rim profile here.

If you prefer something a little more burly, the Blacklabel 29 TR may be the trick with a wider 29 outer and 21 mm inner width at a still light 1500 grams per set.

Blacklabel 29 XC Features:

  • Weight: 1400g
  • External width: 26 mm
  • Internal width: 19 mm
  • Rim Depth: 24 mm
  • Spokes: 28 front / 28 rear
  • Spoke Pattern: Front: 3X Rear Non Drive: 3X
  • Nipples: Black anodized alloy
  • Hub: DT 240S Straight-Pull
  • Rotors: Center Lock only
  • Drivetrain: 10/11-speed, XD Driver available
  • Price: $2400

The Bottom Line

These aren’t the cheapest XC 29er wheels on the market, but they are among the lightest — if not the lightest. Some wheels offer a wider inner bead for a straighter sidewall, but the rim profile is on par with most wheels in this class. If you want these wheels, you also really need to be a Center Lock devotee as they aren’t offered in a 6-bolt design.