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Kitsuma 27.5 Carbon Fiber Mountain Wheels


When you're staring down a fall line psyching yourself up for riding at your limit, these are the times when a rim like the Kitsuma belongs on your bike.

Time and time again, the benefits of a wide rim have been shown. We've been hesitant to go this wide for a long time, since the selection of tires that work well for a rim like this were lacking, but times are changing and tires are now available which take full advantage of a beast of a rim like this. When you put on properly sized 2.4"-3.0" tires on this rim, get ready to experience grip and lateral holding forces like you didn't think were possible on a mountain bike. The combination of stiffness, stability, compliance, low rolling resistance and raw grip are game changing. Note: If you are planning to run 2.1-2.3" XC tires, you will be better served with one of our narrower rims.

The Kitsuma gets all of our latest technology, including UniWeave construction, the Anti-Burp Bump, the strongest RockGuard Hookless bead lip we've ever made and of course our asymmetric offset design which improves spoke tension equality by more than 15%. The DH version of this rim shares the same profile but adds about 50g of material to add stiffness and structural integrity for DH style riding.

We offer the Kitsuma 275 as a single rim or a complete wheelset. Our wheelsets are handbuilt right here in Tennessee using only the best components; Sapim CX-Ray bladed or double butted Race spokes and DT Swiss alloy Pro Lock squorx nipples. Hub choices include Chris King, Industry Nine, Hope, DT Swiss, Project 321 and Onyx. To see a comparison of all our hubs check out the hub comparison chart. Wheel builds come with our TPP tape and tubeless valves installed. All wheelsets are built to order and it may take 4 weeks or more depending upon hub availability.

  Wheels are handbuilt in Tennessee  

Handbuilt wheelsets from $1,422 (DT350)

Most rims are in stock and ship in 1-3 days. Custom wheel builds take 4 weeks or more depending upon hub availability. Any cancelled complete wheelset orders are subject to a cancellation fee as high as 20% depending on if the wheel has been built. For pricing or to configure a wheelset, use the drop down menu below. We only recommend using tires intended for hookless rims on the Kitsuma 275. The Kitsuma works best with tire widths ranging from 2.5"-3.0". We do not recommend using tires narrower than 2.4.
Kitsuma 275 Specifications  
*Rim weights are +/- 10g
**Wheel weights are with trail layup rims, CX-Ray spokes with alloy nipples
***Recommended build tension is 120 kgf
Please read the FAQ for other questions.
Weight Rim 460g* (+50g for DH version)
Weight I9 Wheelset 1629g**
Weight Hope Wheelset 1706g**
Weight King Wheelset 1708g**
Weight DT 240S Wheelset 1614g**
Weight Project 321 Wheelset 1662g**
Weight DT 350 Wheelset 1681g**
Weight Onyx Wheelset 1897g**
ERD 548
Asymmetric Offset 2.6mm
Spoke Hole Drilling Asymmetric, 5 deg
Max Tension 200 kgf***
Depth 30mm
Width 42mm external, 36mm internal
Hole Count 32, (others available custom order only)
Tubeless Ready Yes
Finish Satin Unidirectional Carbon
Tech Features UniWeave™, RockGuard HL™, Anti-Burp Bump™
Rider Weight Limit none


"Just wanted to say something about the wheels I got from NOX. I got a set of the Kitsuma 275's laced with sapim CX-Ray spokes to Project 321 hubs. First off the sound of the P321 hubs is awesome! After setting them up tubeless (hard to get the tire on but seating the bead was easy!) the first thing I noticed at the pressure I was used to running is a very harsh ride! I lowered the pressure down to 14psi rear and 13 up front a wholla they felt awesome! At 180lbs I could never go that low of a pressure on a narrower rim. I have around 10 rides on them now and they are all that I hoped they would be! The sound of riding carbon rims is an added bonus as it is quieter somehow! No burps on the tubless tires and the traction is off the charts! It is a game changer! I'm so much more confident in corners and over technical climbs or desents! Ordering a set for my wife ASAP! Thanks NOX!" -R. Clark

"Have been riding my 27.5 plus Nox wheels for a free weeks now. Very stiff and strong. Been riding them hard and have been very happy with the performance. Also buying experience was excellent dealing direct with NOX. Have encouraged my local shop to carry their product as a great alternative to more expensive wheel sets." -J. Zinn Sr.