Ian wanted a light weight pair of d0-all wheels for riding and events around Wellington.
We matched an Alchemy ELF front hub to a DT Swiss 240s rear to give a light weight, super durable combination.
DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spokes keep the weight and aerodynamic drag down and our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes means many kms of trouble-free riding.
The Pacenti SL23 rims are great quality and offer an amazing ride.
Here’s a wheelset we don’t make everyday! Mike wanted a light, fast pair of wheels for his recumbent.
We used the Velocity A23 rims. The front is a 20″ diameter, the rear is a 26″. The A23 is 23mm wide and will allow Mike to run low tyre pressure for excellent grip and comfort.
White Industries T11 hubs were chosen for their excellent durability and performance.
We added some custom orange decals to match Mike’s bike.
Gavin, myself and two of our wheelsets were recently reviewed by CyclingTips.
In all honesty I cringe when I hand wheels over for reviews – the hyperboles of “vertically stiff, laterally compliant”, “climbs like a homesick angel” and every other cycling cliché generally ring true with modern day product reviews. Criticism, product knowledge and journalistic honesty are often lacking.
CyclingTips are different: I’ve read their website for years and their reviews can be ruthless. A review of a mega-high-priced carbon wheelset (not ours!!) was updated with this text:
In short, I cannot recommend these wheels after experiencing the problems myself and my team have had. It’s not only us, there are two of my close friend who have bought them and will tell you the same. I’ve spoken with numerous bike shop mechanics who agree.
CyclingTips find faults, they complain, and their reviewers speak the honest truth. How would our service and our wheels measure up? Quite well as it turns out:
James had heard about the Rail rims and wanted to build a pair up.
We looked at a couple of different hub options but he settled on the PowerTap G3 front and rear hubs. The G3 is a fantastic powermeter and with a recent change in PowerTap pricing is a very affordable way of adding power to your bike.
We used a custom Celeste colour for the Wheelworks decals to match James’ Bianchi.
Black DT Swiss Aerolite spokes are supplemented with two white spokes at each valve.
These wheels are off to Australia to see lots of training and racing.
Lincoln posted his used Tune hubs over from Australia to have them rebuilt. The hubs were still in good shape so there is no problem re-using them.
We laced them up to a pair of Pacenti SL23 rims. The front is laced with 24 DT Swiss Aerolites in a radial, heads-in pattern. The rear is laced 2-cross with 28 spokes.
We used aluminium nipples to keep the weight down.
The wheels are now headed back to Lincoln for many thousands of kms.
Wendy has a new SantaCruz on the way and wanted some nice, light wheels for it.
Enve XC 27.5″rims were chosen for their light weight, excellent stiffness, and great durability. We pimped them up with some orange decals to match the SantaCruz – we do this free of charge with our Enve wheelsets and we’ve got plenty of colours to choose from.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes continue with the light-weight theme and two white spokes at each valve look great.
DT Swiss 350s hubs with Center Lock disc mounts were chosen for their excellent durability and light weight. The front is 15mm thru-axle, there rear is 142×12 thru-axle.
As with all our wheelsets this one has a lifetime guarantee against broken spokes.
No points for guessing which nationality Wendy is….
Glenn was looking for a new pair of wheels for his Cannondale Flash 29er – he wanted to drop some weight while increasnig lateral stiffness. Our Flite 29er rims were the perfect match.
Glenn didn’t want an overly noisy rear hub so we choose the DT Swiss 350s with a 6-bolt rotor. The front hub is a Cannondale Lefty to match his fork.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and aluminium nipples keep the weight down.
The new i23 KOM rim piqued Lincoln’s interest as a great alternative to a Stan’s Arch. WTB’s 4-axis drilling really does work and it helps to align the spokes towards the hub and reduce the entry angle of the spoke and nipple into the rim. The rims are around 430 grams each which is a decent weight, and they build up really well. They’re UST compliant which should mean that tyres are easier to fit while still being easy to run tube’d or tubeless.
For Lincoln we used a pair of red Hope Pro2 hubs in the new 40-tooth engagement. It was pretty hard to overlook the Pro2 before…with the upgrade to 40 engagement points they really are on to a winner.
Black DT Swiss Competition spokes with two white spokes at each valve and red spoke nipples add some awesome colour to the wheels.
The KOM is a new rim from WTB based on their i23 rim. That’s a lot of acronyms!
The i23 is a 23mm internal width rim (hence the “i”) which uses a vertical i-beam to stiffen it up. The KOM (King of the Mountains) is the same extrusion but without this vertical i-beam. This cuts weight from the rim (and some durability) making the rim more suitable for XC and light trail use. The i23 is super stiff and durable so it will continue to be used for enduro-type work.
For Stewarts wheels we matched the KOM rims to a pair of DT Swiss 350s hubs. If you’re running Shimano disc brakes with their splined rotors this is arguably the best hub you can choose: light, super durable, and using the amazing DT Swiss ratchet system. The 350s is almost identical to the 240s but about half the price. Stewarts wheels use a 15mm thru-axle front hub and 142×12 rear.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes with aluminium keep the weight down. As with all our wheels these have our lifetime broken-spoke guarantee.
Geof is getting ready for another season of brevets and the Tour Divide and wanted to update his wheels.
Hope Pro2 hubs will keep on ticking for many kms to come – these are quite possibly the most durable mountain bike hub available.
Stan’s Arch EX rims will allow Geof to run either standard tubes or tubeless. They’re durable while being light weight.
DT Swiss Competition double-butted spokes and aluminium nipples keep the weight down. Two white spokes at each valve add some colour.