WTB is behind some of our favourite, budget-friendly components, so it was only a matter of time before they entered the wheel game. The new WTB Proterra wheel line is designed to perform like a more expensive wheel, provide great durability, and does so without breaking the bank. Their new Proterra hub uses a six-pawl design with 3.7° of engagement, double butted J-bend spokes, and Sapim secure lock nipples. They are meant to be easily serviced, and don’t require any special tools to open them up. The Proterra rims are made from WTB’s premier 6069 aluminum alloy to optimize strength while a bead blast finish and durable water-transfer decals keep your wheels looking fresh.
The wheels come in two different variations: Proterra Light and Proterra Tough. The Proterra Light are offered in a 700 x 23mm and 650b x 25mm width that’s perfect for gravel bikes, as well as a more trail focused 27mm version for 2.25″ to 2.5″ tires. The Proterra Tough is offered in a single, versatile 30mm width for better sidewall support when running lower pressures, and is optimized for 2.4 to 2.6″ tires.
Every Proterra wheel is tubeless compatible and ships with WTB’s Solid Strip, TCS tubeless tape, and black alloy valves already installed. WTB claims their Solid Strip, which lies beneath the tubeless tape, makes it easier to mount tires, protects the tape from punctures, and helps create a very robust tubeless setup. Every Proterra front wheel has a MSRP of $294.95, and every rear wheel is $354.95 USD. All Proterra wheels and hand-built at WTB’s new California-based wheel building facility, and will initially only be available purchase directly from WTB.
Learn more, or purchase a set of your own, at WTB.com.
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