Drop those punctured-tube and pinch-flat blues with an upgrade to Stan's NoTubes' renowned tubeless technology. The Iron Cross Team Disc Wheelset sits in the middle of Stan's Iron Cross line of cyclocross-specific wheels with a 28 front/32 rear spoke combination laced to wide, low-profile rims.
The Iron Cross Teams utilize Stan's trademark Bead Socket Technology (BST), which features low profile sidewalls that provide a better seat for the tire bead and allow for a heap of benefits compared to standard rims with higher sidewalls. When setup as tubeless, BST provides an exceptional seal while allowing the tire to hold a greater volume of air than standard rims that place the bead 2-4mm below the edge. This interface lets the tire maintain its full shape for a wider, more stable rolling platform than if the same tire were mounted on a standard rim.
Pairing BST with the ability to run up to 30% lower air pressure than on a standard clincher wheel results in more stability, better handling, solid cornering, and better overall control. These rims are also compatible with standard tubes, and the lower sidewall drastically reduces pinch flat risk by reducing the amount of material present for the tube to pinch against. This means less time running to the pit with a flat and more time battling for position out on the course.
Stan's laces the Iron Cross Team rims to its new Neo hub set featuring smooth-spinning, oversized chrome bearings that glide on a stiff, strong, swaged axle. The Neo holds the bearings at a wider stance for a claimed threefold increase in strength compared to standard hub designs. Though its ten-degree engagement is twice that of the Neo Ultimate hubs on the more expensive Iron Cross Pro model, the standard Neo still boasts four pawls and a forged steel 36t ratchet ring for responsive engagement while punching out of grassy corners or remounting after obstacle-laden run-ups.
The Iron Cross Pro also features an upgrade to Sapim Force spokes, which are actually slightly heavier than the spokes on the Comp Iron Cross wheels but are able to withstand more abuse without failing. The spoke count in the front wheel is also reduced, taking advantage of the Force spokes' strength to shed some grams.
The Neo hubs are finished with Stan's new SealLock end caps for easy installation and Slip-Fit axle ends for easy conversion, and the rims come complete with Stan's yellow rim tape and Presta valves already installed for tubeless use.