While fat bikes have recently become popular among the craft-brew crowd, those of us who occasionally supplement our IPA intake with hydration mix and enduro laps are getting a bit more mileage—and a bit more mph—out of plus-size tires. The 29in Stan's NoTubes Hugo 52 Boost Wheelset steps in as the first plus-size 29er with Stan's tubeless reliability, built to roll fast through everything from freshly groomed trails to fields of fluffy powder and not-so-fluffy fields of rock gardens.
The Hugos utilize Stan's NoTubes tubeless technology, whose raised center box section and low profile sidewalls combine to provide a light, fast-rolling ride. The raised box sections offer up a widened platform to support the tire and spread out the ground contact patch, which helps distribute the force of big bumps while the low-profile side walls sit nearly even with the raised center to further distribute the force and reduce the chances of a high-pressure pinch point. This means less time shivering in the snow wrestling with flats and more time frolicking in the powder.
Stan's has built its brand on providing riders with an enjoyable, confident tubeless experience. Its Bead Socket Technology leads the industry in reliable tubeless design, and the Hugos take full advantage of this feature for a plus-size platform that's easy to inflate and boasts an impeccable seal. For riders holding on to traditional tubes, the Hugos can also be run with tubes and reap the benefits of reduced pinch flats compared to your typical rim design. Either way, the Hugos provide a sprightly ride to shred the soft stuff and the crunchy stuff.
Stan's laces the Hugo rims to its 3.30 Disc hubs with Sapim Custom Force spokes for a super smooth and solid ride. The Stan's No Tubes Hugo 52 29in Boost Wheelset is compatible with 27mm rim tape and will accommodate tire widths ranging from 2.8 to 4in with a maximum tire pressure of 30 PSI. The set comes packaged with quick-release end caps, skewers, and thru-axle end caps for 15mm front and 142mm rear spacing.