Grandpa’s Axe - Tim's wide carbon MTB rims on White Industries Singlespeed hubs

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Image of XLR8 wheels custom wide tubeless carbon MTB wheels using White Industries MI6 and Eno Eccentric Disc hubs. Eno Freewheel shown.

Tim is a singlespeeder through and through, and describes his bike as “Grandpa’s Axe” – it’s had everything on it replaced at least once in it’s life.

Image of XLR8 wheels custom wide tubeless carbon MTB wheels using White Industries MI6 and Eno Eccentric Disc hubs. Front hub shown.

The time had come to replace his ageing wheels, and rather than re-use the White Industries Eno hubset in his current wheels, he decided that the only thing better is to have another set of these brilliant hubs. He can then put his current wheels on another singlespeed, and have us build some new carbon hoops onto the new Eno Disc hubs we supplied.

Pic of XLR8 wheels custom wide tubeless carbon MTB wheels using White Industries MI6 and Eno Eccentric Disc hubs. Carbon rims shown.

It’s no secret that carbon hoops work really well for MTB trail riding. They are light, strong, wide and (now) very reasonably priced. We pointed Tim in the direction of a manufacturer we have been working with, and he sourced the rims for us.

These 30mm wide hoops come in just over 400g from a 26″ (old school!) rim, and build up significantly stiffer than alloy could at the weight. The extra width holds the tyre out more, enabling a greater air volume in the tyre (thus lower pressures without bottoming out the tyre), and better sidewall support.

The result – lighter, stiffer wheels, that have more traction and comfort. The premium over quality alloy hoops is (for most people) worth the additional cost.

As usual, Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples were selected for this no nonsense build. This is a wheelset to be ridden, not bragged about over the internet!


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