Latest Custom Builds — Sapim

Matt's Carbon-Ti and Tailwind All-Road Beauties

Aero Carbon Carbon-Ti Cyclocross Gravel Sapim

Matt's Carbon-Ti and Tailwind All-Road Beauties

Matt had decided that one road/gravel bike was needed to replace multiple big wheeled bikes he owned. He was planning to ride this new OPEN Upper for a long time, and approached us to discuss an absolutely "no compromises" build. Specifically - light, strong, fast and able to manage up to a 44c tyre (and also back down to a 28c for the occasional bunch ride). As we often do, we met face to face and discussed the options, starting with hubs. DT Swiss and White Industries nearly made the cut, Project 321 almost got there too, but in the end, Matt just...

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Neil's DT Swiss R500 on Hope RS4 Road Wheels

DT Swiss Gravel Hope Sapim Wheel Builds

Neil's DT Swiss R500 on Hope RS4 Road Wheels

Neil is a very frequent flyer here at XLR8 Wheels. We've built some cool wheels for him (and there are more to come). That's the greatest compliment we can get - repeat business from astute customers. Always working on a new bike project, he got in contact with a plan to have some Hope RS4 road hubs built onto some DT Swiss R500 rims. We agreed, both solid component choices. Neil also likes the fact that the hubs are easily convertible to 12mm thru axles if he ever needs to do so in the future. As is often the case,...

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Andy's 27.5+ Rear Wheel Repair

27.5" Alex Rims Sapim Shimano Tubeless Wheel Repairs

Andy's 27.5+ Rear Wheel Repair

  Andy has quite a few sets of wheels from us. He's been really happy with them, so contacted us when he realised that he had ripped the valve out of his 27.5+ e-bike wheel.   A natural choice for mid quality alloy rim replacements (for OEM products) are from AleRims. In this case we needed a strong rim with a 40mm internal width. The MD40 is the perfect choice. Certainly not expensive, and the quality is great. We laced the rim up to his Shimano Deore Centerlock hub with Sapim Leader plain gauge spokes and brass nipples, and used...

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Will's Tailwind Carbon Hoops on Red Anodised White industries T11 hubs

Aero Carbon Sapim Wheel Builds White Industries

Will's Tailwind Carbon Hoops on Red Anodised White industries T11 hubs

Will had a pair of carbon wheels that had failed, and left him with a pair of beautiful White industries T11 hubs, in stunning anodised red. He asked us for our advice on what was the best rim to put these fantastic hubs into. We suggested a pair of Tailwind Carbon clinchers - 45mm front, and an offset 50mm rear. These rims are very high quality, with great warranty, and nicely wide for modern road tyres. The braking surface is a consistently smooth but high friction, and last extremely well. The price is competitive as well. We laced these hubs...

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Todd's Replacement 27.5+ White Industries on Spank Oozy Trail 395+

27.5" Sapim Spank Wheel Builds White Industries

Todd's Replacement 27.5+ White Industries on Spank Oozy Trail 395+

We built Todd a sweet set of White industries and Spank wheels several months ago. Unfortunately the bike was stolen, and has not been recovered.  Todd needed to replace the bike, and being so happy with the build we did for him, he asked us to replicate it. However, this time he decided on a different aesthetic - to suit his replacement bike (again, the same as before) that has a different colour scheme. Again, White Industries XMR+ Boost hubs, but this time in beautiful polished finish. Shimano Microspline freehub. Sapim Race double butted silver spokes, and brass nipples. A...

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