Tag Archives: Pacenti

  • Pacenti SL23 rim - first look

    Pacenti SL23 rim Pacenti SL23 rim

    Our first batch of the new Pacenti SL23 road rims arrived today, and we are impressed. Certainly in terms of features it has a combination which outperforms most other rims. 456g weight, 26mm depth, 24mm width, tubeless-ready profile, flawless finish as well as all the usual "should haves" - machined braking surface, clean well finished spoke holes and rim wear indicators - not to mention reasonably tasteful graphics.

    Of course the proof will be in the pudding and we'll be getting some built up soon.

    buy the Pacenti SL23 rim here > build custom wheel builds online or call for advice.

  • Tyre and rim compatibility and pressures

    The proliferation of tubeless ready tyre and rim designs has resulted in some significant compatibility issues where certain tyre and rim combinations don't work well together, or in some cases are dangerous. Actually these problems have existed since people started using tubeless tyres but it's got worse recently as different manufacturers come up with their own ideas for the perfect tubeless setup. This article is a brief summary of tubeless tyre/rim dos and don'ts.

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  • 650b wheels on... Intense Slopestyle

    We had to build up a pair of 650b wheels to try out but what to put them on... first up Jons Intense Slopestyle. The wheels do go round but as you can see from the photos only just.

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  • 1st look as Singletrack try 650b wheelset

    "These wheels came from Just Riding Along, big fans of 650b, tubeless and anything slightly quirky!" say Singletrack World in their fresh good Friday page.
    wheelset here > DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Pacenti TL-28 650b rims - £4

  • Prototype: Pacenti Mega-moto 650b

    Further proof that 650b is here to stay, Pacenti are working on an enormous DH dual ply 2.4" tyre. The one we have is a prototype, we are told the finished product will have more knobbles to improve the handling.

    What we know from the sample is that the tyre has an extremely rounded profile, much more so than most other tyres, for a smooth transition to the side knobbles. It will likely come in a lighter (well, 970g) kevlar single ply and the dual ply version shown here which weighs in at a fairly standard (for such a big brute) 1350g. The dual ply will be made in a tacky rubber compound.

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  • Pacenti DL31 rim - and the elusive DT Swiss 240 Lefty hub

    A couple of long-awaited treats turned up just in time for Bespoked, the UK handmade bicycle show in Bristol last weekend (23rd-25th March 2012).

    We've been very impressed with Kirk Pacenti's TL28 rims so have been wanting to get our hands on the next rim from his lineup, the DL31. Weighing in at just over 500g for a 650b model (I think it was 505g but forgot to write it down and now we've built it up), it's got the same tubeless profile as its lightweight little brother and is impressively wide at 31mm. It's aimed at the hard-to-define AM - Enduro - light DH category and while I'm trying to avoid the comparison, it's probably a eyeletted, wider alternative to Stan's ZTR Flow.

    Just to make a really special wheel we laced the DL31 up to a DT Swiss 240 Lefty hub which we've been waiting months for. The hub is made to the usual DT Swiss standards, weighing in about 15g lighter than the standard Cannondale Lefty Si when you include the custom aluminium Lefty bolt. At £150 it's 4 times the price of the Cannondale hub but the bearings should be better and it will match up if you want a 240s on the rear.

  • Just Riding Along team 2012

    We've assembled a small team for 2012 of riders who are all co-sponsered - as you can't get far on just a pair of wheels, its our first year to do something more formal so something we hope can grow. We have 5 mtb riders from a mixture of categories.


    Tom  Bell
    Category - Elite men, ranked 9th in 2011.
    Tom is riding for MSC bikes and Just Riding Along.
    Wheels : Tom has gone for the instock racers favorite of American Classic Hubs on NoTubes Podium rims.

    Tom was ranked 9th in Elite Men last year and riding full time in 2012.  With plans to race in the UK National Points series and in Europe this season as well as regional UK races.


    Melanie Alexander
    Category - Elite women
    Melanie is riding for Cyclopedia and Just Riding Along
    Wheels:  Mel is riding a 29er this year and we've built up the American Classic hubs on NoTubes Crest rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and purple nipples.

    Mel finished 3rd overall Elite in British Mountain Bike Series 2011 and is racing in 2012 as well as writing her blog on XC Racer website.

    Mels first ride on her new wheels:
    "I had a great weekend of mtbing trying out the new wheels. Could not resist a ride to Cawncarn and back on Saturday encluding a fast timed lap of Cawncarn to test out the new wheels and bike and was dead chuffed when I rode my quickest lap ever. "


    Jason Hucklesby
    Category - Expert men
    Jason is riding for BNFS and Just Riding Along
    Wheels: Jason gone for the American Classic hubs in white and the polished ZTR Podium rims for the favourite combination but looks a bit different.

    Jason has had a year out and returning to expert,  planning to do most of the national series, national champs, southern xc, rampage series and select other events such as the Brighton Big Dog. Hoping to build up to top 5 and podium places at a national level



    Gregg Booker
    Category - Youth Men (under 16)
    Gregg is riding for Matlock CC and Just Riding Along
    Wheels: Gregg has the NoTubes ZTR hubs with the NoTubes ZTR Podium rims making a light race ready set.

    Gregg was ranked 7th in 2011 and moving up to Youth in 2012 so will be racing his first year as a Youth rider. He hopes to stay top 10 in the Midlands XC series and to be ranked nationally in the top 15 for Mountainbike XC.


    Matt Wiggley
    Matt is riding the Gravity Enduro series and testing our new Pacenti rims.

    Wheels: We've built Matt a pair of Hope ProII Evos for the easy conversion onto the new Pacenti TL-28 rims to see how they suit the Gravity Enduro racing.

    Inital impressions were good:
    "Just a quick note to say my Pacenti wheels turned up yesterday and what can I say, They look almost like full on downhill rims but soo soo light!!!   I fitted my minion single ply 2.35 folding tyres and they blew up tubeless very easy first time too."


  • Pacenti TL28 rims - first look

    We're pleased to announce that Just Riding Along have been chosen to import the new Pacenti tubeless-ready rims into the UK.



    Kirk Pacenti is best known for pushing the 650b wheel size standard, and supplying frame builders with parts though his bikelugs.com business. However he's long had a desire to produce mountain bike rims to fill certain gaps in the market, the first was a collaboration with Velocity (the P35, which we featured in this article) but now he is developing his own range beginning with the TL28.

    The rim has an appealing combination of weight, width and strength and is fully eyeletted. At 28mm width (23mm internal), and just 360g (26"), 409g (650b) and 438g (29er), there is nothing else quite like it currently on the market which is why we were so keen to bring them in. It helps that it's designed to be tubeless compatible in the usual tape/valve way and the profiles we've seen look to be just the right shape for good tubeless performance.

    We are expecting  advance samples of the 26" and 29er rims in the next week. Production samples are expected in the UK around the end of November / beginning of December by which time we should have had a chance to give the samples a good testing in the Sheffield rocks and grime. The rims are aimed at normal trail riders, not big-air merchants; by his own admission Kirk is a wheels-on-the-ground kind of man. We, on the other hand, like to indulge ourselves occasionally with some inappropriate riding so we'll be sure to give the rims a good workout.

    Update: Prices now available. The rims will retail for £78.50 each, and are available to pre-order in the shop >


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