Rapid rolling over all types of terrain, 29” MTB wheels are now a popular choice for trail riders as well as cross country and enduro racers. From lightweight XC wheels to durable enduro hoops, we have picked out the best 29er wheels in this review to help you choose the standout performers for your 29er wheel upgrade.
Lightweight wheels accelerate faster and make climbing easier. This is especially noticeable on 29ers and a wheel upgrade is one of the best ways to improve your performance on the trail. More aggressive enduro and all mountain riders will also benefit from wider rims. As well as being stronger, a wide rim improves the tyre profile offering better grip.
Accelerate faster and climb quicker with a 29” mountain bike wheel upgrade.
Rim Aluminium, 21mm internal width
Spokes Straight pull, steel bladed
Hubs Aluminium alloy TS-2
Tubeless not designed for tubeless
Weight 2,000g / pair
Best for XC / Trail
Offering Mavic’s legendary design and build quality at an affordable price point the Crossride 29” wheels are built for hard riding over all types of terrain. Building on the success of this classic wheelset the rim has been redesigned and now features a wide profile that offers improved tyre support and is lighter too.
Bladed spokes offer improved aero performance and the straight pull design is stronger than traditional j-bend spokes, it’s great to see these on a wheelset at this price point. The alloy hubs feature the TS-2 freewheel that is inspired by Mavic’s high end wheelsets. These wheels are compatible with both bolt thru and quick release axles.
The legendary Crossride, now with a wider and lighter rim.
Rim Aluminium, 29mm internal width
Spokes Sapim Force Black
Hubs Neo alloy hubs
Tubeless Tape and valves ready fitted
Weight 1,918g / pair
Best for Enduro / trail
The Stan’s No Tubes Flow Mk3 builds on the World Cup DH success of the Flow EX and are scaled up for 29ers. Like the Specialized Traverse featured below, the Flow Mk3 features a wide rim profile with a 29mm internal diameter that offers improved tyre stability for control at any speed. Alongside this, Bead Socket Technology promises faster rolling and harder cornering control.
As well as being wider the Flow Mk3 rims are lighter, stiffer and more durable which gives them wider scope from more diverse types of riding. The rims are laced to Neo hubs that offer durable performance with quick engagement and options to fit every axle standard. Supplied with tape and valves ready installed the Stan’s Flow Mk3 wheels offer trouble free tubeless running.
Designed for control at speed the Flow Mk3s are perfect for technical trails and enduro racing.
Rim Aluminium, 23mm internal width
Spokes Sapim, double butted
Hubs Hope Pro 4 aluminium
Tubeless Requires tape and valves
Weight 2,055g / pair
Best for Enduro / trail
Hope Tech hubs have long been favourites of British mountain bikers due to their ability to put up with the months of muddy riding that UK MTBers endure. The new Pro 4 hubs offer the reliability, hub options and wide range of colours that you expect from Hope, all in a lighter weight package.
The rims feature a trail friendly 23mm internal width for good tyre support. The 3-chamber rim design is strong giving you the confidence to attack rough trail sections. Strong enough to take on challenging trails these 29er hoops are ideal for enduro racers and aggressive trail riders.
Rear wheel featured,Hope Tech Enduro front wheel sold separately
Built for the very worst British trail conditions
Rim Carbon laminate, 24mm internal width
Spokes Stainless steel butted
Hubs Aluminium / Titanium with angular contact bearings
Tubeless Requires valves
Weight 1,611g / pair
Best for XC racing / trail
With their carbon laminate rims and titanium freehub body you know you are getting pro level performance with these Shimano XTR 29” hoops. The rims are made by wrapping carbon fibre composite around an aluminium base. This is the same process that is used on the Dura-Ace road wheels and combines the durability of aluminium with the rigidity of carbon composite. The 24mm internal width is wide for an XC rim and offers an improved tyre contact patch.
The hubs feature Shimano’s signature angular contact bearings for smooth running performance and easy maintenance. Designed for XC racing these XTR hoop are strong enough for trail riding. If you want pro level performance without breaking the bank then you won’t go wrong with XTR.
Rear wheel featured,Shimano XTR XC 29er front wheel sold separately
Pro level cross country performance
Rim Carbon, 30mm internal diameter
Spokes DT Swiss Revolution
Hubs Aluminium, DT Swiss internals
Tubeless Rim tape ready fitted, valves supplied
Weight 1,570g / pair
Best for Enduro racing / trail riding
The Specialized Roval Traverse SL Fattie 29” wheels offer the stability and traction that you need when taking on challenging trails. These carbon rims are strong enough for enduro racing yet are still the lightest wheels in this top 5 review. These wheels are tubeless ready out of the box, the tape is ready fitted all you need to do if fit the supplied valves.
The hubs feature DT Swiss internals for quick engagement with reliable running and are laced onto the rims with DT Swiss Revolution spokes. These are hand built wheels and the build quality is exceptional. Neat touches like the mixed radial/three cross spoke lacing on the front wheel help to set these high performance 29” hoops apart.
Enduro durability with XC weight