Spoke Magazine


Posted by Caleb Smith on Tuesday December 14 2010

Two packages turned up today, two packages that would allow me to complete the Niner WFO9 build! First up were some beautiful 2035 gram 140mm Marzocchi Bomber 44 Mirco Ti forks (with custom 55 sticker set to trick the trainspotters) thanks to Matt at Wide Open, I loved the review set of 55s we had a while back and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out on the trail! The second package was from Jason Moeschler at WTB and contained a set of very early production 29″ Stryker XC Race wheels; these things just ooze radness. Check the pictures out below if you don’t believe me.

WTB's Jason Moeschler and Mark Weir raced these same wheels (the 26" version) at a bunch of the French enduro races and didn't have to tweak the blade spokes one bit.

The WTB Stryker rear wheel weighs just 845grams, features bladed spokes and WTB's new TCS (tubeless conversion system). I've never owned wheels so light!!!

The 29" Stryker front wheel comes in both a QR and a 15mm. I'll be running the 15mm which again features bladed black spokes and WTB's TCS set up. Which, after a midnight run to the Mobil near me, took all of about five minutes to set both wheels up tubeless with 29" WTB Bronson tyres. Oh the front wheel weighs 753 grams.

  • http://www.quietchaos.co.nz Lester

    those look pretty nice! Was super impressed by my (lower model) 44’s on my old bike… those wheels looks good but you know my thoughts on 29″ers… at least you are tall like a sasquatch.

  • bellend

    hmmmm, taco time on rata. 5 bucks.

  • http://www.calebsmith.co.nz Caleb

    Thats my fear, not that the wheels cant handle it, but its so rooty and theres so many holes and i havent ridden the bloody thing off road yet. You gonna harden up and show up ROD? or are you afraid of being beaten by Leif on his full rigid DMR?