Unlike mountain bike wheels that typically start at 26”, ‘cross wheels are more similar in size to those found on the road. Prior to wheel manufacturers developing cross specific wheels, many road rims were playing double duty. With the growth in popularity of cross in a number of markets, several of our existing consumers began asking for a Knight cross specific rim.
While a cross rim looks similar to a road rim, it is actually quite different. Starting with our Knight 35 as a base, the engineering team at Knight began the research and development of our first cross wheel. They determined the stresses that are placed on a cross wheel on how and where they are different than what our road wheels were facing. Once the stresses were established, it required the team to redefine the carbon layup process to ensure the right material was put in the right place.
They were also cognizant to develop the rim with a disc braking system. While disc brakes are relatively new to the road market, they have been used in cross for quite a while. The end result is a wheel that is stiff, lightweight and durable enough to handle the toughest cross courses you can find.
The Knight 35 Clincher Cyclocross wheelset – Disc Brake – engineered to:
> Reduce rim weight versus our already low weight standard brake version by removing the over-engineered brake track
> Accommodate the loads experienced from cross riding by increasing the strength of the spoke bed
> Provide a strong aero advantage over other cross rims on the market
In this comparison, we show a Knight 35 vs a standard OE box rim as the baseline (in this case – a Fulcrum 5). This chart shows what can be gained from switching from a standard wheel to a Knight 35 Aero. Observe that the OE rim never exhibits any aerodynamic gains at yaw and shows high drag even at zero degrees. The Knight 35 is both light weight and low drag – an unbeatable combination.