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When designing the new Roam 50 29-inch wheel, SRAM started with a completely blank slate. This from-the-ground up approach is evident once you take a close look at the Roam 50’s design.
The most obvious departure from conventional design is the Roam 50’s asymmetrical spoke bed. This is to offset the difference in spoke lengths in a traditional rim caused by the drivetrain. On a conventional wheel, spokes on the drive side are shorter, causing uneven wheel tension and thus, a weaker wheel. Because of the Roam 50’s asymmetrical spoke bed, the spokes are all the same length, which allows stress to be spread evenly through the wheel. Another advantage is easier spoke replacement because you only need one length. Speaking of spokes, the Roam’s hub uses straight-pull spokes instead of traditional J-bend spokes. This makes the wheel stiffer and the spokes easier to replace.
In order to reduce weight, SRAM built the Roam 50 using its proprietary TaperCore construction technology. This method allows SRAM to remove material in areas where it isn’t needed—mainly in the areas between the spoke bed and the bead hook. This reduces weight while actually strengthening the rim. The Roam also uses a wide 21mm internal rim width to accommodate today’s wider tires and reduce the occurrence of pinch-flats.
The Roam 50’s hubs are also a modern design. Not only do they provide the advantages of straight-pull spokes, but they are compatible with all of the various axle sizes via easy-to-use push-on end caps. The rear hub comes with either the 9/10 speed standard freehub body or the XX1 11-speed model.
- TaperCore construction
- Asymmetrical spoke bed
- 21mm internal rim width
- Straight-pull spokes
- Push-on end caps
- 9/10 or XX1 11-Speed
- Item #SRM0534
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I set these up on my Yeti sb95 carbon, and so far have been loving them. For a non carbon wheel, they are pretty lightweight, and have kept my bike weight down to 26lbs, which is pretty awesome for a trail bike 29'er.
These wheels are super easy to mount a tubeless tire on, and also switch between axle sizes really easily by just popping out one part of the hub with your hand (no tools) and adding one of the other sizes that are included with the set.
I ride a 2014 Cannondale Scalpel 4 (no lefty). The front hub on this is a 20mm which is hard to find. Is this wheel compatible with both the 20mm and 15mm (for a future upgrade)?