Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross Team Wheelset $595.00
Who needs a team when you have these wheels?
Tubeless tires have made their mark in cyclocross for obvious reasons — they provide superior handling, lower running pressures, and flat-resistance. And along the lines of added advantage, disc brakes also work in conjunction with the wheels that make this technology possible. For this reason, Stan's NoTubes' Iron Cross Team Wheelset integrates both technologies in an affordable, race-ready wheelset.
Improving upon the original, award-winning Iron Cross wheels, the Teams were built on 6061 Aluminum rims and given a 24-hole front and 28-hole, two-cross spoke pattern. As for the spokes themselves, these wheels feature DT Swiss SuperComps. For the construction, the wheels use Bead Socket technology, which reduces the overall height of the rim and makes the inner-rim the same size as the bead of the tire. The bead sits perfectly with the rim in order to eliminate play, thus giving the tire a rounder shape that nearly eliminates pinch flats. Additionally, this design permits you to ride with lower pressures, increasing comfort and contact over rough terrain.
This wheelset was also designed exclusively for cyclocross, and therefore, the rim was given a wide, 20mm internal width (23.2mm external). And while this provides a stable platform for the tires, it also creates a more dynamic contract patch with 'cross tires. However, it's worth noting that this means that you won't be able to run narrower road tires on the wheelset. The Team wheels are also able to be run with either clinchers or tubeless tires. For the latter, all that you'll need is the pre-installed layer of 21mm Yellow tape and 35mm silver alloy valves.
The Stan's NoTubes Iron Cross Team Wheelset set weighs in around 1510grams, and it has a recommended rider max weight of 185lbs. Please note that these wheels were designed for use with six-bolt disc brakes, and that the front and rear wheels were built with 3.30/3.30RD quick-release, six-bolt hubs. It's also worth noting that the freehub is compatible with 11-speed Shimano/SRAM cassettes, and that there isn't currently a Campagnolo option.
Reviews & Community
Cross is coming
Time to get it on!
Not too shab
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
When the time came to get some wheels for my new cross build, it came down between Stan's and Velocity's. I was edged over to Stan's because they were a bit easier on the wallet at the time. Weight of both pairs were just shy of each other.
Initial setup wasn't too bad. In all, it was about 20 minutes of cursing profusely(this is my first time going tubeless, I am totally late to the party) and getting the white Stan's all over my hands. After 2 failed attempts, I got it on. Whew! The second wheel went on in a flash.
Riding on the Team's had me a bit sketched. On roads and dirt roads, no prob. They are awesome. However, once I hit the trail with them, they are somewhat more fragile than I anticipated. They have a 185 limit and I only weigh about 165ish. I tend to ride it like I stole it and of course, they are a bit weak for me. Ack!
Before giving them anymore abuse, I promptly trued them up and set them up on my wife's bike. She's a happy camper and so am I... I ended up getting a pair of the Alpha 400's since they have a 250lbs weight limit.
Great upgrade from stock disc wheels
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought 2 sets of these wheels: Team for racing, and Comp for training and playing on singletrack and gravel. They replaced the stock Alex Black Dragon wheels on my cross bike. These Stans are a full 2 lbs lighter than the stock wheels which makes an unbelievable difference even with large cross tires (I have one set with Clement PDX for CX racing running tubeless and 41c Surly Knards with tubes for fun on singletrack and gravel).
I couldn't be happier. I was able to buy two sets of these very good wheels for the price of one excellent set of custom wheels. For me, the ability to have 2 sets of wheels running tubeless with vastly different tires is a better solution considering that the weakest link in the chain is the motor.
If I were to buy one set it would be the Team version which is a great combination of strong and light.