Proving Tubeless Wheel Technology

After a month on the roughest cobbles, on some of the hardest roads professional cycling knows, the team draws an impressive conclusion. The riders accumulated more than 10.000 kilometers  and only suffered 2 punctures along the way. Optimized tubeless technology proven.

PROVING TUBELESS WHEEL TECHNOLOGY

MASTERING THE COBBLES WITH WALLONIE-BRUXELLES

For Wallonie-Bruxelles the Belgian spring classics have a special status. As a local outfit, the team will always ride an active classics campaign. Among all professional teams that took to the start of races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Binck Bank, and Gent-Wevelgem, Wallonie-Bruxelles was the the only team to fully commit on racing a tubeless setup.

After a month on the roughest cobbles, on some of the hardest roads professional cycling knows, the team draws an impressive conclusion. The riders accumulated more than 10.000 kilometers  and only suffered 2 punctures along the way. Optimized tubeless technology proven.

In this video we come to terms with our drive, our passion for the sport, its iconic races and what the collaboration with professional teams like Wallonie-Bruxelles means to us.

 

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

Videography: Martijn van Strien

PROVING TUBELESS WHEEL TECHNOLOGY

MASTERING THE COBBLES WITH WALLONIE-BRUXELLES

For Wallonie-Bruxelles the Belgian spring classics have a special status. As a local outfit, the team will always ride an active classics campaign. Among all professional teams that took to the start of races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Binck Bank, and Gent-Wevelgem, Wallonie-Bruxelles was the the only team to fully commit on racing a tubeless setup.

After a month on the roughest cobbles, on some of the hardest roads professional cycling knows, the team draws an impressive conclusion. The riders accumulated more than 10.000 kilometers  and only suffered 2 punctures along the way. Optimized tubeless technology proven.

In this video we come to terms with our drive, our passion for the sport, its iconic races and what the collaboration with professional teams like Wallonie-Bruxelles means to us.

 

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

Videography: Martijn van Strien

PROVING TUBELESS WHEEL TECHNOLOGY

MASTERING THE COBBLES WITH WALLONIE-BRUXELLES

For Wallonie-Bruxelles the Belgian spring classics have a special status. As a local outfit, the team will always ride an active classics campaign. Among all professional teams that took to the start of races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Binck Bank, and Gent-Wevelgem, Wallonie-Bruxelles was the the only team to fully commit on racing a tubeless setup.

After a month on the roughest cobbles, on some of the hardest roads professional cycling knows, the team draws an impressive conclusion. The riders accumulated more than 10.000 kilometers  and only suffered 2 punctures along the way. Optimized tubeless technology proven.

In this video we come to terms with our drive, our passion for the sport, its iconic races and what the collaboration with professional teams like Wallonie-Bruxelles means to us.

Featured Products: Scope R4c and R5c

Photography: Kramon Velophoto

Videography: Martijn van Strien

Scope Cycling adds XDR freehubs to product portfolio

Scope Cycling is happy to announce the launch of two new freehub bodies to meet the compatibility requirements of SRAM’s newly released 12spd eTap AXS groupset.

Scope Cycling adds XDR Freehubs to Product Portfolio

New Freehubs match SRAM 12spd eTap AXS Groupsets

Scope Cycling is happy to announce the launch of two new freehub bodies to meet the compatibility requirements of SRAM’s newly released 12spd eTap AXS groupset.

SRAM developed the AXS platform to provide its customers with more options when choosing a groupset for their bikes. To run a SRAM 12spd eTap AXS groupset a new freehub body is required, however.
 
The new, so-called XDR freehub body is based on SRAM’s existing XD freehub body technology but features a wider interface. Further, it is intended for the use on road and gravel bikes. For the use on mountain bikes, the XD freehub body will remain the main option.
 
Due to the specific built of its R series and O2 hubs, Scope has developed two XDR freehub bodies. Both feature a 1.85mm wider interface than the existing two XD models and come with a spacer ring to allow for the mounting of both SRAM 12spd XDR as well as 11spd XD and 12spd XD cassettes. The R series XDR freehub body features a different engagement system than the O2 XDR freehub body. They are not interchangeable.
 
