FALCON Wheelset WR45 Road/CX/Gravel

700C tubeless ready bicycle wheels 32mm wide 45mm deep clincher for cyclocross road and gravel bikes

Buy & Configure

Global warehouse ship to most countries while the North America warehouse only ship to the United States and Canada

GLOBAL OPTIONS
NORTH AMERICAN OPTIONS
  • 1

    HUB

  • 2

    SPOKES/NIPPLES

  • 3

    RIM

  • 4

    ACCESSORIES

  • 5

    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

Chris King R45D

Novatec D411SB / D412SB

Industry Nine Torch

Carbon-Ti X-Hub

DT SWISS 240 EXP

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.

12 / 100mm

15 / 100mm

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.

12 / 142mm

QR / 135mm

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

Shimano Road 11S Alloy

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.

6-bolt

Center lock

Hub Color This is a required option.

Black

Matte Mango

Orange

Red

Turquoise

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.

24H

28H

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

28H

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

27T

36T

45T

54T

56T

60T

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.

Sapim CX Ray

Pillar Aero X-TRA 1420

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.

Disc

Version This is a required option.

Version Standard Flyweight
Weight Standard 52g - 80g lighter
Material Toray T700 Toray T800 and T700
Layup Standard Layup New layup for weight saving
Max Weight Loaded 135kg 90kg

Standard

Flyweight USD +12

Bead type This is a required option.

hook

hookless

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 (glossy black). 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 >>

No

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

super light and wide carbon bicycle wheels

Recon Pro orders start shipping in October.

- + Pair

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

Industry Nine Torch

Onyx Vesper

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, no Quick Release skewers are offered with hubs.

12 / 100mm

15 / 100mm

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, no Quick Release skewers are offered with hubs.

12 / 142mm

QR / 135mm

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 Alloy

Sram XDR Alloy

Campy 11S Alloy

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.

6-bolt

Center lock

Hub Color This is a required option.

Choose your hub shell colour. By default, Onyx hubs come with anodized black tension caps and end caps. These parts are available in other anodized-only colours, so please specify in the notes at checkout if you want something other than black.

Anodized-Black

Anodized-Black Matte

Anodized-Blue

Anodized-Green

Anodized-Orange

Anodized-Purple

Anodized-Red

Anodized-Silver

Black

Blue

Gold

Green

Lime

Orange

Pink

Powdercoat-Black Aura

Powdercoat-Blue Baby

Powdercoat-Blue Candy

Powdercoat-Gold

Powdercoat-Green Antifreeze

Powdercoat-Green Fluorescent

Powdercoat-Green Kawasaki

Powdercoat-Pink Fluorescent

Powdercoat-Purple Candy

Purple

Red

Silver

Turquoise

Front Holes Count This is a required option.

ROAD Product
Road rim brake: Stocked in 20h and 24h
Road disc: Stocked in 24h and 28h

MTB Product
MTB rims: Stocked in 32h. Only XC Flyweight rims are stocked in 28h as well as 32h
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 contact us.

24H

28H

Rear Holes Count This is a required option.

ROAD Product
Road rim brake: Stocked in 20h and 24h
Road disc: Stocked in 24h and 28h

MTB Product
MTB rims: Stocked in 32h. Only XC Flyweight rims are stocked in 28h as well as 32h
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 contact us.

24H

28H

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

36T

54T

60T

EXP 36

Sprag Clutch

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.

Sapim CX Ray

Sapim D-Light

Sapim Race

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

Why no brass option? The North America warehouse uses Sapim double square secure lock alloy nipples. The oversized head offers 100% thread engagement and a significant increase in strength. The corrosion-resistant anodized treatment makes the need for heavy brass nipples irrelevant. If you want black brass nipples regardless, you can let us know in the notes section at checkout

Aluminium Black

Aluminium Red

Aluminium Blue

Aluminium Gold

Aluminium Green

Aluminium Lime

Aluminium Orange

Aluminium Purple

Brake System This is a required option.

Disc

Version This is a required option.

Version Standard Flyweight
Weight Standard 52g - 80g lighter
Material Toray T700 Toray T800 and T700
Layup Standard Layup New layup for weight saving
Max Weight Loaded 135kg 90kg

Standard

Flyweight USD +12

Bead type This is a required option.

hook

Finish This is a required option.

matte

Weave This is a required option.

UD

Decal This is a required option.

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

Non-removable black waterslide graphics

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.

We use a tubeless tape with high tensile strength and only one lap is required so it is very light. It uses a natural rubber adhesive that does not leave any residue on the rims.

If you would like to purchase an additional roll of tape (not installed), then you can find that in the accessories section here- Buying Tubeless Rim Tape

None

Apply Tubeless Tape USD +8 each

super light and wide carbon bicycle wheels

Recon Pro orders start shipping in October.

- + Pair

Weight: 1459.00g+/-25

Final total: USD 651+

Weight: 900.00g+/-25

Final total: USD 448+

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RIM SPECS

  • Rim Model WR45 disc
  • Size 700C
  • Series FALCON
  • Use Road/CX/Gravel
  • Type Clincher
  • Tubeless Ready
  • Inner/Outer Width 25mm/32mm
  • Depth 45mm
  • ERD 549mm (not including nipple head dimension)
  • Weight 450+/-15g Disc only
  • Offset 0mm (symmetric)
  • Weight Limit (on flat ground) Standard 135kg, Flyweight 90kg
  • Spoke Hole Angle ±8°
  • Spoke Tension 115 ~ 130kgf front, 120 ~130kgf rear
  • Tyre Pressure (with 28C) Hook: 115psi, Hookless: 70psi (max)
  • Tire 28C~50C recommended

Read more for actual road tire width

Teleport to the rim page.

