Knight Composites 29" Race, Industry Nine Torch 700c 29er
We've spent a lot of time looking for the best available option for a carbon 700c/29er gravel/cross/XC rim. The parameters we set were that it had to be high quality, significantly lighter than alloy options, strong and stiff enough to make the light weight a non-compromise in those dimensions, have excellent tubeless set up, and have a hookless bead. Hookless beads markedly decrease the chance of manufacturing errors, while increasing rim durability. And it had to be designed as a disc rim from the ground up - no parasitic weight from a vestigial brake track, and no brittle high temp resins. We've finally found it in the Knight 29" Race. Use it all fall for cross, then switch to mountain or gravel tires for the winter and spring. It's ideally everything from a 33mm cross tire to a 2.25" mtb tire.
25mm deep, 27.5 external/22.5 internal width, 355g/rim.
Industry Nine hubs are made with skill and pride in Asheville, NC. Maybe the best looking hubs around, they are durable, reliable, high speed and low drag, and simple to maintain (mostly because little to no maintenance is needed) and own. Available in a whole bunch of excellent colors, they are a great choice any in build. Available for QR, 12mm and 15mm front, and QR and 12x142 rear. Set weight 345g.
Laced 28/28, 2 cross, using black Sapim CX Ray spokes and black brass Wheelsmith nipples.