Latest Custom Builds — 27.5

Scott's Big FAT Heavy Hitters - Nextie and Project321

27.5 All Mountain Carbon Enduro Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Nextie Project321 Wheel Builds

Scott's Big FAT Heavy Hitters - Nextie and Project321

XLR8 rides with Scott whenever on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where the trails are rocky, steep and very technical. Scott really wanted a lighter set of hoops for his 27.5+ Rocky Mountain - but they also had to be stiffer and lighter than the alloy hoops that came with the bike.Being a bit of a gear smasher, and not one for doing much maintenance, Project321 hubs are a wise choice. They are super tough, ultra reliable and have the fastest engagement he required for steep step ups and rock slabs. Even in black (they come in a wide array of cool...

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Ben's Paul Components hubs on Nextie Carbon XC rms

27.5 Carbon Classic Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Nextie Retro Sapim Wheel Builds

Ben's Paul Components hubs on Nextie Carbon XC rms

Ben is another ex bicycle courier (messenger) who XLR8 worked with in a past life. We remember he was always a big fan of Paul Components hubs, and when he ordered a new Singlespeed frame, they were a given. He came to use for advice on a solid carbon 27.5" wheel build. Light, but not too light. Wide, but not too wide (he wanted to keep the bike spritely), at reasonable price and with good warranty. We suggested Nextie Classic XC rims with a 25mm internal width. These work well with narrower tyres, and are super light and stiff. They'll bag...

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Nick's Hope Pro4 hubs and Spank Spike rims

27.5 Enduro Hope Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Sapim Spank Tubeless Wheel Builds

Nick's Hope Pro4 hubs and Spank Spike rims

We built a pair of Hope hubs on Spank rims for a mate of Nick’s and he was so impressed he came to us for advice. He advised us of a history of smashing wheels on Sydney’s Upper North Shore - trails we at XLR8 know well. Hope Pro4 hubs and Spank Spike rims are logical choices. Both are not the lightest product out there, but they are good value and super tough! Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples are all that is required to keep the front wheel together, laced in an uber reliable 3x pattern. On the rear...

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Michael's Wheels for the rest of his life - Project 321 on Nextie Premium Carbon

27.5 All Mountain Carbon Enduro Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Nextie Project321 Sapim Tubeless Wheel Builds

Michael's Wheels for the rest of his life - Project 321 on Nextie Premium Carbon

Michael called with an unusual request - he wanted a pair of wheels to "last the rest of his life!". Just about to retire, and wanted wheels to suit his Yeti that are super reliable, and a modern width for his local rocky Canberra trails. He still rides pretty gnarly stuff, so we suggested the Project 321 hubs. He liked this idea as their Turquoise colour works well with his Yeti. They are also bombproof and have an industry leading 216 points of engagement! Not expensive either! We discussed rims for quite a while, and he agreed with our suggestion for...

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Adam's unkillable Nextie Carbon enduro hoops with White Industries hubs

27.5 All Mountain Carbon Enduro Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Nextie Sapim Tubeless Wheel Builds White Industries

Adam's unkillable Nextie Carbon enduro hoops with White Industries hubs

Adam shot us an email after meeting one of our other customers at Thredbo bike park. He'd been having issues with two consecutive sets of factory wheelsets, and had decided he needed some tough reliable XLR8 wheels. He usually rides the rocky technical trails around Sydney, and being a heavier bloke, wanted a tough light wheelset with burly hubs. As a result we selected the Nextie Carbon Premium Enduro 27.5" rims with a 29mm internal width. A reinforced carbon 36h rear rim and a White Industries XMR hub was used. The additional 35g of weight from the spokes and the extra...

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