FALCON WHEELSET AR46 Road/CX/Gravel

700C V-shape 46mm depth hand-built carbon road wheels - 28mm wide and tubeless compatible

Buy & Configure

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 350

Novatec A291SB-SL / F482SB-SL
(Non-disc Only)

Bitex RAF10 / RAR9
(Non-disc Only)

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.

Shimano 11 speed road freehubs come with a spacer ring. If you have an 11 speed road cassette then you do not need to use this spacer. If you have a 8/9/10 speed cassette, you will need to use the space behind the cassette. Campy 10 and 11 speed use the same freehub body.
Sram XD-R Freehubs do not need a spacer if you have an XD-R (Road) cassette. Mountain bike XD cassettes can be run with a spacer on an XD Freehub.

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.

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Disc: The disc hub has optional 6-bolt or center lock version.The matched disc rim does not have a 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(Rim brake): By default, the rim brake 700C road rims come with an advanced High TG surface whose braking power and reliability is significantly improved over a basalt braking surface.

Our newest Grooved Graphene Surface is ready now. The price is $30 added for each rim. If you would like to update with newest brake tracks, please contact us at sales@lightbicycle.com.

Non Disc

Hub Color This is a required option.

Black

White

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

Bead type This is a required option.

Rim width (hook): 28mm external/21mm internal
Rim width (hookless): 28mm external/22.5mm internal

Both hook and hookless rims are built using the same dimensions and materials.

The hookless version is designed with low pressure impact resistance in mind. If you are planning to run a higher tire pressure, the hooked version would be a better choice. See the tyre pressure information on the following RIM SPECS section of this page.

hook

hookless

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

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Recon Pro orders start shipping in October.

- + Pair

Weight: 1392.00g+/-25

Final total: USD 515+

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RIM SPECS

  • Rim Model AR46
  • Size 700C
  • Series FALCON
  • Use Road/CX/Gravel
  • Type Clincher
  • Tubeless Ready
  • Inner/Outer Width Hook 21mm/28mm, Hookless 22.5mm/28mm
  • Depth 46mm
  • ERD 548mm (not including nipple head dimension)
  • Weight 460+/-15g
  • Offset 0mm (symmetric)
  • Weight Limit 130kg
  • Spoke Hole Angle ±6°
  • Spoke Tension 100 ~110kgf (radial) /115 ~130kgf (disc) front, 120~130kgf rear
  • Tire Pressure (with 25C) Hook: 110psi, Hookless: 70psi max
  • Tire 23C~43C recommended

Read more for actual road tire width

Teleport to the rim page.

TECH

Featuring a wide 28mm external width, this tubeless-ready wheelset offers a wide and stable platform for everything from road to gravel tires.

With the 21mm internal width and 46mm depth, the 46mm wheels's disc version AR46 disc are well suited as an aerodynamic gravel race wheels or a deep dish cyclocross wheelset. The width is versatile enough for 25-28c road tires and lighten up your road bike to give you an edge at the next Gran Fondo!

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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

Tan : I have received the wheels and installed them. Did 2 rides with them. All I can say is, they are fantastic! Lightened my bike down from 8.2kg to 7.8kg!
Singapore
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LB : Rims: AR46 700C Falcon 20/24H Hubs: Novatec A291SB-SL/F482SB-SL J-bend 100QR 130QR Spokes: Pillar Aero X-TRA 1420 Nipples: DT SWISS Brass Black
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Ianis : Really happy with my AR46 set that arrived today! Specs : Carbon-Ti hubs, flyweight front, satin UD finish with grooved track, 20-24 CX-rays, no holes, hooked. The pair is 1280 g. Tubeless tires clapped on the first time with a regular floor pump. The feeling on the road is excellent (stiffness, braking, efficiency), so I'm really happy overall!
France
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LB : Novatec A291SB-SL QR / 100mm J-bend Non Disc Black 20H NBK Novatec F482SB-SL QR / 130mm Shimano Road 11S J-bend Non Disc Black 24H 27T NBK SPOKE Pillar Aero X-TRA 1420 NIPPLE DT SWISS Aluminium Black AR46 hook Non Disc - Grooved Graphene Surface 20H matte 3K Without Holes AR46 hook Non Disc - Grooved Graphene Surface 24H matte 3K Without Holes
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Edgar : I have received my wheels today. Thank you so much the bike looks really good.
United States
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LB : AR46 non disc Grooved Graphene Surface 20/24H matte UD external hole With Holes
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Mark 2020/09/04

Please provide quote AR 46 with DT 240 hubs and c-xray spokes, rim brake standard quick release axle


LightBicycle 2020/09/04

Hi Mark, My apologies, the old version DT SWISS 240 hubs are run out. Will DT Swiss 240 EXP hubs work for you? If the price is too high, how about DT350 for your wheels road disc 28mm wide? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Casey 2020/08/10

how do i order FALCON WHEELSET AR46 Road wheel set with different hubs? i was wanting blue hubs. either industry 9, Chris king, or white industries. i was wanting to know weight and price.


