Mounting tires on the Ralos wheels was easy, and we
appreciated that they came pre-taped for tubeless use. We
have long been fans of Stan’s NoTubes’ wheelsets, and
given that the Ralos wheels essentially use a Stan’s rim,
they felt familiar right away.
On the trail, the Ralos wheels felt plenty snappy and
lively. The freehub engagement was reliable and trouble-free. We’ve ridden numerous carbon wheelsets over the
years, and the Ralos wheels don’t approach that level of
stiffness; however, given the cost of carbon fiber wheels,
the Ralos wheelset is a great value. You get a lot of performance bang for your buck.
Of course, the true test of wheels is how well they are
holding up after a year of hard use. Sadly, few wheelsets
ever stay on our bikes that long. During our test period,
however, the Ralos wheels ran true and didn’t require any
While the Ralos 9 wheelset performed as well as expected, the benefits of their proprietary lacing pattern are
tough to distinguish on the trail. Given that some options,
such as Stan’s Crest ZTR wheelset, cost a few hundred dollars less, the Ralos 9 wheels will not appeal to everyone.
But, for those who are willing to pay a premium for a product that is hand-built in the U.S. and are intrigued by the
uniqueness of the lacing pattern, the Ralos 9 is a solid first
offering from Rolf Prima. Welcome to the mountain bike