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Aerycs Mudflow MiG Gravel Wheelset

Aerycs Mudflow MiG Gravel Wheelset

18.12.23 08:18 85Text: Gabriwa (translated by AI)Photos: @Tailor.Shots, Erwin Haiden (Studio)Competitive and relentless: Ultimate tubeless durability test of the stiff "Made in Germany" carbon wheels for gravel or rough forest trails.18.12.23 08:18 205

Aerycs Mudflow MiG Gravel Wheelset

18.12.23 08:18 205 Gabriwa (translated by AI) @Tailor.Shots, Erwin Haiden (Studio)
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Competitive and relentless: Ultimate tubeless durability test of the stiff "Made in Germany" carbon wheels for gravel or rough forest trails.18.12.23 08:18 205

As a true gravel fan, one knows: A life without a second wheelset is possible, but pointless! The real heroes of the gravel roads don't just ride under ideal conditions, but are out on their bikes in any weather, at any time of day or night. Zwift? What's that, I only know Swiffer!
To make the most of the fourth most beautiful season in the world, we recommend investing in a second, third, or fourth wheelset with tires tailored to the specific conditions. Any questions?

Nordic by Nature

"Many interesting things come from Northern Germany. Rollmops, Labskaus, and countless other fish dishes, which we do not want to go into detail here - primarily for reasons of time. Anyone who wants to learn details about North German cuisine should consider a private consultation with the old sea dog Marcus Baranski highly recommended.

Back to the topic: For the sake of consistency, we prefer to focus on a fine wheel forge located in Ellerau, north of Hamburg. Here, the company "aerycs" - pronounced "RX" - produces high-quality wheels for every purpose. From mountain bikers to triathletes, there is something for everyone. Aerycs has a wide range and offers quality at fair prices.
Real cycling aficionados and wheel lovers can even freely configure their desired setup. If desired, new wheels can be ordered complete with tires, brake discs, cassette, and tubeless kit."

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My choice fell - unsurprisingly - on the Mudflow MiG, the flagship in the aerycs fleet. What must be, must be. The visually appealing rim, which is manufactured in Germany using a special carbon layup process, has piqued my interest.

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 Made in Germany 

Aerycs Mudflow MiG Gravel Wheels
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Innovative Carbon Manufacturing Technique

Normally, carbon components are made from woven mats. Often the materials used can be identified by the finish: 3K, 12K, or unidirectional is what it’s called.
Not so with the rim used in the Mudflow MiG, as it employs an innovative manufacturing technique where finger-width T700 carbon fibers, depending on the intended use, are wrapped around a mold unidirectionally, biaxially, triaxially, or even quadriaxially (!).

This special construction method, also known as "Ondulation Free," actually originates from the aviation industry and allows the finished component to significantly better absorb forces than conventional constructions. In addition, the drillings for the spokes are aligned towards the hub, which ensures even better power transmission with less risk of breakage.
Fun Fact: The rims even have a direction of rotation - irrelevant for the end consumer, but good to know in case one wants to start tinkering on their own someday.

 The rims even have a direction of rotation. 

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The Eye eats first

Moreover, the finish looks awesome, the rest should be fine. The raw data on paper are promising: 35 millimeters high, 25 millimeters inner width, 31 millimeters width - wait, three millimeters of material on the rim flange, on each side? Yes, because quality matters, and more is more, especially when you're often off-road.

The rest of the menu also reads excellently: 240 DT Swiss hubs with Ratchet EXP freehub and Centerlock mount, rounded off by DT Swiss Aero bladed spokes. The package also includes the new MilkIt Tubeless Starter Pack for Road & Gravel, consisting of valves, rim tape, and sealant.
The wheelset is designed for up to 120 kilograms of load and still only weighs 1,269 grams - even without the Sram XDR freehub, still quite a statement.

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The Rite of Passage" (Note: This is a play on words, as "Reifeprüfung" in German commonly refers to the final exams at the end of high school, which are a sort of rite of passage, but here it is adapted to "Reifenprüfung" which would be a "tire test/revie

My standard tire this season was the S-Works Pathfinder with a 45-millimeter width, and there really isn't anything this tire doesn't excel at. Nevertheless, I've been craving a slightly narrower rubber, simply to be able to better enjoy the sprightliness and agility of my Crux on paved roads.
To still not be completely outdone off-road, I opted for the Continental Terra Speed in 40 millimeters - in my opinion, a good combination of rolling resistance, grip, and weight.

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POC Loft Parka
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POC Motion Rain Pants
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POC Ora goggles
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Steal the Look: Roald Amundsen -> Wikipedia: Roald Amundsen

When the temperatures drop below the 10 degrees Celsius mark, the winter break traditionally begins for me. After all, I didn't reach the age of 35 to senselessly freeze on my road bike during my free time. However, there are these days when you are personally coerced by the boss to wrap up warm and enjoy a mandatory fresh air cure. Yay!

