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Gnarly Rim Protector

(Includes Gnarly High-Flow Tubeless Valve)

 

Maximum rim protection with performance benefits.


Gnarly inserts do more than protect your rims from sharp impacts that can burp tyres and damage rims. Gnarly rim protectors enhance your tubeless system, improving the way your bike rides and handles giving you more control and more confidence when the riding gets gnarly!


Gnarly rim protectors are available in three sizes, designed to match the width of your tyres.


Choose the insert that fits your tyre.

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GET GNARLY, Ride GNARLY

Always use Protection

If you are riding tubeless, rim protection is a must. Tubeless is all about running lower tyre pressures; Gnarly protectors give you the confidence to ride harder and faster, focusing on the trail not your bike.

If it’s gnarly, it works!

Enhance tubeless performance

Gnarly inserts do more than protect your rims from sharp impacts that can burp tyres and damage rims. Gnarly rim protectors enhance your tubeless system, improving the way your bike rides and handles giving you more control and more confidence when the riding gets gnarly!

Features

Dollar for dollar, we believe Gnarly rim protectors are the lightest, most effective and easiest to fit tyre insert on the planet.

  • More protection from impacts
  • Prevents burping
  • Improves ride suspension
  • More tubeless tyre support at low pressures
  • Improves handling and control at all speeds
  • Super light weight
  • Doesn’t absorb sealant
  • Compatible with all wheel sizes
  • Aussie engineered!

If you are riding tubeless, rim protection is a must. Tubeless is all about running lower tyre pressures; Gnarly protectors give you the confidence to ride harder and faster, focusing on the trail not your bike.

Gnarly inserts are your first line of defence, protecting your rims from sharp impacts that can burp tyres and damage rims giving you the confidence to ride harder and faster, focusing on the trail not your bike.

The GNARLY system works with your bikes suspension, giving you a smoother, more dialed ride by reducing trail chatter and vibration. Less vibration and chatter means more control when the trails get gnarly!

GNARLY rim protectors are super lightweight. The lighter your wheel is the faster it accelerates and quicker it responds to changes in direction, important for getting up hills, avoiding trees and staying on the trail! How light are they?

  • Gnarly Grey = 84 grams
  • Gnarly Blue = 92 grams
  • Gnarly Black = 116 grams

These weights are based on fitting them to my 29” wheels. If you are running 27.5 or smaller they will be even lighter!

We all know that lowering tyre pressure improves traction but you reach a critical point where going lower creates unwanted tyre squirm. Gnarly protectors help to stabilize and support the side walls of your tyre at lower pressures, reducing the dreaded squirm.

During testing, we found the insert would occasionally rest against the hole (air port) in the top of the valve making inflating and deflating the tyre a little tricky.

We also found some of the latest “race” sealants and additives can clog up smaller air ports so we turned on our trusty MAC and designed a supercharged High Flow valve just for you!

The Gnarly High Flow tubeless valves supplied with your inserts work better than your current valves so go to the extra mile and swap them over when you are doing the install. They’ll also help make your wheels look more Gnarly!

If it’s Gnarly, it Works!

Gnarly Rim Protectors are designed to be easy to install. If you can fit a tubeless tyre, installing your Gnarly inserts will be a breeze.

If Ronnie and Johnny can do it, you can too!

Watch Ronnie and Johnny in action in their debut install video

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Size Options

Gnarly Rim Protectors come in three sizes based on the width of your tyre.

Gnarly Grey fits 2.0 - 2.2 inch tyres 45 - 50mm for Gravel Gnarly Blue fits 2.3 - 2.5 inch tyres Gnarly Black fits 2.6 - 3.0 inch tyres

It doesn’t matter what the wheel diameter is, you can trim the insert to fit 29”, 27.5 and even smaller sizes! Watch the install video, it’s easy as.

This is a Genuine DIY Gnarly product

We’ve all heard the horror stories about fitting rim protection to your wheels. But don’t sweat it, Gnarly Rim Protection is here and you won’t believe how easy they are to install. No swearing, blood or tears, it’s as easy as making a sandwich.

Watch the video

Don’t like watching videos? Really?

What are they made of?

At Gnarly, we never take the easy trail. For our products to work perfectly we choose the right materials that can be engineered seamlessly into our Gnarly designs, nothing is left to chance. Gnarly Inserts are manufactured from a specially formulated and engineered closed cell EPE foam system. The better part of two years R&D and real world testing went into the design; some things just can’t be rushed.

Our high density EPE inserts are both incredibly durable and extremely light weight, they absorb impacts effortlessly and are impervious to sealant. Gnarly.

How do they work?

Just like your bikes suspension, Gnarly inserts absorb trail vibration and impacts, which gives you more control and reduces fatigue. The mechanics are completely different but the result is the same. The EPE system has progressive dampening, which means the harder the impact (the more the insert is compressed), the more they absorb.

Gnarly inserts also reduce tyre squirm. They do this by creating friction at the contact interface (the point where the tyre touches the ground) countering lateral forces. The benefit of this system is two fold, it improves grip when cornering hard and riding off camber and helps prolong the life of your tyres.

Gnarly rim Protectors Q&A

Mountain biking is all about getting out in the wild, pushing your limits and having a bloody good time! Out on the trail you come across all kinds of obstacles, some natural, some put there by trail builders, all designed to test your skills.


Tubeless tyres let you run lower pressures increasing tyre performance and grip. The hazard of running lower pressures is that your rims are more susceptible to impacts from sharp edges like rocks and tree roots. Gnarly rim portectors gives your rims the extra protection that they need. They are also designed to provide additional sidewall support to prevent tyre squirm, burping and also improve suspension performance.


While you are having all this ‘Gnarly’ fun, your rims can cop a beating. Gnarly inserts protect your rim and whatever you hit as well as helping support the structure of the tyre that improves handling and control on the bike so you can get out there and have a Gnarly time!


Gnarly inserts provide the addition rim protection you need

Absolutely! When you hit those nasty rocks and roots, you will feel the Gnarly Rim Protectors working, but along with the protection, the Gnarly system has been designed to improve three critical elements that effect the way your bike rides and handles; improved suspension, lower rotational mass and more traction.

Dollar for dollar, Gnarly rim protectors are the lighest, most effective and the easiest to fit tyre insert on the market. Gnarly rim protectors are the only tyre insert to tick all of the boxes without any of the disadvantages.


Awesome rim protection Dampening effect Reduces Tyre Roll Improved Suspension Lower rotational mass Improved tyre performance Super Easy DIY Install Aussie Engineered Compatible with all wheel sizes

Yes, Gnarly Rim Protectors are compatible with any tubeless mountain bike tyre setup. They come in three sizes depending on the size of your tyres and they will fit any mountain bike wheel diameter. You can even fit them to junior sizes like 20 and 24 and old school 26 inch wheels

They are light,

Gnarly Grey for 2.0-2.2 inch tyres weighs 84g

Gnarly Blue for 2.3-2.5 inch tyres weighs 92g

Gnarly Black for 2.6-3.0 inch tyres weighs 116g

These are for 29 inch wheels so they are even lighter for 27.5!

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