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Shimano XTR Trail Wheels M988 - Centre Lock Disc

Shimano XTR Trail Wheels M988 - Centre Lock Disc
Shimano XTR Trail Wheels M988 - Centre Lock Disc
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Strengthened Trail Specific Wheelset
Angular Contact Bearings With Borozon Races
24 Swedish Straight Pull Spokes
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The latest M980 generation of the class leading XTR groupset has been split into two distinct ranges in response to the growing number of riders who are using the components outside of their official XC race remit. The M988 trail wheelset is designed for harder hitting riders who are willing to sacrifice a little bit of weight for improved durability and dependability when riding more aggressive terrain, that said these wheels still weigh in at under 1700g.

The 21c (26.4mm) wide UST compatible Scandium light alloy rim allows the use of larger volume tubeless tyres, is dent resistant and is laced to the high quality angular contact bearing hubs using 24 straight pull straight gauge Swedish spokes to eliminate stress points and minimise the risk of breakage. The hubs themselves (aside from being straight pull specific rather than having a traditional flange) are exactly the same as those available separately and use Shimano's tried and tested angular contact cup and cone bearing system which alongside offering immense lateral and radial load bearing capabilities, simplifies maintenance and ensures quick adjustment to ensure they are always performing at their absolute best. Additionally the Cubic Borozon ground bearing races and high-grade stainless balls provide the ultimate low-friction rolling surface whilst double contact sealing with internal grease sleeves helps keep water and dirt out of the bearings and the grease in, ensuring consistent smoothness and longevity.

The forged and anodised hub shell places the bearings widely apart for maximum rigidity and houses the lightweight, strong and ridged hybrid alloy axle with integrated cone. whilst a titanium freehub body on the rear wheel helps to reduce weight but avoids the issues caused when using aluminium bodies and non carrier equipped cassettes.

The M988 XTR Trail wheels are available to fit 15mm thru-axle front and standard 9mm rear wheels and come supplied with a wheel bag and quick release (where applicable), whilst a 142x12mm 'E-Thru' rear axle option is also available for those running compatible frames. Shimano's splined centre-lock disc standard provides easy installation, whilst an adaptor is available separately for use with traditional 6-bolt rotors.

Average Weight (Front): 759g
Average Weight (Rear): 889g

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