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….
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.
Paul had an accident which cost him the Roval wheel on the front of his Specialized 29er. Since you can’t buy Roval wheels individually, or buy any replacement parts for them he needed a new complete wheel.
We chose a WTB i23 rim for it’s stiffness and durability and laced it to a Hope Pro2 hub. The Pro2 is fitted with quick release endcaps to suit Paul’s Specialized fork but can be fitted with 15mm or 20mm endcaps if he upgrades in the future.
DT Swiss Competition spokes hold everything together and they’ve got our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes.
Mark wanted a burly pair of carbon wheels – he’s a heli guide at Fat Tyre Adventures in Queenstown so these wheels will see some serious descents! Our Flite carbon rims are up to the task.
Hope Pro2 hubs with the new 40 tooth engagement are also up to the task and will keep ticking for years to come.
DT Swiss Competition spokes will keep the wheels nice and stiff, and red aluminium nipples match the hubs.
Rob sent up his SP Dynamo front hub to be laced up. We supplied the Stan’s Crest rim and the DT Swiss Competition spokes.
Silver spokes with black nipples is a fantastic look! Some red Wheelworks decals match the beautiful hub colour.
This wheel is off to Tour Divide…we seem to be building quite a few wheels for this monster event.
The worst part about selling a single wheel is that we’re contributing to a cyclist having mismatched wheels. Mismatched wheels, as we all know, are simply not acceptable and you’re at risk of severe penalties from the Fashion Police. Wars might erupt and kittens might die.
So it’s with great joy and happiness that I received this email from Yancey after we supplied his front wheel.
I got a couple rides on the new wheel… primo. Very happy. So much so that I want to talk about a matching rear.
Now that Yancey has matching wheels all is well with the world and I can sleep peacefully at night. Thanks Yancey!
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.