Richard gave us a call after buying a new frame. He described the wheels we built him a couple of years ago as "flawless" and wanted more of the same for his new bike.
So similar in fact, that he asked if we would transfer his used Chris King hubs onto new 27.5" W35 rims (from his original W35 26" hoops we had built previously).
Of course we could! He sent us up the old wheelset, and we were happy to see that the wheels had beautiful even tensions despite having been ridden really hard across Sydney's Northern Beaches rock gardens - a punishing place for MTB rims. There was certainly evidence of some hard rock strikes, but despite a few bent rim walls, the wheels were still as round and solid as the day they left our workshop.
A real testament to the quality of the Syntace product - they really are the pinnacle of alloy MTB rims.
We effectively replicated his original build - he saw no need to deviate from something that worked so well. Sapim Race black spokes and black brass nipples, laced three cross front and rear.