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Aged to perfection.
Like a fine wine or a stinky cheese, Reynolds’ 27.5 Enduro Blacklabel Wheelset just keeps getting better and better with age. Reynolds hasn’t let its signature Blacklabel hoops mature in a darkened cellar, though; it’s actively redesigned the Blacklabel to be stronger, stiffer, and more supple, so chargy enduro and trail riders can get the most out of their machines.
Don’t panic when you unwrap the Blacklabel and it looks warped, though. Reynolds did that on purpose to strengthen the more heavily torqued drive side of these carbon-fiber beauties without adding excess material all the way around. This design also keeps the wheels stiff and the ride supple, so you can hammer through rocky chunder without getting deflected off your line or feeling like your teeth are going to rattle out of your head.
Reynolds also redesigned (read: eliminated) the bead hook in favor of a more modern and secure rim design, reducing the risk of burps and pinch flats while giving the tire a wider, grippier profile. It’s also updated the Blacklabel with proprietary Industry Nine hubs, whose 120 points of engagement make powering up a climb almost as easy as thinking about it.
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- Q & A
upped my bike game, quick.
I recently swapped the Easton Arcs that came on my Bronson S with these and after only a few rides, there is a noticeable difference. The bike certainly feels stiffer because I feel I'm dropping/jumping more, cornering faster and charging harder than before. I have noticed improved climbing as well. It seems like it takes less effort & strength to keep the bike rolling uphill. These were all subtle improvements that I didn't really notice until I thought back on the ride itself and also when I looked at the shorter ride times. Definitely a hefty pricetag, but if you are looking to upgrade to a superior carbon wheelset this is the one to look at. Industry 9 partnered with Reynolds to manufacture these Torch hubs specifically for them and they are some of the best available. The rear has almost instant engagement and makes technical climbing a joy. Also, the asymmetrical spoke layout makes for a stiffer wheel too, I just can't really explain why.. I don't think I'm smart enough. If you look at the diagram it all makes sense and if the engineers say so, that's good enough for me. Last, the hookless design of the rim make installing tubless tires a breeze. We were able to get them to seat with a less than stellar floor pump. I got pretty instant results out of set and I love them, but damn if they aren't expensive. The pricetag is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars. Although the technology put into these may be worth the cost, it is certainly high enough to give pause.