Bling is best – Matt’s Polished Hplusson SL42s on Campag Record Retro Bling

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Image of custom retro Hplusson SL42 bicycle wheels using restored Campagnolo Record Hubs, hand built by XLR8.Matt knows what he likes – retro steel bikes – where polished silver is the only way to go! He’d been searching for a pair of used Campagnolo Shamals or similar. The original polished silver low spoke count wheels with a deep section. One could say they were the aero wheel that started it all.

Unfortunately, they are very very hard to come by, and in many cases (as can be the case with second hand wheels from an unknown seller) prone to problems not initially evident or described by the seller.

Photo of custom retro Hplusson SL42 bicycle wheels using restored Campagnolo Record Hubs, hand built by XLR8, showing front hub.Matt decided it wasn’t worth the risk, and asked us to put together a similar wheelset, using the high quality SL42s from H+Son. We’ve featured SL42s before, as they are a great time trial rim for those on a budget (not greatly heavy, but a 42mm aero section) –  but in this case the polished silver is a decidedly retro look. Paired with Matt’s own 90s Campagnolo Record hubs, and Sapim Race double butted spokes, these wheels will provide bombproof reliability, and just the right bling for his retro ride.

H+Son SL42s are available in the following drillings in 700c:

Black: 36h, 32h, 28h, 24h, 20h

White: 36 and 32h

Gold: 32h

High Polish: 36h and 32h

Grey Metallic: 32h

650c rims are available as well (if you are into that kind of thing!).


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