Latest Custom Builds — Wheel Repairs

Chris's eThirteen (e13) Alloy Wheel Rebuild

27.5" Enduro Sapim Wheel Repairs

Chris's eThirteen (e13) Alloy Wheel Rebuild

Chris was having trouble with his eThirteen wheels. He was breaking spokes constantly, and was just not confident that they would be up to the task for an upcoming MTB holiday. We disassembled the wheel and replaced all of the basic quality super light spokes with thicker and stiffer Sapim leader spokes, brass nipples and new tubeless tape. We sent him on his way. Within a week or so he called back with his front wheel. He was so impressed with the improved ride quality of the rebuilt rear, that he asked us to do the front!

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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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The Shimano WH-6600 Rear Wheel Rebuild - #shittohit

Aero Sapim Shimano Wheel Repairs

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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Retro Mavic Aksium Race rebuild - but why bother?

Classic Mavic Sapim Wheel Builds Wheel Repairs

Retro Mavic Aksium Race rebuild - but why bother?

A customer dropped by the workshop to see us in the middle of this Mavic Aksium Race wheel rebuild. He asked why we would spend all this time on an older mid level factory wheelset?Like much older Mavic, these wheels were 11s capable from before 11s was a thing. The hubs are very reliable (though not super light). This particular set of rims had seen very little use, but the spokes had become rusty (whilst sitting in storage) and started breaking.We replaced the basic rusty flat bladed spokes with lovely new Sapim Sprint straight pull spokes (a bit thicker Race on...

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Neil's DT Swiss 350 on Specialized Alloy Allroad wheel

DT Swiss Sapim Wheel Builds Wheel Repairs

Neil's DT Swiss 350 on Specialized Alloy Allroad wheel

Neil had a 24h DT Swiss 350 hub lurking in a drawer, and a new Specialized Axis alloy rim, also 24h. He got in contact thinking these two should be mated for a spare rear wheel for his disc road bike. Being a bigger guy, we advised that a plain gauge spoke would be the best solution on this rear wheel, in order to control lateral felxure of the wheel under load (both pedalling and cornering). So Sapim Leader in black it was. He's a sucker for the all black aesthetic, so we used Sapim black 12mm brass nipples for...

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