Marcel’s a very keen rider from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with a long history of riding in the area – both on singlespeeds, and more recently some of the most blinged out Enduro rigs you have ever seen.
We’ve built wheels for him before, but this time he couldn’t pass up some sweet new carbon hoops that we’ve been trying out – 650b, AM tough, and really wide at 35mm (31mm internal). The wide rims work well to support the sidewalls of the tyre, ensuring great grip and traction, and adding to the internal air volume of the casing – meaning lower pressures can be ridden without bottoming out the rim. Again, more traction, grip, and a cushier ride.
But it’s not the rims that are the highlight of this build (though they are sweet), but the Tune King and Kong hubs. These are machined in a top secret location, in an abandoned World War 2 underground bunker, by men and women who communicate using nothing but short excerpts of Bavarian beer keller songs.
The hubs are nothing short of stunning. Every piece on unneeded alloy is machined away, including a recess for the spoke heads, micro machining off the top sections of the 6-bolt rotor mounts, and part machining of the driveside flange. Impressive stuff.
The wheels were laced for reliability, with DT Swiss Competition spokes, and hex head black bras nipples (carbon and alloy nipples don’t mix). These are a pair of hoops that will take the beating of the Northern Beaches #Enduro trails, for a very long time.
Go for it Marcel!