When SRAM bought road wheel manufacturer Zipp several years ago, it seemed only a matter of time before they utilised some of that expertise to develop a mountain bike wheelset.

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They made us wait a while though, but at the end of 2011 SRAM finally released their Rise mountain bike wheels. It makes sense for SRAM to offer wheels - they produce just about every component needed to build a mountain bike, so it is only natural to add wheels to their portfolio.

The Rise range is spread across two price points, the top-end 60 with a carbon fibre rim and the more affordable aluminium 40. Both are available in 26, 29 and 650b sizes, keeping every one happy.

We’ve just received a set of Rise 40 29er wheels for testing. At 1,840g they’re not the lightest wheelset on the market but strike a good balance between trail riding durability and sensible weight.

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The rims are manufactured from 6000-series alloy with an asymmetric profile and welded joints. The rims aren’t tubeless compatible so you’ll need to purchase a tubeless conversion kit if you want to ditch your inner tubes.

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Stainless steel bladed spokes, 24 per wheel, lace the rims to the hubs. They’re straight pull and slot into the compact flanges, and are laced with a two-cross pattern. The spokes feel tightly tensioned on closer inspection.

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The hubs use alloy shells with chromoly axles and a steel freehub body. They will take any of the current axle standards, with interchangeable end caps allowing easy switching from 9mm to 15mm bolt-through on the front hub, for example.

We'll let you know how we get on with a first ride review soon...

Available now costing £420 from www.sram.com | www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk