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Bob's Stiff and Light Classics - White Industries T11 on Hplusson Archetype

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Bob's Stiff and Light Classics - White Industries T11 on Hplusson Archetype

Bob came to use with a need to replace his carbon Reynolds wheels. He was unhappy with their lateral stiffness, and unsure of their longevity on the rough roads he rides around Armidale.  He knew that an Archetype build would be just the ticket, having read our musings on these rims. A pair of White Industries T11 hubs also seemed to make sense - tough, light, and super reliable. We had a couple of conversations with him to ascertain the best solution for his 95kgs weight. As a result, we specified 24 light weight Sapim D-Light spokes on the front...

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Ben's Paul Components hubs on Nextie Carbon XC rms

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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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Rob's dynamo touring wheels - Shutter Precision and Shimano Deore XT

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Rob's dynamo touring wheels - Shutter Precision and Shimano Deore XT

Rob wanted two pairs of wheels for his touring and commuting bikes. Both needed dynamo hubs on the front, and he wanted utmost reliability for the rear hub. Ideally standard ball bearings and cones, and a steel freehub. The Shutter Precision PD-8 hub fit the dynamo need perfectly. They are inexpensive, robust, and work well. Also well supported here in Australia. The Shimano Deore XT hub is the perfrect rear touring hub. It's very well made, the bearings are beautiful (and easily serviced) and the freehub is steel, so super tough and resistant to the gouging that can occur with...

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Ben's Hplusson Archetype on White Industries T11

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Ben's Hplusson Archetype on White Industries T11

"Perfect. Exactly what I wanted. Amazing ride quality - like having a new bike. Cant get over how harsh my old wheels were!" Great feedback after Ben's first ride on his new wheels. Ben travels a lot, and needed a reliable light wheelset to travel with. His higher level Fulcrums had proven a little unreliable, and he was never completely happy with the "feel" of them. In particular he was looking for a wheel that was more comfortable to ride. Not needing tubeless, the Hplusson Archetype is a logical choice. At 23mm wide, they work really well with 23 and...

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Bob's Nextie Road Carbon build on XLR8 hubs

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Bob's Nextie Road Carbon build on XLR8 hubs

Bob needed a new set of wheels for Ultra Endurance riding. They needed to be light, strong and not too expensive. These days, the hubs are the most expensive part of most builds, so the XLR8 MD hubs fit the bill nicely. They are made in Taiwan by one of the world's largest hub manufacturers, feature ABEC 5 grade Enduro bearings, an alloy freehub, and readily available parts (not that they are often required). For rims, the Nextie classic series offer great value. The 45mm version is very aero, yet still rather light. Tubeless ready, toroidal aero shape, quality high Tg...

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