Richard’s Carbon Mistral T38 “Fast Sprinters” – stiff, light and reliable

Aero Carbon Racing Sapim Time Trial or Tri Wheel Builds White Industries XLR8 Rims

Photo of XLR8 Mistral T38 tubular carbon rims custom road bike racing wheels with White Industries T11 hubs in black. Image shows decals.

Richard has several pairs of wheels in his man cave, and came to us seeking an all-round tubular wheelset, that he thought would combine the best attributes of his “quiver” of wheels.

Photo of XLR8 Mistral T38 tubular carbon rims custom road bike racing wheels with White Industries T11 hubs in black. Image shows front hub.

He races in Adelaide, where the roads are good, but the hills can be steep. He keeps up with the bunch in the hills, but has a fast sprint – stiffness is a key requirement.

Photo of XLR8 Mistral T38 tubular carbon rims custom road bike racing wheels with White Industries T11 hubs in black. Image shows rear hub.

Of course , light weight is always a goal, and a little bit of aero advantage is nice as well.

Photo of XLR8 Mistral T38 tubular carbon rims custom road bike racing wheels with White Industries T11 hubs in black. Image shows both wheels.

We tweaked our usual Mistral T38 build to accommodate his needs.

The XLR8 Mistral T38 is a Taiwanese carbon tubular rim, that is 38mm deep, and has a unidirectional carbon finish. We selected a 20h rim for the front, and a 24h for the rear.

White Industries T11 hubs are the natural choice – very reliable, long lasting, and the pricing is excellent. Black of course.

To ensure sprinting stiffness, Sapim Leader plain gauge spokes were custom cut to length for the rear. The penalty over double butted spokes is about 24g, but stiffness is noticeably increased. A very reasonable compromise.

On the front, radial Sapim Race double butted spokes will provide more than adequate stiffness.

No excuses now Richard!


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