Flite Carbon XC


Flite Carbon XC


Proven race-winning performance in a grippy wide-rim format for XC race weapons

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Proven race-winning performance in a grippy wide-rim format for XC race weapons

This unbelievably light carbon wheelset is a regular visitor to the podium of National-calibre events and successfully campaigned at XC World Cups too. For our XC offering, we use carbon fibre for its proven stiffness and strength compared to alloy offerings, whilst setting the benchmark for light weight. When the Flite Wide Carbon XC rims are paired with our bespoke wheel building method, you will possess the best of both worlds; great acceleration up the hill and incredible tracking through technical sections and downhills.

The Flite Wide Carbon XC is designed to partner with a light weight, short travel XC race bike for XC-oriented use.  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.

I ran my Flite Carbon wheels for two full World Cup seasons, through rain or shine, training or racing. I didn’t have a single issue in those 2 years, no bearing blow outs, no broken spokes, no cracked rims just solid reliable World Cup Race Worthy Wheels”  –  Jack Comptom – Professional Mountain Biker

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Intended Use

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.


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: 24mm internal 24mm internal
Rim width: 30mm external 30mm external
Rim depth: 31mm
Optimized tyre size: 2″ XC tyres all the way up to 2.4″ trail tyres


Non-Boost: 27.5″ 29″
DT Swiss 240s 1416g 1446g
DT Swiss 350s Center Lock 1464g 1494g
DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt 1517g 1547g
Hope Pro4 1549g 1579g
King ISO 1559g 1589g
DT Swiss 240s 1429g 1459g
DT Swiss 350s Center Lock 1477g 1507g
DT Swiss 350s 6-bolt 1524g 1554g
Hope Pro4 1561g 1591g
King ISO 1574g 1604g
Wheelworks Dial 1442g 1472g


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.