During the past weekend Wheelworks Mountain Bike team rider Rebecca Houston had a very busy weekend. You may know Bex from her past 2 years racing, her awesome brownies or that she is wheelbuilder Gavin’s partner.
Saturday was the Wellington Revolve Woman of Dirt 6hr race at Makara Mountain Bike park: 6 hours to do as many laps as you can in a team of 4 or solo. Rebecca slipped our Enve 29er XC demo wheels to her hardtail and raced it solo. Some 5hrs 55mins latter 2200 meters of elevation and 15 laps completed Rebecca came 2nd in the solo category, still looking fresh, and still smiling. A very good ride considering she was also 3rd overall only just overtaken by a four-lady team on the last few laps!!
Then came sunday - During the week Rebecca was asked to ride on a tandem and help local legend Mary Fisher at the Tour de Whitmans road race. Mary is a New Zealand Paralympic swimmer that won a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze medal at the London Summer games (her Gold was also a world record!). Mary is partially sighted and was after a rider for the front of the Tandem for the 50k event.
Rebecca had never ridden a tandem and going into a event after a 6hr race the day before had her and myself a little nervous, even her arms would be tired from the day before! No problems for Bex though and after meeting Mary for the first time they jumped on the tandem for a lap of the block before lining up for the race. Their goal of the day was to have fun which they both accomplished as they came in just over 2 hours later still talking away after completing 2 laps of Blue Mountains and Wallaceville.
Well done Rebecca for the weekend full of pedaling and helping Mary try a different sport. I am one proud supporter.
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.
Well we call them the Flite but apparently they don’t take off, even at 97kph on a disused Formula1 circuit. Charlie does the testing so you don’t have to.
Imagine doing a 24 hour cycle race around the mythical Nurburgring – quite possibly the coolest race track in the world! The Nordschleife (“North Loop”) of this racetrack winds its way through 20.8km of the Black Forrest and was nicknamed the Green Hell because it was so dangerous. Formula 1 legends like Ascari, Fangio, Moss, Clark, Stewart and Phil Hill all raced this amazing circuit. The Nordschleife was discontinued from Formula1 use after the death of Piers Courage in 1967 but is still used today for touring car, motorcycle, and bicycle use.
I’ve walked around Monza and Monaco but have never been to Spa (my favorite F1 circuit) or the Nurburgring. Charlie is a lucky man and he sent through these photos of his Wheelworks wheels being put through their places in the inclement German weather.
Amongst a sea of bland carbon bikes there are some really unique, interesting bikes being ridden around Wellington but unless you cross cycling groups with their owners chances are you’ve never seen a Baum, Llewellyn, Independent Fabrication or Serotta.
On Saturday we organized for a group of Wheelworks owners to meet each other, show off their bikes, and share stories about their unique bikes over a coffee or beer.
Joseph Kelly stopped past and took these amazing shots – for the full gallery check out our Facebook page.
I was sure we’d arrive at work to find bookshelves toppled over but we got lucky. The only damage was this signed picture of Ryan Leech – there is a certain irony given that he’s one of the worlds greatest trials riders.
Here is Ryan on Vancouver’s North Shore:
I used to worship Ryan and I competed against him a couple of times in trials events. He was, umm, a little better than I was :-) I was given this signed picture when I left Canada by a customer. Ryan was on my flight to New Zealand which stopped off in San Francisco but I was too starstruck to say hello which seems a bit daft now.
I hope everyone else got through the earthquake with as little damage as we did.
We’ll be closed Monday the 22nd due to Sunday’s earthquke and the information from the Geonet preliminary report estimating aftershocks. It appears most of Wellington CBD will be closed until engineers can report on damages.
All going well we’ll re-open Tuesday the 23rd. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
If you have any questions please call me on 027 494 5967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark was after a stiff wheelset for his new Ibis Ripley, maybe one of the most sought-after 29er trail bike frames on the market this year. As this bicycle comes as a frame it was time to sort out a list of parts.
Originally looking at a Hadley hub set, Mark chose to go for a Hope Evo Pro 2 hubs set 32 hole. Carbon Flite rims where used to keep the wheels stiff and light to get the most out of the Ripley’s go anywhere nature. Topped off with the most trusted high performance spoke’s DT Swiss Aerolite’s with alloy spoke nipples. All in gloss black with a new to us green Wheelworks decal to match the Ripley’s graphics.
I would have to say that Kyle is a smart man. He has taken advice from his local Sunday group rides that the boys at Wheelworks are well worth checking out for his new wheels and now he’s keeping the booties and winter gloves handy for each ride as he nearly lost his finger tips due to the freezing Taranaki winter!
Kyle came to use asking for a price on a Velocity A23, DT Swiss 240 hub wheelset for his “Spanish” hill climber figure so he could also use them every day…. sun, rain, hail or snow, training and racing. Open to suggestions we went for the new wide profile, supper stiff and reliable Pacenti SL23 alloy rims. We could of used the reliable DT Swiss 240 front hub but saved some weight and money and went for the ever popular Alchemy ELF front hub witch is also easier to get a lower spoke count in, saving even more weight and money! The rear DT Swiss 240 hub is a market leader in reliability with its simple ratchet system freehub body, we would not want to change his mind on this product. We got in the hub with a Shimano 11 speed freehub body even though he is on Shimano 10 speed at the moment, smart, these wheels will last a very very long time and 11 speed is here to stay with it trickling down the range each year. Held together with DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and black alloy spoke nipples, with one white spoke next to the valve to help tie in with his bike and the custom Wheelworks decals.
Kyle – We know you will love these new wheels just as much as our web page / facebook page and now we hope you too will be saying “look up those lads at Wheelworks” when the pace drops a little on this comings Sunday group ride. I hope you get a warm dry ride one on their first outing. Enjoy.
He’s back. Who could forget the awesome Enve 6.7 wheelset we built up for Tobias back in December? -http://wheelworks.co.nz/tobias-enve-6-7-rims-with-alchemy-elf-and-white-ind-t11-hubs/. Tobias was so pleased with our high quality custom wheel builds and awesome service he put in another order for some reliable climbing and training wheels with plans to do the Alpine Classics event in the Victorian Alps later this year and the French Alps this time next year… Tour time.
We used the new wide profile, light weight Pacenti SL23 alloy rims. Spinning on the Alchemy hub combination of the very popular ELF front hub and the new ORC UL rear hub both in a uncommon beautiful red colour. To keep the weight down we used DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and nice red alloy spoke nipples.
So Tobias, keep up the smile when gaining all that elevation in the coming year, we here at Wheelworks like the tired leg pain of a good day out riding and wish you all the best no matter what wheelset you pick for the given day.