It’s not often that “affordable” and “carbon” appear in the same sentence, but our Control 29 Carbon wheelset was designed to change that. Utilizing many of the same techniques used in the development of the SL iteration of the Control 29, these wheels provide the lightweight XC performance you need at a more attainable price.
Creating a successful XC wheelset isn't as easy as you might think. Often times, keeping a wheel light, stiff, and strong requires an unlimited budget, so when we were asked to create a wheel that had low inertia and weight but was also strong enough to take on rocks and roots, wide enough so that the tire profile was optimized for both traction and rolling resistance, and most importantly, was affordable, we knew that we had our work cut out for us.
We started with the notion of keeping these wheels as close to their SL brethren as possible. With this, we explored what made the SLs so awesome in the first place and implemented nearly every aspect of them. Starting with the rim, we kept our renowned Zero Hook Bead that allows for continuous fiber layup across the sidewall and rim bed. We then paired it with a wide 25-millimeter internal profile that makes it resilient to impact and creates a tire profile that’s conducive to low rolling resistance and incredible traction.
On the trail, these technical traits translate to a wheelset that many XC riders have grown to love—quick accelerations on punchy climbs, swift stopping that lets you leave braking till the last second, and unprecedented reliability. Combine this with our easy to set-up 2Bliss Ready system and you have a reliable XC wheel that’s as easy to climb on as it is to set-up.
To go along with the rim, we made sure to keep the lightweight, reliable, and affordable features in mind when building the wheelset, so we took DT Swiss 350 Classic hubs (15x110mm thru-axle front / 12x148mm thru-axle rear) and hand-laced them with 28 DT Swiss Competition Race spokes. Finding hand-built wheels is becoming more and more difficult, but we're fully vested in the power of the human touch. When a wheel is machine-built, there are certain margins of error that are built into the system that result in inconsistencies. With a real person building your wheels, you're sure to have a wheelset free of imperfections.
Rim Type: Carbon clincher, 2Bliss Ready, Zero Bead Hook design, black graphic under clear coat
Rim Material: Carbon fiber
Rim Width: 25mm internal
Front Spoke Pattern: Two-cross
Rear Spoke Pattern: Two-cross
Spoke Count: 28h Front, 28h Rear
Spoke Type: DT Swiss Competition Race
Nipple Type: DT Swiss Alloy Pro Lock hexagonal
Front Hub: DT Swiss 350 Classic, 28h, 15x110mm thru-axle, 6-bolt, includes 15x110mm 19mm OD endcaps
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 350 Classic, 28h, 36t quick engagement ratchet system cassette, 12x148mm, includes SRAM XX1 XD freehub
Includes 31mm OD end caps for front hub
Bearing Type: Sealed cartridge
Every wheel includes a tubeless valve stem in order to make tubeless set-up a touch easier.
Assembly Method: Hand-built
Total Wheelset Weight: 1610g
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