Carbon wheelsets are being jumped on by brands like seagulls to a dropped bag of chips, and Praxis Works have tossed their hat in the ring with their new C32 Mountain wheels.
The not-so-minor details
Praxis Works C32 Mountain Wheelset
Rear Wheel (with SRAM XD driver freehub)
Wide internal rim width.
Standard J bend spokes and external nipples.
Priced relatively well compared to the competition.
None as yet.
Out of the box it’s a chunky looking wheelset, with a hookless bead, wide profile and some fancy hubs, but that’s pretty standard for carbon wheels these days, so let’s jump into the interesting stuff.
What makes this carbon wheelset different?
One thing that stands out to us about the Praxis Works C32 Mountain Wheelset from the outset is its nods to practicality. Where many carbon wheelsets go for internal nipples and funky proprietary spokes, Praxis Works have stuck with external nipples, 32 hole hubs and classic J-bend spokes.
The wheels also come with rim strips, valves and some spare service spokes, so you’ll be ready to roll out for your first ride in no time!
What’s the C32 Mountain wheelset intended for?
The Praxis Works C32 Mountain wheelset is aimed at the trail/all-mountain/enduro segment, utilising carbon for its strength and stiffness properties rather than creating an ultra-lightweight rim.
Our build uses Industry Nine’s Torch hub with a 6-bolt rotor system, and comes in at 1761 grams for the set, which is solid considering the wheel’s 38mm external diameter and 32mm internal rim width, as well as the wheelset using 32 spokes front and rear.
What sizes does it come in?
The C32 wheels are available in both 27.5” and 29” options.
Does it come in different hub options?
It sure does! You can get them in 142x12mm and boost 148x12mm hub spacing options, and there are two builds levels offered.
The C32 wheelset built up with Industry Nine torch hubs that we’ve got on test retails for $2800, and the Praxis Works branded DT Swiss 350 hub option costs $2600.
The only exception is the 142×12 Praxis hubs, which come with Praxis’ own straight pull spoke design on one side, which is said to increase the stiffness of the 142x12mm wheel to that of a boost wheel.
What about freehub options?
You can purchase the C32 Mountain wheelset with both Shimano or SRAM compatible freehubs.
What’s the warranty like?
This is a question we get all the time when it comes to carbon wheelsets, and rightly so considering their price. The Praxis Works C32 Mountain wheelset comes with a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects, but this doesn’t include barging into rocks at warp speed. We’ve got lots of riding planned for this wheelset, so lookout for the full review where we’ll be able to shed light on the C32’s durability over time.
Where to now?
Time to get some miles in we think. We’re fitting these wheels to a Trek Slash 9.9 that we use for some pretty demanding riding, so we’ve put on some beefy rubber. Keep an eye out for our full review once we’ve logged some solid trail time!