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Race Face Aeffect 27.5in Wheelset

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    • Black, SRAM XD 15QR/12x142mm
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    Your high-mileage trail companion.

    In Race Face's own words, the Aeffect 27.5in wheelset was designed to be a "hardworking, no-nonsense set of hoops." Already known for solid, reliable drivetrain kit, Race Face has only recently entered the wheelset category, introducing a wheel for everyday XC and trail miles that further burnishes the company's sterling reputation for bombproof-ness. With a claimed weight of 1,820g, the Aeffects don't break any records for their lightness, but they also won't empty your wallet the way some of their featherweight compatriots will.

    To give the wheels stiffness and durability without the price tag of carbon, Race Face uses treated 6061 aluminum to construct the rims. They feature a generous 23mm internal width and 27.3mm external width with a depth of 20.5mm. They're laced with 28 straight-pull, bladed spokes in a cross-laced pattern to achieve a stiff and snappy response as you corner and climb on singletrack. The hubs feature Race Face's sturdy, custom sealed cartridge bearings and 3-pawl design to offer fast and reliable engagement across 21 points.

    • Item #RCF002L

    Tech Specs

    Rim Material
    6061 aluminum
    Wheel Size
    27.5 in
    Tire Type
    clincher, tubeless
    Rim Width
    23 mm
    Brake Compatibility
    6-bolt disc
    Hubs
    28-hole cartridge bearing
    Front Axle
    15 x 100mm
    Rear Axle
    12 x 142mm
    Spokes
    stainless steel
    Spoke Nipple
    brass
    Wheel Bag Included
    no
    Claimed Weight
    1820 g
    Recommended Use
    mountain bike
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    WEAK WHEELS WEAKER SUPPORT

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the 29in version of these wheels as part of a custom built NINER. Picked them over the Stan's Flow to save some dough...big mistake. I love the bike but these wheels are awful. They were sent to me set-up tubeless inflated and ready to go. On my first ride I checked the pressure and took off. After couple miles in I noticed my rear tire was going flat. After numerous laborious sessions with the hand pump my ride ended with a catastrophic and sudden loss of tire pressure on a rocky downhill. I avoided a crash but trashed a brand new Maxis HR II with a tear in the side wall and dented the rim.

    When I took the tire off the rim I discovered the rim was taped with some super cheap looking cellophane that was already delaminating from the rim which was probably the causing problem.

    After contacting CC about my issues they forwarded Race Faces response that I should have contacted them about their products inability to hold air (kind of hard during a ride) and offered to replace the wheel at a "massive" discount: $125... 25 bucks less then I payed for them. I was not happy with this remedy and after voicing my displeasure with this remedy I was ghosted by both CC and Race Face.

    I bent out the dents on the rim and re-taped them with Gorilla tape and they now hold air fine but after 6 months or so of riding even at conservative tire pressures(28/30psi) the rims are full of dents and need to be trued every couple rides. My ridding buddy has a set of ZTR Flows on his bike which he bought a few months before mine and they have zero dents and have only needed to be trued once despite similar use.

    I don't know if its a design or material flaw but either way these wheels are garbage even at this price point. Also my experience with RACE FACE has shown me they do not stand behind their products and I will avoid their components in the future. Also I was a little disappointed in the competitive cyclists handling of this. don't trust the 100% returns they were prompt and professional in dealing with me but didn't really offer a solution besides pawning me off on the manufacturer. (Theres a photo below of Race Faces sweet tape job)

    WEAK WHEELS WEAKER SUPPORT

    Ok for what they are

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I cannot keep air in these for more than a couple days. They showed up flat, so I added sealant. Two days later they were flat. I filled them back up and sprayed them with soapy water and they were leaking around the bead and every spoke hole. I removed the tires and re-taped wheel, re-seated the wheels, and filled them with sealant. I was sure I had found the root cause, but three to four days later they were flat again. I'm close to taking them to my LBS and letting them have a crack. However, when they are holding air they seem like pretty capable wheels.