As one of our widest road rims designs, the WR45 is the answer for the gravel rider trying to squeeze out every aerodynamic advantage from their setup

Designed with racing in mind, the WR45 features a deep U-shape profile that cuts through crosswinds and decreases lateral resistance. With a 45mm deep and stiff profile, the WR45 is designed for experienced bike handlers looking for an aero edge or larger riders.

Flyweight: Our lightest construction method uses an exclusive unidirectional prepreg with a very low fiber areal weight. A variable thickness nipple bed reinforces key areas around the spoke holes, eliminating excess material. A blend of Toray T-700 and T-800 offers the weight saving benefits of T-800 carbon without compromising the strength or stiffness of the rim.


AeroTek: Our latest aerodynamic profile decreases lateral wind resistance and is both more stable and faster in a crosswind. A wider profile allows for larger and more efficient tires to be used without an aerodynamic penalty. Traditionally a tire can form a lightbulb shape when mounted on a narrow rim, but the airflow is much smoother with our wider rims.


DuoTek: Our clincher rims are manufactured in two pieces and then joined together. When designing the rims, our engineers, in every detail, demanded fewer joints. Fewer joints mean higher strength and stability.


TuffTek: A high-grade customized epoxy resin is used in our prepreg, creating a stable base for all of our road rims. Epoxy is less brittle than polyester resins and offers excellent flexural strength. Our consistent resin system, coupled with a precise layup schedule, allows for an extremely reliable and durable product.


Tubeless : All of our rims are tubeless compatible with bead seat retention. In most cases a floor pump is all that is needed to seal our rims. The bead shape is tailored to each rim width to achieve the best fit. Our hookless and clincher profiles have a smooth radius to reduce the chance of a pinch flat.


T700: Constructed with premium Toray T700 carbon fiber. The best strength to weight ratio with no expense spared.


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.

Know more about the warranty policy >>

Gallery

LB : WR45 Disc Flyweight hook satin UD 24H external hole Without Holes WR45 Disc Flyweight hook satin UD 24H external hole Without Holes HUB-F Center lock 12 / 100mm 24H straight pull Black DT SWISS 240S NBK HUB-R 12 / 142mm Center lock 36T straight pull Black DT SWISS 240S 24H NBK Shimano Road 11S Alloy SPOKE Sapim CX Ray NIPPLE Aluminium Black
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Dan : WR45 wheelset. For reference they are running wtb riddler 37. The wheels have transformed the bike. Absolute dream.
Australia
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Adam : I am loving these wheels. The weight was exactly as specified which is a testament to the quality of the carbon layup and build. I have done about 1000 kms on them so far and they are fast, light and very comfortable. Specifications: WR45 Disc Standard hook matte UD 24H Without Holes HUB-F DT SWISS 240S 12 / 100mm straight pull Center lock Black 24H HUB-R DT SWISS 240S 12 / 142mm Shimano Road 11S straight pull Center lock Black 24H 36T SPOKE Sapim CX Ray Black straight pull NIPPLE Sapim Brass Black Polyax Secure Lock
Australia
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Steffensen : Wheelset WR45 DT SWISS 240S 12 / 100mm straight pull Center lock Black 24H NBK DT SWISS 240S 12 / 142mm Shimano Road 11S straight pull Center lock Black 24H 36T NBK SPOKE Sapim CX Ray NIPPLE Aluminium Black WR45 disc Disc Flyweight hook 24H matte UD With Holes WR45 disc Disc Flyweight hook 24H matte UD With Holes
Switzerland
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COMMENTS

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Calum 2020/06/11

Hi, I’m checking out the 700c WR45 disc Wheelset options. With the flyweight rim and the carbon ti hub, is it possible to increase the spoke count to 28 or 32 spokes? Thanks


LightBicycle 2020/06/12

Hi Calum, Yes, we can get 28H or 32H spoke count Carbon-Ti hubs for you if you want. The reason why we only have 24H online is that most people after the super lightweight of Carbon Ti hubs, tend to get fewer spoke count to get the wheelset road disc lighter. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Jeff 2020/02/10

Considering the hooked vs hookless have the same internal width, which would recommend for a road bike? I don’t mind running tubeless tires, so that isn’t an issue. Would hookless rims and tubeless tires hold up in tight cornering crit races? I think the tire shapes out better on hookless rim, so I’m leaning that way.


LightBicycle 2020/02/11

Hi Jeff, If you are planning on running high pressure (more than 80psi, less than 130psi), you should go with the hook version to hold the tires on. If you will only run under 80psi, hookless would be ok for the condition. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Anton 2020/02/10

I'm interested in something with at least 45mm depth, 23-28 internal width, external isn't as important, whatever is strong. Also want 32 spoke holes per wheel, what do you have for me, please send an email. Thanks, Anton


LightBicycle 2020/02/10

Hi Anton, We have below road disc rims 700C close to your specs. Which do you prefer? WR45: width 25mm inner/32mm outer, 45mm deep WR50: width 25mm inner /32mm outer, 50mm deep. It is okay to order 32spoke count. Don't worry. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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