LightBicycle 2020/08/10

Hi Casey, Yes, we can build with different hubs for you with the rims you want. Disc or non disc? Can you be more specific about your request so I can quote and calculate this road wheelset weight for you accordingly? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Ira 2020/05/26

Hello, I see most of your wheels have QR/100 and QR/130 Front/Rear axles. Do you offer a configuration for HH12-100 and HH12-142 Front/Rear axles as well? I am trying to get a quote to build the following: Rim Model: AR56 Size: 700c Type: Clincher (Tubeless Ready) Front Axle Compatibility - HH12-100 Rear Axle Compatibility - HH12-142 Spokes - Straight pull (Aero spoke) Spoke Count 24 - Front / Back Hub - Please offer a couple options (Shimano body) Decals - Red if available, if not then black


LightBicycle 2020/05/27

Hi Ira, We separated the disc and non-disc (rim brake) wheels to 2 catalog list. The wheelset you are looking at is the rim brake wheelset page. So you can only see the QR spacing option. We do have the disc wheels at the link below. You can compare the options as you wish. https://www.lightbicycle.com/700C-Gravel-Optimized-Aero-Shape-56mm-depth-hand-built-carbon-road-disc-wheels---30mm-wide-and-tubeless-compatible.html Thanks, Lightbicycle


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David 2020/02/29

Hi, I was selecting spec for the 700C-FALCON-wheelsetWheelset AR46-28mm wide-46mm deep couldn't find the option to get the wheels built (there was a reference to it but no option). Where in the order process do you select the option to get the wheels built? Thanks David


LightBicycle 2020/03/02

Hi David, What configurations are you looking for this road wheelset 700C? We only put out the most popular options online, which you can see the options listed after clicking the "Global Options" button. The options are logically linked because not all options are available for all component brands. You can let us know your options, then we can quote accordingly. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Viktor 2019/10/06

Hi, is it possible to buy these wheels with FS522SB-11S + AS511SB Novatec hubs (i.e. straight pull)? Also, what would be the shipping costs to Germany for the whole wheelset or a pair of these rims?


LightBicycle 2019/10/07

Hi Viktor, We do build this 28mm wide road disc wheelset with Novatec FS522SB-11S + AS511SB straight pull hubs. We just sent quotation to your emaill address. Please check. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Lucas 2019/09/23

Hi, I suppose these rims are the best to use with 28mm tires right? Do you know how much it would cost to ship to Canada?


LightBicycle 2019/09/24

Hi Lucas, We did some tire installation test on the most popular tires on the market currently. Here' re the tires we mount on the AR46 (28mm wide, 46mm deep) road disc bike rim and the result for your ref, let me know your thoughts on this. --Vittoria Rubino Pro Endurance 700x28c, used 60psi, used 1 tire lever. --Continental GP5000 700x28c, used 60psi, Used a lever, possible by hand --Continental Gatorskin 700x28c, used 60psi, Relatively easy to install. Lever used --Continental Grandsport 700x28c, used 60psi, Relatively easy to install. No lever used --Schwalbe Pro One 700x28c used 60psi, Relatively easy to install. Lever used --Michelin Power Endurance 700x28c, used 60psi, used 1 tire lever. On the other hand, our WR series (Falcon Pro series) rims WR38 (32mm wide, 38mm deep), WR50 (32mm wide, 50mm deep) are easy to install above tires. So you should probably go with the WR rims if you are planning on using mentioned 700c*28 tires. Please let us know which you prefer. Then we can quote accordingly for you. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Martin 2019/07/15

Hi, I am looking for a second set of wheels for my rim brake carbon frame bike to use for weekend training rides 40-80km, and organised rides 90-150km. Please can you let me know if the WR46C02 would be suitable? I weigh 65kg, and live in an area of Sydney that can be windy at times. I will probably be using 25mm tires. Pleaser can you also let me know if shipping costs include Australia GST or will I have to pay custom fees? Thanks Martin


LightBicycle 2019/07/17

Hi Martin, Thanks for inquiry on our website. 46mm deep road wheels could receive negative cross-wind affect significantly if windy days are times and times in your living area. So we recommend the similar but lower 36mm wheelset WR36C02 for you. Due to the free trade agreement between Australia and China on act since Jan 1st, 2019, you do not need to pay customs fees. We did not hear about such charges occur since then. Hope it helps. Please let me know if you need more assistance. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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igs 2019/07/12

What spoke count would you recommend for 220 lbs riding weight (rider + bike total)?


LightBicycle 2019/07/12

Hi Sir, For 220 lbs rider, it is not heavy weight. It is okay to have front 24H/rear 24H or front 24H/rear 28H. Do you like 28mm wide 46mm deep disc wheelset or non disc? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Tjerk 2019/04/13

Hello, how much does the shipping to germany cost for a carbon clincher wheel set? And how much will the custom duties be? Do you take care of the customs clearance? Best regards Tjerk


LightBicycle 2019/04/13

Hi Tjek, Currently, we provide 2 kinds of shipping methods to Germany for one wheelset. TPD delivery: USD155, tax pre-paid duty, don't need to pay customs tax and VAT cost, 7~12 days roughly for delivery EMS delivery: USD78, need to pay Customs fee if necessary. We will also declare the low value to help you reduce the tax cost, 7~12 days roughly for delivery. ​ Which do you prefer? For WR46C02 700C road wheelset, do you like disc or non disc? What hubs and spokes do you like? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Chris 2019/03/31

Hi, I'm looking for a pair of aero road wheels for my rim brake road bike. can you use disc hubs to future proof the wheels and provide hub adapters to use either quick release or thru axles? thanks chris


LightBicycle 2019/04/01

Hi Chris, Yes, we can include conversion kit to your 28mm wide road disc wheelset. It will be USD66/set. Could you confirm to me which conversion kit do you like to have? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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