Stan's NoTubes Arch MK3 Wheelset

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Mega light and pretty cheap

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The Good:

For the rim width, you can't get lighter. Even carbon rims will struggle to better the weight. Nice bit of flex is noticeably less fatiguing on long, rough descents. Still available in 32 spoke when so many wheels are going 28 or less - which is simply not enough for alloy rims

The Bad:

Hard riding without the use of a tyre insert and they won't last long. They really are as light as is possible to make an alloy rim of this width. Even with tyre inserts, I'm still pretty worried they will taco one day

Overall Review:

I've owned quite a few high end carbon wheels before, including Enve and other carbon jobbers, that are so light they make your bike feel extra whizzy and quick to accelerate. Well these wheels are AS light as even carbon ones and they give 90% of that fizzy whizzy feeling simply because of their low rotating weight.

Where they differ to carbon is in feedback. They aren't anywhere near as stiff as carbon (kind of obviously) and that's as good as it is bad. The brutal stiffness of carbon wheels is their greatest attribute and it's really pleasing.... for about the first couple of months riding. Then you realise that descents over 3 minutes long are actually way more tiring on your arms and hands. That's where these Stans wheels start to feel much better, especially at the end of a day of

Overall Review:

I've owned quite a few high end carbon wheels before, including Enve and other carbon jobbers, that are so light they make your bike feel extra whizzy and quick to accelerate. Well these wheels are AS light as even carbon ones and they give 90% of that fizzy whizzy feeling simply because of their low rotating weight.  

Where they differ to carbon is in feedback. They aren't anywhere near as stiff as carbon (kind of obviously) and that's as good as it is bad. The brutal stiffness of carbon wheels is their greatest attribute and it's really pleasing.... for about the first couple of months riding. Then you realise that descents over 3 minutes long are actually way more tiring on your arms and hands. That's where these Stans wheels start to feel much better, especially at the end of a day of shuttle assisted riding. 

Pull the spokes extra tight and they're still reasonably stiff, although no stiffer than most normal alloy wheels (as claimed) thanks to using 32 spokes and not less. 

I'm not really gonna comment on the width of the rims because that's up to the individual and the outcome of different rim widths is logical and obvious. Plus the internet is talking about little else than rim width at the moment (yawn). 

The downside of these wheels is their toughness, or lack of. If you ride hard without a tyre insert, they dint very easily, like first-ride kind of dints. But here's the thing - they're so light and cheap-compared-to-carbon that I kinda feel like they're actually designed to be used with tyre inserts like Cushcore or Procore. This combo still only puts their weight about equal to most other alloy wheels, but makes them a shed load tougher AND means you can run thinner sidewall tyres and still not worry about punctures. 

So basically, in summary, when used with tyre inserts these wheels are bloomin ace; without them they're basically too light weight and you should probably think about getting the Flow wheels or something else. 

Specifications

Product Stan's NoTubes Arch MK3 Wheelset
Riding Type Trail
Wheel Size 26", 27.5" (650b), 29"
Rim Material Aluminum
Rim 6069 aluminum alloy, Bead Socket Technology (BST), WideRight design optimized for 2.25"-2.50" trail tires
Inner Rim Width 26mm
Hole Count 32 front, 32 rear
Tubeless Compatible Yes
Rear Hub Stan's Neo, Durasync freehub, Shimano or SRAM XD driver
Rear Axle 10mm QR x 135mm, 12mm x 142mm, 12mm x 148mm (Boost)
Front Hub Stan's Neo
Front Axle 9mm QR x 100mm, 15mm x 100mm, 15mm x 110mm (Boost), 20mm x 110mm, Other (Lefty SL, Lefty SM, SRAM PS)
Disc Mount Type 6 Bolt
Spokes Sapim Force Black, 2.0/1.7/1.8mm
Nipples Sapim Secure Lock, alloy, black
Colors Black
Weight
  • 3 lb 9.6 oz (1,633 g)
  • 3 lb 11.4 oz (1,684 g)
  • 3 lb 14 oz (1,757 g)
Miscellaneous External rim width: 29.3mm
Rim depth: 16.0mm
Rim weight: 406g (26"), 425g (27.5"), 453g (29")
Maximum rider weight: 230lbs (104kg)
Includes pre-installed 27mm tubeless tape and presta valves
Price $679
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