To date, the best, fastest, and most reliable clincher wheels have been our aluminum-and-carbon Jet wheels. Nothing brings you more speed, comfort, and handling – for a great price. After years of testing and development, we're proud to say that we've taken clincher technology one sizable step further, with the new all-carbon VANQUISH 6.
While many other manufacturers rushed into making full-carbon clinchers, we prefer a much more calculated approach. We don't use a material (such as carbon, or aluminum, or anything) just to use it. We use the material that is the best application for the product, in order to make the fastest, safest, most reliable product - while also being the best possible value for your dollar.
We've quietly spent years and countless hours testing rims, tires, tubes, different types of carbon and resin - all on a quest for a carbon clincher that could beat the benchmark Jet. Our intent was clear from the beginning of the project: If we couldn’t make a carbon clincher that did performed better than the Jet, we wouldn't bring it to market. It would need to be wider, better shaped, and lighter. On top of that, it had to be the safest wheel possible, knowing that poorly-made carbon clincher rims are subject to melting and tire blowouts.
Our proprietary carbon rim is made in our own Minnesota factory, and undergoes an insane level of quality control. The shape is all-new, with a huge 30mm external width (21mm internal width). This results in superb aerodynamic performance with 22-24mm tires, and even large drag reductions with 25-28mm tires. If gravel and endurance riding are your thing, the Vanquish will optimize the shape, ride quality, and even aerodynamics of your wide gravel and cyclocross tires.
Please note that the Vanquish 6 is available in a disc brake model ONLY. Why, you ask? Two reasons: 1) Carbon rims do not cool as efficiently as alloy rims. The extreme heating and cooling cycles of an all-carbon rim brake clincher rim compromises the structural integrity the inner tube and can cause a tire to soften or even melt – an clear safety risk. 2) Removing the rim brake from the equation allowed us to make a new rim profile that simply wouldn’t fit inside of a rim brake. It’s a true disc-brake-specific rim, unencumbered by rim brake constraints.