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The best part of running a custom wheelbuilding business is that we can develop products for different needs. This version of the Maker AR Disc wheelset is exactly that: We’ve taken our already versatile Maker AR disc brake wheelset and tweaked it for rougher roads and unpaved adventures.
A modified carbon layup puts more carbon in the U shape of the rim for increase durability and abrasion resistance and a higher spoke count means acts as a backcountry failsafe to deal with the extra weight of bikepacking bags.
We offer the Maker AR in both 700c and 650b varients. For most mixed surface riding the 700c 35mm front and rear rim depths are the best option. For gravel racing a 50mm or 35/50mm ‘mullet’ combination trades a small weight penalty for better aerodynamics at higher speeds.
For chunky gravel roads, singletrack, or taking your gravel bike places that it probably shouldn’t go the 650b 35mm rim is the ticket.
This is the most versatile wheel we build and is equally at home on a go-fast road bike as an Open UP or similar adventure bike. The Maker AR allows you to explore the countryside whether on tarmac or off the beaten path and removes the limits of traditional road wheelsets.
The Maker AR’s 23mm bead-width allows you to install any tyre from 25mm to 45mm. It is tubeless-ready to work with the latest generation of tubeless-road tyres and has been painstakingly designed to be as easy as possible to install these often tight-fitting tyres. Matched to the tubeless design is a hooked bead which allows the use of non-tubeless tyres and to provide uncompromised safety.
Light Weight Without Compromise
Versatility doesn’t have to come at the cost of weight. We’ve engineered the Maker AR to have class-beating light weight to retain that fun, responsive feeling that a great pair of wheels provides without compromising on the wheelsets ability to attack rough gravel sections with confidence.
Disc Brake Specific
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. The Maker AR is the latest addition to the Maker family and sports a wide profile to match the current crop of disc-road frames with ample tyre clearance. By combining the advantages in stopping power from discs, with the wind cheating profile of the Maker rim, the Maker AR Carbon Disk is a true neoclassic of carbon wheels.
The addition of a SON front dynamo hub brings light to winter commutes or overnight adventures, or can be used to charge phones and GPS devices. SON hubs have a 5 year bearing warranty and our experience has shown them to be extremely durable.
Every Maker wheelset is individually handbuilt which gives you the ability to fully personalise your wheelset – choose the rim depth, hubs, and decal colours.
|DT Swiss 350s||1523g||1541g||1559g|
|DT Swiss 240s||1475g||1493g||1511g|
|Chris King R45 Disc – Steel||1555g||1573g||1591g|
|Chris King R45 Disc – Ceramic||1546g||1564g||1582g|
The Maker AR Disc uses a hooked bead and tubeless-ready bed allowing the use of tubeless-ready tyres like Schwalbe’s Pro One as well as traditional inner tube’d tyres like the Continental GP4000s. A deep internal channel allows easy fitting and removal of both tyres of tyre, and the hooked bead ensures safety is never compromised.
|External Rim width||28mm|
|Internal Bead Width||23mm|
|Rim depth||35mm, 50mm. Mixed depths available|
|Brake surface||Disc-specific rim without a brake surface|
|Optimized tyre size||23mm to 28mm (max tyre pressure 110psi)|
|Minimum tyre size||23mm|
|Maximum tyre size||45mm (max tyre pressure 50psi)|
|Quick release levers:||Internal-cam skewers included with all quick-release disc wheels|
|Rim Tape:||Tubeless rim tape and light weight CNC machined tubeless valves included|
This wheelset uses a tubeless-ready hooked bead allowing the use of both traditional road tyres with inner tubes fitted, or tubeless-ready tyres so regardless of what tyres you want to use we’ve got you covered.
Tubeless rimtape is fitted and a pair of light weight CNC aluminium tubeless valves is supplied.
Our attention to detail extends to the tubeless valves: serrated lockrings makes them easy to fit or remove and integrated wrench-flats are provided for super-tight valves. The valve cores are removable for easy cleaning or for assistance while installing difficult tubeless tyres. The inner section of the valve is optimised for our rims ensuring an easy air-tight fit.
All Maker wheelsets can be customised to suit your riding style, conditions and weight. Hub options include offerings from Dial, DT Swiss 240 or 350, Chris King and White Industries.
Had another brand in mind? Get in touch, we’re always excited to tailor a wheelset just for you.
We use the DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spoke for all of our premium wheels. The Aerolite has a round 2.0mm diameter head and thread, and is tapered and flattened to a 0.9×2.3mm bladed center section.
We take the excellent quality DT Swiss spokes and then apply some Wheelworks magic to them to further increase their durability. Rather than rely on boxed spoke lengths in 2mm increments we cut each and every spoke to the exact length needed, down to 0.1mm, and then roll 10mm of beautiful new thread on our Japanese made Morizumi machine. Exact spoke length means the spoke nipples are fully supported and eliminates nipple breakage, even when using light weight aluminium nipples.
Once our spokes are laced into your wheels they go through a rigours pre-stress procedure which eliminates any popping or pinging of the spokes and further increases their durability.
Because of our attention to detail we offer a lifetime guarantee against broken spokes on all our wheels.
We have a lifetime guarantee on the Maker because we know it will last. You’ll never break a spoke. Unless you whack something really hard the wheel will never go out of true. The hub’s bearings and the rim’s brake track will wear with use (that’s normal and unavoidable) but until they’re worn-out nothing strange will happen to the wheelset. And if something weird did happen we’re here and we’ll take care of it. We promise.
There are two types of warranty: The one where a product is produced so cheaply that it’s expected to fail and be replaced, and the type where so much effort and attention to detail goes into it’s production that the chance of failure is tiny. Our warranty the second type. We use only the highest quality products and we put an exorbitant amount of effort into the wheelbuilding and quality-control processes and that allows us to stand behind what we build and sell.
This warranty does not mean your lifetime, but the wheelset’s. “How long should a wheelset last for?” is not easy to answer and subject to all sorts of variables. In short, a wheel set free from abuse and neglect will go the distance; we pride ourselves in the value you will get out of our products.
This warranty is for the original owner and does not cover damage caused by improper care, negligence, normal wear and tear, accident, improper usage, or the natural breakdown of colours and materials over extended time and use.
This warranty covers the hub from material defects, spokes and rim for the life of the wheel, and workmanship.
If you have any questions about our warranty, or if you’ve experienced an issue with one of our wheels please contact us
firstname.lastname@example.org | +64 4 387 3592
Our commitment to you doesn’t end once we’ve got your money: If you have any questions maintaining or servicing your wheelset we’re here to help. Just get in touch.
Each wheel we build is engraved with a unique number and we keep detailed records dating back over 10 years tracking details like spoke length, pre-stress procedure, and even what type of grease was used between the spoke and nipple.