Product Test: Ridefast Racing Hotwire Wheels

Carbon fiber wheels have been a hot-ticket upgrade over the last few years, with various brands vying for space in the market. RideFast Racing has emerged as a smaller company with a slightly different approach. This Southern California-based company is hoping to make carbon wheels more affordable and durable enough to last several seasons. We tested RideFast’s Hotwire wheels to see if they could hold up to a couple seasons of hard racing and riding.

Tech info:

RideFast started out as a consumer-direct company but has opened a few select dealers in the last couple of years. While RideFast has a deep selection of wheels, the Hotwire is its dedicated cross-country race wheel, coming in at 1,334 grams for the 29-inch wheelset we tested. Hotwire wheels are offered in Boost and non-Boost thru-axle configurations and 27.5- and 29-inch diameters. The Hotwires use a unidirectional carbon fiber rim with 24 holes and an internal width of 23mm with a hookless rim bead. RideFast designed the Hotwire using one spoke length for the front and rear and a two-cross lacing pattern for a balance of stiffness and compliance. Last year RideFast redesigned its hubs, shedding weight from the front and increasing durability and engagement in the rear. RideFast now has its rear hub manufactured in Southern California and uses 72 points of engagement for a snappy and responsive ride. The freehub is made from titanium and is available in an XD driver and standard Shimano body. RideFast is confident in the durability of its freehub design and includes a lifetime guarantee. Our pair of test wheels retail for $1500 and come set up tubeless-ready. RideFast laces up all of its wheels in its Southern California facility and includes a two-year warranty for defects. RideFast offers a lifetime crash-replacement policy.

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