FSA release e-MTB Carbon i29 wheelset

FSA Carbon eMTB wheels
(Image credit: Full Speed Ahead)

Full Speed Ahead has released a carbon wheelset designed to hold up to the rigors of trail and enduro e-MTBs. Since e-bikes are heavier than regular bikes, and long-travel e-MTBs encourage aggressive riding, a stronger wheelset is required. 

The FSA eMTB Carbon i29 wheelset is designed to meet that requirement. FSA says it can handle up to 150kg/330lbs of rider/bike weight. 

The wheelset features a 29mm inner width, 35mm outer width and 30mm depth. The rim profile is asymmetric, which leads to consistent spoke tensions and allows the wheel to be trued more easily. 

The wheels are built around P.R.A boost hubs and use direct pull spokes. The freehub body is compatible with all standard SRAM and Shimano drivers and uses 6-bolt brake rotor mounts.

The wheelsets are available in carbon or alloy, with every Carbon i29 wheel being completely handbuilt. Both 29-inch or 27.5-inch wheel sizes are catered for and can be bought as a set or individually for those wishing to run a mullet set up.

Weight and pricing (wheelset)

  • Carbon 29: 1,837g
  • Carbon 27.5: 1,897g
  • Carbon wheelset price: $1,574
  • Alloy 29: 2,010g
  • Alloy 27.5: 2,115g
  • Alloy wheelset price: $681.50

Find out more at FSA

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4