Ben had a Powertap lurking, not being used. He heard that Cam was getting some new carbon hoops so he felt a need to get some too!
He is one of the last bastion of tubular users. We honestly think that tubs still ride nicer than even the nicest and most supple wide clinchers, but it's also fair to say they can be a hassle. Ben thinks they are worth the effort ...
We specced tried and true tubular carbon hoops from Nextie in 45mm, specifically the NXT45RT. We laced Ben's Powertap into a 32h rear rim, and supplied a Novatec super light front hub for the front 20h rim.
Powertap hubs require a specific lacing pattern to work correctly, so a 2x lacing pattern was used for both sides. The front was laced radially. In both cases Sapim Race black spokes and black brass Polyax nipples were used.