Rimpact SendNoodz Tire Insert
Words & Photos by Robert Johnston
The tire insert market has been growing quite rapidly over the last couple of years as riders continue to push their bikes harder and harder. Rimpact is a relatively new player to the game, and their insert on test here promised to offer “The best performance to cost ratio available.” With such a bold claim, I was eager to put our SendNoodz to the test to see just how good they perform.
Rimpact inserts are made from a high-density, closed cell, cross linked polyethylene foam. They come as a full loop, pre bonded at each end with what looks like a strong masking tape. Their shape is different compared to most inserts on the market. The inner portion designed to fill the rim bed, and there’s an extended portion with flat sides that is designed to sit against the inside of the tire sidewalls and offer some support while cornering.
With a claimed weight of 95 grams per insert (29-in), these fall in the middle of other offerings on the market. They’re a bit heavier than the Huck Norris inserts, but a significant reduction in weight compared to the likes of CushCore, Procore and many others.
Fitting these inserts takes a slightly different approach than fitting the tire without an insert, but compared to CushCore it is a far less difficult task. Rimpact handily provide good instructions for the best technique to fit their inserts, which makes it a stress free affair.
At $44.50 for a pair with high quality, clog resistant aluminum valves, these inserts represent remarkable value compared to other offerings. After the install was complete, it was time to see how they compare in terms of performance? With claims of increased tire stability, reduced tire roll, lower pressures viable, and reduced trail chatter, I was keen to put these inserts to the test.