With advances in suspension design technology, we're starting to see more and more 29ers with surprising low travel that are capable of tackling terrain we would have reserved for five or even six inch bikes just a few years ago. In the 29 Trail LTD Carbon XD Driver Wheelset, we've partnered with Reynolds to produce a wheelset that in our ever humble opinion gives those capable 29er frames a platform that's stiff and responsive enough to let them shine to their fullest potential. Even when this wheelset was still just a figment of our daydream imaginations, we knew we'd have to go with Reynolds' 29 Trail rims. There's a reason why other wheel manufacturers focus on making hubs and just lace them to re branded Reynolds rims: the Utah based company has already built a virtually perfect XC race hoop. Since carbon rims are stiff enough that the difference between Boost and 142100mm axles is far less notable than with alloy rims, the 29 Trail LTDs bring our present XC race frames up to snuff, stiffness wise. The hubs that Reynolds typically uses are already essentially rebranded DT Swiss models, but we opted to keep the DT logo, giving the wheel more of a custom built look, and we've outfitted the rear hub with a SRAM XD Driver body for all you one by 29er fetishists. Finally, we admit to the occasional streak of vanity, and the half and half color of the wheels' Reynolds label is our way of visually representing the versatility of today's 29ers. Those new suspension designs and innovative frame geometries we mention above have obliterated the old stereotypes of wagon wheels being for fire roads and ribbon smooth singletrack only. Toward this end, the wheels have an ideal profile for 2. 25in tires for confidence through berms and gnarly lines, but they still excel as worm burning climbers courtesy of carbon fiber's inherent stiffness and low rotational mass.