Watch: Let the MTB Times Roll On

Let the MTB Times Roll On

By Race Face

We see you, mountain bikers. We know you don’t always need to drop the most money to have the most fun. Cheers to the good times, the party laps, the parking lot hangs. The thrills and sometimes even the spills. Like a good friend, the Aeffect R will always be there to keep you rolling, trail after trail, hit after hit.

The Aeffect R Wheelset The trail to enduro-rated Aeffect R wheelset was built to provide you category-leading good times. Built with a tough 30mm wide, offset 6069 alloy rim laced to our hardworking Trace hub for an unstoppable combo of toughness and durability. Give them your worst and see how far they’ll take you.

Race Face Aeffect R Wheelsets

On many mid-range bikes, a common point of failure remains the wheels. Riders are frustrated by lost trail miles while their bike is stuck in the shop for repairs on subpar wheels. With this gap in the wheel market in mind, we set out to create a hub and rim combo that offers category-leading durability and strength, to confidently take on the rigors of trail, all-mountain, and enduro riding. We are proud to introduce the tough on trails, light on price Aeffect R wheels and Trace J-Bend hub.

The Aeffect R Wheel

The Aeffect R is a mid-priced wheel that punches above its weight for reliability and strength. Rated for trail to enduro-style riding, these wheels feature a tough 6069 alloy rim with an 30mm inner diameter,  an offset rim bed for even spoke tension and is rated for high impact strength and reliability.

The All-New Trace Hub

The all new, RF designed, Trace hub offers 13 different hub options to cover all current axle configurations (Boost + Super Boost) and cassette body options (Micro Spline/XD/HG). Durable ride-after-ride performance is delivered without comprise with the Trace’s steel axle, sturdy 10 degree engagement, large cartridge bearings and stiff, oversized J-bend spoke flanges. This new hub is available as both a part of the Aeffect R and Aeffect R eMTB wheel offerings and as a standalone aftermarket product for you to create your own wheel legends.

Aeffect R eMTB Rear Wheel

Race Face’s first fully eMTB-rated rim/hub combo, this rear wheel is beefed up to take all the powered punishment ebikes have to offer. The Aeffect R eMTB wheels tough 6069 alloy rim features a 32h spoke count, a 4.5mm spoke offset for a strong build with burly J-bend spokes, and the rim’s 30mm internal width is set to charge hard.

The all new Trace rear hub is up to the fun here as well, with its steel axel and eMTB specific steel cassette body options to withstand the high torque loads seen with eMTB drivetrains. Combine this rear wheel with the Aeffect R front wheel to create an unbeatable eMTB wheelset that will deliver dependable performance well beyond its price point, keeping you out on the trail.












Aeffect R Wheel

  • Intended Use: Trail/All Mountain/Enduro
  • Sizes: 27.5” / 29”
  • Rim Material: 6069 alloy, tubeless-ready (tape and valves installed)
  • Internal Rim Width: 30mm
  • Rim Depth: 20mm
  • Rim Offset: 4.5mm
  • Hub Spacing:  Front 15×110 Boost / Rear 12×148 Boost, 12×157 Super Boost
  • Number of Spokes (F&R): 28
  • Spokes: Sapim Sprint 2.0/1.7 J-bend black, 3-cross, non-interlaced (5 spares included)
  • Nipples: Sapim double square, secure lock, black/brass
  • Rotor Mount: ISO 6-bolt
  • Cassette Body options (alloy): Micro Spline, XD, HG
  • Weight (29”): Front – 925g / Rear – 1075g  (2000g for wheelset)
  • MSRP: $599.00 USD / $774.98 CAD (whole wheelset)

Aeffect R eMTB Rear Wheel

  • Intended Use:  eMTB Trail, All Mountain, Enduro
  • Sizes: 27.5” / 29”
  • Rim Material: 6069 Alloy, tubeless-ready (tape and valves installed)
  • Internal Rim Width: 30mm
  • Rim Depth: 22mm
  • Rim Offset: 4.5mm
  • Hub Spacing: 12×148 Boost, 12×157 Super Boost
  • Spokes: 32 Sapim Race 2.0/1.8 J-bend, black, 3 Cross, non-interlaced (5 spares included)
  • Nipples: Sapim double square secure lock, black/brass
  • Rotor Mount: ISO 6-bolt
  • Cassette Body options: steel – Micro Spline, XD, HG
  • Weight (29”): 1265g (wheelset with front Aeffect R wheel 2190g)
  • MSRP: Rear only: $399.99 USD, $499.99 CAD / Wheelset, including Aeffect R Front: $649.99 USD, 824.98 CAD

Trace Hub

  • Intended Use: XC/Trail/All-Mountain/Enduro  (MTB + eMTB)
  • Axle Material: Steel
  • Axle Options: Front: 15×110 Boost only (Cannot be converted to Non-Boost or 20×110 Boost. Torque Cap option not available) / Rear: 12×148 Boost / 12×157 Super Boost
  • Spokes: J Bend – 28h (MTB) / 32h (eMTB Rear)
  • Rotor Mount: ISO 6 Bolt
  • Hub Bearings: 6902 cartridge
  • Cassette Body Options: Micro Spline / XD / HG – Alloy (MTB) + Steel (eMTB)
  • Engagement: 10 Degree (36 POI)
  • Weight: (F) 188g, (R) 336g (12×148 Boost with Alloy Micro Spline – 28h) / 434g (12×148 Boost with Steel Micro Spline – 32h)
  • MSRP: Front: $84.99 USD, $109.99 CAD / Rear: $214.99 USD, $279.99 CAD

Video Credits

Ollie Jones, Sarah Won, Didi Kiples, and Georgia Astle
Directed by: Chuck George
Produced and edited by: Scott Secco Films
Original score: Jeremy Wallace Maclean

Special thanks to: Kirsty Ram, Chris Courtney, Andy Wallace, Ian @Anthill, Jon Little, Wade Simmons, Christine @ United Strangers.

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