In the early design phases of the Traverse Fattie 29, Specialized recognized that the number of aluminum wheels that had the prowess to both shred rowdy descents and to provide the efficiency required of our Northern California testing grounds' relentless climbs were far and few between. Specialized also came to realize that trail riders expect certain features in a proper, send-it-ready wheelset. And for the price, found that alloy hit many of these expectations, while also keeping enough jingle-jangle in your wallet for a post-ride beverage.
Along with light overall weight, stiffness, and durability, another top priority for the Traverse was ease of use. First off, the creaky straight-pull spokes and corrosion-prone alloy nipples were removed from the equation. Next up, Specialized landed on 28 J-bend spokes, for front and rear wheels, that are all the same length—making it easy to find replacements if needed. And finally, a new hub design was engineered, with a wider profile and higher flange to aid in overall stiffness.
Specialized took the traditional 19- to 23-millimeter standard and moved it out to what worked best in testing—a whopping 30mm “Fattie” width. A wide rim does a variety of things for ride performance—it better supports the tire for increased confidence and grip, it affords you the ability to run lower pressures, and it spreads impact out over a larger surface area to reduce the risk of damage. Also added to the mix was the Zero Bead hook design, and this ultimately aids in preventing “burps” during hard cornering, while also making tubeless set up quick and easy.
After developing what Specialized found to be the perfect alloy trail wheels, they went farther down the perfection path, hand-lacing the rims to their own alloy hubs that allow for the same spoke length throughout the entire wheelset, via 28 DT Swiss Revolution J-Bend spokes and Pro Lock nipples. Inside the hubs, you'll find sealed cartridge bearings and DT Swiss 360 rear internals that'll keep you rolling smoothly for miles. Specialized also wanted to ensure that each wheel was built correctly, so they built them by hand.
Note: Each wheelset comes packaged with a SRAM XD-driver and a tubeless valve stem in order to make tubeless set-up a touch easier.
- Front Spoke Pattern: Two-cross
- Rear Spoke Pattern: Two-cross
- Nipple Type: DT Swiss Brass Pro Lock hexagonal
- Front Hub: Alloy body, 15mmx110 thru-axle, 19 and 31mm OD end cap options included
- Bearing Type: Sealed cartridge
- Roval Engineered J-bend hub shells have a single spoke length for each wheelset
- Assembly Method: Hand-built
- Every wheel includes tubeless valve stems in order to make tubeless set-up a touch easier
Wheel Size: 27.5" or 29"
ISO Diameter (ETRTO): 584 or 622
Tire Type: Tubeless (Clincher)
Brake Type: Disc Brake (6-Bolt)
Hub: CNC Machined Alloy Body, DT 360 Internals (Rear Hub)
Axle Type: Thru Axle
Hub Spacing: 15 x 110mm & 12 x 148mm (Boost)
Drive Type (Rear Hub): SRAM XD
Rim: E5 High-strength Alloy Tubeless Ready (Zero Hook Bead)
Rim Width: 30mm (Internal) or 36mm (Internal)
Spoke Count: 28H (Front/Rear)
Spoke Type: J-Bend (DT Swiss Revolution)
Weight: 1870g (29" | 30mm Rim), 2000g (27.5" | 36mm Rim)
This product was added to our catalog on November 15, 2018