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This past year I picked up a Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Grail Pro wheel set to ride on my Niner RLT9 gravel racer. The bike came with some pretty sweet wheels to start with: Stan’s Iron Cross. I loved those wheels did several races on them including a Dirty Kanza 200, Florida Sea2Sea 3-day Adventure Race, Ragnarok 105, and The Bear 100. The Iron Cross are amazing wheels but are a bit more focused on cross racing. They have a limit of 45 PSI which, while great for racing, isn’t designed to be an all-around rim. So I upgraded to the a set of Pro Grails and they are such an amazing ride. I have ridden them with narrower tires at 60PSI as well as 40mm tires down to 30psi and even lower. The rims are a little deeper and wider the the Iron Cross rims so are a little more aero. With a wide rim I was able to ride at very low pressures with feeling much squirm under the tires. And like all Stan’s wheels they make going tubeless as easy as using tubes. Riding on 40mm tires at the Heck of the North this past October I was able to bomb down the rocky sections without fear because these rims are bombproof. The ability to run high volume tires at lower pressures also aided me in the muddy sections and the long grassy sections on snowmobile trails.

I’m happy to be riding the Grails and expect to put several thousand miles on them in 2017. I would recommend them as the best all around gravel wheel out there. If cross racing is all you do, go with the Iron Cross. If you are a gravel racer that wants to ride some road, commute, ride single track, and maybe even race cross, Grails will serve you perfectly.

If you don’t use Stan’s wheels and/or sealant yet, I highly recommend trying then out. I’ve finished 2 Dirty Kanza 200s and only had one tire issue when I had a small sidewall tear that required a shot of Stan’s fluid to get it to seal. During an adventure race in West Virginia, I went over a nail in the rain at about 3am and could hear the tire hissing and spitting. Several revolutions later the Stan’s had sealed up and I never even slowed down. In either case using tubes would have cost me valuable time.

Michael Shares Stan's at U.S. Coast Guard HQ

By Michael

Members of TeamHalfwayThere displayed and demonstrated Stan’s products at a bicycle commuting education event at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Michael Dickey displayed custom wheels based on Stan’s ZTR Crest rims that he built for his adventure racing bicycle as well as a new pair of the gorgeous and unbelievably lightweight Valor carbon wheels. Demonstrations included applying Stan’s rim tape to a mountain bike wheel with a Stan’s rim as well as converting a set of 700c road wheels to tubeless using Stan’s conversion kit and Hutchinson Sector tires. The event was attended by a number of regular bicycle commuters and some interested in starting commuting by bike. RADM Marshall Lytle, the Coast Guard’s CIO and an experienced bicycle rider and commuter attended to offer his support.

All Smiles at USARA National Championships 2015

By Dave

Going into this race, rain has been falling in the area for 4 weeks, a hurricane is out to the east and Nor’easter to the north.  It is going to be a wet and muddy 2015 USARA National Championship race in Pineville, KY.  Fortunately, I had the right gear for the 30 hour journey.  My Lupine headlamp had no problem weathering the rain and mud.  Acquired through our awesome sponsor, Spokes, Etc., my Specialized Epic rolled through the mud and streams without a hitch.  Megan rode her new Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Race Gold 29er Wheels and tubeless tires, which saved weight and lessened our worries as we bushwhacked through the race. About making the conversion she said she only wishes she had done it sooner! Thanks to our great sponsor Stan’s NoTubes!

The great gear allows the thing I love the most to happen…teamwork.  As the navigator, the pressure of not making mistakes can sometimes weigh me down and result in more mistakes.  A few hours after having missed a point, I start to doubt myself in our approach to another point.  Megan then reminds me that this is a team and that we have to use all the resources available.  And she couldn’t have been more correct.  Up to that point, I was trying to do all the navigating in a silo.  Having been a hugely successful experience in a race last year, I remember to include all of us in the hunt for the checkpoints.  Megan paces to the next point while Barry confirms features, and I track elevation.  With quite a few teams roaming around in the area, but we land directly on the point and quickly head off to the next one!  We left clicking on all cylinders and never looked back.

Thanks to a great team, sponsors and race community for making another great adventure possible.