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Custom Wheels - Disc

Why buy a handbuilt wheel instead of an off-the-peg one?

Factory built wheels are all well and good but they still don’t quite match the quality of a well-made handbuilt wheel.

Another unique aspect of handbuilt wheels is that you can spec your wheel to exact requirements. You can mix and match manufacturers to achieve the wheels that you want.

Lightweight hubs with bombproof rims? No problem. Skinny rims with fit-and-forget robust hubs and spokes? You got it.

Handbuilt wheels offer craftmanship and choice.

Choosing your hub

You need to know your wheel size, your disc rotor mount and your axle type.

Wheel size will either be 26″, 27.5″ or 29″.

Your disc rotor mount will either be 6-bolt or Centrelock.

Your front wheel axle will either be QR, 15mm or 20mm.

Your rear wheel axle will either be 135mm QR, 135mm x 10mm, 135mm x 12mm, 142mm x 10mm, 142mm x 12mm or 150mm x 12mm.

Choose from these hubs

  • Shimano Deore – Great value, no nonsense.
  • Shimano SLX – Lighter option for enthusiasts.
  • Shimano Zee – Bombproof hubs for heavy duty riding.
  • Shimano XT – A reliable choice for home servicing.
  • Hope Pro 2 Evo – The popular choice. UK made. Colour options. Knock-in knock-out bearings for real world riders.
  • Chris King – Ultimate pimpery. Quick pickup. Loud buzz. Should last a lifetime.

Choosing your rim

Usage = What sort of riding do you want to do? We have rims for all sorts of biking, from XC through to Downhill.

Internal width = The width of the gap that your tyre sits in. If you want to run bigger tyres (2.3″ or more) then they’ll perform much better if paired with a suitable width rim. Running fat tyres on narrow rims causes the tyre to deform and fold-over rather than support you and dig in for traction.

Tubeless = If you want to run wheels tubeless (ie. without inner tubes) then it’s a good idea to choose rims that are tubeless-ready from the get-go.

Mavic

  • TN319 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 538g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • TN719 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 510g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • XC717 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 17mm – Weight: 395g – Recommended tyre: 1.0 – 2.10
  • XM317 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 17mm – Weight: 440g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • XM319 – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 490g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • XM719 – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 460g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • XM819 UST – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 405g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3 – Tubeless
  • EN321 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 570g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
  • EN521 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 540g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
  • EN821 UST – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 460g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
  • EX325 – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 25mm – Weight: 715g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 3.0
  • EX721 – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 590g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
  • EX823 UST – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 23mm – Weight: 655g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 2.5 – Tubeless

DT Swiss

  • XR 400 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 400g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
  • EX 500 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 500g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5

ZTR (Stans No Tubes)

  • Alpine – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 20mm – Weight: 330g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3 – Tubeless
  • Crest – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 340g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
  • Arch EX – Usage: Trail/Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 400g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
  • Flow EX – Enduro/Extreme – Internal width: 25.5mm – Weight: 490g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 3.0 – Tubeless

Choosing your spokes

  • ACI S/S DB – Our standard spoke offers excellent strength and reliability (silver or black)
  • DT Plain Gauge – Heavier but super strong spokes for downhill and heavy duty riders
  • DT Competition – Higher grade stainless steel double butted spoke suitable for XC, Trail or Enduro (silver or black)
  • DT Revolution – Lightweight spoke for XC and Trail. Not recommended for Enduro or Extreme use (silver or black)

Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I get skewers?
A: Yes with Shimano hubs. No with Hope and Chris King hubs. Skewers can be purchased separately if you require them.

Q: Do I need to buy rim tape?
A: Yes for all rims apart from ZTR (Stan’s No Tubes). Rim tape can be purchased separately.

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