Bec is a former Australian SingleSpeed National Champ who has decided to make the leap across to big travel and (gasp!) gears! She has a custom made steel Starling Murmur that she is putting together as her ultimate build, and asked for our advice on the best wheels.
We've known and ridden with Bec for years, so understand her riding style well. As a result, she asked us to spec "what you would spec - if you were me".
White Industries XMR Boost hubs laced to Nextie Premium Carbon 36mm wide 29er rims (29mm internal width) for double duty as an all day XC/trail bike, but also wide enough for big tyres and the occasional Enduro. The hubs are light, yet burly enough for her. The rims are strong, light, stiff and have an excellent 3 year warranty.
Silver Sapim Race spokes were used on the front and rear 28h wheels, with silver brass nipples. Not only does silver save cost, but it always looks premium on a high end custom rig. There is no performance detriment either. That said, some people gotta have black, and there's nothing wrong with that!