Latest Custom Builds — XLR8 Hubs

Adam's XLR8 MD on Carbonal RX45 rear wheel

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Adam's XLR8 MD on Carbonal RX45 rear wheel

Adam needed an economy replacement hub for his Carbonal wheelset, following some bad luck with his old Tune hub. He was on a budget, and needed a hub that was inexpensive, light and reliable. The XLR8 MD series of road hubs is just that. They are made in Taiwan. We specify the hubs composition. So whilst they may look familiar to some, we determine the bearings, axle type (hint - a stronger alloy) and freehub construction to ensure the best value/quality compromise. We also assemble them in house. We used Sapim CX-Rays on this wheel, laced 2x on both sides....

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Peter's new disc road wheels - Bitex on Hplusson THE HYDRA

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Peter's new disc road wheels - Bitex on Hplusson THE HYDRA

Peter contacted us after buying his new Scott disc road bike. He was unhappy with the weight of the wheels. Following some consultation, where we discussed his riding style, surfaces, and goals, he decided on the Hplusson THE HYDRA tubeless disc road as the perfect rim for his build. They are light, nicely finished, tubeless ready, and certainly great value.  Bitex MTR and MTR hubs were selected for their easy parts availability, and solid economy performance. They are a really light MTB hub, so certainly up to the task of road disc usage. Of course, dependable Sapim Race spokes 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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Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

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Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

Chris had seen our retro inspired builds and sent us a photo of the beautiful blue Colnago that he was "restomodding". He had decided to compliment the beautiful steel frame with a modern 11s Campagnolo Potenza groupset, and needed some wheels that would fit in with the classic aesthetic. We discussed several rim options (including the fantastic Hplusson TB14) but in the end he selected the Hplusson Archetype in polished silver. Primary reasoning? It's a beautifully finished rim, with an aero profile inspired by the late 80s Campagnolo Omega Strada rims. That and they are light, strong, and excellent value! We...

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Bugs's 29er XC Hoops - Novatec and XLR8 on Alex Evo 2.3

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Bugs's 29er XC Hoops - Novatec and XLR8 on Alex Evo 2.3

Bugs races XC, and needed some new MTB wheels to update an older ride. Having ridden carbon hoops before, he wanted to revert back to alloy, as he felt that (at least with skinnier XC tyres) alloy rims offered a more "comfortable" ride. He'd seen a pair of wheels we built some time ago, and decided a very similar package would suit him. Novatec D811SB QR15 front hub and the XLR8 MD rear MTB hub, in 12mm thru axle guise. The XLR8 hub is a solid choice. It's convertible back to QR and 10mm thru axle. The freehub can be converted...

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