Maintaining a precedent.
Complement your capable 29er with a workhorse wheelset prepared to take on long training rides and high mileage without slowing you down. Canada-based Race Face, long known for providing core componentry, has recently entered the world of wheels with the same attention to detail we'd expect from the brand. The Aeffect 29in Wheelset aptly upholds Race Face's reputation, offering a set of low-weight, responsive hoops that don't cost more than your frame.
Race Face constructs the Aeffects out of hardworking 6061 aluminum to achieve an ideal balance of weight, strength, and a wallet-friendly price. Weighing in at a claimed 1,900g, the Aeffects aren't as dainty as some of their carbon counterparts, but they certainly deserve their description as a lightweight wheelset that's ideal for cross-country and trail rides on smooth, fast singletrack. Responsiveness goes hand-in-hand with speed, and Race Face ensures the Aeffects achieve snappy, efficient handling by building them with 28 cross-laced, straight-pull bladed spokes.
The rims come laced to hubs with Race Face's custom cartridge bearings and three pawl design for 21 points of engagement and quick responsiveness across technical terrain. Out of the box, the front axle has a standard 15 x 100mm hub shell width, while the rear uses a 12 x 142mm; however, Race Face includes optional end caps for adapting the front to a 9 x 100mm and the rear to 10 x 135mm if you'd prefer.
Reviews & Community
Very Weak Wheels
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these wheels as part of a custom built NINER. Picked them over the Stan's Flow to save some dough...big mistake. I love the bike but these wheels are awful. They were sent to me set-up tubeless inflated and ready to go. On my first ride I checked the pressure and took off. After couple miles in I noticed my rear tire was going flat. After numerous laborious sessions with the hand pump my ride ended with a catastrophic and sudden loss of tire pressure on a rocky downhill. I avoided a crash but trashed a brand new Maxis HR II with a tear in the side wall and dented the rim.
When I took the tire off the rim I discovered the rim was taped with some super cheap looking cellophane that was already delaminating from the rim which was probably the causing problem.
After contacting CC about my issues they forwarded Race Faces response that I should have contacted them about their products inability to hold air (kind of hard during a ride) and offered to replace the wheel at a "massive" discount: $125... 25 bucks less then I payed for them. I was not happy with this remedy and after voicing my displeasure with this remedy I was ghosted by both CC and Race Face.
I bent out the dents on the rim and re-taped them with Gorilla tape and they now hold air fine but after 6 months or so of riding even at conservative tire pressures(28/30psi) the rims are full of dents and need to be trued every couple rides. My ridding buddy has a set of ZTR Flows on his bike which he bought a few months before mine and they have zero dents and have only needed to be trued once despite similar use.
I don't know if its a design or material flaw but either way these wheels are garbage even at this price point. Also my experience with RACE FACE has shown me they do not stand behind their products and I will avoid their components in the future. Also I was a little disappointed in the competitive cyclists handling of this. don't trust the 100% returns they were prompt and professional in dealing with me but didn't really offer a solution besides pawning me off on the manufacturer. (Theres a photo below of Race Faces sweet tape job)
Is the hub compatible with a SRAM 11 speed cassette?
hey Shuo, there are two models available and one is for Sram 11 or 12 speed.
Is a spacer required to use a 10 speed hub?