The 80mm Maker is a new rim for us and not one which we expect to build a lot of, however it’s nice to have the option. For Mark’s IronMan bike we used a 50mm front and the new 80mm rear to balance aerodynamics with the ability to handle Wellington crosswinds.
Polished White Ind T11 hubs
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes
Enve 4.5 tubular rims
Custom Peacock Blue decals done in-house
Sam had continual problems breaking spokes on a string of wheels so he came to us looking for a solution.
We laced up the DT Swiss 585 rims onto White Industries T11 hubs using DT Swiss Competition spokes.
While being lighter than Sam’s old wheels these will be nearly indestructible and come with out lifetime guarantee against broken spokes.
The Pacenti SL23 rims with classic silver on silver White Industry’s T11s and DT Swiss Aerolites, along with matching nipples
A stunning build in person that is going to look awesome on Dales bike.
Enjoy mate – Jesse
Alan got in touch we me a long time ago now when the new Maker had just been released asking if a tubular option was available at the time the answer was no, Fast forward a few months and we had them ready to build and Alan was one of the 1st on the list so here they are. Alot of people find tubular to be redundant on a local or club level with modern clinchers getting so good now that the inconvenience or a tub puncture or damage just isn’t worth it. Until you see the quality of the roads in Singapore and you realise the risk or puncturing is very very low with there beautifully made and maintained roads and respect for there city in the complete lack of littering, Nothing like our Hutt motorway on a Sunday morning.
Build up onto the the Bomb Proof white Industry’s T11 hubs with the top of the Line bladed spokes From DT Swiss, the Aerolite
Enjoy mate – Jesse
This pair of Makers is heading to a Wheelhaus customer in Sydney
Maker 35mm and 50mm rims
DT Swiss 240s hub
Custom Maker decals to match Tyron’s white and blue Cervelo
What’s the point in having a high-end wheelset if it doesn’t match your bike? We do full custom Enve decals in-house
This 35 / 50 Maker combo in classic black and white is destined for Angus’s soon to arrive Pegoretti Marcelo, A stunning hand painted Italian frame that our good friend and resident Designer here at Wheelworks also has one of, also sitting on makers. Built up with the Classic CNC machined White Industry T11 hubs and top of the Line DT Swiss Aerolite spokes
What is Boost?
Our friends at Spoke Magazine recently asked what this new standard is and what effects it has on wheels. Boost refers to front hubs which are 10mm wider and rear hubs which are 6mm wider than ‘standard.’ Boost front hubs use the same diameter 15mm front and 12mm rear axles.
By making the hubs wider wheels can be built which are stiffer, and more clearance is vailable for 11 speed drivetrains.
The wider Boost rear hub means that cassette is moved outboard by 3mm and so Boost-specific cranks and chainrings are needed to retain good chainline.
We have Boost hubs in stock at flitewheels.com from Hope and DT Swiss and we’re waiting on Chris King and a couple of other options to arrive.
Does Boost make a stronger wheel?
No, not really. All things being equal there will be only a marginal increase in wheel strength and possibly an equally marginal increase in the resistance to taco-ing in a really big crash. We’re talking tiny amounts though.
Does Boost make a stiffer wheel?
Yes. The wider Boost hub flanges allow the spokes to make a wider triangle and better support the rim. This increase in wheel stiffness was the primary driver for the development of Boost. Many new wheelsets use straight-pull hubs and these have a decrease in flange width of approximately 3mm so moving to Boost reclaims what was lost by using straight-pull.
This may go against what the Industry tells you but straight-pull hubs will decrease the wheel’s stiffness because of the extra room needed to lay the pulling and pushing spokes side by side. If the Industry had stuck with J-bend spokes there wouldn’t be much need for Boost, but the cost-savings of wheelbuilding with straight-pull hubs have driven their adoption.
The drive-side spoke bracing angle on a typical rear wheel is around 4.3* and Boost will increase this by 0.6*. That’s not a whole lot.
Is Boost the same as 27.5+
No. Boost refers to the hub with, the + refers to tyre width. It’s worth mentioning that many + bikes use Boost hubs though.
Do I need to move to Boost?
No. You could buy Boost forks but you can’t retrofit a Boost rear-end to your bike, and even if you could the advantages aren’t enough to justify the cost.
What compatibility is there with my current wheels and crankset?
None. A Boost frame requires a Boost hub, and unlike the move from 135mm quick release to 142×12 the actual hub has widened meaning that it’s not possible to run a Boost frame without Boost wheels, or to run Boost wheels in a non-Boost frame.
There might be some front wheels which are adaptable but this will be a hack and they won’t be true Boost so you won’t have any of the advantages.
To run the correct Boost chainline you’ll need either a new chainring or a new crankset, depending on what make and model you’ve currently got.
My head hurts
Mine too. Just like cell phones or laptops the cycling industry is constantly looking for negligible improvements on products. Anyone who has compared a 5 year old bike to a modern one will notice the sum of many small improvements.
Should I factor Boost into a new fork / bike decision
Yes and no. I don’t think the advantages of Boost are enough to justify picking one bike or fork over the other – I’d argue that a ‘good’ bike without Boost is better than a ‘bad’ bike with it.
However Boost looks to be the new ‘standard’ so if you’re upgrading then it would make sense to get the most current ‘standards’ possible.
Boost wide hubs + Derby wide rims
Spoke Magazine took this pair of 40mm wide Derby rims expertly laced by Gavin onto Hope Pro2 Boost hubs and they’ll be putting them through their paces over the next few weeks. Spoiler alert: If the last pair of our wheels is anything to go by they’ll love them.
Questions about Boost?
Do you still have questions about Boost? Drop Tristan a line on 04 387 3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of those wheelsets where it’s difficult to file them as either a road bike wheelset or a mountain bike wheelset.
Disc brakes: Mountain bike
Stan’s rims: Mountain bike
Thru axle: Mountain bike
Campagnolo freehub body: Road bike
DT Swiss 350s hubs
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes
Stan’s Grail rims