Singletrack Magazine published a long-term review of the new TRX 1 WheelSystem, putting the composite trail wheels to the test on chunky enduro-style terrain and comparing the ride quality against four similar wheels from other manufacturers.
Reporting on the upgrades to the new TRX wheels, Singletrack tester Wil Barrett wrote: “The main change over previous TRX wheelsets is found in the new carbon fiber rims, which purportedly bring a 40% increase in impact strength. Knowing full well that mountain bike rims – whether they’re alloy or carbon – get absolutely punished during their finite lifespan, Giant has utilized all the tools available in its manufacturing arsenal to make these rims as resistant to harsh impacts as possible.”
Barton took a methodical approach to testing the wheels on technical terrain in Australia, fitting four different wheelsets with the same tires and air pressure.
“Out of the carbon wheels tested, the TRX 1 was the smoothest to ride,” he reported. “Not only was there less vibration at the contact points on the bike, I could also feel less pinballing when riding down a particularly fast and rocky gully. This helped me track more comfortably down my chosen line, with less jerkiness from the handlebar. In addition to the smooth ride, one thing that stood out in particular was just how quiet the TRX 1 wheels are. I noticed this on really high-speed chatter, where the TRX 1 hoops just seemed to glide over rocks with less noise. This is likely due to the shallower rim profile, which doesn’t seem to echo vibrations and dings as audibly as taller rims.”
For more, check out the full review on the Singletrack website.
And to learn all about the new TRX WheelSystems, click here.