FALCON WHEELSET R65 Road/CX

65mm depth Hand-built 700C carbon 25.85mm wide hooked road bicycle wheels for tubeless compatible

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Our Global Warehouse ships products worldwide, while our North American Warehouse provides faster shipping service for customers living in North America.

GLOBAL OPTIONS
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    HUB

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    SPOKES/NIPPLES

  • 3

    RIM

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    ACCESSORIES

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    OVERVIEW

HUB

Hub Brand This is a required option.

Model Weight POE Cost Reliability Quality Unique Feature Color Options Warehouse Location Website
Novatec 287g 27 Low Good Good Inexpensive Three China NOVATEC
Bitex 258g 24 Low Good Good Light Two China BITEX
DT 350 374g 18/36/54 Low Better Good Quiet and reliable
(18t option)
One China DT SWISS
DT 240S 317g 18/36/54 Medium Best Best Quiet and reliable
(18t option)
One China/N.A. DT SWISS
DT 240S EXP 299g EXP 36 Medium Best Best Quiet and reliable
(EXP 36)
One China/N.A. DT SWISS
DT 180 290g EXP 36 High Best Best Super Light, EXP 36 One China/N.A. DT SWISS
Chris King 326g 45 High Best Best Rebuildable bearings Nine China CHRIS KING
Industry Nine 327g 60 Medium Better Best Loud, engagement Eleven China/N.A. INDUSTRY NINE
Onyx 434g Infinite High Better Best Silent, sprag clutch Eighteen+
(Custom Available)
North America ONYX
Carbon-Ti 270g 56 High Better Best Extreme Light Nine China Caron-Ti

See more about Light Bicycle's INFOGRAPHIC HUB OPTIONS

* POE = Points of Engagement

* DT hubs come standard with an 18t star ratchet but are upgradeable to 36 or 54t.

* Average weight will vary slightly depending on axle and freehub combination.

DT SWISS 180

DT SWISS 240 EXP

DT SWISS 350

Novatec A291SB-SL / F482SB-SL

Bitex RAF10 / RAR9

Carbon-Ti X-Hub

Front Axle This is a required option.

Front-hub-axle

If the size you need is not listed, please contact us and we'll reach out to you to confirm your order.

By default, Quick Release skewers are offered with QR hubs.

QR / 100mm

Rear Axle This is a required option.

Rear-hub-axle

If the size you need is not listed, please contact us and we'll reach out to you to confirm your order.

By default, Quick Release skewers are offered with QR hubs.

QR / 130mm

Freehub Body This is a required option.

1. Shimano Road 11S works with 8/9/10-speed mountain cassette with a spacer(s).
2. Shimano MTB 10/11S works with 8/9-speed directly or 10-speed with a spacer or 11-speed road cassette if one of the inner cogs removed.
3. Campagnolo (Campy) 11S works with 9/10/11/12-speed Campy cassette with no spacers required.
4. Sram XDR could run XDR (road) cassette inherently and is compatible to run mountain bike XD cassette with a 1.85mm spacer.
5. Shimano Micro Spline (MS) works with 12-speed MS cassette only.

Shimano Road 11S

Campy 11S

Sram XDR

Spoke Head This is a required option.

J-bend version: use J-bend hubs and spokes
Straight pull version: use straight pull hubs and spokes

straight pull

J-bend

Brake System This is a required option.

6-Bolt is the more common traditional option.
Centerlock uses a unique interface and it is also convertable to 6-bolt. If you need the conversion kit, please contact us.

Non Disc

Hub Color This is a required option.

Black

Front Holes Count This is a required option.

Please note that our valves are drilled for presta and spoke holes are made for external nipples by default. If you have a custom drilling requirements please e-mail us and we'll send you a purchasing link.

20H

Rear Holes Count This is a required option.

Please note that our valves are drilled for presta and spoke holes are made for external nipples by default. If you have a custom drilling requirements please e-mail us and we'll send you a purchasing link.

24H

Ratchet This is a required option.

DT Swiss hubs use star ratchets and are available in 3 different models with varying points of engagement.

18T - Deepest teeth, slowest engagement, least amount of maintenance, suitable for powerful riders.

36T - Happy medium, doubles the engagement points.

54T - Super fast engagement, but shallow teeth require more careful re-greasing and the thru-axle should be checked every ride.

EXP 36 - With only a singlel spring, making the hubs faster and lighter, more complete engagement of the 36 ratchet teeth for more precise contact, and therefore a longer lifespan.

18T

24T

27T

36T

54T

56T

EXP 36

Spoke This is a required option.

