First Look: Zero Two carbon wheels

The Zero Two brand looks to bring in value for money carbon wheels. Zero Two has entered the market with an XC/Trail wheelset but we've been told that a wheel for more aggressive riding is soon to be launched. There may even by an affordable carbon road wheel in the works.

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Zero Two's current wheelset is aimed for cross-country and light trail riding and features a generous 27 mm internal rim width. The lightest wheelset configuration will tip the scales at around 1,445 grams. The Zero Two wheelset should retail for around R15,500.

 

The wheels are laced with Pillar Wing 20 bladed spokes to standard, boost, and Lefty hub configurations. If the standard hub offering is not to your liking, Zero Two will allow you to send your own hubs to Omnico in Cape Town (through your local bike shop) where the wheels will be built by an expert to ensure quality control and workmanship.

 


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The features of the standard hubs include:
  • Sealed bearings
  • A three pawl system
  • XD and Shimano freehub bodies available
  • Boost, Non-Boost, and Lefty combo’s available
  • Available in 6 bolt only

Zero Two carbon wheels-4.jpgThe current 27mm rim (bottom) versus the upcoming 31mm rim (top).

Zero Two carbon wheels-6.jpgSpied! Is that a road rim?


Iwan's First Ride Impressions


I spent a couple of weeks riding a trail bike with the Zero Two wheels fitted. It's hard to assess a wheelset in such a short time, especially when it comes to questions of durability. But what I can say is that the Zero Two wheels appear to be exactly what one would expect from a carbon wheelset in 2018. They are light, stiff, and spin up fast. The rear hub's three pawl system does not engage quite as fast as a Hope Pro4 or (engagement leaders) Industry Nine but this does not distract from the ride. Anyway, once pedalling, engagement is no longer an issue and for most riders rock solid hubs will be more important than quicker engagement.

 

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The Zero Two's 27 mm internal rim width is my sweet spot for cross-country and trail wheels. These wheels, when paired with a 2.2" tyre makes for a great combination, striking a good balance between speed and grip. For those looking to go wider, there will soon be a more aggressive option in the range with an internal width of 31mm for wider, beefier tyres.

 

For the money, I can't fault the Zero Two wheelset. In fact, even with a bit more fat on them, they would still offer good value. They also come with local support and a built-in crash replacement policy all back by an established distributor.

 

Warranty and Crash Replacement


To back their product and workmanship, Zero Two offer a five-year guarantee from defects in material and workmanship, provided that you are the original owner (valid proof of purchase will be required).

 

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They've taken it even further by offering a crash replacement policy. Zero Two offers all original owners a lifetime Loyalty Guarantee Program on their carbon rims. This program covers accidents which fall outside of warranty coverage for any reason. If you break it, they will help you replace it.

 

Whether it has to do with lack of talent or trail conditions - no matter what the circumstance - as part of this program the price of a replacement Zero Two carbon rim is R2,500 (at the date of publishing this article). This includes all freight (to their offices in Cape Town and back to you) as well as the work required to rebuild your wheel.

 






13 Comments

Grease_Monkey, Nov 16 2018 09:06

I see you mentioned the rim replacement is R2500, but I assume the rim only option will be a bit more. How much will that be?

Would be keen on a set of the upcoming trail/enduro rim laced onto my own hubs.

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Nov 16 2018 09:17

Awesome looking rims! For the next batch please consider removing the bumf? I don't know why they must say carbon, 29r and valve.

avatar, Nov 16 2018 09:32

been riding a set for 6 months now, first carbon MTB rims that Ive had, must agree, the 27 mm internal rim width is perfect and gives a nice fat tyre footprint. I run very low tyre pressure and the rims took some solid shots with absolutely zero issues. love the wheels. The decals look nice but the fine stripes peel off when you start washing your bike :(

stefmeister, Nov 16 2018 09:45

Google doesn't bring up much on this brand, so is it safe to say it's just another branded off-the-shelf-chinese product?

Grease_Monkey, Nov 16 2018 09:54

Google doesn't bring up much on this brand, so is it safe to say it's just another branded off-the-shelf-chinese product?


