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Flite Carbon Trail

NZ incl GST $2,750

Flite Carbon Trail

NZ incl GST $2,750

The ultimate carbon wheelset: Massive grip and guaranteed for life including impact damage

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The ultimate carbon wheelset: Massive grip, feather weight, and guaranteed for life including impact damage

The Flite Carbon Trail wheelset truly is the perfect all-rounder, and a personal favourite amongst staff and ambassadors alike. Impressively light for great accelerations and steep/lengthy climbs balanced with perfect stiffness for ultra-stable, enduro-like descending, it’s easy to see why it’s our most sought after product.

To improve your riding experience we’ve designed the tubeless rims wide enough to suit modern mountain bikes and modern tyres, but not so wide as to square-off tyres and create extra rolling resistance.  We’ve pushed the industry’s best carbon rim producers to create rims that meet our high standards of exceptional durability, so we can back them with our lifetime warranty.

Durability is only one part of the story, at a mere 460g per rim and matched to DT Swiss Aerolight spokes (only available on the Flite range), the Flite Wide Carbon Trail is the perfect blend between enduro strength and XC weight.

 

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Intended Use

This wheelset is designed to partner with a 140mm Trail / Enduro frame for aggressive trail riding on mixed terrain, and includes a comprehensive lifetime warranty for this type of use which includes impact damage.

If your thing is using a 140mm Trail / Enduro frame for chairlifts, Enduro racing, or hucks to flat check out the Enduro version of this wheelset with specially reinforced rims to handle all your gnar.

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Lifetime Warranty

Carbon Rims – Lifetime warranty including 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.

Spokes – Lifetime warranty

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.

Spokes Nipples – Lifetime warranty

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 Specs

  27.5” 29”
Rim width: 34mm internal 32mm internal
Rim width: 40mm external 38mm external
Rim depth: 31mm
Optimized tyre size: 2″ XC tyres all the way up to 3.0″ Plus tyres

Hub Choices

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.

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.

Hope Pro4
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.

Chris King
Portland Oregon is a hotbed of USA cycling development. King’s 72 engagement point hubs connect you directly with the trail.

Weights

Non-Boost: 27.5″ 29″
DT Swiss 240s 1586g 1616g
DT Swiss 350s Center Lock 1634g 1664g
DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt 1687g 1717g
Hope Pro4 1719g 1749g
King ISO 1729g 1759g
     
Boost:    
DT Swiss 240s 1599g 1629g
DT Swiss 350s Center Lock 1647g 1677g
DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt 1694g 1724g
Hope Pro4 1731g 1761g
King ISO 1744g 1774g
Wheelworks Dial 1612g 1642g

Tubeless

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.

After Sale Support

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.