Occasionally we get new rims, or hubs to try out. The best way to do this is to build a few sets of hoops, and well … try them out.
Many moons ago we did this with our XLR8 MD road hubs, and the Hplusson SL42. We rode the pants off them, and loved every minute of it. Such a great everyday wheelset. Really aero, really strong, and really inexpensive. All that, and sub 1800g to boot.
This hoopset was planned as demo wheels, but ended up stashed at the back of the workshop, and didn’t see the light of day for three years! They had never been ridden.
Knowing how good the SL42 is as an everyday aero training wheel (especially for heavier or stronger dudes) when a customer approached us for just that, we pulled them out, dusted them off, and sent them to their new home in New Zealand.
The great thing was, he’s running 11speed now. A quick freehub change was all that was required. Serendipity!
Custom, or otherwise, give us a call if you need some new momentum.
PS: yes, we applied some new XLR8 decals for him!