kLite / IDC Carbon wheel sets (FREE SHIPPING WORLD WIDE)
kLite is very much about a 'racers edge' thru well thought out design.
For over 30 years I have been working with PRO riders to create this EDGE that allows them to push further than the rest, this is the kLite advantage.
well it turns out, when we look into the science of wheels, a few facts really stand out when it comes to wheel speed.
Some inportant points are below:
1: Higher volume and less pressure on rough GRAVEL thru to MTBING is faster than higher pressure less volume.
2: The more vibration absorbed by the wheel, the less sent to the rider.
3: Some up / down compliance is OK, side to side not as good.
4: Aero savings are always there, as long as your wheel is turning.
So it makes sense to create a rim with a short aero profile, that is wide and vertically compliant.
To maximize the effect of fatigue reduction and endurance, we have removed two layers of carbon and swapped them for 2 layers of TeXtream Spread Tow Innegra mesh, very strong very lite, much harder to break than carbon layers, we lay this over the top and bottom of the carbon rim, like armor plating, both on the outside and inside, carbon layers in the middle.
Now you have no need to worry about carbon rims taking a hit, we have tested these and they are really strong. When we add the effects of the wide rim, low pressure, more vertical compliance thru shape and mesh layering, we get a rim maximised for rigid bikes that also beats you up less.
I have tested the gravel version, they feel really fast and have a light and energetic feel, that is really nice, like having 2 extra inches of travel, I am super happy with them and can say the design is up to the kLite standard you know and love.
We have a Gravel and MTB version, see specs for more details.
F: 1015g R: 880g Pair: 1895g Front wheel: 28h Lacing 2 cross Rear wheel: 32h Lacing 3 cross Rims: TeXtream Spread Tow 2 Layer Innegra + Clear Coat (30 DEEP / 31 WIDE EXT / 24 WIDE INT) (Gravel ERD 564) Spokes: DT Swiss Competition (14/15/14) in Black Nipples: DT Swiss Pro Head brass black + Pro Lock Technology Spoke washers: Sapim HM Stainless Steel Front hub: Shutter Precision PL-7 28h Black Centerlock 12 X 100 Rear hub: DT Swiss 350 Classic (road) 32h Black Centerlock 12 X 142 Freehub body: Shimano/SRAM 8/9/10/11 Speed (SRAM XD/XDR Driver 11/12 Speed available + USD 50)
F: 1135g R: 950g Pair: 2085g Front wheel: 28h Lacing 2 cross Rear wheel: 32h Lacing 3 cross Rims: TeXtream Spread Tow 2 Layer Innegra + Clear Coat (MTB ERD 591) (25 DEEP / 35 WIDE EXT / 29 WIDE INT) Spokes: DT Swiss Competition (14/15/14) in Black Nipples: DT Swiss Pro Head brass black + Pro Lock Technology Spoke washers: Sapim HM Stainless Steel Front hub: Shutter Precision PD-8X-110 28h Black 6 hole disc 15 X 110 Rear hub: DT Swiss 350 Classic (MTB) 32h Black Centerlock 12 X 148 Freehub body: SRAM XD/XDR Driver 11/12 Speed
We are pleased to share with you the results of a special project we implemented to test the performance of the special Innegra carbon fiber layer vs catastrophic events. We specifically designed this project to test the performance of our Extreme Conditions two-layer Innegra rim design not under lab conditions but under real-life extreme use circumstances.
For this project, we went to great effort to identify a tester with a demonstrated reputation for riding wheels to failure under severe and abusive use. Our friends in the international gravity community directed us to Michael Brush in Canada who was both identified and self-identified as a cyclist with an “advanced” riding style and track record of regularly “achieving” wheel failures.
We recorded success a couple of weeks ago in what Mike described as a "perfect storm" that saw him boost into a jump that landed him and his bike hard on a "very pointy" rock jutting out of the ground. The near precision impact flatted his tubeless tire and cracked the rim (see photos).
We consider the event a successful “demonstration of concept” in relation to our unique – at least at the time of this writing – two-layer Innegra rim design. In this design, we apply this (expensive) cutting-edge material both to the inner and outermost layers of the IDC-kLite Revolution Innegra carbon rims. We are glad to report they performed as our design intended.
First, the suppleness of the Innegra layers protected them from shattering as did some of the normal layers of resin-impregnated carbon fiber fabric sandwiched between them.
Second, the abnormally high tensile strength of the material used in its fibers together with its purpose optimized weave pattern allowed it to maintain form like a woven fabric with a very high “tear resistance” (notice the kinks but absence of splintering or tearing in the photographs).
Finally, the combination of these two layers of Innegra served two purposes. First, they reduced the force of impact on the stiff but brittle carbon fiber layers sandwiched between them. Second and perhaps more importantly, they held layers of carbon fiber that had been compromised together thus providing structural integrity providing rideable trueness post-event. These characteristics significantly increase the likelihood that a cyclist would be able to successfully ride a damaged wheel to safety (or home) after a crash.
In this case, the Innegra layers contributed to Mike safely completing a 400-meter descent after the crash – and a subsequent 3 kilometers ride home.
"The carbon rims I used in the past were designed by  bikes and I believe that the  carbon rim would have probably been destroyed on the impact and been unrideable to get to the bottom. The Innegra definitely felt much stronger. On impact, the noise it made was very normal to what I've heard in the past and sounded just like hitting a normal rock just slightly louder. I wasn't even aware the rim was broken until the tire was flat 50 meters later."
– Mike Brush
$2,300.00 Regular Price