The Scope XDR freehub bodies will be available from the end of March for 69,00 EUR.

Scope Cycling adds XDR Freehubs to Product Portfolio

New Freehubs match SRAM 12spd eTap AXS Groupsets

Scope Cycling is happy to announce the launch of two new freehub bodies to meet the compatibility requirements of SRAM’s newly released 12spd eTap AXS groupset.

SRAM developed the AXS platform to provide its customers with more options when choosing a groupset for their bikes. To run a SRAM 12spd eTap AXS groupset a new freehub body is required, however.
 
The new, so-called XDR freehub body is based on SRAM’s existing XD freehub body technology but features a wider interface. Further, it is intended for the use on road and gravel bikes. For the use on mountain bikes, the XD freehub body will remain the main option.
 
Due to the specific built of its R series and O2 hubs, Scope has developed two XDR freehub bodies. Both feature a 1.85mm wider interface than the existing two XD models and come with a spacer ring to allow for the mounting of both SRAM 12spd XDR as well as 11spd XD and 12spd XD cassettes. The R series XDR freehub body features a different engagement system than the O2 XDR freehub body. They are not interchangeable.
 
The Scope XDR freehub bodies will be available from the end of March for 69,00 EUR.

Scope Cycling adds XDR Freehubs to Product Portfolio

New Freehubs match SRAM 12spd eTap AXS Groupsets

Scope Cycling is happy to announce the launch of two new freehub bodies to meet the compatibility requirements of SRAM’s newly released 12spd eTap AXS groupset.

SRAM developed the AXS platform to provide its customers with more options when choosing a groupset for their bikes. To run a SRAM 12spd eTap AXS groupset a new freehub body is required, however.
 
The new, so-called XDR freehub body is based on SRAM’s existing XD freehub body technology but features a wider interface. Further, it is intended for the use on road and gravel bikes. For the use on mountain bikes, the XD freehub body will remain the main option.
 
Due to the specific built of its R series and O2 hubs, Scope has developed two XDR freehub bodies. Both feature a 1.85mm wider interface than the existing two XD models and come with a spacer ring to allow for the mounting of both SRAM 12spd XDR as well as 11spd XD and 12spd XD cassettes. The R series XDR freehub body features a different engagement system than the O2 XDR freehub body. They are not interchangeable.
 
The Scope XDR freehub bodies will be available from the end of March for 69,00 EUR.

A Quest for Experience

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way. This article discusses the importance of the team for our product development process.

A Quest for Experience

Racing Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team chooses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.    

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c

A Quest for Experience

Racing Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team choses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude, but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.   

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c

A Quest for Experience

Riding Tubeless around the World

Over the past few seasons, Dutch team Monkey Town has become a regular at the start lines of UCI Continental Circuit races around the globe. And even more than that, the team managed to build an impressive palmarès along the way.

Overall victories at the Tour of Poyang Lake in China, stage wins at the Turul Romaniei in Romania and at the GP Himmerland one-day race in Denmark outline the team’s extensive program. It’s an unusual program in many ways. It’s one that stands out compared to the programs of most other teams that are registered and perform under the UCI’s umbrella.

Racing on different continents comes with some particularities.

Firstly, there needs to be a special focus on logistics. Traveling abroad means that the team is limited in terms of the equipment it can bring along. Often the race vehicles will be provided by the race organizers and do only allow for limited space. This also means that the team might face limited service possibilities at the race venue, due to the limited availability of spare parts. Packing smart is key. 

Secondly, the logistics at events far from the teams headquarters differ from the ones on home turf. With no team truck on hand, one needs to focus on how to set up the service area at the race hotel and where to keep all equipment.

For Scope Cycling, the partnership with Monkey Town is in many ways a fruitful and important one. It does not only help us to validate our products and the commitment to focus on building wheels with rimbeds that are optimized for tubeless tires. It does also help us to promote and spread our message.

