Super wide and super sexy. There are times in life when you just don't care about light weight, pansy mountain bike rims. Like when you're staring down a fall line, psyching yourself up for riding at your limit. These are the times when a rim like the Kitsuma belongs on your bike.
Time and time again, the benefits of a wide rim have been shown. We've been hesitant to go this wide for a long time, since the selection of tires that work well for a rim like this were lacking, but times are changing and tires are now available which take full advantage of a beast of a rim like this. When you put on properly sized 2.35-3.0" tires on this rim, get ready to experience grip and lateral holding forces like you didn't think were possible on a mountain bike. The combination of stiffness, stability, compliance, low rolling resistance and raw grip are game changing. Note: If you are planning to run 2.1-2.3" XC tires, you will be better served with a narrower rim.
The Kitsuma gets all of Nox's latest technology, including UniWeave construction, the Anti-Burp Bump, the strongest RockGuard Hookless bead lip they've ever made and of course their asymmetric offset design which improves spoke tension equality by more than 15%. The DH version of this rim shares the same profile but adds about 50g of material to add stiffness and structural integrity for DH style riding.
|Kitsuma 29 Specifications|
|*Rim weights are +/- 10g
**Wheel weights are with trail layup rims, CX-Ray spokes with alloy nipples
***Recommended build tension is 120 kgf
|Weight Rim||475g* (+50g for DH version)|
|Weight I9 Wheelset||g**|
|Weight DT 240S Wheelset||g**|
|Weight DT 350 Wheelset||g**|
|Spoke Hole Drilling||Asymmetric, 5 deg|
|Max Tension||200 kgf***|
|Width||42mm external, 36mm internal|
|Hole Count||32, (others available custom order only)|
|Finish||Satin Unidirectional Carbon|
|Tech Features||UniWeave™, RockGuard HL™, Anti-Burp Bump™|
|Rider Weight Limit||none|