First Look – Sarma Naran 29+ Carbon Rims

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Our friends over at Schlick Cycles got in a set of the new 50mm-wide Sarma Naran 29+ Carbon Rims recently and we got a chance to check them out!

The construction of the rims are similar to the Naran 80s that we’ve been riding for quite a while now; that is a double wall carbon build with a pronounced ridge near the beadwall to assist in tubeless setup. If they work anything like the 80mm Narans these will be an easy tubeless set up.

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The cross section image above is from the Sarma USA website.

Of note on the recently delivered rims is a notice from Sarma USA that the wheel builder needs to use nipple washers to disperse the spoke tension load and they also recommend a nipple like the Sapim PolyAX that self aligns so make sure your wheel builder follows these guidelines.

Sarma Carbon Naran 29+ Rims

  • Width: 50mm
  • Weight: 543g (As tested, both of these rims weighed exactly the same. Nice quality control!)
  • Drilling: Centered – 32 holes, spoke holes offset ┬▒ 7 mm
  • Tubeless Ready

These particular Narans will be built up with I9 hubs and Sapim CX-Ray spokes! Should be a killer wheel set.

4 Comments

  1. I would love to see a shootout between these and a set of Rabbit Holes! Sure they are pretty sweet but I seriously doubt that they are much stiffer than the Rabbit Holes and they are only 60 +/- grams lighter! I will stick with the Rabbit’s for now!

    • Rob, the Rabbit Hole you’re talking about is a 26″ rim. The 29″ Rabbit Hole is 700g, so these rims are over one third of a pound lighter, each! In my experience, carbon MTB rims are significantly stiffer than any Al rim as well, although it’s tough comparing apples and oranges.

  2. The 29+ Rabbit Holes appear to be about 150gr heavier per rim, according to Surly’s specs. But they are only $300 for a pair of rims. Sarma is listing these at $1200 per pair of rims, which seems hard to justify, even for over a half pound of wheel weight savings. I’d love to see these up against the Hugo 29+ which split the difference in weight, and are closer in price to the Rabbits. Seems like that would be the go-to 29er + wheelset for now.

  3. Nick, my bad! Either way, the rabbit hole or Hugo is still by far the better value. I mean a half pound is really not worth the difference in price. 1200 vs 300! I guess to each his own!

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