Did anyone catch the price on these wheels, $900! I’ll be honest I was a bit skeptical when I heard I would be riding a set of $900 carbon wheels on an insanely sketchy lava rock strewn gravity trail named Stalin’s Staircase, but much to disbelief the affordable wheels had just the right amount of stiffness when tracking through tight rock gardens and plenty of compliance on the several huck-to-flats I encountered.
The dirt has been rather amazing in Central Oregon and the trails have been exceptional for so early in the season, so I thought I would head out on a trail ride just to see how the 29” i33EN Roost wheels faired in a tamer environment. Again I was pleasantly surprised at how balanced the wheels felt cornering at high speed as well how quickly the 29” wheel accelerated out of some very tight corners. Riding smoother flow trails like Bend’s famous Whoops trail, allowed me to focus less on line selection and holding on, and more on lateral stiffness in berms and how they’d handle landing jumps and pedaling efficiency.
After plenty more rides on Bend’s jump trails and some lava-laden rocky trails out east, my last test would put the wheels to the test on some of the steepest and rowdiest riding in the PNW. I swapped tires to a set of Maxxis Minion DHF & DHR tires and drove a couple hours to a secret zone. I was anxious to see how Roost’s i33EN $900 wheels would handle some of the steepest trails I’ve ridden. It had rained just before we arrived and the off camber, exposed roots and the gnarly drop-ins all challenged the limits of available traction. Roost has made me seriously evaluate my perspective on performance relative to price tag.
These wheels rode extremely well in a variety of conditions and at only $900 you will have plenty of money left over to go on that bike park trip you’ve been planning. That is of course, if you were looking at making a $1,400+ investment on carbon wheels to begin with.
The Wolf’s Last Word
Upgrading your wheels is probably one of the most significant changes you can make to your bike’s performance. Knowing that you can now boast about your carbon wheels and their performance for $900 makes it even better. Regardless of the cost, Roost’s i33EN wheelset did not disappoint.
Like most brand’s wheels, they are made overseas but are assembled and fine-checked at their Boulder, CO headquarter. You can also rest assured knowing that if you do have an issue they’ve got a customer service and warranty department ready to take your call. Plus that lifetime crash replacement policy isn’t a bad deal either. We definitely give these wheels a solid thumbs up. They don’t quite offer the finely tuned performance as some other wheels like Spēd Precision, but they do offer a very capable and confident ride at a fraction of the cost! We’d gladly keep these on our bike if we didn’t have to give them back.
Weight: 1,925g (29in – i33EN)