SRAM has announced the addition of a 650b version of its Rise wheelset, to join the MY13 line.
Both quick release and 15×100 (convertible) axle designs are on offer up front, while the rear wheel will be available in QR and 12×142.
“A lot of wheel companies tend to focus on one design attribute with their wheels, such as low weight or lateral stiffness,” said SRAM wheel product manager Bastien Donzé. “Our goal from the start was to design a wheel that offers all the best possible ride characteristics.”
"There is no denying that bigger wheels provide an advantage in terms of speed, rolling resistance and traction. However, 29”
wheels do not suit every rider or every style. 650b wheels may be the answer; the perfect balance for riders who are seeking some of the advantages of big wheels without losing the ride feel of 26”.