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….
We’ve built a few pairs of wheels for Fay – this is her third pair. For this pair she wanted to use purple Chris King hubs so we suggested some custom purple Enve decals. The result is outstanding!
Two white spokes mixed into the black DT Swiss Aerolites for a touch of colour.
The purple Chris King hubs were a limited edition and a 1990′s throwback. This pair uses a 15mm front axle and a 142×12 rear.
Enve XC rims will be super durable.
Paul has previously purchased a pair of Enve road wheels from us and was obviously impressed with the quality and service as he ordered a pair of matching mountain bike wheels.
Paul is an aggressive rider and he likes his wheels to be super stiff so we used the Enve AM rims. This rim is wider, stiffer, and heavier than the XC rim but features the same super high quality and excellent durability.
Paul wanted Chris King hubs and wanted something a little different so we used the fantastic Pewter colour. I really love this colour- it reminds me of the early generation XTR grey and looks classy while still being a little bit different. Hope do a similar colour they call Gun Smoke on their Pro2 hubs and I’d love to build more wheels with this colour. Please, wheel buying public, call us up and order Pewter or Gun Smoke :-)
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep the wheelset weight down.
David must be able to say “Ultimate” when he describes his new wheelset. We here at Wheelworks would agree.
What will stand out the most will be the Enve XC carbon rims with there three bold white decals. Weighing in at 350 grams and still being very stiff for better steering and getting the power to the ground is what makes these carbon rims the market leader, then they top them selves by adding a five year warranty.
Keeping the high end performance going, the wheels will need the best hubs. For the front we used a hub from Project 321. A reseemly new company from Fresno California USA, established in 2004 making high end bicycle, motorcycle and race car parts they only know how to make top end custom like components. This hub is a Lefty needed to be fitted to a Cannondale lefty fork and weighs in at 125 grams. The rear hub is the ultimate combination of lightweight and reliability… a DT Swiss 180 centerlock. DT made the 240s hub even better – high end – ready for XC racing when it came up with the 180. They added Ceramic cartridge bearings and a carbon hub sleeve to the very reliable and simple ratchet freehub mechanism. The freehub body is ready for the new Sram XX1 group-set, this hub weighs in at a scant 202 grams.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes finish off the build keeping the wheel’s light and giving them a little more aerodynamic advantage. To go even further this wheelset uses 28 hole spokes front and rear over what is normally 32 spokes.
This wheelset looks too good to use with it’s carbon, black / white colour scheme even though we know with the good build it will last for as long as the bike will. At 1341 grams total wheelset weight there will not be much stopping David reaching his goals.
Leon wanted a new pair of carbon wheels for his 29er – after looking at all the options he settled on a pair of Wheelworks-built Enve XC rims.
We used the DT Swiss 240s hubs to keep the wheels light and reliable. To future-proof the front wheel we used the 20mm thru-axle version of the 240s and fitted QR endcaps – this means if / when Leon buys a new fork that these wheels will be ready to go.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep the weight down and two red spokes at each valve add a touch of colour to match the custom Wheelworks decals.
Thanks for your order Leon!
Mat’s new Merida 29er came with a great pair of DT Swiss 240s hubs but a pretty average pair of aluminium rims. After noticing a huge improvement on his old 26″ bike when he upgraded to Enve carbon rims Mat got in touch to see if we could re-use his hubs with some better rims.
The Enve XC rim is a similar weight to a light-weight alloy rim but with much greater stiffness making for sharper handling and better climbing. In this case we Mat dropped over 500 grams of rotational weight while increasing durability and stiffness – simply amazing!
DT Swiss bladed Aerolite spokes were used with two white spokes at each valve.
Mat will be racing the Wellington Nationals round this weekend on the new wheels.
Fay wanted a new pair of Enve All Mountain (AM) wheels for Christmas. She’d chosen the same Hadley hubs as we’d used for the last pair of wheels I built her and in the same beautiful red colour.
Hadley hubs are a rare beast indeed – they’re made in the USA by a company without a website and are notoriously difficult to track down but their quality is top-notch which is why riders like Fay keep coming back to them. The rear hub uses a unique 72 point engagement system which gives great feedback and instant hookup through the pedals.
The Enve AM rims speak for themselves: light, stiff, durable carbon hoops. It wasn’t that long ago that only weightweenie XC racers would use carbon anything so it’s interesting to follow the use of carbon in high-impact situations like AM.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes hold everything together and custom white decals with Fays name add some personality.
On Saturday we gave a few local customers and friends the chance to ride a range of Enve wheels. Local distributor Wide Open brought a range of 26″ and 29″ mountain bike wheels and a good selection of 3.4 and 6.7 road wheels.
We set up shop on Mt Vic for the afternoon with good access to the Super D course and some of the technical tracks. The weather cooperated and there were plenty of cookies, jetplanes and beer on hand to keep the riders fueled.
If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about let me know – we have a demo pair of 29er wheels which you can use.
Carolyn Quil came along and took some awesome photos – here is a small selection of the 300+ taken on the day.
Andrew is upgrading the wheels on his Lynskey from 26″ to 650b which will fit into his current bike. He wanted to re-use his ultra light Tune hubs and I converted the front to QR15 to fit with his new fork.
The Enve 650b rims are light, strong, and come with a 5 year warranty. They’re also incredibly stiff which means precise steering, and are tubeless-read.
All spokes are DT Swiss Aerolites with Enves internal nipples. The spokes are laced in the same 32×3 pattern as the hubs were laced previously which is best-practise with used hubs to make sure the spokes lie in the groves in the flanges caused by the old spokes.
Marco wanted to fit a 650b front wheel to his Cannondale Flash. The Enve is the lightest, stiffest 650b rim out there, and is ready to run tubeless.
I laced it to a green Project321 Lefty front hub with ceramic bearings. I also supplied a green Lefty bolt.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolites will match Marco’s rear wheel.