Product Spotlight: Dirt Components Thumper Carbon Fat Wheel Set
By Dave Krueger
Carbon wheel set you say? I got an email from Sven just before I headed up to Cable, WI for the Birkie. There were certainly other words in the email, but all I remember seeing in the email was “carbon wheel set” and the possibility of it hanging out on my fat-bike for a few weeks. The gist of my response to Sven was, “yeah, I’ll take that off your hands.” I like carbon fiber. Perhaps a little too much.
So, I met up with Sven for the delivery of the Dirt Components Thumper wheel set at the Birkie Post Race party at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley (where the libations to the fat-bike gods were in abundance). We snuck out the back door and made the hand-off in the parking lot. Nobody was the wiser to the acquisition of my new carbon test subject. The gods also showed their favor in that I had room in my car to bring them home – although it was close…
My first impression of the Thumper wheel set is that it is nice. There is no doubt they are light and no doubt they look good. I set up my test subjects up tubeless – as they came pre-taped and ready for a valve and sealant. As I am typing this, the Thumpers have been attached to my bike for about a week. They will go everywhere my bike goes for the next six weeks or so. I’ve already taken them out on a few good rides, but there are many more hard-ridden miles in the Thumper’s future.
Even though the Spring (i.e. rainy) season has arrived, I’m going to do my best to see what kind of trouble I can get myself into on these wheels. Check back in in early May for my full report. Until then, here are the Dirt Thumper details:
- 26”, 32 hole, 82mm wide, double-walled carbon rim, 650g
- Dt Swiss Comp black double-butted spokes, alloy nipples
- Enduro Bearings
- Tubeless ready
- Compatible (via end-caps) with most fat bike spacing (Front: 135, 150 with 9mm & 15mm thru-axel or 7mm QR / Rear: 170,177,190,197 with 7mm QR or 10mm & 12mm thru-axle
- Shimano or XD driver (I’m testing out the XD driver)
Wheel set weights:
- 135/170 – 2160g
- 135/190 – 2235g
- 150/170 – 2200g
- 150/190 – 2275g
- Decal colors: black, white, red, purple, & custom colors (yay!)
- Custom wheel builds are available
- Price $1199.99
For more info on Dirt Components check out – http://www.dirtcomponents.com
How are these so cheap? Looking forward to the review!