Novatec's new line of hand built, tubeless ready wheels caught our eye as we roamed the halls of Interbike. First up, the XC-ready Dragons.
The Dragon wheels have an 18mm internal width, and use 28 or 32 Sapim laser double butted spokes depending on the wheel size.
Novatec uses heat-cured graphics and a micropeen finish that is light and durable.
The FlowTrail wheels have a 20mm internal width and a sleeved rim joint said to be stronger than a welded joint.
Alloy nipples mate up with 32 Sapim laser double spokes on the FlowTrails.
Novatec says the tubeless ready rim profile doesn't require the use of sealant.
The 23mm internal width Diablo wheels are Brian Lopes approved.
The Diablo wheels are available in the 27.5-inch/650B size as well.
Many of Novatec's hubs can be changed to accommodate quick-release, 10, 15, or 20mm axle sizes up front, and qr, 10, 12, or X12 rear axles without tools.
Demon sounds like a fitting downhill wheel name, doesn't it? Kyle Strait blasted into orbit on these 25mm internal width, brass nipple equipped wheels at Rampage without hesitation.
At 2030 grams, they're a pretty competitive weight for using an aluminum rim.
Finally, here are the Dirt Ride wheels for the dirt jumpers in the crowd. These use the same rim as the Demon wheels, and the rear hub uses a hardened steel axle with threaded axle bolts.
Sealed, replaceable bearings highlight all of the hubs used in Novatec's wheels, as does the anti-bite guard - a reinforced steel rib designed to make them last longer.
The red ano hubs have a nice ring to them.
For complete specs and more details, roll on over to www.novatecusa.net.