Racing Tubeless

Racing on tubeless tires is not yet very common in the pro ranks, mainly due to their added weight when compared to traditional tubular tires. However, there are good reasons for making the switch. Most speak for themselves: they’re faster than clincher tires and tubular tires due eliminating the level of friction between the tire and the tube; they’re more resistant against punctures; they can be run at a significantly lower pressure without compromising performance, thus offering more grip, traction, and comfort.

Monkey Town has, arguably, been making statements racing on wheels optimized for tubeless tires. Depending on the specific race characteristics the team choses between the R4c and the R5c wheelsets. Having these wheelsets available at any time does give them the opportunity to prepare properly for when it counts. And it offers us the chance to see our products being put through their paces. Without any compromises and excuses.

Races in Asia have a different character than races in South-Eastern Europe. There’re also differences between races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, even though these are a little smaller.

Very often road surface and weather play an important role. While cobblestone roads and crosswinds are a familiar sight in the Netherlands and Belgium, farm roads with rather rough gravel and a steady drizzle are a common feature of the races in Denmark. In China one can find smooth tarmac at altitude, but has to deal with thin air and open terrain.    

Validating Developments

Monkey Town has gained a lot of experience competing at events in these areas. Their feedback helps us to develop our products further. Our wheels have been marked as best in class by numerous media outlets. However, it’s the races that Monkey Town and our other sponsored teams are doing that help us to keep on pushing the boundaries of wheels that redefine how tubeless optimized wheelsets should perform.

Images: Monkey TownLeon van Bon / Topcompetitie

Featured Products: Scope R4c & Scope R5c

Scope O2 Wheelset wins Bike Motion Award

We are extremely proud and honored to have won a Bike Motion award with our Scope O2 wheelset in the category bike parts. The wheelset is especially intended for the use on gravel-and XC mountain bikes.

SCOPE O2 WINS BIKE MOTION AWARD

OFF-ROAD WHEELSET SETS NEW STANDARD

We are extremely proud and honored to have won a Bike Motion award with our Scope O2 wheelset in the category bike parts. 

For over one-and-a-half-year, we worked on the development of the all new Scope O2 wheelset. As a result, we were able to build a lightweight wheelset, especially developed for off-road use on gravel- and XC mountain bikes. Both, the rim and the hubs are completely developed in-house in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Development Details

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width. Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. 

In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced. By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Successful Collaborations

The hubs of the O2 wheelset are developed in collaboration with well-known bearing manufacturer SKF. However, we also offer CeramicSpeed bearings as an upgrade version.

By winning the Bike Motion Award in the bike components category we joined the list of other awardees such as Specialized for the best road bike and Trek for the best mountain bike.

SCOPE O2 WINS BIKE MOTION AWARD

OFF-ROAD WHEELSET SETS NEW STANDARD

We are extremely proud and honored to have won a Bike Motion award with our Scope O2 wheelset in the category bike parts. 

For over one-and-a-half-year, we worked on the development of the all new Scope O2 wheelset. As a result, we were able to build a lightweight wheelset, especially developed for off-road use on gravel- and XC mountain bikes. Both, the rim and the hubs are completely developed in-house in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Development Details

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width. Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. 

In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced. By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Successful Collaborations

The hubs of the O2 wheelset are developed in collaboration with well-known bearing manufacturer SKF. However, we also offer CeramicSpeed bearings as an upgrade version.

By winning the Bike Motion Award in the bike components category we joined the list of other awardees such as Specialized for the best road bike and Trek for the best mountain bike.

SCOPE O2 WINS BIKE MOTION AWARD

OFF-ROAD WHEELSET SETS NEW STANDARD

We are extremely proud and honored to have won a Bike Motion award with our Scope O2 wheelset in the category bike parts. 

For over one-and-a-half-year, we worked on the development of the all new Scope O2 wheelset. As a result, we were able to build a lightweight wheelset, especially developed for off-road use on gravel- and XC mountain bikes. Both, the rim and the hubs are completely developed in-house in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Development Details

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width. Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced. By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Successful Collaborations

The hubs of the O2 wheelset are developed in collaboration with well-known bearing manufacturer SKF. However, we also offer CeramicSpeed bearings as an upgrade version.

