Alex’s Retro “Gravel Grinder” Build

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Photo of Cannondale Coda DT Swiss 240 hubs custom hand built road cyclocross or gravel bike wheels built onto Velocity Deep V rims by XLR8.

Alex found a used pair of Cannondale CODA hubs, and some new old stock Velocity Deep V rims. He contacted us to build them up.

Knowing that these hubs feature DT/Hugi 240 “Ratchet System” freehub, and the rims are essentially bombproof, we know that these hoops would suit his riding intentions and weight, and last a long time.

Photo of Cannondale Coda DT Swiss 240 hubs custom hand built road cyclocross or gravel bike wheels built onto Velocity Deep V rims by XLR8. Rear hub pictured.We waited until receiving the hubs before finalising spec. This ended up being a good idea – Alex decided just prior to the build that these would be the wheels he’d use on his new “Gravel Grinder”. Gravel Grinding is long miles, on quiet dirt roads, where fat tyres rule. A Granfondo or CX geometry works well for such outings (and helps with tyre clearance).


Photo of Cannondale Coda DT Swiss 240 hubs custom hand built road cyclocross or gravel bike wheels built onto Velocity Deep V rims by XLR8. Decals pictured.As a result, we chose Sapim Race spokes, laced front and rear in a 2x pattern (mimicking the pattern the hubs had been used with before), and super reliable brass nipples.


AImage of Cannondale Coda DT Swiss 240 hubs custom hand built road cyclocross or gravel bike wheels built onto Velocity Deep V rims by XLR8. Front hub pictured.lex, enjoy those “out back” gravel rides on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. They’re on their way! 

 


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