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Thanks to POC, there is also the right gear for this: Tearful eyes due to icy drafts? With the POC Ora Goggles, that's a thing of the past. Splash water on your rear and legs? The POC Motion Rain Pants are not only waterproof but also chic enough to go from the country road directly to the next business meeting. And to brighten up the setting of John Carpenter's "The Thing" with a splash of color, the POC Loft Parka is recommended, a statement piece that should not be missing in any well-sorted winter wardrobe. Whether St. Moritz or Kitzbühel, nothing screams "business administration student in the 28th semester" quite like this bright yellow heat donor.

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Mudflow MiG Gravel Wheelset

The Mudflow MiG rims are manufactured through a patented process in Germany and carefully hand-assembled in the vicinity of Hamburg. Their particularly wide hookless rim flanges offer outstanding protection against snakebites and punctures, making them ideal for demanding terrain.
In combination with high-quality DT 240 hubs and a mix of AeroComp and AeroLite spokes from DT Swiss, this wheelset ensures maximum riding pleasure, especially when going through the mud.

Aerycs Mudflow MiG 35

Hub Width FR 12x100 mm Thru Axle
RR 12x142 mm Thru Axle
Hub DT Swiss 240 Road Disc straightpull Centerlock
Brake System Disc, CL
Freehub Body Shimano 9-12 speed/SRAM 9-11 speed, SRAM XDR, Campagnolo 9-12 speed, Campagnolo N3W
Rim Type Carbon rim for cross or gravel bike, Hookless, Tubeless Ready
Rim Height 35 mm
Rim Width max. width 31 mm exterior
Internal Rim Width 25 mm
Recommended Tire Width 35 - 50 mm
Recommended Air Pressure max. 4.5 bar
Rim Hole Presta
Spokes & Nipples 24x DT Swiss AERO Comp bladed spokes, 24x DT Swiss AERO Lite bladed spokes, external aluminum nipples in black
Lacing hand-laced, front & rear left and right 2-cross
System Weight max. 120 kg
Scope of Delivery Milkit Tubeless Starter Kit incl. rim tape, 250 ml Milkit sealant bottle, Compact syringe system, tubeless valves, additional Milkit needle for filling the Milkit syringe and a valve core tool
Weight from 1.269 grams* (1.421 grams weighed with XDR freehub and TLR rim tapes)
Price € 1,599,- RRP

* Manufacturer's specification without freehub, rim tape, and without valves

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Tubeless Installation with Milkit "Road & Gravel" Sealant

For our long-term review, we installed the fast Conti Terra Speed in 40C and used all of the tubeless components and tools that Milkit has to offer.

The advantages of a tubeless system summarized:
  • No snakebite punctures from impacts without a tube
  • Small holes do not cause a flat but are immediately sealed
  • Tubeless tires can be ridden with less pressure
  • More comfort through better adaptation of the tire to the surface
  • More grip and reduced rolling resistance
Required materials and tools (apart from *, everything is included in delivery):
  • Milkit Tubeless valves in 45 mm
  • Milkit Tubeless rim tape (pre-mounted)
  • Milkit Road & Gravel Sealant
  • Milkit Filling syringe
  • Milkit Valve core tool
  • Schwalbe Easy Fit Mounting Fluid*
  • Floor pump*

Milkit Road & Gravel Tubeless Sealant

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#RideMoreWrenchLess: Stays liquid longer and seals even at high tire pressure - milKit's new sealant for asphalt slashers.

Especially at warm temperatures, tubeless sealant can dry out very quickly inside the tire. The Swiss now claim to have developed a variant specifically for road and gravel bikers that remains "functional" longer, meaning: it stays liquid inside the tire and seals reliably.
Specifically for road and gravel bikers? Exactly. Because for this clientele, the sealant must be able to seal slashes and holes under particularly high tire pressure. Thanks to the specially tuned particle composition of the road and gravel sealant, holes are supposed to be reliably sealed even under high pressures and the most demanding conditions - while at the same time maintaining the homogeneity benefits known from the classic milKit sealant.
Also, the newcomer produced in Europe, as usual with milKit, is compatible with CO2 cartridges, so it does not solidify when using them, and consists of synthetic latex, which, unlike natural latex with ammonia, does not corrode rims.

The milKit road and gravel sealant is now available in five different sizes, ranging from the 75 ml "emergency shot" for €9.95, 250 or 500 ml bottles made of 100% recycled PET (€20.95 or €28.95), to the 5-liter canister for the workshop (€166.95), leaving nothing to be desired.

Thanks to Schwalbe's mounting fluid, the super tight Conti Terra Speed 40C tires could somehow be leveraged over the wide rims by hand. Pay attention to the direction of rotation! Once that was accomplished, the rest literally went by itself and the beads loudly snapped into the rim bed at about 3 bar. After filling in 80 ml (60 ml + 20 ml) of Milkit Sealant, we inflated the tires one last time to 3.5 bar at the front and rear. Round, sealed, fast.

