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The Shimano WH-6600 Rear Wheel Rebuild - #shittohit

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The Shimano WH-6600 Rear Wheel Rebuild - #shittohit

The latest in our "shittohit" series of projects, the XLR8 Wheels 2001 Trek 2300 is finally getting a complete rebuild. The bike came to us with a Shimano WH-6600 rear wheel. We are not a fan of the radial driveside lacing (makes no sense whatsoever) and the rusty old spokes (that were now well beyond their fatigue life). We found a nice old 20 hole Ritchey Zero hub in the used hubs drawer, and calculated the spoke bracing angles using our own developed spoke length, target tensions and bracing angle calculator. As the wheels were originally offered by Shimano with driveside radial lacing and...

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Luke's Everyday Road Wheels - Hplusson Archetype on Shimano hubs

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Luke's Everyday Road Wheels - Hplusson Archetype on Shimano hubs

Luke got in contact, and claimed that he'd been "breaking wheels for ten years now". His most recent purchase had been an Italian mid level factory wheelset, and he came to us after these had broken quite quickly. He's a bigger guy, and uses his wheels for both commuting and weekend rides. He needed 100% reliability, but was on a bit of a budget. We worked with him to come to a spec based on a Bitex lightweight front hub, and a Shimano 105 11s rear hub. We love Shimano hubs. The cup and cone system works really well and...

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Carl's AForce AL33 Deep Alloy on White Industries T11

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Carl's AForce AL33 Deep Alloy on White Industries T11

Carl found us on the internet, searching for someone to build his dream wheelset. Like us, he was impressed with the depth and weight of the AForce AL33 rims, and was keen to try them out as an all purpose wheelset for riding on Sydney's North Shore. These rims are a good option if you want some aero depth, tubeless capability, and aren't super heavy. We laced these up to the White Industries T11 hubs with Sapim D-Light spokes on the front wheel and the rear non driveside, and slightly heavier gauge Race spokes on the rear driveside to ensure...

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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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Colin's Rouleur Mk4 All Rounders

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Colin's Rouleur Mk4 All Rounders

A mate of Colin's (Joe, actually) suggested he talk to us about some new wheels to replace some Fulcrums he'd started to wear out. Colin's Fulcrums were starting to break spokes after about 15,000km. Not great mileage, but about what you would expect. Colin needed some wheels for an upcoming trip to climb the Cols of Europe, and reliability and weight (and some added aero) were important. He was also keen to ensure more mileage from this set of hoops. The XLR8 Rouleur Mk4 is the latest generation of alloy "all round" road rims from XLR8. Made in Taiwan from...

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