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Item # MCW000E

When "wide" is an understatement.

There are some virtues to the five-inch tires on fat bikes, including traction, plushness, the joy of riding not only off-road but off-trail. Unfortunately, those virtues come with the vice of a ride that feels plodding compared to a jittery, low-travel XC bike. Mercury Wheels' X3 27.5 Plus Boost Wheelset goes some way toward bridging the gap between those two extremes, combining an extra-wide footprint with Boost axles to complement today's breed of high-clearance, all-mountain framesets. These bikes tend to have aggressively proportioned rear triangles with slacked-out front ends, and the X3 27.5 Plus Boost wheels max out that dynamism with equal parts torsional stiffness and plus-sized traction. The only limit is a given frame's tire clearance.

The rims consist of all-mountain-inspired, lightweight, stiff aluminum that lives up to the trail-furniture-be-damned attitude that their efficient ride quality inspires. While alloy wheels aren't as stiff as carbon, a 40mm external width and the improved spoke bracing angle of Boost axles conspire to reduce flex while climbing and barreling through lines. This is a full 5mm wider than the standard X3 rim, and the internal width of 35mm means the Plus rims can just about swallow their skinnier counterparts. That width also lets plus-sized tires plump out to their preferred girth, allowing for a larger contact patch and lower PSI.

  • An all-mountain wheelset that maximizes traction
  • Rim width tailored for plush, plus-sized tires
  • Stiff Boost thru-axles reduce torsional flex
  • Mercury Wheels is the self-sponsored racer's best friend

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
aluminum
Wheel Size:
27.5+
Tire Type:
clincher, tubeless
Rim Depth:
17 mm
Rim Width:
[internal] 35 mm, [external] 40 mm
Brake Compatibility:
6-bolt disc
Hubs:
Mercury
Front Axle:
15 x 110mm Boost thru-axle
Rear Axle:
12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle
Spokes:
Sapim Race
Spoke Count:
28 / 28
Wheel Bag Included:
no
Actual Weight:
Black, 15x110/12x148, HG: 1780g
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Avg. ride time: 9h 44m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Plus goodness

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I put these on a Kona Honzo ST (steel hardtail). I bought them at a steep discount here thinking they'd get me through a season or two, but they've exceeded my expectations by far. Stiff, light enough, and holding up great! No issue running 10-12psi with Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.8 tires. No squirm, no burping, just gobs of traction.

Plus goodness
Avg. ride time: 1h 57m per week
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What do recommend for setting these wheels up tubeless?

I used black gorilla tape (like duct tape) trimmed to the right width. It's worked perfectly, and was easy to seal up with a compressor.

Great wheels at a great price!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Couldn't be happier with these Plus wheels. I ride hard and aggressive and these wheels hold up. They're stiff and they stay perfectly true. I highly recommend!

Avg. ride time: 2h 59m per week
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Holding up great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

About 200 miles on this wheelset, and in the past couple weeks I have nailed a big rock, slammed a big root, and landed a major endo totally expecting a wobble or a dent in the front rim. But, not a thing wrong! Perfectly straight, perfectly true. Also holding my Maxxis Ikon/Rekon 2.8's with 17r/15f psi without any squirm or burping. Really impressed by this wheelset. (other sets owned and ridden on other bikes for comparison include Reynolds carbon AM's, I9 Trails, Easton Haven carbons, Mavic Crossmax SLR)

Love these wheels!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these wheels because my stock wheels were only 29mm wide (inner) for my Plus bike. I stumbled upon this wheel set, mostly for the price point. I read some negative issues when I was researching them prior to the purchase - mostly that they are a bear to mount tubeless, and they burp easy. I found neither of these concerns to be true. I mounted RR's and WTB's 2.8's and 3.0's with NO ISSUE. Also, regarding burping - they havent burped yet, and they've been on the rockiest of rocky trails (rock paths). I called Mercury and spoke to Chris - what a great guy and awesome to be part of a company like Mercury. Also, call Clayton Otto for any orders... he ROCKS! cotto@backcountry.com

What is the difference between the HG and XD variant on these wheel sets?

What is the difference between the XD and the HG?

Not just for Plus tires

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just got these delivered and put them on my Whyte T-130 last night. I was running WT Minions on 25mm internal I9's and the ride just felt too squirmy and wobbly at low speeds with the rounded profile but I love the traction and larger volume of the tires. Despite everyone telling me these were too wide I decided to give them a try due to their great price, and holy s*** what a transformation. Thing handled like it was on rails, never experienced this much traction on a trail bike. Wheels and hubs seem to be great quality, with a quiet hub buzz compared to my I9's. All in all great product, even better price. They were a breeze to set up ghetto tubeless with gorilla tape. If your frame is boosted, don't let anyone tell you they are too wide. I could probably go up to 2.8 in the rear still before getting close to rubbing.

killer wheel killer price!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a bigger rider and ride really aggressive. These wheels hold up to terrain. Well built and hi quality.

What a wheel set!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a new Scott Genius 710 PLUS and needed to replace the ho hum wheels that came on the bike. Since, I bought a set of Mercury's road wheels and really liked them I decided to see what type of MTB wheels they had. I didn't have enough $$ for a set of carbons, so their X3 Plus wheels were perfect! I pulled the trigger on them, then read this "nail on the head" review... http://www.tetongravity.com/story/gear-tech/teton-tested-mercurys-x3-plus-tire-wheels

Which tubeless valve stem can you use on these wheels? Do you also need a rim strip?

Hi David, these do not come with the rim strips.

Great wheel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These wheels are crazy light! Ive been running them with a 2.8 and 3.0 WTB ranger and absolutely love them!