The long wait/weight is over! I had been in talks over the last several months with a rep from True bikes about the (hopefully) soon-to-be-available 36er carbon rims. A few months went by, and then he told me that Alchemist bikes was going to be manufacturing the rims, and that I should contact them about ordering one, if/when possible.
Although they are not yet available on their website I was very lucky to be able to order one early, and as of today, 11.1.2019, I am now the proud owner of the first [?] 36er uni with a commercially off-the-shelf carbon rim!
Just how light is it? The Nimbus stealth ll rim weighs in at just under 1,200 grams, or 2.6 lbs. I was guessing that the new carbon 36er rim would weigh somewhere in the range of 800 to 900 grams, which would be a pretty decent weight savings.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say I was shocked, shocked to find that it weighed a mere 580 grams or 1.27 lbs!!! That’s nearly 1.4 lbs less than the stealth ll rim. It’s a 32 hole rim, (no 36 hole option…yet) and once built, it was a full 1.5 lbs lighter than the stealth 2 wheel build.
That’s a HUGE reduction in rotational weight, and I would call that a definite game changer! So Now you can actually brag about your “carbon footprint”!
PS: I’m told tentative pricing is 350 euro plus shipping if you live in the EU. 280 euro if outside the EU plus shipping.