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Andy's XC Thrasher

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Andy's XC Thrasher

Andy is a great repeat customer. He's had a few pairs of our hoops and got in contact one morning requiring a new rear wheel ASAP. We scoured the XLR8 labs and found a few choice parts in order to put together a reliable and race worth wheel, that he could pick up at the end of the day, but that would also not break the bank! The tried and true Alex SX44 29er rim was laced to the silver Deore XT Centrelock hub (oversized alloy axle) with Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples. We also converted the wheel to...

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Mike's Orange Project 321 on Spank Vibrocore rims

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Mike's Orange Project 321 on Spank Vibrocore rims

Mike specifically wanted an alloy rim build, with Project 321 hubs for his Norco. After some discussion he selected the new Spank Oozy Trail 350 Vibrocore rims. Vibrocore is a biodegradable foam Spank injects into the rim. It reduces vibrations and Trail " noise". And it works! Spank states that “the low density, pressurised core performs a similar function to the soft tissue inside bones, increasing inner wall strength and absorbing vibrations.” It is also available as an option in their range of handlebars as well. Of course, Sapim Race black spokes and brass nipples completed this build, being tough, light and...

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Ben's Bontrager Alloy 29er wheel rebuild

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Ben's Bontrager Alloy 29er wheel rebuild

Ben is a repeat customer. We've built a couple of carbon rims for him and he has been so happy he asked us to rebuild some Bontrager wheels that came on his hardtail. They had been unreliable, and the local bike shop had been unable to keep them true for him. As with the majority of our builds, we custom cut Sapim spokes using our Morizumi spoke machine to an accuracy of +/- 0.1mm and laced the wheel in a reliable 3x pattern. The outcome is a set of much more evenly tensioned wheels, using far superior quality spokes, that...

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Dylan's Replacement Gravel Grinder Wheel

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Dylan's Replacement Gravel Grinder Wheel

We heard from Dylan after an unfortunate accident where he managed to bend the IS 6 bolt rotor mounts on his front hub of his Polygon Bend gravel rig. Polygon were unable to supply a new hub, but we came to the rescue with a quality Bitex BX201FG Centrelock replacement. A step up in quality, and a handy reduction in weight. He chose Centrelock for the replacement as he already had a spare rotor to suit that standard. We laced his original rim onto this new hub with Sapim Race spokes and Dylan was riding again in no time.

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Steve's Tough New Carbon Road Wheels

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Steve's Tough New Carbon Road Wheels

We’ve known Steve since the turn off the century when both he and XLR8 worked as bike messengers in Sydney. He’s a big unit and got in contact to discuss some new carbon hoops for his road bike, to service him on the rural roads of mid western New South Wales.Those roads are somewhere between awful and terrible, and Steve wanted a shallow depth carbon wheel that would still be stiff to accomodate his considerable power output. Having owned a retail bike store, and currently working as a mobile mechanic, he knows his stuff but appreciated our spec advice.Bigger guys...

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