Brand Model Type Thread Diameter (mm) Weight(g) Gauge Riding Style Available(Warehouse Location)
Sapim Race Double Butted 2.0 - 1.8 - 2.0 5.7g (260mm) 14G Heavy Duty North America, China
Sapim D-Light Double Butted 2.0 - 1.65 - 2.0 4.8g (260mm) 14G Versatile North America, China
Sapim CX-Ray Aero 2.0 - 0.9/2.3 - 2.0 4.4g (260mm) N/A Light Aero North America, China
DT SWISS Competition Race Double Butted 2.0 - 1.6 - 2.0 4.8g (260mm) 14G Versatile China
Pillar PSR X-TRA 1420 Aero 2.0 - 0.95/2.2 - 2.0 4.4g (260mm) N/A Inexpensive Aero China

Sapim D-Light – The best all-around and most popular spoke for carbon wheels. Lightweight but incredibly strong.
Sapim Race – Our strongest and stiffest spoke. These spokes are suitable for heavy or extremely aggressive riders who need a stiffer wheel.
Sapim CX-Ray – The lightest spoke in our lineup is still quite strong due to the elasticity and amazing fatigue life.

DT Competition Race - All Mountain and XC spoke used by the Chinese location as a substitue for the D-Light (depending on availability)

Pillar PSR X-TRA 1420 - An inexpensive bladed spoke, great for road and cyclocross riding.

Pillar Aero X-TRA 1420

Sapim CX Ray

Nipple This is a required option.

Nipple Brand Model Material Color Length Available
(Warehouse Location)
Sapim Double Square Secure Lock Alloy Black, Red, Green, Blue, Gold, Lime, Purple, Orange 16mm Norh America
Sapim Polyax/ Polyax Secure Lock Alloy Black, Red, Green, Blue, Gold, Lime, Purple, Orange 14mm China
Sapim Polyax Secure Lock Brass Black 16mm China
DT Swiss DT SQUORX (PRO HEAD PRO LOCK) Alloy Black, Red 15mm China
DT Swiss Standard PRO LOCK Brass Black 14mm China

Aluminium Black

Aluminium Red

Brass Black

Brake System This is a required option.

Road-Rim-High-TG-Surface-Grooved-Graphene-Surface

Non Disc - High TG Surface: Rim Brake 700C road rims use an advanced High TG resin system with a layer of graphene to help dissipate heat. The braking power and reliability is significantly improved over a basalt braking surface.

Non Disc - Grooved Graphene Surface: Our new resin system and construction method, combined with the 3k rim track, withstands over 280°C, dissipates heat, and lowers rim temperatures faster in between braking efforts. Gain confidence-inspiring brake performance on the steepest descents and wettest conditions with our matching brake pads. Also, graphene added to the rim brake track allows for greater resistance to overheating with improved heat dissipation and reduced temperature accumulation during heavy braking. The grooved track helps evacuate trapped moisture between pad and rim in wet conditions, and brings more resistance and force at the lever when conditions are dry.

Disc: The disc version does not have a rim brake track and features a unique disc specific layup process. Our new layup is about 10g ~30g lighter by reducing the unnecessary material and utilizing elements of our Flyweight construction method.

Non Disc - High TG Surface

Non Disc - Grooved Graphene Surface USD +30

Finish This is a required option.

Matte is slightly lighter and a more subtle finish (most popular). Glossy has a shine to it.

glossy

matte

Weave This is a required option.

The layup schedule is predetermined for each model, but you can choose the outer layer.
3k/12k/UD are the 3 choices for cosmetic appearance.The rim strength & weight is virtually identical.
UD Matte is the most popular and has a subtle look.
3k weave has a more traditional carbon fiber look.
More info about Weave >>

12K

3K

UD

Center Channel Hole This is a required option.

WITH HOLES: This is the traditional method. Holes are drilled in the center channel to allow the nipples to easily be fed through the rim. Tubeless tape is required to seal the rim.


WITHOUT HOLES: No holes are drilled in the center channel. Feeding the nipples through the rim is more challenging, but it allows for a tubeless setup without the need for tape. This kind of system is known as "road tubeless" and was made popular by Mavic. Some companies still refer to it as "UST style", however, UST is actually a specific interface between the tire and rim which was developed by a partnership between Mavic, Michelin, and Hutchinson.

With Holes

Without Holes

Decal This is a required option.

Road rims use super light waterslide decals (matte colors). The decal is very thin and applied under a clearcoat so they are non-removeable.

Pictures about light-bicycle decal >>

If you want custom graphic, Please email us, we will design for you. There will be extra cost for custom graphic on rims.

Pictures about custom graphics >>

Blank (No decal)

Stealth (Grey)

Blue

Green

Magenta

Orange

Red

White

Yellow

Valve Stem This is a required option.

We include enough valves to cover your individual rim purchase. We use a lightweight black alloy anodized valves with an oversized concave collar for easy gripping. A rubber o-ring goes in between the rim and the collar to help seal the rim and match the contour of the rim profile. The valve core is removable so you can add sealant without removing your tire.
Link to tubeless valve instructions

None

Add Valve Stem USD +7 each

Tubeless Tape This is a required option.

One 10 yard roll of tape will be included. It is typically covers 2 rims with two laps each or 4 rims with one lap each.The high tensile tubeless tape features a natural rubber adhesive that does not leave a residue on the rims. On mountain bike rims, one layer of 18mm width tape is strong enough to seal the access holes which makes for the lightest tubeless setup.
Instructions of tubeless rim tape

None

Add Tubeless Tape USD +6 each

Brake Pads This is a required option.

