You may remember that we got a sneak peak at the prototype of a new Stan’s tubeless rim aimed at the fat-bike market last fall at Interbike. In fact, the rim was so important to Stan himself that he was at Interbike to talk about it! We also met Bob Nunnink, Stan’s US Domestic Sales & Marketing Manager, and we put the bug in his ear to let us know when they had more info and a final product. Well, it’s coming and the rim and associated wheel set is eagerly awaited by all of us at Fat-bike.com WHC. We think this rim is going to be a game changer for all-season fat-bikers who want an easy way to set up tubeless to gain all the benefits to be had from said setup.
The words from Stans:
ZTR Hugo 52mm wheelset. While their origins can be found in bikes built to tackle such legendary events as the Iditarod Trail Invitational and the Arrowhead 135, today’s fat bikes have evolved into much more than sluggish snow crawlers. With the release of the first NoTubes rims designed specifically for this emerging category there are now rims designed to push the boundaries of what a fat bike can do.
While our Hugo 52 for Plus Bikes are the first fat rims to feature our Bead Socket Technology, the innovations don’t stop there. Hugo’s ultra-low profile sidewalls combine with our special central raised box section to create a structurally superior fat rim that’s exceptionally light, fast-rolling, and nearly impervious to flat even when using tubes. Of course BST means the best tubeless technology available, and the special shape of the Hugo series rims creates a superior seal, inflating easily without a tube.
Our interior rim shape also spreads out the overall contact area for better strength and support and excellent pinch flat protection. Fat bike rims with taller sidewalls and recessed center cavities can’t touch Hugo’s added stability and tubeless performance, and those who choose to use a tube will find our profile makes pinch flats virtually impossible. The next generation of fat bike rims has finally arrived.
The Hugo 52 will be available in 3 popular wheel sizes 26-inch, 27.5-inch (650B) and 29’er (700C). That should cover all your needs for a 52mm rim that can take a wide variety of tires.
- 26″/559 32 hole, Black 560 grams
- 27.5″/584 32 hole Black 585 grams
- 29″/622 32 hole Black 622 grams
- Estimated MSRP is $145.00
In addition to the rims, Stan’s will be building complete wheel sets with the Hugo 52 with an MSRP of $695.00 specced as follows…
Complete Hugo 52 Wheels
- 26″ 32/32, Stan’s 3.30 Disc hubs, Sapim Custom Force Spokes, Secure Lock Silver Brass Nipples, 1960 grams, MSRP $695.00
- 27.5″ 32/32 Stan’s 3.30 Disc hubs, Sapim Custom Force Spokes, Secure Lock Silver Brass Nipples, 2010 grams, MSRP $695.00
- 29″ Stan’s 3.30 Disc hubs, Sapim Custom Force Spokes, Secure Lock Silver Brass Nipples, 2100 grams, MSRP $695.00
- Front Axle Options: 9x100mm QR, 15x100mm thru
- Rear Axle Options: 10×135 QR, 12×142 thru
- Cassette Options Shimano/SRAM or SRAM XD
Bob informed us that Rims and Wheels will be available in October. He also said that we should be able to get a set to take a look at sooner than that so we look forward to bringing you all the real dope as soon as it is available. This guy can’t wait!
It is October now. Any update to these?