It's Omnico's in-house brand. So new to the market. Can't comment on wether it's rebranded Chinese carbon - but support should be good.

rock, Nov 16 2018 09:59

I see you mentioned the rim replacement is R2500, 

 

that's code for 'cost price' :)

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Nov 16 2018 10:34

Google doesn't bring up much on this brand, so is it safe to say it's just another branded off-the-shelf-chinese product?

Yes i'm certain they are made in Asia along with every other bicycle part. The difference here is that they should offer local support if something goes wrong. I would rather go with Nextie or something without branding and just replace it should I wreck it. 

juan pelota, Nov 16 2018 11:46

new drinking game. everytime bikehub does a review and they use the L word to describe the wheels you need to take a sip.

 

Additional features include smooth-rolling DT-Swiss hub internals with 36-point star ratchets, laced with DT-Swiss Aerolite spokes for lightning-fast engagement.

 

The wheelset features Merida branded rims with an adequate 29 mm internal width laced to Joytech hubs.

 

while the stock Niner CX Alloy front wheel was swapped out for a Stan's ZTR Crest rim laced to a Chris King hub to accommodate the fork.

 

Enve M50 carbon rims are laced to a DT Swiss 240 rear hub with a Lefty hub doing duty in the front.

 

Cannondale’s HollowGram carbon rims are laced to a Lefty front hub and DT Swiss hub in the rear, held together by DT Swiss Aerolite spokes. 

 

Each stock wheelset is laced with Sapim Force j-bend spokes in lengths and diameters readily available at most shops. 

 

the Ascent features Cabal’s CRC40 40mm carbon clinchers laced to Cabal branded cartridge bearing alloy hubs (manufactured by Powerway).

 

The Argents are built with American Classic's own bladed spokes, 18 radially on the front and 24 at the rear, laced 3-cross on the drive side and radial on the non-drive side with the rear wheel's spokes grouped in threes. 

Wil6, Nov 16 2018 01:01

new drinking game. everytime bikehub does a review and they use the L word to describe the wheels you need to take a sip.

 

Additional features include smooth-rolling DT-Swiss hub internals with 36-point star ratchets, laced with DT-Swiss Aerolite spokes for lightning-fast engagement.

 

The wheelset features Merida branded rims with an adequate 29 mm internal width laced to Joytech hubs.

 

while the stock Niner CX Alloy front wheel was swapped out for a Stan's ZTR Crest rim laced to a Chris King hub to accommodate the fork.

 

Enve M50 carbon rims are laced to a DT Swiss 240 rear hub with a Lefty hub doing duty in the front.

 

Cannondale’s HollowGram carbon rims are laced to a Lefty front hub and DT Swiss hub in the rear, held together by DT Swiss Aerolite spokes. 

 

Each stock wheelset is laced with Sapim Force j-bend spokes in lengths and diameters readily available at most shops. 

 

the Ascent features Cabal’s CRC40 40mm carbon clinchers laced to Cabal branded cartridge bearing alloy hubs (manufactured by Powerway).

 

The Argents are built with American Classic's own bladed spokes, 18 radially on the front and 24 at the rear, laced 3-cross on the drive side and radial on the non-drive side with the rear wheel's spokes grouped in threes. 

Don't get what your saying, how must it be worded?

Robbow, Nov 16 2018 04:15

It's Omnico's in-house brand. So new to the market. Can't comment on wether it's rebranded Chinese carbon - but support should be good.

 

I'm not sure if you trying to be funny, but support, good and OMNICO definitely do not go in the same sentence.

Grease_Monkey, Nov 16 2018 07:56

I'm not sure if you trying to be funny, but support, good and OMNICO definitely do not go in the same sentence.


Wasn't trying to be - but you're not wrong haha. They do however stock good products in terms of quality, hopefully this ticks that box...

cbdcaffie, Nov 17 2018 04:44

Awesome looking rims! For the next batch please consider removing the bumf? I don't know why they must say carbon, 29r and valve.

 

If they are affordable then they could have 'knobshine' decals all over for all I care.

nick_the_wheelbuilder, Nov 20 2018 08:54

It's great to see the price of carbon wheels coming down and making them more accessible to the masses.

 

If these are built with alloy nipples, expect to have to rebuild them within 2-3 years as carbon and alloy don't play well together. The nipples will corrode and eventually disintegrate. (which is why I always build with brass)

 

The price is still high for a wheel set with generic hubs. You can build a set of Nextie premium rims on Hopes for that money.....