Next. Level. Custom.
Portland artist Chet Malinow painstakingly hand paints these HiFi EP carbon rims, brush stroke by brush stroke, to create a wheel set that’s truly one of a kind. The specially blended 1-shot paint that Chet selects is striking and extremely durable but, as the name implies, he’s got one chance to nail the application. Check out the video below to see Chet in action, meticulously and expertly painting the rim and showing off his detailing on a hub.
These Malinow Artist Edition EPs are extremely special works of art, and no two are alike. Chet also adds some complementary design work to the hubs, to tie the wheel sets together. We have a very limited number of these black gloss painted rims on hand, and will be filling orders beyond those on a made-to-order basis. If you’re interested in different colors of 1-shot paint, or on having a different rim model receive the Malinow treatment, please get in touch and let’s make your dreams a reality!
EP Anti-Flutter Rim Profile and EPS Construction
The latest generation of HiFi carbon road rims take advantage of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) molding construction. Rather than using a traditional, inflated bladder, the EPS mold creates a more consistent, smoother finish inside your rim. Why should you care? The result is stronger, stiffer, lighter, and more reliable. We’ve taken a great rim and made it even better.
In 2019, our lineup of road rim profiles got a face lift. We dub the more flared shape of our rim “Anti-Flutter” because our wheels are now even more stable in crosswinds, and even faster at a larger range of yaw angles. The EP Anti-Flutter rims measure 25mm wide at the tire interface, and flare out to 28mm at the center of the rims.
Turn the table on your competition with a technically balanced wheel. Lightweight with a 38mm wind-cheating aerodynamic profile, the EP Anti-Flutter lets you jam up climbs and fly on the flats. Spin up to speed quickly and then carve confidently through corners. With mid-range depth, the EP Anti-Flutters are stable in crosswinds and on blustery days. The extremely high-grade carbon fiber we use is stiff for accelerations but is also good at dampening bumps and chatter.
Road, Cyclocross, & Gravel Ready
Our EP Anti-Flutter Disc wheel sets spin on the latest iteration of our Fidelity R Disc centerlock hubs. The EP rim depth is ideal to provide an aerodynamic advantage (and mud shedding for those of you venturing off the tarmac), but without the extra bulk of a deeper profile.
After plenty of testing of our Disc builds, we’ve found the 2x front and 3x rear spoke patterns to provide both improved durability and better ride quality over nasty, bumpy surfaces. We lace them up with top-tier Sapim CX-Ray spokes for their ideal blend of lightweight, high strength, and sublime ride quality.
EP Liner Notes
Rim depth: 38mm, tubeless ready clincher or tubular
Rim width: 25mm at tire interface, flaring to 28mm at center of rim. 18mm internal.
Hubs: HiFi Fidelity R Disc centerlock hubs with Japanese stainless steel bearings. Durable, dependable and light.
Freehub: Shimano/SRAM 11; Campagnolo; SRAM XD and XDR Drivers available
Spokes: (24h 2x / 28h 3x)
Wheel Weight: 1520g
Discipline: The EP Anti-Flutters are excellent for criteriums and road races of all types; they’re super fast uphill; and these versatile hoops are excellent cyclocross and gravel wheels. They also make great front wheels for triathlons and time trials.
Recommended Max. Rider Weight: 250lbs
Notes: Tubeless tape installed. End caps installed for your choice of 12mm/15mm/142x12mm/QR for discs, and skewers included for QR setups.
Tire choice: Our wider EP Anti-Flutter rims require a 23mm or wider road tire (we recommend 25mm and up). In this case, fatter is better. It means lower rolling resistance, greater comfort and more speed.