Light weight aluminium XC wheelset
Light, stiff, and strong: a great hand-built wheelset for your XC bike.
An alloy XC wheelset doesn’t need to be flimsy race-day only wheels, we offer light weight wheels that will perform through all conditions, go the distance, and look great.
Why get custom built wheels?
There are two main factors in building a good set of wheels: First, there is component selection, each component needs to be selected for the intended use, and the way they interact needs to be taken into account. For every order, we follow-up with a phone call to learn more about you and your intended use for the wheelset; only then do we lock-in the components and method to be used in your build.
The second main factor in a bespoke wheel build is the assembly. Unlike the traditional bikeshop who occasionally builds wheels, we are solely focused on building excellent wheels and delivering world-class service. We have engineered our own equipment to ensure your wheels set will be exceed every benchmark in quality. We are so confident in our methods, we offer a life time warranty on spoke breakage. That, combined with the custom decals to colour match your bike, it’s easy to see why our wheels are shaking up the bigger overseas rivals.
This wheelset is designed to partner with a light weight, short travel XC race bike for XC-oriented use, and includes a comprehensive lifetime warranty for this type of use which includes impact damage.
If your XC bike will be used as an all-around bike then the Carbon Trail wheelset with it’s extra rim width is worth considering.
Unlike with our carbon Flite rims we do not design and produce our own aluminium rims – instead we choose the best rims from various suppliers which meet our wheelset needs.
The simple truth is that, all things being equal, aluminium rims are not as strong or durable as carbon. Our carbon Flite rims have a lifetime warranty which includes impact damage but aluminium rims will dent when whacked hard enough and will eventually wear out. Think of aluminium rims, especially the rear rim which takes the bulk of abuse, like a cassette: You’ll get plenty of use and if you treat it with respect, it will last a very long time, but eventually it will wear out and will need to be replaced.
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 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.
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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?
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.
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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.