A 27.5x3” tire measures out to a 29” diameter and a 26x3” tire measures out to a 27.5” diameter. Combining them with a 40mm rim, results in the ultimate combination of traction, roll-over and versatility without being too heavy, too bouncy, too tall or feeling lethargic on the trail.
TAPERED HEAD TUBE
Riding fast with control requires steering precision, which starts with the front of the bike. Stiffening this area results in less wheel deflection, more wheel control. A full 1.5” head tube and steerer would achieve this, but would add unnecessary weight and bulk, and limit stem choices. But a tapered 1 1/8” to 1 1/2” head tube serves up a significant increase in rough terrain tracking and stability without much of a weight penalty compared to standard 1 1/8” systems.
The rear wheel tucks in with short chainstays. With a 12x148 rear hub, you’ve got a stiff and responsive rear end.
OUTBOARD CHAIN LINE
A 12x148 rear hub with 3mm offset chainrings minimizes the chance of chain to tire contact with short chainstays and “mid-fat” tires without compromising any pedaling efficiency to a wider q-factor.
WHY THRU AXLES?
Securing the rear wheel to the frame by threading a 12mm axle into the rear drop-outs is not only safer, it’s stiffer. The rear wheel tracks directly in line with the frame, for more precise handling, so you can go faster with more confidence. The increase in stiffness of a 15mm fork axle improves steering & handling significantly. It also puts less stress on the fork’s internals, improving fork durability and performance. The hub drop outs provide a self centering feature for the wheel for fast, easy installation.
FORGED BOTTOM BRACKET YOKE
A one-piece bottom bracket shell and drive-side chainstay yoke provide a strong and lightweight solution for the potential clearance issues of 3” tires and double chainrings.
Benefits of a tubeless set-up are reduced rotating weight and the ability to use lower inflation pressures for greater traction without the risk of pinch flats. WTB TCS rims feature a tubeless UST “On-Ramp” profile providing a consistent fit between the rim and the tire for easy installation and inflation.
180MM FRONT ROTORS
Bigger wheels and tires generate more rotating mass and traction once they are up to speed. So it only makes sense to use larger rotors to help control that larger wheel in the most efficient manner possible. Sure, 160mm rotors will stop the bike. But when you’re riding like every second counts, braking for the shortest time possible while keeping the bike under control is the goal. And a larger 180mm rotor up front lets you do this.
SEAT & STEERING PLATFORM
A 35mm seat tube with 31.6mm seat post assures the stiffest possible pedaling & steering platform, with a sloping top tube for low stand-over.
A dropper seatpost allows you to quickly lower and raise your seat to give you an ideal riding position. Dropping your seat creates a lower center of gravity for better control and maneuverability on steep descents, while raising it puts you at normal riding height for efficient pedaling.
Construction can include either hydraulic- or cable-actuated systems and the post’s travel can either be infinitely adjustable or stopped at set intervals, depending on the model.
Dropper seatposts come in standard lengths and diameters and vary by the amount of travel.
Pedals sold separately
|Frame||Triple-butted 6061 aluminum, 1.5 - 1 1/8” tapered head tube, post mount disc brakes, 12x148mm thru-axle drop-outs, internal dropper post routing, replaceable derailleur hanger, Formula thru-axle|
|Fork||Rock Shox Recon RL 29/27.5+, Solo Air spring, external rebound, lockout adjust, 32mm stanchions, 15x110mm axle, tapered aluminum steerer, 120mm travel|
|Headset||FSA Orbit 1.5 Zero-Stack internal cup, 8mm cone spacer|
|Rims/Wheels||WTB STX i35 TCS tubeless 27.5" rims, Formula sealed bearing 15x110mm front & 12x148mm rear 6-bolt disc hubs|
|Tires||Vee Tire Co Crown Gem, 27.5 x 2.8”, Tubeless|
|Crankset||Race Face Aeffect|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face External|
|Chain||KMC X11, 11-speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano XT Shadow Plus, 11-speed|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano M7000, 11-speed, 11-46T|
|Shifters||Shimano XT, 1x11-speed|
|Handlebars||Race Face Ride, 31.8 x 740mm|
|Stem||Race Face Ride, 60mm|
|Brakes||Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc, 180mm front & 160mm rear RT56 6-bolt rotors|
|Seat Post||KS e10i Internal Dropper, Southpaw remote|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Desert Storm / 15-inch||845436072906||03-2704BR||20225481029M|
|Desert Storm / 17-inch||845436072913||03-2705BR||20225265631M|
|Desert Storm / 19-inch||845436072920||03-2706BR||20225833049M|
|Desert Storm / 21-inch||845436072937||03-2707BR||20225533490M|