Gordon McCauley called wanting a pair of wheels which his wife could use on her TT bike and which Gordon could borrow for races and fun rides. Gordon wanted clinchers for ease of use and wanted them to be aero and light.
I chose our Flite 45mm front and 65mm rear full-carbon clincher rims. These will be ideal for Mrs McCauleys timetrials and perfect for Gordons off-the-front attacks.
A 66 gram Alchemy ELF front hub builds into a light, stiff front wheel. If these wheels were only going to be used by Mrs McCauley I’d have chosen a slightly lighter rear hub but I’ve race against Gordy (and spent enough time in the bunch behind him) to know he’s a monster on a bike so the White Industries T11’s titanium freehub body, steel axle and extra bearings will stiffen the rear wheel while only adding 30 grams of weight.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and custom white decals round off the wheels.
Mikkel wanted a pair of 650b wheels for his Ibis Mojo SL.
Being a graphic designer the aesthetics were extremely important to Mikkel. We custom powder-coated the rims in XTR grey to match the early generation XTR. With the red Hope Pro2 hubs and alternating red spoke nipples they look great!
Black DT Swiss Competition spokes and aluminium nipples hold everything together.
Mikkel’s wolfman logo is placed at the valve with our Wheelworks logo 180 degree opposite.
This is the kind of work I really enjoy doing and it’s great for custom projects like this to come together.
Logan wanted a pair of light weight clinchers for all-around use: training, club races, and the upcoming Five Passes tour.
A pair of Flite 35mm front and 45mm deep carbon clincher rims are matched with an Alchemy ELF front hub and a DT Swiss 240s rear.
The Flite rims are a full-carbon clincher made by one of the big-three American companies and are top quality.
I’ve written plenty about the Alchemy ELF and DT Swiss 240s hubs – both are top quality and perform extremely well.
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes hold everything together and there are two white spokes at each valve to add some colour.
Milton wanted a pair of stiff, durable wheels which wouldn’t break spokes and would bring back his confidence descending.
The DT Swiss 585 rim is a favourite of mine for this type of use as it’s extremely good quality and has a very smooth brake track.
We used White Industries T11 hubs which also work great for larger, more powerful riders. The titanium freehub body means the cassette cogs won’t dig in and good quality bearings mean minimal maintenance.
DT Swiss Competition spokes and brass nipples hold everything together. Two spokes at each valve are silver which matches Milton’s name on the rim.
Rob had a pair of uber-light Stan’s Race rims which he wanted built up. These rims are less than 300 grams each which is extremely light for a mountain bike rim – so light that Stan’s no longer make them.
He’d selected a Hope Pro2 hubset in anodized red so I matched some anodized red spoke nipples. Custom red decals tie it all together.
We used a combination of DT Swiss Revolution and Competition spokes to keep the weight as low as possible while retaining as much lateral stiffness as possible.
Tracy wanted a pair of all-around wheels for both training and racing. A pair of aluminium clinchers with the 23mm wide Velocity A23 rims fit the brief. The light weight A23 rims allow lower tyre pressure for better grip and cornering.
The front wheel is 20 hole and the rear is 28. Tracy is very light so we could have gone with a 24 hole rear wheel however the extra 4 spokes will allow a lot of extra long-term durability and still work out at a very light 1439 gram total weight.
All spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites and use black aluminium nipples. Two red spokes at red Wheelworks decals at each valve will match her bike perfectly.
Scott wanted a pair of race and event wheels for his new Cannondale SuperSix.
The light and aero 45mm Flite carbon rims fit the bill perfectly. I laced the front wheel with 20 DT Swiss Aerolite spokes to a 66 gram Alchemy ELF hub.
The rear uses 24 of the same Aerolite spokes to a White Industries H3 hub with a titanium 11 speed freehub body. This is one of the last H3 hubs I’ll be building as it’s been superseded by the T11 which is identical in spec and performance but visually different. These hubs work exceptionally well for larger and more powerful riders who need a little extra rear wheel stiffness.
