Tubeless ready carbon clinchers for under $300, not possible right? I didn’t believe it either, until they showed up at my door. Enter E11EVEN bike’s 38mm and 50mm carbon rim brake clinchers each currently running under $300 for a wheelset – yes, a complete laced up set, they even come with brake pads. According to E11EVEN these are a special run of wheels that are built to the highest standards and hand-strung with reliable DT Swiss 370 hubs, they also include 2-year US-based warranties. Sure, there are lighter wheels out there, there are also wider wheels, but for the money E11EVEN’s 38 and 50 carbon clinchers are impossible to beat. I didn’t believe they could actually exist until I got my hands on a set.
So do they live up to the promise? So far, most definitely. One, they are in fact real. Good start. Weight for the 50mm version that I have on hand matches specifications perfectly and I was surprised to find they come laced with bladed spokes (I don’t see that listed anywhere on the company website). They’re very well built, perfectly true, radial and centered. The finish on the rims is very attractive. The only thing I haven’t been able to do is ride them, hopefully the weather calms down and I can report back. Conclusion, this “too good to be true” wheelset delivers. More info and purchase here. Update 4/8/2020: I’ve put about 1,000 miles on this wheelset and I’m still impressed. They’re still perfectly true and I have had zero mechanical issues with the hoops. The only complaint I have is that they’re noticeably squishy in hard turns, something a lot of wheelsets suffer from but especially disappointing given how comparably heavy these wheels are.
E11EVEN 38/50mm Wheelset Features:
- 38mm or 50mm deep carbon clinchers
- 16.4 internal rim width
- Rim brake only with durable brake track
- DT Swiss 370 hubs
- 20-spoke front and 24-spoke rear
- SRAM/Shimano 10-11 speed
- Includes: QR skewers and brake pads
- Weight: 1610 grams (38mm) / 1690 grams (50mm)
- Warranty: 2-year