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Customer reviews for Stan's No Tubes Stan's ZTR Crest 26" Rim

Stan's No Tubes Stan's ZTR Crest 26" Rim

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4.5
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2 out of 2(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer reviews for Stan's No Tubes Stan's ZTR Crest 26" Rim
Review 1 for Stan's No Tubes Stan's ZTR Crest 26" Rim
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Yagil
Country:Israel
Age:35-44
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Expert
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Lightweight, strong, tubeless ready; hard to mount

PostedSeptember 23, 2012
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good quality, Lightweight, Looks great, wide profile
Cons: very difficult to add
The crest is, all in all, a great rim, but not without its flaws.
It's lightweight (My crest was exactly 340g, true to Notubes specification), and strong enough for an XC rim. I built it as a front wheel (WTB Laserdisc Lite hubs, Sapim D-Lite spokes), and for the last couple of months it's performing flawlessly on my Slingshot Fold-Tech Folding MTB (25 Pounds, commuting and XC riding, with drops rarely more than 30cm). It's also quite wide, with 21mm inner width (vs. 17mm of my former Mavic Crossmax SL).
Once you put on a tubeless rim tape and get the tire on (I use Ritchey WCS Shield, 2.1), going tubeless is extremely easy: just put some sealant in, and inflate using a foot pump. easy as 123. Easier than my former Mavic Crossmax SL or any other rim I tried.
Alas, getting the tires on could be extremly hard. The Ritchey are quite easy to mount on Crossmax SL, but mounting them on the crest (after pre-strectching them) proved very difficult. On the Crossmax wheel I managed to mount the tire with one tire lever (actually, I could even do it without any tire lever, but it would be difficult); but on the Crest I needed two tire levers and some soap to get it on. I believe roadside repairs could be a nightmare with some tires that are harder to mount (e.g. Maxxis crossmark UST), and I actually added to my repair kit a small piece of soap so I could be sure that I can change the wheel away from home. It seems that the same profile which makes inflation so easy after the tire is mounted, is making it difficult to mount.
Anyway, after mounting it it worked flawlessly; wide profile, responsive wheel and doesn't flex (but remember, it's an XC rim. It's grate for its intended purpose, but don't expect it to be solid as a rock if you're riding AM and doing 4 foot drops!).
To sum up: difficult mounting, but its excellent performance once mounted more than compensates for it.
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Review 2 for Stan's No Tubes Stan's ZTR Crest 26" Rim
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pipkin
Country:United Kingdom
Age:35-44
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Expert
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

light, affordable and durable trail rim

PostedJanuary 17, 2013
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Lightweight
Cons: ust specific tyres are tight
I've been running a set of these for over a year on my hardtail and have been more than pleased with them.
Initially I was a little put off by the thought of running these tubeless. you need tape to seal the spoke holes. What a faff!
Actually no....surprisingly easy to do with the stans tape. Took about 10 minutes to properly tape. The rims seems way lighter than comparable UST rims.
Tyre choice is important though. I would advise against going for full UST tyres as you will really struggle to get them on (even though Stans website suggests compatibility) . Go for Tubeless Ready tyres - in my opinion (and having tried several) - they work really well. Beads snap into place and they inflate with a track pump.
Durability wise - I am 14 stone. I ride hard. I race these rims. They've had air time. I've unwittingly hit boulders with a flat - they've kept their shape with no issues and without losing their tubeless integrity.
I'm really impressed. Trying to think of some counter arguments but can't (other than the UST tyre being tight).
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