You'd think that modern wheels on an adult bike could handle everything a 40kg kid can throw at them, but it wasn't the case for Marco. Riding his new Canyon he smacked a rock and managed to put a pretty nasty fold in the wall of the rear rim.
The structural damage was minor, but he could no longer make a tubeless tyre seal. He came for advice.
We priced up a replacement DT Swiss rim, and the cost was onerous. The Spank Oozy Trail 295 was suggested as an alternative - we know they can take the hits, and they are available in the 28h drilling we required for the replacement. And they are very reasonably priced.
We carefully disassembled the wheel and the special DT Swiss "Squorx" alloy nipples that this M1700 wheelset used. Being only a month old, we elected to reuse the DT Swiss Competition straight pull spokes as they would be the right length, so cutting and re-rolling threads was not required.
The rebuild was a simple affair really. It's easy when you have the right tools. Here at XLR8 we have a special "Squorx" nipple driver that we've made for the job.
The outcome is that Marco's wheel will live to ride another day, and the great quality DT Swiss hub is still the centrepiece.