EWS-ready carbon wheelset with lifetime impact warranty
The Flite Carbon Enduro wheelset is our premium offering for an ultra stable wheelset in any trail condition.
The Flite wheelsets have all the strength and warranty of the Apex and Stealth models, but uses premium DT Swiss Aerolight bladed spokes, saving 150g of rotational mass, to keep accelerations snappy. Flite isn’t all about performance, the aesthetic customisation is limitless.
Our Enduro rims were developed to build on the attributes of our Carbon Trail wheelset and adds reinforced rims with a specially created resin to enhance impact resistance so we can back them with our lifetime warranty. Used in EWS and 2W races by Carl Jones and Raewyn Morrison where durability can’t be risked and absolute performance is critical to podium results, the Flite Wide Carbon Enduro delivers.
“This is a top quality wheelset, in fact they don’t come much better than this” – Jeff Carter, Spoke Magazine
This wheelset is designed to partner with a 150-160mm Enduro frame for aggressive riding and racing over the world’s toughest trails and terrain, and includes a comprehensive lifetime warranty for this type of use which includes impact damage.
We design and build our Flite carbon rims to last a very long time. Where is the fineprint? There isn’t any. As long as you’re using the wheelset for it’s intended use (no you can’t buy XC wheels and then race the National Downhill series on them like one customer did) we’re proud to offer a lifetime guarantee including impact damage.
We know from building hundreds of these wheelsets that the chance of something going wrong is extremely low but if it does we’re only a phonecall away.
The most common cause of broken spokes is poor wheelbuild quality. We go to painstaking lengths to accurately measure each and every rim and hub we build before calculating spoke lengths and cutting and rolling spokes to 0.1mm accuracy.
We use the top of the line DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spoke on all our Flite Wide Carbon wheels because it’s the best spoke for the job and to save weight we use premium aluminium nipples. These spokes and nipples are mega-bucks compared to the round-section spokes and brass nipples used on competing wheelsets but we use them because your wheels deserve the best.
We have a lifetime guarantee against broken spokes and spoke nipples and we wouldn’t offer this we weren’t 100% confident in aluminium nipples and our ability to build a wheel using them.
Aluminium nipples save weight (just under a gram each) but get a bad reputation for three reasons – they seize to the spoke, they break, and they round-out where the spoke key turns them (generally because of reason #1)
We mitigate the risks of using aluminium and we don’t see problems with them. First we de-burr the inside of the spoke holes of aluminium rims: This means there are no burrs from drilling and it also helps to countersink the rim slightly to match the profile of the nipple. We then use a special grease on the spoke thread and the contact between the nipple and rim. This grease lasts a very long time and means the nipples won’t corrode to the stainless steel spoke.
Generally aluminium nipples break because of two reasons: the wheel wasn’t well-built, or the spoke was too short. Again, to mitigate these problems we measure the ERD (effective rim diameter) and flange geometry of every wheel I build, including combinations we’ve done previously as the ERD will vary by 1mm or so. We have custom software which calculates the spoke length very accurately, even going so far as to take into account how much the spokes will stretch due to their tension which is different on either side of the wheel because of the offset flanges. We then cut each spoke and roll it’s threads on a Japanese made machine. Our spoke lengths are accurate to around 0.1mm meaning the spoke sits flush with the top of the nipple ensuring all threads are engaged on the nipple and not placing the nipple under tensile loading.
|Rim width:||34mm internal||32mm internal|
|Rim width:||40mm external||38mm external|
|Optimized tyre size:||2″ XC tyres all the way up to 2.8″ Plus tyres|
Not just content offering to best hubs on the market, such at DT Swiss, Hope, White Industries and Chris King, we have engineered our own high-end hub set, the Dial Pro 72.
We didn’t simply buy a hub and put our stickers on it, we work with the manufacturer to incorporate our design goals to accomplish the Dial Pro 72. For example the Dial Pro hubs are made for us by a Taiwanese company who engineer hubs for large companies that every rider would be able to name. This company has the engineering skill and testing facilities to develop a freehub body system which is durable, creak-free, and have very fast engagement….something very difficult to do. We then license this freehub body system and design the other features of the hub around it: Where the flanges are placed, the angle these flanges have, the spoke hole diameter, and the spoke hole chamfers. Our needs are often opposite to what the industry wants: for example we want a very small spoke hole diameter to support the spoke whereas the industry wants a very large hole to make lacing the spokes faster in a production environment (the reason why spokes break at the hub).
Our Dial 36 hub utilises the same design features that make the Dial Pro 72 so durable, but with fewer points of engagement. No special tools are required to service the freehub body or swap between axle standards and hub bearings are normal sizes and easy to find. If you have any questions about servicing or maintaining the Dial hub our trained and experienced staff are available to help.
In addition to the Dial Pro 72 and Dial 36, the Apex range can also be assembled with:
DT Swiss 350
Proven star-ratchet durability available in Center Lock or 6-bolt brake mount and 36 or 54 points of engagement. Is the 350 the best value-for-money hub available?
DT Swiss 240
Swiss machining results in one of the lightest high performance hubsets on the market. The 240 is everything we love about the 350 but lighter.
The UK is renowned for its miserable weather, fish and chips, and good hubs. Hope hubs are well sealed to keep the rain out and their range of colours will brighten even a dreary Fort William morning.
Portland Oregon is a hotbed of USA cycling development. King’s 72 engagement point hubs connect you directly with the trail.
|DT Swiss 240s||1706g||1696g|
|DT Swiss 350s Center Lock||1754g||1744g|
|DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt||1807g||1797g|
|DT Swiss 240s||1719g||1709g|
|DT Swiss 350s Center Lock||1767g||1757g|
|DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt||1814g||1804g|
Tubeless allows lower tyre pressure, more grip, and less punctures. It’s a no-brainer.
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.
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 not just who built your wheels but minute details like spoke length, pre-stress procedure, and even what type of grease was used between the spoke and nipple.