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Dereks XC FLITES

Off to the lads at @capitalcycles go this sweet pair of super light XC race FLITES

New to the 2017 range of wheels are these 24mm wide lifetime guaranteed 1450 gram XC race wheels laced up to the DT Swiss 350 hubs using the top of the line bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes

There are a few myths and rumours around wider rims, wide tyres and low pressures that some of the big marketing companies want you to believe in order to sway you towards their product. Here at Wheelworks we are not about marketing – we care about performance and we ride these wheels every day with everything from 33c cyclocross tyres to 2.3inch light trail rubber at a wide range of pressures on a whole host of surfaces and we’ve learned what works from our first-hand experience with wide rims over the past couple of years

The biggest benefit of running wider rims and tyres, especially when tubeless, is the lower tyre pressure created by the huge tyre volume.

If you don’t lower your tyre pressure you’ll find these wheels to feel very hard. On our wheels we suggest starting at 22/25 psi in the front and 24/28 psi in rear

What we suggest pump them to 25ish psi and go ride the bloody things :) While you are out drop the pressure a little if you feel step by step until you find it is a fraction too low, then bring it back up a notch. This is a great way to find the perfect pressure for your weight, tyre choice, bike, suspension, conditions, riding ability, and personal preference. Personally, I find 18 / 22 PSI to be the sweet spot for me at 80kilo on a Yeti ASRc with 2.3 and 2.25 XC rubber, but what will work for you will depend largely on your level of aggression and the terrain you tend to ride on

There is no silly chart you can use where X meets Y and boom you’re World champ. Play with the tyre pressures and find what works best for you in the range of conditions you ride in, and i guarantee the FLITEs will meet and exceed all of your expectations regardless of what tyre you run.

Enjoy your wheels Derek – WW lads

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Duncans YETI FLITE upgrade

Duncan brought a Yeti 4.5 a wee while go now and had been eyeing up a new pair of wheels

With the new 2017 FLITE wheelworks range released a month ago it was time to pull the trigger and give the bike the wheelset it deserved

Running the brand new FLITE 29 Trail rims at 28mm wide, laced up to the DT Swiss 350 hubs using the top of the line bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes.

Enjoy mate – WW lads

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Richards disc Makers

Richard brought a brand new bike that came with all the bells and whistles

The weak point was the wheels so he came to the experts to finish the bike off

He opted for the 35mm Disc specific Maker rims on the DT swiss 240 hubs using the top of the line bladed Aerolite spokes

Enjoy mate – WW lads

 

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Toms new Maker ARs

These Maker AR’s are hands down my favourite wheelset We have done 10 of these builds in the last 2 months and with much more to come. As bike chainstays and forks get wider we are seeing more and more riders looking to go up tyre sizes to make the most out of the real world benefits associated

We have done 10 of these builds in the last 2 months and with much more to come. As bike chainstays and forks get wider we are seeing more and more riders looking to go up tyre sizes to make the most out of the real world benefits associated to higher tyre volume and lower pressures. These babies are a

These babies are a all road / Offroad build that can stand up to the brutal demands of Gravel and CX all while being lighter than 90% of factory road builds Disc brakes are nothing new to us at Wheelworks: While the rest of the industry tries to catch up to this ‘latest trend’ our staff bikes have been using discs for years. We’ve had a disc-specific version of the Maker in both 35mm, 50mm and mullet depths for road bikes since the inception of the Maker lineup and it’s proven itself over many miles of paved and gravel roads. We’re so bloody proud to add the Maker AR to the range. The AR (“All Road”) is designed specifically for gravel roads, cyclocross, adventures, and wide tyres. At 30mm wide and 29mm deep the

Disc brakes are nothing new to us at Wheelworks: While the rest of the industry tries to catch up to this ‘latest trend’ our staff bikes have been using discs for years. We’ve had a disc-specific version of the Maker in both 35mm, 50mm and mullet depths for road bikes since the inception of the Maker lineup and it’s proven itself over many miles of paved and gravel roads. We’re so bloody proud to add the Maker AR to the range. The AR (“All Road”) is designed specifically for gravel roads, cyclocross, adventures, and wide tyres. At 30mm wide and 29mm deep the Maker AR takes 28mm road slicks all the way up to 2” monster-cross knobbie tyres. It’s hooked bead provides security at road pressures but it’s tubeless design and deep internal pockets ensure burp-free performance when using cyclocross tyres. The “standard” Makers are more than capable for gravel roads and

The “standard” Makers are more than capable for gravel roads and work best with typical road tyres up to 28mm wide. After 28mm the AR takes over. If you have any questions on which wheelset is best for your needs don’t hesitate to get in touch. Despite being robust enough for back-country adventures the Maker AR rim is only 425 grams and they build into incredibly light 1450 gram wheelsets. The perfect wheelset for mid-week commutes and weekend mud. We’ve been testing the Maker AR over the past few months. They’re 100% my favourite wheelset for adventures into places a bike with road handlebars simply shouldn’t go. Every wheelset we sell is custom built by us just for you. So If you have any questions about what components will suit your needs please get in touch – The only thing better than the quality of our handbuilt wheels is our fanatical customer service. sales@wheelworks.co.nz

We’ve been testing the Maker AR over the past year. They’re 100% my favourite wheelset for adventures into places a bike with road handlebars simply shouldn’t go.

Enjoy Tom – WW lads

 

 

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Calvin’s Belgium race Makers

Local lad Calvin is off to do another season in Belgium and he needed a pair of race wheels that he could rely on

They needed to be light, stiff and strong enough to stand up to the rigours of racing cobbles

So we laced up the 35mm Maker SL rims to the DT swiss 240 hubs using the top of the line bladed Aerolite spokes

Give em hell mate – WW lads

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Lee’s Rohloff FLITES

Lee has purchased so many wheels for us now that I know his contact details off hand.

Well done mate, I can’t even remember my own mother’s number

This Rohloff rear and DT Swiss 350 front are laced up to the 34.5mm FLITE wide Trail rims using the round section competition spokes

Enjoy – WW lads

 

 

 

 

 

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Sams new road wheels

Just kidding

Sam Horgan has been putting a pair of our 50mm Makers through their paces over the last 18months, and that one pair has easily clocked up more than 25,000km, including elite level road racing here in NZ

He’s been such a big fan of the amazing quality that as soon as he brought an MTB it was a no brainer as to who needed to build his wheels

Sam is a big lad with a lot of horsepower, so we chose the FLITE wide trail alloy to step up to the task

Enjoy the dirt mate – WW lads

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Alex’s race Makers

When you don’t give us a name for your rims they usually just get left blank.

But when your teammate knows they are being ordered, gets in touch with us about what name would suit, he will get his way.

This pair of 50mm Maker SLs are off to meet Alex just in time for his tour in Singapore

Laced up to the DT Swiss 240 hubs using the top of the line bladed Aerolite spokes

Get after it mate – WW lads