The TCS Vandal Rim is Alienation's intro into the XL rim category at 37mm wide. It's hands down the lightest rim in the XL category, made possible by using their proprietary G69 material which is super light with superior strength compared to 6061-T6. The Vandal uses the most advanced drilling pattern of any bicycle rim on the market today. Alienation's new 4D less chamfering drilling process creates the optimal interface between flange and rim. This exact angle reduces binding and the need for eyelets. NO RADIAL LACING. These rims are designed and drilled for 3 cross specifically. As an added bonus, the Vandal features a new coating to improve braking to nearly as good as chrome without the added weight and negative environmental impact.
TCS stands for Tubeless Compatible System, and Alienation is the first to bring this technology to BMX. It's perfectly fine to run a normal 2.2" or larger tire and tube on the Vandal rim, but here are the advantages or running tubeless:
A tube might not seem very heavy, but rotating weight that far out on the wheel is noticeable. So no tube along with Alienation's lightweight casing has a significant effect on the feel of the bike.
With sealant constantly flowing inside the tire, small punctures are quickly sealed. There is also no worry of pinch flats.
Lower Tire Pressure:
Although the Alienation 138 tire is rated at 85 psi max pressure, it's possible to run much lower pressures without any worry of pinch flats. Lower pressure can give you better traction, control, and a smoother ride by allowing the tire to conform more to the terrain or obstacle.
To run the Vandal rim in its tubeless configuration, it is strongly recommended that you only use it with a TCS compatible tire. Alienation's proprietary TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) bead ensures a perfect fit that can be inflated and seated with a simple hand pump. You'll also need TCS compatible rim tape, valve stem and sealant.
Wheel Size: 20"
ISO Diameter (ETRTO): 406
Effective Rim Diameter (ERD): 383mm
Spoke Count: 36H
Brake Type: Rim Brake
Rim Joint: Welded
Rim Dimensions: 31mm (Internal Width), 37mm (External Width)
Tire Type: Clincher
Dans Comp has a good selection of BMX Rim Strips to fit your new rim.
This product was added to our catalog on October 23, 2019