By winning the Bike Motion Award in the bike components category we joined the list of other awardees such as Specialized for the best road bike and Trek for the best mountain bike.

Welcome, Scope O2

After one-and-a-half year of product development, we are happy to launch our first off-road specific wheelset, the all new O2. The wheelset is especially intended for the use on gravel-and XC mountain bikes.

WELCOME, SCOPE O2

THE OFF-ROAD EXPERT

After one-and-a-half year of product development, we are happy to launch our first off-road specific wheelset, the all new O2. The wheelset is especially intended for the use on gravel-and XC mountain bikes.

When we started the development process for the O2, it was our aim to develop a benchmark-setting off-road. While most of the industry-leading brands focus on only one specific area like weight, lateral stiffness, comfort, or durability, both of Scope’s co-founders, Rik Kusters and Nieck Busser, wanted to combine all important product characteristics in one all-round wheelset, thereby ticking all the boxes.

Optimized Weight and Measurements

In order to determine the industry standards for each of the product characteristics, we tested several of wheelsets of our main competitors. Furthermore, we conducted field tests and developed our own test devices. Based on these outcomes, we defined our development goals.

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width. Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

Local Reinforcement Technology

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced. By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. 

As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Improved Stiffness and Durability

We’re convinced that wheels should be built as a system. We, therefore, optimized not only our rims but also the design of our hubs to create an optimal stiffness with an optimal spoke tension. The extra wide flange distance of 61mm for the rear hub results in a lateral stiffness of 51 N/mm for the rear wheel while the 2:1 spoke pattern combined with the 3mm off set in the rim ensures that the spoke tension of the Non-Drive Side and Drive Side are near-equal. This makes for better lateral stiffness and durability performance.

The hubs make use of a four-pawl engagement system in combination with a 34t freehub body. Furthermore, the hubs are equipped with SKF bearings, or CeramicSpeed as an upgrade option. The Scope O2 wheelset is available with boost hubs, regular hubs, and both Shimano and XD freehub bodies. We also offer different end-cap options to make the wheelset compatible with the most important quick release and through-axle standards.

Rik Kusters: “Although we already do have over 4 years of experience in the development of carbon wheels, it was quite a challenge to develop our Scope O2 wheelset. Even though, the materials used for our O2 wheelset are equal to the materials we use in our road series wheelsets, the use and so the requirements are completely different. For that reason, the definition phase of this project took way more time than expected, and seemed to be critical in order develop the best-in-class off-road wheelset.”

Availability

The new Scope O2 wheelset will be available from November 2017 for a recommended retail price of 1.398,00 EUR, the same price as our R series wheelsets.

WELCOME, SCOPE O2

THE OFF-ROAD EXPERT

After one-and-a-half year of product development, we are happy to launch our first off-road specific wheelset, the all new O2. The wheelset is especially intended for the use on gravel-and XC mountain bikes.

When we started the development process for the O2, it was our aim to develop a benchmark-setting off-road. While most of the industry-leading brands focus on only one specific area like weight, lateral stiffness, comfort, or durability, both of Scope’s co-founders, Rik Kusters and Nieck Busser, wanted to combine all important product characteristics in one all-round wheelset, thereby ticking all the boxes.

Optimized Weight and Measurements

In order to determine the industry standards for each of the product characteristics, we tested several of wheelsets of our main competitors. Furthermore, we conducted field tests and developed our own test devices. Based on these outcomes, we defined our development goals.

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width.

Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

Local Reinforcement Technology

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced.

By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Improved Stiffness and Durability

We’re convinced that wheels should be built as a system. We, therefore, optimized not only our rims but also the design of our hubs to create an optimal stiffness with an optimal spoke tension. The extra wide flange distance of 61mm for the rear hub results in a lateral stiffness of 51 N/mm for the rear wheel while the 2:1 spoke pattern combined with the 3mm off set in the rim ensures that the spoke tension of the Non-Drive Side and Drive Side are near-equal. This makes for better lateral stiffness and durability performance.

