Whisky 80W 27.5 Fat Rim
If you've been following along on our other social media outlets you'll see that I've been building a sweet fat bike... Which means that I've been researching what's new and where I think the market may be going. At this point the biggest thing I see changing is wheel size... So, I present to you my newest addition to my rim stable, the Whisky 80w carbon fatbike rim. Did I mention these are 27.5? Yeah, I'm going to buy in on the 27.5 fat movement.
I thought I'd take a moment to share a quick glimpse under the hood of this new offering! Let's get started, shall we?
Width- Whisky keeps things pretty simple when naming their rims. Browse through their website and you'll find that their naming conventions contain either a "W" or a "D". "D" denote rim depth, "W" denotes rim width. Easy peasy, right??? These rims, named the 80W would seemingly then measure 80mm, right??? Well, almost...
But heck, 83mm is close!!!! Frankly, I would have called it the 83W but that's just me... And to know and understand me is to embrace my weirdness... Ok on to what really matters, the internal width. This is the measurement that directly influences the width that your tire mounts up to.
That's a nice, respectable 77mm. More importantly, math will tell you that each bead wall is 3mm thick, pretty beefy in this world of "I've gotta have the lightest carbon bit on my 30 lb bike..." But trust me I'll rant more about that in another post! Back on task... I'll drop another post in the blog once these wheels are built up and I've mounted some tires pertaining to actual width.
Now, that's not all when it comes to weight... Whisky Parts shipped these rims with their own rim tape, washers and tubeless valves (Oh, did I forget to mention that these rims are natively tubeless compatible???). So good on you Whisky, good on you. I know I've got the correct length valve and the correct width tape! Sometimes it's the little things that give the impression of quality! Anyway, back to my scale...
If you really want to geek out and save a few grams, you may be able to find a nice aluminum tubeless valve stem for this particular application. Speaking of tubeless, the profile of this rim looks to be great! Now, I don't goof around with ghetto tubeless, nor mounting non-tubeless tires. That said, I've got a set of tubeless compatible tires heading here. I'll post up a video of mounting them up so you'll hopefully see the ease a dedicated tubeless set up is.
Ok- that's all I have for you right now! I'll follow up with pictures, weights and thoughts once the complete wheel build is done! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!