4 pads will be included. These high performance brake pads are designed for carbon bike rims only and offer excellent stopping power even in the wet.
Instructions of brake pads

None

Add Brake Pads USD +10

R65 carbon road wheels

Recon Pro orders start shipping in October.

- + Pair

Weight: 1602.00g+/-25

Final total: USD 521+

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WHEELSET SPECS

Our Pro series comes with a 5-year warranty (lifetime optional), while the non-pro with a 3-year warranty and crash replacement.

  • Rim Model R65
  • Size 700C
  • Series FALCON
  • Use Road/CX
  • Type Clincher
  • Tubeless Ready
  • Tire 21C-38C recommended
  • Inner/Outer Width 18.35mm/25.85mm
  • Depth 65mm
  • ERD 510mm (not including nipple head dimension)
  • Weight 540+/-20g
  • Offset 0mm (symmetric)
  • Weight Limit 135kg
  • Spoke Hole Angle ±8°
  • Spoke Tension 100 ~110kgf (radial) /115 ~130kgf (disc) front, 120~130kgf rear
  • Tire Pressure (with 25C) 120psi max

HUBS

We keep in stock the most popular axle sizes and colors of some well-liked hub models. If you want a special order, feel free to contact us (sales@lightbicycle.com).

  • Model DT SWISS 180, DT SWISS 240 EXP, DT SWISS 350, Novatec A291SB-SL / F482SB-SL, Bitex RAF10 / RAR9, Carbon-Ti X-Hub
  • Front Axle Size QR / 100mm
  • Rear Axle Size QR / 130mm
  • Driver Body Shimano Road 11S, Campy 11S, Sram XDR
  • Hole 20H

OTHER PARTS

Leave a note at checkout or contact us if you want spare spokes or nipples.

  • Spokes Pillar Aero X-TRA 1420, Sapim CX Ray
  • Nipples Aluminium Black, Aluminium Red, Brass Black

TECH

Featuring our new U-shaped profile and an incredibly aerodynamic 65mm depth, the R65 is the perfect partner for your time-trial, triathlon, or crit racing bike. These build up into some of our stiffest and most aerodynamic wheelsets and maintain top speed like no other. The 25mm outer width keeps things aerodynamically optimized with smoother rolling for your 25C ~ 28C tires.

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WARRANTY

For Non-Pro Series Rims: From the date of purchase, 3-year Standard Warranty.

For Pro Series Rims: From the date of purchase, 5-year Pro Warranty as standard and an upgraded optional lifetime Premium Warranty with minimum charge.

Crash Replacement: It is applicable with the same period as the warranty time range that you purchased for the rims with 10% /25% discount for Non-Pro series /Pro series.

Learn More >>

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WHAT IS IN THE BOX

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Gallery

James : Custom rear 65mm carbon clincher. Rides smooth, love the custom decals from Lightbicycle.
United States
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Mathias : I have finally been able to ride my TT bike with the new wheelset, they are great! R65 & R88
United States
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James : Custom rim decals and really light weight. Can't wait to share my complete build.
United States
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LB : Front: R65 Non Disc - High TG Surface matte UD 20H external hole With Holes HUB-F Bitex RAF10 QR / 100mm J-bend Non Disc Black 20H SPOKE Sapim CX Ray Black J-bend NIPPLE Sapim Aluminium Black Polyax External Rear: R88 Non-Disc - High TG Surface matte UD 24H external hole With Holes HUB-R Bitex RAR9 QR / 130mm Shimano Road 11S J-bend Non-Disc Black 24H 24T SPOKE Black J-bend Sapim CX Ray NIPPLE Sapim Polyax Aluminium Black External
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LB : R65 Non Disc - High TG Surface matte 3K 28H external hole With Holes HUB-R Sturmey-Archer T-S2C 162mm 2-Speed J-bend Coaster Brake Black 28H 22T NBK SPOKE Sapim CX Ray Black J-bend uncertain NIPPLE Sapim Aluminium Black Polyax Secure Lock External
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Donal : My finished project, Orbea Orca Aero. Sram Red 1x11 Etap. Lightbicycle wheels 65mmR, 55mmF with 25mm Schwable pro one tubeless tires. 3T aero bars.
Ireland
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COMMENTS

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Jambert 2020/09/08

Would you have 88mm deep wheels for my 2019 Specialized Sirrus Elite disk brake style. These are the specs for the brakes: FRONT BRAKE TRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, resin pads, flat-mount, 160mm REAR BRAKE TRP Flow Set Control, hydraulic disc, resin pads, flat-mount, 140mm This is my bike: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/mens-sirrus-elite-alloy/p/154505?color=&searchText=80918-4002 Please get back to me asap. Thanks


LightBicycle 2020/09/09

Hi Jambert, I highly suggest you check with the frame spacing of your bike to ensure the R88 is ok to fit. Because the widest area of R88 is 30mm. Not sure if this is ok with you. The widest area of R65 is 28.09mm in case you are wondering. Is it your bike or brake caliper wide enough? The brake track area is around 25.6mm wide on R88 rims. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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