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2014 Shimano XTR WH-M985 29 Tubeless Wheelset

  • 2014 Shimano XTR WH-M985 29 Tubeless Wheelset
  • 2014 Shimano XTR WH-M985 29 Tubeless Wheelset
  • 2014 Shimano XTR WH-M985 29 Tubeless Wheelset
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2014 Shimano XTR WH-M985 29 Tubeless Wheelset

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No matter what wheel size you prefer, it's nice to be able to select a top-of-the-line offering. And this Shimano XTR WH-M985 26 Race Tubeless Wheelset is as good as it gets. These are the wheels of choice for the hard-riding ladies on the Luna Pro Team. Lightweight and sturdy, there's no denying the advantage you'll have when you toe the line at the next big event.

One way these XTR wheels differ from XT is in the scandium rim. It's a lighter and tougher extrusion than the aluminum on the XT wheels. Every effort is made to shave excess weight, with the extrusion being machined to a minimum. Each of the spokes is attached to threaded inserts called T-nuts that are brazed onto the rim. This is part of Shimano's magic to create a rim that meets UST specs and carries the certification to prove it - no holes in the rim bed, a deep central channel, and a four-sided bead seat to hold the tire in place at low pressure. This means that you'll have easy tire installation and inflation. Once you seat the bead with a standard floor pump (no kidding) you'll have the ultimate in tubeless reliability.

The M985 wheels are laced with twenty four 2.0/1.5/2.0 butted stainless steel spokes in a two-cross pattern, and aluminum nipples keep the rotational weight down to a minimum. They're tied to a 7075 T6 aluminum hubshell and axle, rolling on Shimano's finest angular contact bearings. This system is easily adjustable and allows you to set the bearing preload to absolute perfection where play is eliminated and drag is nonexistent. You won't find smoother bearings than these. The hub internals are protected from the elements with rubber contact seals and dust caps. In another bid to shave a few grams, Shimano uses titanium for their XTR freehub body, and it offers quick engagement.

It is compatible with 9- and 10-speed cassettes. The M985 wheels require Centerlock brake rotors and come with an XTR rear skewer. The rim width is 23.3mm, and it is recommended that you use 1.5 to 2.25" tires. The wheelset weighs 1476g with a thru-axle front and QR rear wheel.

The Shimano XTR WH-M985 26 Race Tubeless Wheelset has proven itself at the World Cup and will excel the next time you throw down.

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