Halo have announced the launch of its new wheelset, The Halo Gravitas. The Halo Gravitas has been developed with extensive testing in the World Cup Downhill Series over a period of two years.
After years of testing, the group has taken on biard rider feedback and in house testing and settled on a new alloy material that is 30% stronger than early prototypes. This material doesn’t prematurely crack or dent under large impacts, is light and recyclable without a huge impact on the planet.
100% assembled by hand, the Gravitas’ asymmetric design means that the wheelset has a more equalised spoke tension which allows Halo to build a package that dominates descents, whilst cutting down on bulk where it isn’t needed. To compensate for the differences in wall length and strength of an asymmetric design, the wall thicknesses have been proportioned to balance out impact forces equally.
The bead hook of the rim is square and thick, which brushes off impacts and maximises the potential to make it to the end of each and every run with a fully sealed tubeless tyre.
Jack Reading, SR Suntour Commencal Racing, said: “I’ve put the Gravitas wheels through very harsh real-world testing at World Cup downhill tracks for the past two years. In that time Halo have trialled different strength materials to find one that stands up to these tough conditions and I now have rims that will survive tracks such as Fort William while riding flat out and using sub 30psi pressure.”
With a honed 27.5mm internal width, Gravitas wheels offer tyres large sidewall support, while remaining narrow enough to avoid unnecessary rock collisions.
At the core of Gravitas wheels is the new and improved instantaneous 120 point pick up MT and MTC hub ranges, with sealed bearings, timeless Halo appearance and super wide spaced flanges for increased stiffness and durability.
Utilising a wedge pawl mechanism the Supadrive system withstands incredible torque loads. Featuring 12 micro teeth per pawl, drive is transferred efficiently through a dramatically increased surface area into the 120 point drive ring. In addition, the latest MT series HG freehubs now feature a precision machined Cro-Mo steel construction. This prevents the dreaded ‘cassette bite’ and also allows use of larger internal bearings for increased durability.
Reading added: “This wheelset is genuinely awesome and for under £500 it’s incredible value for money when you look at the performance and durability. We look forward to trusting these wheels for our 2021 world cup campaign!”
Gravitas wheels use Halo’s own J-bend triple butted, black stainless spokes.
Available from the box in our signature double anodised ‘Stealth’ colourway, aftermarket decal kits are also available in 6 colours.
More information can be found at www.halowheels.com/gravitas