Mid-travel 29ers are taking over the all-mountain scene. For good reason. Suspension design has finally agreed to make room for wagon wheels, and wider axle standards and the ever-improving state of carbon manufacturing mean the noodliness we all remember from our first 29ers is a thing of the past. Knight's 29 Trail rims with Project 321 Boost hubs Wheelset adds one more advancement to this mix. It bumps the inner rim width out to 25mm, suiting it to 2. 35 or 2. 5in tires for proper trail 29er traction and cushion. Given that Knight was founded by ex-pats from leading wheel and frame companies, the rim construction is something special. But before we get there, the Project 321 hubs definitely warrant some attention. The hubs are built around a freehub that uses six pawls in offsetting sets in order to bring engagement to below three degrees. You read that right. We're not 100% certain, but we think this may be the lowest engagement angle on any pawl freehub design, and since it operates with magnets instead of springs, it freewheels with less friction. Given the types of terrain that the new breed of all-mountain 29er thrives on, having that virtually instant catch is a definite plus. As hinted above, the rims are no slouch, either. They're built around Knight's EPS form, which eliminates the imperfections (and the risk of structural failure they produce) of construction processes that use inflatable bladders to shape the inner face of carbon. Knight's method ensures that the rim's interior is wrinkle free, features no areas of resin pooling, and molds to the precise spec that the engineers cooked up in their virtual kitchen. It also means there isn't any excess material hanging around to resist accelerations, another benefit that rewards the climbing aggression of wagon wheels.
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