Maker SLD


Maker SLD


Fast acceleration, confident braking.

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Based on the Maker AR (All-Road) platform which has been proven over the past 2 years, the Maker SLD (Super Light Disc) offers a shallower and lighter rim to create the most responsive wheelset we build.

A rim weight of only 380 grams creates an extremely responsive 1380 gram wheelset which is fast to accelerate, quick to climb, and an absolute joy to descend on.

The 23mm bead-width is perfectly matched to tyre sizes from 25mm to 32mm.  The tubeless-ready profile works perfectly with the latest batch of light weight tubeless tyres, and we’ve included a hooked bead to ensure complete safety when using non-tubeless tyres and inner tubes.  The wide rim and resulting low tyre pressures results in massive mid-corner grip allowing the Maker SLD to carve switchbacks like no other.  Pair this wheelset with a road tyre like the Continental GP4000 or Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless in 25mm or 28mm and it will redefine your definition of cornering.

The Maker SLD is the wheelset we wanted to build 5 years ago however at that time 23mm tyres were the norm and most road frames didn’t have the clearance to accept anything larger.  Finally bike designers have realised what we’ve known for years:  The combination of disc brakes, wide tyres and low tyre pressure makes for a confident, fun, and comfortable road bike.

Maker SLD Rim Info

The Maker SLD 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 30mm – Will pair with a 50mm Maker AR rear
Brake surface Disc-specific rim without a brake surface
Optimized tyre size 23mm to 28mm (max tyre pressure 95psi)
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


Tyre Pressure Suggestions

Tubeless Ready

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.


Spoke Info

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.

Maker Warranty

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 | +64 4 387 3592



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.