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Boasting a 30mm wide rim, 120-points of engagement, and a weight of 1730g (27.5"), Race Face announces the launch of their new Turbine R wheelset. Featuring Race Face's first from-the-ground-up designed hub, dubbed the Vault, Race Face is hitting the ground running with an impressive 3-degrees of engagement.

We've been on the new wheels for roughly a month now and so far we've been thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Mounting the tires and seating the bead was surprisingly easy for a 30mm wide rim, and setup was further simplified with the included and pre-installed rimstrips and valves. The hair trigger engagement is outstanding and despite our tendency to often miss our line and go smashing through the rocks, they've managed to stay completely true and dent free. Stay tuned for an full in-depth review coming in the following weeks, but in the meantime, check out the official press release regarding all the details of these stealthy beauties, below.


Press Release:

R is for Rally. Introducing the new Turbine R wheelset featuring the all new Vault hub. Vault is the heart of the wheelset and the first Race Face branded hub built from the ground up. The engineering team set out to design the best hub on the market, one that would stand up to the performance and quality the Race Face brand is known for.

The oversize hub shell provides opportunity for performance gains: increased rear drive torsional stiffness by up to 20%, and increased lateral stiffness. Perfecting engagement was a priority at the outset of the Vault hub design. The hub features a 60 tooth drive ring with six pawls which have two teeth per pawl. There are two sets of three pawls o set from each other resulting in 3 degree engagement for almost instant power transfer. All pawls feature low-drag springs to ensure quick and positive engagement while retaining low coast drag.

Mark Wallace. Photographer: Sterling Lorence.

Proven 6902 bearings were selected due to their large ball diameter and durability. Wide bearing placement was designed to decrease load on the bearings improving lifespan. Protecting internals from the elements is key to hub longevity. To ensure product durability and less service over time, we designed low-drag labyrinth seals specifically for the Vault hubs.

Vault Hubs

Bearing Spacing

Rear mountain bike hubs have two sets of bearings. One set is the load bearings that support the rider and allows the wheel to rotate. The second set the, freehub bearings, allow the cassette to freewheel. The wider the load bearings can be spaced, the more durable they will be. The Vault hub features a 70.4mm wide spacing for its load bearings, this helps to decrease the load on the bearings improving their lifespan.

Boost Explained

The Turbine R wheelset was built with compatibility in mind. The vault hub designed around tool-free end cap swaps to work with current standards like 12x142 and quick release, but a separate hub optimized for the emerging 12x148 boost spacing standard. Boost adds distance in the center of the hub between the drive-side and non-drive-side spoke angles. This added width makes for a wider bracing angle improving wheel stiffness.

Asymmetric rim design with a 4.5mm offset nipple bed

The asymmetric rim design of Turbine R shifts the nipple bed resulting in more balanced spoke tension and a wheel with improved strength, durability and longevity. We chose to offset the nipple bed by 4.5mm which, when paired with the new Vault hubs, gives an equally balanced spoke tension between drive-side and non-drive-side spokes on the front wheel and a 50% improvement in tension balance on the rear wheel.

The stronger alloy offers improved durability at the bead hook

The Turbine R rim utilizes a lightweight 6069 Aluminum, 40% stronger than standard 6061. The stronger alloy offers improved durability at the bead hook while allowing us to thin any unnecessary material resulting in an impressive 460g 27.5” rim with 30mm internal width.

Damien Oton, Devinc Global Racing. Photographer: Sven Martin

Athlete and test rider feedback (including the Devinci Global Racing team) helped us settle on a generous 30mm internal rim width. We find the 30mm to be a good complement to current trail and all-mountain tires on the market. A wider rim helps improve tire profile and tire sidewall stiffness resulting in a more comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride. Out of the box, the Turbine R comes with tape and valves installed for a hassle-free tubeless ready installation.

Turbine R Wheelset & Vault Hub Specs

Vault Hub Features

Feature Benefit
Larger oversized flanges for improved bracing angle Improved wheel stiffness for better handling
Larger bearings Improved durability
No bearing adjuster Nothing to come loose, mount on the bike and ride
Wider bearing stance Improved durability
6 double-tooth pawls (3 engage at a time) Improved durability
120-points of engagement (3-degrees) Pedal movement turns into forward energy
Each pawl has its own spring Improved durability of drive mechanism
Balanced spoke counterbore One spoke length per wheelset for easy servicing

Front hub configurations
:

  • Available in: 15x100 – can get caps to change this to 20x110, 9x100QR, 15x100 torque cap for RS forks (Not RS1) – No tools required to change only need the correct caps.
  • Also available in: 15x110 Boost – Can also use 15x110 Torque caps for RS forks (Not RS1)

Rear hub configurations:

  • 
Available in : 12x142 – can convert to 10x135QR , 12x135 – no tools required only need the correct caps
  • Also available in: 12x148 boost
XD and Shimano Cassette body options for both

Rim

  • 30mm Internal Tubeless Ready Rim.

  • 4.5mm Offset – Improves spoke balance and wheel stiffness
  • New Stronger alloy for Highest Impact Resistance.
  • High Gloss Black Water Transfer Logos

Turbine Rally Wheelset

  • 27.5” – 1730g
  • 
29” – 1815g
  • USD MSRP Front: 479.99, Rear: 639.99

For more information, go to raceface.com

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