Now that Race Face and Easton are under the same roof, they put their engineering minds together to collaborate on a new wheelset that balances stiffness, ease of servicing, weight, and cost. Race Face seems to have fit all of that into a subtle package that performs incredibly well. With an MSRP of $1,120, you get a stealthy set of 30mm of internal width rims tied to some of the largest flange hubs available. The wheels are available in both 29 and 27.5, but we threw the smaller set on two different bikes during testing with the easy swap of end caps to accommodate a host of different spacing options. The swappable end caps are a big advantage in today’s market where it seems a new standard seems to come out monthly.
The Vault hub is the first Race Face branded hub and they wanted to create a hub that stood up to the Race Face reputation. They take current design to the extreme with a huge flange spacing of 72mm, almost double of the standard 40mm. This shortens the spoke length leading to increased rotational and torsional stiffness. Offset spoke drilling and direct pull spokes round out the package for a unique wheel set offering some serious performance. The hub bearings are pushed way out to the edge of the hub body to decrease twisting load and increase service intervals. All bearings are the same size as well, which means one less thing to worry about when it is time for a rebuild. A 60-tooth drive ring with six pawls gives almost instantaneous three degree engagement. Race Face put in the time to attend to the small details, like their low friction, high quality seals to keep the internals clean and tight.
Stiffness and durability are forefront goals of the Turbine R rim as the 4.5mm spoke bed offset means almost zero dish in the wheels and helps equalize spoke tension. Speaking of spokes, Race Face throws five spares in the box (all the same length) to ease replacement woes if you do happen to break one. A 30mm width allows 2.3-2.5” tires to be mounted up with ease and creates a very nice tire profile. As far as the aesthetics are concerned, the wheels have a nice finish and the gloss black decals on the matte black rims couldn’t look better in my opinion.