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Jeff's Retro Touring Wheels - Alex DM21 on Shimano Deore DX

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Jeff's Retro Touring Wheels - Alex DM21 on Shimano Deore DX

Jeff is restoring a late 80s Shogun Alpine touring bike. He planning on using it for what it is intended, and needed our help to build the right wheels - tough, lightish, and smart. We favour the Alexrims DM21 and (it's slightly slimmer brother) the DM18 for builds like this. These rims are very tough, have a nice box section profile and build very stiff wheels. Both are reasonably wide (23mm and 19mm respectively) so work well with modern touring and training tyre widths (28c or more). They are both eyeleted for strength, and (for a wheelbuilder) are an absolute...

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Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

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Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

Chris had seen our retro inspired builds and sent us a photo of the beautiful blue Colnago that he was "restomodding". He had decided to compliment the beautiful steel frame with a modern 11s Campagnolo Potenza groupset, and needed some wheels that would fit in with the classic aesthetic. We discussed several rim options (including the fantastic Hplusson TB14) but in the end he selected the Hplusson Archetype in polished silver. Primary reasoning? It's a beautifully finished rim, with an aero profile inspired by the late 80s Campagnolo Omega Strada rims. That and they are light, strong, and excellent value! We...

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Alex's New Retro Concorde Squadra Professional Wheels - C-Record on Mavic Open Pro SUP

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Alex's New Retro Concorde Squadra Professional Wheels - C-Record on Mavic Open Pro SUP

Alex is a very frequent customer of ours. You may recall his beautiful Colnago restoration and we've done a Zipp hub replacement and a Mercury S2 hub replacement for him as well. He advised us some time ago that he was about to chase all the parts required for a Concrode Squadra Professional restoration, in the iconic PDM livery. It's tough to explain how excited we were when he sent us the hubs to rebuild onto some period correct Mavic Open SUP rims. We used Sapim Laser spokes front and rear, with alloy nipples on the front, and brass on the rear. The...

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Bugs's 29er XC Hoops - Novatec and XLR8 on Alex Evo 2.3

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Bugs's 29er XC Hoops - Novatec and XLR8 on Alex Evo 2.3

Bugs races XC, and needed some new MTB wheels to update an older ride. Having ridden carbon hoops before, he wanted to revert back to alloy, as he felt that (at least with skinnier XC tyres) alloy rims offered a more "comfortable" ride. He'd seen a pair of wheels we built some time ago, and decided a very similar package would suit him. Novatec D811SB QR15 front hub and the XLR8 MD rear MTB hub, in 12mm thru axle guise. The XLR8 hub is a solid choice. It's convertible back to QR and 10mm thru axle. The freehub can be converted...

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Richard's Gift - Recycled Syntace W35 Rims on Hope Hubs

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Richard's Gift - Recycled Syntace W35 Rims on Hope Hubs

If you have been paying attention, you will remember Richard. He had us pull some Chris Kings hubs out of a 26" wheelset we built him a few years ago, and rebuild them into some new 27.5" Syntace rims. Generally we don't rebuild onto used rims - but there are some exceptions. In this case, Richard's old rims were originally built by us, and in good shape (apart from a few cosmetic dents). Of course, being disc brake rims, brake track wear is not an issue, so all being well the rims should do another round rather than sit unused...

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