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2016 Crank Brothers Iodine 3 27.5" Wheelset

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2016 Crank Brothers Iodine 3 27.5" Wheelset

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If you are into enduro, you want to have a wheelset that can stand up to your gnarliest downhills while still being nimble enough to help you get up the climb. The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Wheelset is tantamount to bomb-proof so you will be able to count on it while bombing down your favorite descents.

To ensure that the wheels can handle the roughest terrain, Crank Brothers uses 6061-T6 aluminum with a smooth weld joint for the rims that beef up to 23mm wide, as compared to the 21mm rims you’ll find on the Crank Brothers Cobalt XC wheels. Consequently the rims are laterally stiffer while still remaining pleasingly lightweight. The Iodines have also made their rim bead wall shallower, which helps them accommodate tubeless set ups even better, holding the tire more firmly in place. In fact, being tubeless ready with little to no extra fuss was one of the driving motivations behind the Crank Brothers design. The twinpair spoke technology threads the parallel spokes through eyelets at the rim without having to penetrate into the interior of the rim. That means that these are tubeless ready out of the box without any need for rim tape since the only exposed point is where the valve sits.

For a wheel, weight of course is important, but so is where that weight is focused. With that in mind, Crank Brothers have concentrated on building a wheel that inherently has a low rotational weight. Obviously using high-quality aluminum figures into that equation, but the overall design is where they really got clever. Looking at the twinpair spokes, you’ll see that they are not the sort of spokes you are used to seeing. For the Iodine 3, Crank Brothers have used a Sapim stainless steel butted spoke that will simplify everything from how the wheel is built up to how it can be trued. The portion of the spoke that starts at the rim inserting into the hollow 7075-t6 aluminum spoke pins starts out with a 2.0mm butting, progresses into a 1.8mm diameter before returning to 2.0mm at the end that inserts into the 3.2mm x 139mm alu nipples that extend to the hubs. By distributing the greater portion of mass closer to the hub, Crank Brothers gives the wheels a low rotational inertia, which means that they accelerate faster and will decelerate with ease as well. Since the spokes are twins and equal in length, which is 147mm for the Iodine 3s 27.5” and 166 for the 29”, you can true and even replace them without having to remove the tire.

The brothers have redesigned their hubs with durability and performance in mind. Made from 6061-T6 aluminum as well, the hubs can withstand stresses way beyond what your all-mountain demands may be. Two front hub end caps come with the packaging, with a 15mm installed, while a 9mm option is included. Similarly, the rear hub end caps come 12x142mm installed and 10x135mm included. The freehub uses a three-pawl set-up, which is intended to give you immediate engagement once you put power through the pedals, while two sets of two sealed cartridge bearings will provide a smooth ride. The Cobalt hubs are also XD Driver compatible, though sold separately, in case you ride an XX1 set-up and want to drop down to a 10T. They are even e-bike compatible and can accommodate urban or XC e-bikes up to 350 watts.

The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Wheelset is available in a 29” and 27.5” version so whichever set-up you use for your AM bike can get the benefit of these top wheels.  With the 29er weighing 1850 grams and the 27.5 coming in at 1780 grams, either way you won’t have to worry about your wheels feeling weighted down with lead. Their two year warranty on materials and workmanship proves just how much the Crank Brothers stand behind their product.

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