Live From Eurobike—Part 2
Well, the madness that is Eurobike is in full swing, and we’re hard at work tracking down more new products. Next up in our coverage, we have new wheels from Reynolds, as well as a new Switch Infinity-equipped Yeti trail bike that has us drooling.
Reynolds seems to be nailing all of the product trends this year, with the ATR (All Terrain Road) carbon clinchers poised as one of the strongest offerings in the established Gravel category. A generous 21mm internal width on these carbon clinchers promises a solid platform for larger-volume tires, and there’s the added benefit of tubeless compatibility. These are currently being offered in disc versions only with Centerlock rotor compatibility and a claimed weight of 1535g.
On the other end of the road/disc spectrum, we find the 46 AERO Disc Brake wheelset. Based off of the esteemed rim brake version, the 46 Disc maintains a 19mm inner diameter, as well as the DET rim profile, which helps them roll incredibly fast with minimal interference from howling crosswinds.
Moving to the dirt, Reynolds has fresh versions of its carbon fiber Trail and Enduro rims. Both feature a hookless design for easy tubeless setup and impact resistance, as well as an asymmetrical design that promises a zero-dish wheel for added strength. The Trail wheel boasts a 25mm internal width, where the Enduro’s rim measures 28mm. Both wheelsets are claimed to be under 1600g in both 27.5 and 29 inch guises, while the similar weights suggest a similar rim layup. In other words, both wheelsets promise to be very robust, with shapes optimized for medium- and large-volume rubber, respectively.
Also of interest is that Reynolds has developed a carbon fiber 27.5 Plus wheelset. Despite the monstrous 40mm internal width, they’re claimed to weigh just a shade over 1600 grams, while the symmetrical shape and hookless design indicate that they’ll be more than strong enough to hold up to aggressive riders.
With the success of Yeti’s Switch Infinity-equipped SB series, it was only a matter of time before the SB-95 was replaced. Meet it’s successor—the SB45c. The Switch Infinity suspension design is already proven, but the aggressive geometry promises to be a serious improvement on the already stellar SB-95. Chainstays are short—shorter, in fact, than the SB5—for snappy handling. The roomy cockpit and relaxed angles remain, preserving Yeti’s trademark handling. Given how much we love the SB5 as a daily driver, we’re currently drooling at the thought of getting some trail time on its bigger-wheeled sibling.