Syntace W40 MXS wheels are based upon a 40-millimeter OD rim. The rim allows riders to choose one size smaller tire and achieve the same air volume, at a lower overall weight. The big benefit, however, is the boost in lateral support that the wheels give to the tire. Cornering stability is remarkably better.
Syntace pioneered the lightweight, ultra-wide rim movement that broke through the surface at Eurobike. SRAM, DT Swiss, American Classic, and Alex had cross-country/trail rims in excess of 30 millimeters wide on display. Syntace's widest rim is 40 millimeters at the OD and measures 33.5 millimeters between the flanges. The science is that aluminum is lighter than rubber, so the wider rim adds volume to the tire at a lower weight penalty, and also better supports the tire laterally, which boost cornering performance. The W40 MXS wheelset weighs only 1840 grams and is rated for all-mountain use. Syntace makes a range of widths from 40 millimeters to 28 millimeters, with our favorite being the 35-millimeter-wide W35 MXS that weighs under 1700 grams in the 26 inch diameter. All wheel diameters and axle options are supported, and MXS wheels are tubeless ready.
Liteville - German engeneering
Liteville is also part of Syntace, and this year, the 190-millimeter-travel 601 was boosted with 27.5-inch wheels. Reportedly, the big-mountain trailbike weighs around 28 pounds. Syntace offers the 601 in semi-custom form with 26 or 650B wheel diameters.
The creative force behind Syntace's component range and now, Liteville, is Jo Klieber. Joe was on hand to explain in simple terms, how all three wheel diameters could be used more effectively to produce a lightweight bicycle that rides with equal efficiency for riders of tall and short stature. Jo used the pizza cutter to depict how the front and rear wheels of a bike roll over the same bump quite differently.