We’re going to get deeper into the 27.5 wheel size over the next few months and the next set of wheels in the spotlight is the Pub carbon 27.5 x 75mm rims laced to DT Swiss hubs with Terrene Cake Eater 27.5 x 4 run tubeless.
The Pub Carbon rims have an inside dimension of 70mm, which puts this set of wheels between common 26″ rim widths. Fat-bike wheels started with Large Marge – 65mm hoops and now most 26″ rims hover around 80mm wide and go up to 100mm in width. The 27.5 wheelsets that we’ve measured have been very close (in height) to 26 x4.8 mounted on 100’s. So if you like the way your fat-bike rolls with the largest of 26″ tires (4.5-4.8), it would stand to reason that you would experience a similar result with 27.5 wheels. If you currently run 26 x 4.8 wheel/tires you can run 27.5 Low-fat wheelsets on your 26″ fat-bike, with very little change to your fat-bike’s bottom bracket height.
We’re heading into spring with this new set of Pub wheels mounted to my Corvus (Ten Beers). Spring behind the cheese curtain can test the patience of any mountain bike enthusiast. The trails are closed because they’re at their most fragile state of the calendar year. Currently, most of my rides are restricted to pavement and gravel so the testing of these new wheels will need to continue for a while longer, so we can get them out on some dirt!
This is our third look at the Cake Eater from Terrene. I liked them in 26″ and studded 26″ as did Ken Blakey-Shell. The B+LowFat version of the Cake Eaters measured 95mm wide mounted to the Pub rims. The Pub wheels come out of Framed Bikes up in Minneapolis. Framed and Pub have some big news on the horizon that’ll include custom handbuilt wheels with all of the best performance hub and spoke options for the discerning wheel customer. These wheels feel light and stiff and I can’t wait to get some off-road miles in on them! After I get a little more time in on this set of wheels, we’ll be handing them off to BBR Test Pilot Nick Holzem for our final review.
For more information about the Framed and Pub visit – www.framedbikes.com