Mark “Cabin” Leishman is a self-described “athlete who can’t retire” and a true professional both on and off the bike. He’s a true NZ legend who has been an NZ representative to World Championships in MTB XC, XTERRA, Triathlon, and Marathon MTB. He’s a former NZ Elite champion in XC MTB, Marathon MTB, and Hillclimb and an Oceania Short Track MTB Champion. He’s won NZ’s most prestigious MTB events including the Karapoti Classic, Triple Peaks, Whaka 100, and Matarangi Intrigue. Turning to XTERRA he acheived 6 straight Elite Podiums in the NZ Championship and multiple top 10’s on XTERRA Global Tour and put that crosstraining to good use to claim 3 x NZ Sprint Triathlon Championships.
He also started NZ’s first ‘proper’ mountain bike team (Aunt Betty’s Racing), works with NZXC and now runs Black Dirt Racing.
We’re super stoked to be able to work with Cabin for next year’s events. He’ll be riding this pair of our Flite carbon wheels and we’ll be posting his updates and racing adventures.
What are the wheels? Our Flite 29er carbon rims are light and stiff – two important aspects for 29ers as their larger diameter asks more from the wheel.
Hope Pro2 hubs with the new 40 tooth engagement have awesome durability which means Cabin can spend his time racing and training rather than servicing his bike. We chose red hubs because they’ll look fantastic on his black Avanti Ridgeline Carbon and because science has proven red to be the fastest colour.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep the weight down and our lifetime broken spoke guarantee means plenty of jumps with no failures.
Chris’ DT Swiss M1900 wheelset had seen better days: quite a few broken spokes and bike shop which had replaced a handful with silver.
Once a wheel starts breaking spokes it’s generally an expensive string of repairs to get it sorted. Chris decided to rebuild his hub onto a new rim and be done with the problems.
We used a WTB Frequency i23 rim – wider and stiffer than the DT Swiss rim but a similar weight and much easier to run tubeless.
We used DT Swiss Competition spokes and spoke nipples for a great balance of weight and durability.
The couple of weeks before Christmas are very difficult if you’re in the logistics business – which we basically are as we organize for thousands of individual products to arrive from many suppliers based around NZ and the globe so that we’re able to keep inventory in order to build and sell wheels. Christmas means slow couriers and slow Customs departments which means in-bound shipments to us and our NZ-based suppliers which don’t arrive on time – or in a couple of cases two weeks late and counting. As a result we’ve got a few wheelsets scheduled for this week which are waiting for various back-ordered bits which have not arrived yet.
All of this worked out well for Ross – he called yesterday afternoon and was delighted to hear that, yes, we had all of the parts in stock for his dream 29er wheelset and that if he acted quickly we could build and ship them today. It’s not often that happens.
The wheels which came on Ross’ 29er have had serious issues breaking spokes so he wanted something durable and he’d heard about our lifetime broken-spoke guarantee.
We laced a pair of black Hope Pro2 hubs to Stan’s Arch EX rims. To personalize the wheels we used blue spoke nipples, two white spokes at each valve, and orange decals to match Ross’ SantaCruz.
Now we just need the couriers to deliver Ross’ wheels to Napier before Christmas….
Greg is building a new Stoemper and needed some wheels. He’s an owner of Sydney’s Wheelhaus and reviewer for RIDE magazine so you might see these wheels on the pages of the magazine as well as rolling around Sydney.
We used DT Swiss 240s hubs and added our own touch with some Martini-coloured Wheelworks logos to match Wheelhaus’ branding.
The spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites with two red spokes at each valve and aluminium spoke nipples.
Pacenti SL23 rims will be light, stiff, and super comfortable to ride.
In my opinion this is one of the best looking wheelsets we’ve ever made. The two-colour bands on the hubs and rims look fantastic but are an absolute bi-atch to make so please don’t ask for them :-) I’ll be doing some thinking over the Christmas break as to how we might be able to make these in an easier fashion.
DT Swiss 240s hubs are simply fantastic: They’re arguably the lowest-maintenance hub out there and are one of the lightest ‘fit and forget’ hubs made. For Alen’s wheels we used a 20 hole radial front and a 28 hole rear hub with a Campagnolo freehub body.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep the wheelset light, stiff, and aero. Aluminium spoke nipples keep the weight down.
The Pacenti SL23 rim is our favourite road clincher as it strikes a great balance of weight, stiffness, and all-important ride quality.
This pair of stealth wheels with black-on-black decals is off to Singapore.
There has been some conjecture that the only reason the bike industry embraced 650b was to force people to change bikes and buy new stuff. In David’s case this has certainly been the case: We built him a pair of 26″ wheels many years ago, then some 29″ wheels when his Stumpjumper started breaking spokes, and now some 650b wheels for his new Kona.
For this pair we used the awesome WTB Frequency i23 rims – these are a really nice rim to build and their 23mm internal width means good tyre volume and shape.
Blue Hope Pro2 hubs with the new 40 tooth engagement mechanism will keep spinning for years to come.
DT Swiss Competition double-butted spokes and two white spokes at each valve hold everything together. This Kona is going to be seeing plenty of shuttles and gondolas but our lifetime broken spoke guarantee means David’s thoughts can be on the trail rather than his wheels.
Howard’s friend Lincoln had a couple of wheelsets built by us – Lincoln must have said some nice things because Howard picked up the phone and ordered a similar wheelset!
To keep the weight down we chose an Alchemy ELF front hub and a DT Swiss 240s rear hub. We used Aerolite spokes and aluminium nipples to lace them to the Pacenti SL23 rims.
The SL23 is arguably the best aluminium clincher rim out there…great quality, great ride characteristics, and a super smooth brake track.
Jens Voigt would be proud of these wheels.
These SP dynamo front hubs are pretty cool little units – they’re available in a wide range of drillings and colours and all reports are they work well.
Chris wanted a front wheel for a race from London to Istanbul. Yep, he’s crazy. Crazy about getting a good quality front wheel for the long journey!
A Pacenti SL23 rim will allow Chris to run lower tyre pressure for better grip but more importantly for better comfort on the long road.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep things light and aero.
We love building wheels around red hubs. Science has proven them to be the fastest hub available, and in our opinion are also the best looking. We’re slightly fearful that Specialized will sue us for using red as they might have a Trademark on the colour for all uses pertaining to cycling, but we’ll take the risk.
We laced the R45 hubs with 20 front and 28 rear DT Swiss Aerolite spokes. Two white spoke at each valve and red spoke nipples add a touch of colour to the wheelset.
The Pacenti SL23 rims are arguably the best aluminium rim available on the market today and they build into a fantastic-riding wheelset.
This pair are in the box and off to Queensland. Thanks for your order Thang!
After reading our review on CyclingTips Aaron made contact looking for a light pair of carbon clinchers. The Flite 35mm rims would be perfect at just 410 grams each, yet having great stiffness.
We laced them up to a pair of Chris King R45 hubs with ceramic bearings and a Campagnolo freehub body.
The spokes are DT Swiss Aerolites with two white spokes at each valve. Gold decals will match the highlights on Aaron’s Colnago C59 in the ADWH paint scheme. I didn’t ask whether “Mistress” meant Aaron was giving the wheels to his mistress or whether Aaron’s bike is his mistress….
These are off to New South Wales. Thanks for your order Aaron!