  • Impressive: The Contis were absolutely airtight even without sealant...Impressive: The Contis were absolutely airtight even without sealant...
    Impressive: The Contis were absolutely airtight even without sealant...
    Impressive: The Contis were absolutely airtight even without sealant...
  • ... and even with a pressure of 1-1.5 bar they ran absolutely smoothly.... and even with a pressure of 1-1.5 bar they ran absolutely smoothly.
    ... and even with a pressure of 1-1.5 bar they ran absolutely smoothly.
    ... and even with a pressure of 1-1.5 bar they ran absolutely smoothly.

ATTENTION: Before we filled in the Milkit Tubeless Sealant, we reduced the pressure to 1 to 1.5 bar. This way, it's easy to work and the tire is still held in position. Some users also use Milkit at higher pressures - depending on the strength in their hands.

In terms of its tire shape, the Terra Speed harmonizes optimally with the Mudflow Mig 35 wheels. The transition from the tire to the rim appears balanced and promises good aerodynamics as well as low susceptibility to crosswinds.

 Round, tight, fast. 

Aerycs Mudflow MiG 35 + Conti Terra Speed 40C
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Is the Hype real?

The aerycs Mudflow MiG are super stiff, very light wheels with medium-high rims. Although I don't have any values from the wind tunnel, I can well imagine that the cross-section in combination with 32 to 36 mm wide road bike tires delivers really good performance on the road.

With the appropriate tires, the stiff wheelset is also convincing on gravel or compacted forest paths. You can literally feel how every pedal stroke is converted into propulsion, and you glide quickly over the firm ground.
Ideal for heavy riders, watt monsters, or athletes who want to prove themselves in gravel races, where speed is always weighted higher than comfort.

However, where I ride my gravel bike, this uncompromising focus on acceleration and precision is almost a bit of a hindrance, as the rider feels every bump mercilessly on the handlebars. The narrow tires also provide no real relief here, tire pressure or not.
On sandy forest trails or asphalt, you seem to fly, but as soon as it gets a bit rougher, the fillings in your teeth start to rattle. With the chosen combination of wheel+tire, I just lack the comfort on hard terrain to want to be on the road for a longer period.

"Not enough for loose terrain, too much for the road." The Terra Speed from Continental are certainly well-intentioned, however, I would rather remove the 'Speed' from the name, because you do not notice much of that.
On asphalt, what's missing is the smooth tread in the middle, as you find with the Specialized Pathfinder or the Michelin Power Adventure. In the terrain, thanks to the knobs, I always had enough grip, but you also don't feel particularly comfortable with it on wet and loose surfaces.

"Probably better in warm temperatures, definitely worse in the cold." Regarding the new MilkIt "Road&Gravel" Tubeless Milk, it must be said that in the event of a puncture at temperatures around freezing point, and with the Continental tire, it did not work. Even a small puncture would not seal, and without a salami, I probably wouldn't have made it home. Bad luck.

 Tip for heavy riders, watt monsters, and gravel racers. 

Aerycs Mudflow MiG 35
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Conclusion

Aerycs Mudflow MiG 35
Model Year: 2024
Review Duration: 3 Months
Price: €1,599,- RRP
+ Weight: an honest 1,421 grams is perfectly fine
+ Rim Appearance: Ondulation Free is quite impressive
+ DTSwiss 240 Hub: Pure understatement
+ Ultra-stiff: awesome on asphalt
o Plombenzieher on bumpy roads
o Not a fan of the Contis
- Milkit Tubeless Fail 
BB-Verdict: Very stiff and light wheelset for Granfondo and Gravel racers.

If I were 15 kilograms lighter, 10 years half as old, and a promising young talent, I could definitely see the Aerycs Mudflow MiG as a racing wheelset for cyclocross use. An hour at full throttle in the mud. That's where reliability counts, it's about maximum performance and also durability, in case a tubeless tire gets pulled off the rim in the heat of the moment. You can expect all of that from this product!

Moreover, I could very well imagine the wheels on an endurance racing bike. Weighing just over 1,400 grams, they weigh almost the same as the DT Swiss ERC 1100 Dicut, which I am using. Similar hubs, similar spokes, similar rims deliver a comparable riding experience.
The fine difference is that the Aerycs are more than 30 percent cheaper and can handle even wider tires.

In summary: Cyclocross & Gravel Race: YES; Gravel & Rough-Stuff: YES - as long as the fillings are tight and Bikepacking: NO. For the latter, Aerycs indeed has more comfortable sets in their program, such as the more affordable GCX or Explore model lines.

So, if you're looking for light and ultra-stiff wheels for your CX/Gravel/Road bike, often ride on poor asphalt, or sometimes want to tackle forest roads, this model is spot-on. Bikeboard recommends: Go for it!

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