We’ve been working with Neil for quite a while. He’s been building a couple of new bike from scratch, and knew that a factory wheelset was not going to cut it.
He’s a big dude (but not specifically heavy at over 90kgs) but appreciates wheel stiffness is the key to longevity. Additionally, he’s been on a budget as there is always a “significant other” carefully eyeing the (bike building) proceedings.
The solution to his specific needs was not a difficult choice. Kinlin XC279 rims were chosen as the basis for the build. Lighter than most, bombproof, 23mm wide and super stiff; they come at really reasonable pricing. Only carbon has a better “stiffness to weight ratio”.
As there’s was a budgetary constraint, Novatec hubs were selected for the complicated bits. We can’t fault these hubs. They are very light, have excellent bearings, are super simple to maintain, and don’t cost the earth. What’s not to like?
The stainless steel ABG (Anti Bite Guard) insert/spline ensures that marring of the alloy freehub will not render it useless quickly. We’ve repaired this problem on many high end hubs of late – requiring a freehub replacement that costs more than an entire Novatec hub!
Sapim Race double butted spokes and brass nipples were selected to keep weight down, and ensure ultimate reliability.