Latest Custom Builds — 27.5

Madi's New DT Swiss 350 rebuild onto Syntace

26er 27.5 All Mountain Enduro Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Sapim Syntace Wheel Builds

Madi's New DT Swiss 350 rebuild onto Syntace

Madi had been riding a set of ENVE carbon MTB wheels for some time, but always struggled to get tyres on and off. The final straw was a crack that appeared in one. It was time for some new rims. She approached us to rebuild her DT Swiss 240 hubs onto some wide, reliable and light 26" rims. Being lightweight (but still loving the tougher downhill tracks) we knew that the Syntace MX series of rims would be perfect for her. The Syntace W35 MX rims are 30mm internally, but impressively light. The finish is fantastic as well, with the Satin bead...

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Mike's Orange Project 321 on Spank Vibrocore rims

27.5 29er All Mountain Mountain Bike Wheel Builds Project321 Sapim Spank Wheel Builds

Mike's Orange Project 321 on Spank Vibrocore rims

Mike specifically wanted an alloy rim build, with Project 321 hubs for his Norco. After some discussion he selected the new Spank Oozy Trail 350 Vibrocore rims. Vibrocore is a biodegradable foam Spank injects into the rim. It reduces vibrations and Trail " noise". And it works! Spank states that “the low density, pressurised core performs a similar function to the soft tissue inside bones, increasing inner wall strength and absorbing vibrations.” It is also available as an option in their range of handlebars as well. Of course, Sapim Race black spokes and brass nipples completed this build, being tough, light and...

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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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