This year WTB is rolling a well-tested new wheel system for the XC -Trail rider. Perhaps you might recall the TSC tires that we reviewed a month or so back (Mutano and Weirwolf). Well, to complete the system, WTB now offers a wheel set that perfectly matches their tires.
WTB’s new TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) Wheel System features light-weight tubeless tires, rims, and wheels so riders can customize their set-up for specific terrain and riding style. The new wheels sport WT69 metal alloy, tubeless compatible rims with lightweight rim tape, bladed WTB spokes, alloy nipples, and a stainless steel cartridge bearing system with dual labyrinth seals. The Stryker XC is one of the first complete TCS wheel systems from WTB.
WTB worked with a team of engineers and professional riders like Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler to develop the TCS Customized Integrated Wheel System. The new TCS gear is compatible with all UST, ISO and ETRTO standards, tires, rims, and wheels.
If you check out the WTB website you can see the boys (and girls) from WTB have already notched numerous wins with these fresh wheels on their bikes. No doubt this gave them plenty of time to hammer out any issues that might arise with a new wheel system. Being one who is always interested in what’s new and wonderful in our industry I am looking forward to testing these out.
As far as I know the TCS system is the first mountain bike wheel system (tires, rims, spokes, hubs) that is entirely produced by the same manufacturer. Who knows, very soon you might see the TCS wheel system available for higher end OE wheels on your next bike. Stay tuned for more information and hopefully a review in the not-too-distant future.