Two white spokes at each valve and custom white decals make the wheels look great. We used a script font on these wheels at Scott’s request.
1433 gram actual weight is great.
These 36 hole touring wheels are for Craig.
The A719 is Mavic’s top of the range touring rim and features double-eyelets and a extremely good quality brake track.
These rims are laced to XT 756 hubs – probably the best of Shimano’s hub offerings for touring as they use a simple cup-and-cone design and steel axles.
Spokes are DT Swiss Competition with brass nipples, and both wheels are laced 36 3-cross.
After re-building Mat’s Tune hubs with some new Enve tubeless XC rims Mat went on to give them a good thrashing. Here is his writeup after a few rides:
Just before the T42 race, I received a nice upgrade to my race bike. My old rims were getting buckled and dented, as light weight rims do with age. Tristan, from Wheelworks informed me that it would a good idea to replace them before I went overseas, as they may not be able to last the entire trip. For a while I was thinking about another set of Notubes rims, but I would eventually have to replace them again. Tristan then suggested I look at the Enve Carbon rims. After a few emails and some thought consolidation I decided to go for them. They weigh about 30g per Rim heavier than my old rims, but they easily make up for this unnoticeable weight difference with their control and the peace of mind you acquire from them. I have got the the T42 race, a club race, and the 24 hour Moonride under my belt on these rims as well as a training session to get used to them and find for myself the performance benefits received. As soon as I hit the first corner of my first ride I could feel the difference. These Rims are extremely stiff. They handle like a dream; you point the wheel in a certain direction and you WILL go there (traction permitting). The tracks at Santoft are some of the more twisty and tight tracks that I ride. At the club race there I was loving it. Flying around corners and being able to trust my wheels 100% to do their job. I see these wheels as a Hybrid between my Crossmax SLR wheelset and my Notubes wheelset. Stiffer than my Crossmax with weight of my Notubes. It’s great to be able to have the peace of mind that these rims offer. They have just bumped up their warranty to 5 years. That is some serious confidence in their product, and therefore some serious confidence for their customers. They say “The ENVE XC rim is made for cross country racers and trail riders alike, and is only limited by the amount of time you have to ride them”. That sounds good to me! I have been running them with my 2.2 continental tires, and the combination makes for such an incredible ride. The extra absorption from the tires, plus the dampening effects of the carbon rims make it extraordinarily smooth. I really feel that the balance in this wheelset between light weight and handling is perfect. They have tremendous control around each corner and still great acceleration and speed. And to top it all off, they look great. The slightly deeper rims with my fat 2.2 tires make them look extremely meaty and fast. Just the look they deserve, and live up to. On top of that, the decals are done with perfection. An awesome Logo by Enve and the ever impressive wheelworks decals, customized with my name. Perfection.
If you are currently looking for a great upgrade to your bike then go no further than these rims. I couldn’t rate them any higher; 5 stars from me.
HUGE thanks to Wide Open (the distributors of ENVE) and Tristan from Wheelworks for sorting these wheels out for me. I rate Tristan’s wheel builds very highly; he’s your man if you need to know anything about wheels, or if you need a set built or maintained. Feel free to contact him, a link to his website is on my sponsors page.
James needed a new rear wheel for his Gary Fisher after breaking spokes after almost every ride.
A strong rim was in order and the Stan’s Flow is perfect. These are a wide, stiff rim which build up really well and will work with a wide range of tyre widths.
I used the awesome Pro2 rear hub as it stands up extremely well to larger riders, and all the small-parts for servicing are easy and affordable to get.
DT Swiss Competition spokes and brass nipples tie everything together and will keep the wheel running true and broken-spoke-free for many years to come.
James sent me his old hub with cassette and rotor still attached so I fitted these to the new wheel and it’s on it’s way back to Rotoura.
I stand behind my work 100% and guarantee no broken spokes for 3 years (barring any big hits or crashes of course) so if you’re a larger fella and you want your wheel problems to go away give me a call.