Latest Custom Builds — 29er

Matt's Higher Engagement Hope Pro4 on eThirteen Alloy

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Matt's Higher Engagement Hope Pro4 on eThirteen Alloy

Matt loves his Commencal hardtail. He's riding it all the time, but what he does not like is the lower spec hubs in the OEM wheelset. Particularly the 30 degrees engagement of the freehub. That's a lot of "dead pedalling" when he really wants to get the power down. We rebuilt his rear wheel with a Hope Pro4 Boost rear hub. He now only needs to rotate the freehub by 8.2 degrees to pick up the power. A significant improvement, with added hub reliability and quality from Hope as well. We used Sapim leader plain gauge spokes on the rear driveside, and...

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David's Hplusson THE HYDRA Disc on White Industries XMR all road wheels

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David's Hplusson THE HYDRA Disc on White Industries XMR all road wheels

David contacted us via Facebook, looking for some assistance and advice for his new wheelset. His titanium Lynskey was being moved across to commuter and gravel duties, and the old road focussed wheels were just not going to cut it. As usual, we discussed his budget, riding and specific needs, the differing options, and their features and benefits. He was looking for ultimate hub reliability, and low rotational weight.  The White Industries XMR is the hub of choice in such a case. Light, super well built and ultra reliable, we think there are few better hubs (if any) out there. There...

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Andy's XC Thrasher

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Andy's XC Thrasher

Andy is a great repeat customer. He's had a few pairs of our hoops and got in contact one morning requiring a new rear wheel ASAP. We scoured the XLR8 labs and found a few choice parts in order to put together a reliable and race worth wheel, that he could pick up at the end of the day, but that would also not break the bank! The tried and true Alex SX44 29er rim was laced to the silver Deore XT Centrelock hub (oversized alloy axle) with Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples. We also converted the wheel to...

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Mike's Orange Project 321 on Spank Vibrocore rims

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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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Ben's Bontrager Alloy 29er wheel rebuild

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Ben's Bontrager Alloy 29er wheel rebuild

Ben is a repeat customer. We've built a couple of carbon rims for him and he has been so happy he asked us to rebuild some Bontrager wheels that came on his hardtail. They had been unreliable, and the local bike shop had been unable to keep them true for him. As with the majority of our builds, we custom cut Sapim spokes using our Morizumi spoke machine to an accuracy of +/- 0.1mm and laced the wheel in a reliable 3x pattern. The outcome is a set of much more evenly tensioned wheels, using far superior quality spokes, that...

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