First Look: AR35 and AR45 Falcon Pro

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FALCon pro ar35 and ar45

We firstly applied Paintless (BlackTek) technology to our Pro rim manufacturing in Oct 2018. Since then, we’ve seen an increasing demand for these rims with higher strength and reduced weight. Now we are increasing our Falcon Pro series of rims!

Similar to our popular WR38 and WR50, the new rims are made without any post-production finishing. The final result is pure craftsmFanship - a beautiful raw finish, completely undisturbed.

The 35mm and 45mm deep rims are part of the “All Road” or AR series which is our most versatile collection of road rims.

AR35 price

AR45 price

From $239.00

From $249.00

Crazy Lightweight

Since we introduced AR35/45 via email, their super lightweight became one of the most discussed on our forum threads. Can you imagine that a 35mm deep rim comes at only 360 grams and a 45mm deep, 390g? This is how much our Flyweight AR35 and AR45 weigh.

Don’t worry - we haven’t lost our marbles. The lightweights are absolutely reasonable, to no detriment of the strength. We choose thinner material which allows us to form more layers, and use a new layup method to fine-tune the characteristics of the rim. The final result? Weight reduction and higher lateral stiffness and strength.

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WHEELSET AVAILABLE NOW!

CUSTOMIZABLE

LIGHTWEIGHT

PAINTLESS LOOK

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All Road 28mm Width

Featuring 28mm external and 21mm internal width (22.5mm hookless), AR35/45’s can handle everything from 23C road to 45C gravel tires.

Check out our new tire width chart to see how popular tires will measure out at here.

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Mid-Depth

As the name suggests, AR35 is 35mm deep and the AR45 is 45mm deep. Riders find that the 35’s are more comfortable on rougher roads, offer enough stiffness to feel responsive, and are easy to control in crosswinds. Those looking for a racier feel with a greater aero benefit will prefer the 45’s.

What rim depth do you need? Here is a blog to help you decide.

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Availability

At the North America warehouse, we stock Standard and Flyweight AR45 in both 24 and 28 holes with non-removable glossy black waterslide graphics. Colored vinyl replaceable valve graphics can be added on request.

Our Global warehouse carries all versions. You can order custom hole counts and even get the rims without center channel holes for a clean tubeless setup. Custom decals are available in a wide range of colors, or you can run them full stealth without graphics.

Warranty Options

All Falcon Pro rims come with a standard 5-Year Warranty and can be upgraded to Premium Lifetime Warranty. Full details on our Warranty page here.

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Weight & Price

Model Weight Price (Global) Price (North American)
AR35 410g (Standard) $239 USD $259 USD
360g (Flyweight) $251 USD $271 USD
AR45 460g (Standard) $249 USD $269 USD
390g (Flyweight) $261 USD $281 USD

AR35 is not available at our North American warehouse right now as international shipping is being hit by the virus.

We offer complete custom wheelsets with DT Swiss, Industry Nine, Chris King, Carbon-Ti, Onyx Racing, and Novatec hubs.

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Felix 2020/06/04

Would love to see the equivalent rim with 65 to 70mm deep rim for disc brake! The rr65 rim is to narrow. 28 mm sounds perfect.. Regards, Felix


LightBicycle 2020/06/04

Hi Felix, Our team just added this(65mm deep 32mm wide rim) into our next project sheet. I will let you know when i get the schedule on it. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Heath 2020/06/06

This is perfect!!! Can’t wait for this one!


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Steve 2020/06/02

Hi, looking for a cost for a reasonable priced disc Wheelset, struggling with hill climbs Steve


LightBicycle 2020/06/03

Hi Steve, The rims you are looking for AR35/AR45 road disc is from our pro series, which is more expensive than our standard rims. I would suggest you our standard rims to build the wheelset you want. Could you answer a few questions before I make any recommendations? 1. What's your weight? 2. What tires will you be running? In what widths? 3. What's the wind condition? 4. What's your budget range for the wheelset? 5. Can you tell me the shipping info so I can check with the shipping option given this special time we are at. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Per 2020/05/31

I am looking for a pair of deep (50-70 mm) section rims for a roadbike with rim brakes. What would you propose? Pls, give price and delivery time (VAT and sending included) to Sweden. /Per


LightBicycle 2020/06/01

Hi Per, We have a few road rims (rim brake) 700C that might fit your needs. The R55 (17.9mm internal, 25mm outer width, 55mm depth). The AR56 (23mm inner width, 30mm outer width, 56mm depth) The R65 (18.35mm inner/25.85mm outer width, 65mm depth). Note that the widest area is nearly 29mm. Make sure your caliper/spacing is enough. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Evan 2020/05/21

Hi would like to check how much is it for a pair of ar45 lightweight with carbon ti hub for 11speed shimano road bike? Cheers!


LightBicycle 2020/05/22

Hi Evan, The estimated weight would be 1270g+/-25 (24H/24H) for AR45 road disc wheelset 700C. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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JIMMY 2020/05/18

when will you be using the new DT Swiss 240 EXP hub on your wheelset options ?


LightBicycle 2020/05/19

Hi Jimmy, We received DT EXP 240s MTB hubs in our hands last week, the options will be online soon. However, the road version hubs will be available around mid-June. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Brett 2020/05/11

Hi, How much is the falcon pro AR 45 built with dt swiss 350 or 240 hubs? Do you have plans to release a AR55?


LightBicycle 2020/05/12

Hi Brett, For AR55, 28mm wide/55mm deep road disc rims or wheels 700C, they will be available around 1.5 month later. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Tim 2020/05/14

The AR55 sounds fantastic. Will the external width stay 28mm for the 55 mms ? Thanks!


LightBicycle 2020/05/14

Hi Tim, Yes, it will be 28mm wide. What is your suggestion? Thanks, Lightbicycle


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John 2020/06/28

Hi, Any update on the AR55? I am holding off buying the AR56 in the hope the AR55 will be even lighter... Thanks


LightBicycle 2020/06/29

Hi John, AR55 700C road disc is still an on-going development project, They will be ready around two months later. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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bm 2020/05/11

are these available for rim brakes?


LightBicycle 2020/05/11

Hi Sir, For AR35/AR45 rim brake version, they will be ready around 2 months later. The production line is busy these two months. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Are 2020/05/05

Hi! How fast can you build an deliver an AR45 flyweight wheelset to Norway? Hubs DT swiss 24


LightBicycle 2020/05/07

Hi Are, We just sent you email about AR45 road disc lightweight wheelset price and lead time. Please check your email. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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Travis 2020/05/08

Everyone is going wider and I’ve been patiently waiting for it. But most companies now offer a wide rim in a deep section as well. Rival makes the clx63, and Cannondale makes the knot64. These are wide internally and great for running tubeless setups. I was expecting you guys to match them with your “WR” series but when I inquired about something deeper than 50mm I was told nothing was in the works. Now you have another line with these “AR” wheels and so I’ll ask again if there are plans to make something around 65-70mm deep? Thanks!


LightBicycle 2020/05/09

Hi Travis, Thank you so much for your suggestions! We noticed that many brands are going deeper section with wider road rims now. We don't have the deeper version planned at the moment. To develop a new model requires many things, a good feedback like yours is essential and helpful. Then we will have to evaluate the market, make new designs and molds, lab testing, finally the production. Thanks, Lightbicycle


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