The hubs make use of a four-pawl engagement system in combination with a 34t freehub body. Furthermore, the hubs are equipped with SKF bearings, or CeramicSpeed as an upgrade option. The Scope O2 wheelset is available with boost hubs, regular hubs, and both Shimano and XD freehub bodies. We also offer different end-cap options to make the wheelset compatible with the most important quick release and through-axle standards.

Rik Kusters: “Although we already do have over 4 years of experience in the development of carbon wheels, it was quite a challenge to develop our Scope O2 wheelset. Even though, the materials used for our O2 wheelset are equal to the materials we use in our road series wheelsets, the use and so the requirements are completely different. For that reason, the definition phase of this project took way more time than expected, and seemed to be critical in order develop the best-in-class off-road wheelset.”

Availability

The new Scope O2 wheelset will be available from November 2017 for a recommended retail price of 1.398,00 EUR, the same price as our R series wheelsets.

WELCOME, SCOPE O2

THE OFF-ROAD EXPERT

After one-and-a-half year of product development, we are happy to launch our first off-road specific wheelset, the all new O2. The wheelset is especially intended for the use on gravel-and XC mountain bikes.

When we started the development process for the O2, it was our aim to develop a benchmark-setting off-road. While most of the industry-leading brands focus on only one specific area like weight, lateral stiffness, comfort, or durability, both of Scope’s co-founders, Rik Kusters and Nieck Busser, wanted to combine all important product characteristics in one all-round wheelset, thereby ticking all the boxes.

Optimized Weight and Measurements

In order to determine the industry standards for each of the product characteristics, we tested several of wheelsets of our main competitors. Furthermore, we conducted field tests and developed our own test devices. Based on these outcomes, we defined our development goals.

After several iterative tests, using a total of six prototypes, we found the perfect balance between lateral stiffness, important for efficient power transformation, and radial compliance, important for comfort, in a 23mm deep, and 31mm wide full carbon rim that also features a 3mm off-set and a 25mm internal width. Furthermore, the rim offers a tubeless-ready hookless tire bed, which we developed in cooperation with Schwalbe Tires and which makes for perfect mounting, inflation, and on-pressure properties.

Local Reinforcement Technology

It is within our philosophy, that durability goes above weight. For that reason, we made no compromises regarding the bearings, seals, spokes, and rim profile. In order to be best-in-class, we developed our own Local Reinforcement Technology (LRT) which helped us to reduce the overall weight of the O2 wheelset. This unique production technology locally reinforces the rim at the spoke holes, whereas normally the entire spoke hole section is reinforced. By making use of this unique technology, we have been able to reduce the overall wall thickness of our rims and could realize a weight reduction of 10%. As a result, the O2 wheelset weighs only 1360g: unique in the market, given the rim width, the tubeless ready system and the overall durability of the wheelset.

Improved Stiffness and Durability

We’re convinced that wheels should be built as a system. We, therefore, optimized not only our rims but also the design of our hubs to create an optimal stiffness with an optimal spoke tension. The extra wide flange distance of 61mm for the rear hub results in a lateral stiffness of 51 N/mm for the rear wheel while the 2:1 spoke pattern combined with the 3mm off set in the rim ensures that the spoke tension of the Non-Drive Side and Drive Side are near-equal. This makes for better lateral stiffness and durability performance.

The hubs make use of a four-pawl engagement system in combination with a 34t freehub body. Furthermore, the hubs are equipped with SKF bearings, or CeramicSpeed as an upgrade option. The Scope O2 wheelset is available with boost hubs, regular hubs, and both Shimano and XD freehub bodies. We also offer different end-cap options to make the wheelset compatible with the most important quick release and through-axle standards.

Rik Kusters: “Although we already do have over 4 years of experience in the development of carbon wheels, it was quite a challenge to develop our Scope O2 wheelset. Even though, the materials used for our O2 wheelset are equal to the materials we use in our road series wheelsets, the use and so the requirements are completely different. For that reason, the definition phase of this project took way more time than expected, and seemed to be critical in order develop the best-in-class off-road wheelset.”

Availability

The new Scope O2 wheelset will be available from November 2018 for a recommended retail price of 1.398,00 EUR, the same price as our R series wheelsets.