HANDBUILT WHEELS ON 29er RIMS (Please allow a build time of 3 - 5 days. Boost and XD drive hubs may have to be ordered, adding to the lead time.)
Handbuilt front disc compatible wheels. All take the international standard 6 bolt fitting discs (except splined hubs). Base price is given for a front deore disc hub with a Mavic XM317 rim and ACI stainless steel double butted spokes. You can choose to upgrade your hubs, rims and spokes from the drop down menus. All wheels are handbuild for each order, please allow build time.
Non disc rims can be used with V-brakes and discs, disc rims have no braking surface
Select your rim, spoke and hub upgrades and the price will automatically update
Please allow a build time of 3 - 5 days.
Please note: As all wheels are handbuilt to order please be sure your selection and order is correct. We reserve the right to deduct any labour costs if you change or cancel a wheel order.
Choosing your hub
You need to know your axle type. Your wheel axle will either be QR, 15mm or 20mm.
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.
The ARC is a rim-only option engineered to suit a variety of tyre volumes and riding styles from cross-country to aggressive all-mountain.
Welded for increased durability and reduced weight.
The ARC comes in three internal rim widths for greater traction: 24, 27 or 30mm for 27.5" or 29”.
Ready to attack any trail, this Tubeless-Ready design features a bead barb to lock tubeless tyres in place, and 32 spoke holes for optimal versatility.
Rim width should match tyre volume. If you are running a large volume tyre, a 30mm internal rim width provides an optimal tyre profile.
For lower volume trail tyres 24mm and 27mm internal rim widths provide ideal balance between tyre shape and wheel weight.
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Ordered on July 17th and received on July 27th from England to Detroit Michigan USA. I went with Easton Arc 27mm rims on Hope hubs. Awesome combo. I replaced a set of Crank Brothers Cobalt 3 rims and these rims are about the same weight. Handling from the 27mm rim is way better than the 19mm rim on the Cobalts. Excellent combo.
Third set of wheels I've had from Merlin, excellent quality & service as usual
Excellent wheels, have these on a Full squish SS, hard trail riding. Roots, rock gardens, small drops. They are a great value, I don't think you could find a better combo of hand built wheels for the price.
I replaced my original mid range wheels with both the hope front and rear. This has improved the acceleration of the bike and its ability to climb. However the biggest difference is to the turn in speed of the bike and I'm able to hold lines better around some of the faster swooping sections of trail centres. I'm a big hope hub fan as they are bomb proof and these combined with the crest rims are perfect. I have enjoyed racing them in a national XC round and at Bristol Oktoberfest.
Great wheels light, responsive and strong. I am just under 13 stone and given these wheels a good work out on trail centers and cross country and they still run fast and smooth.
Well built wheel. Very true - spoke tension almost uniformly perfect. Shipped well packed-no dings-mint condition.
Only used 4 times so far but included: Cwymcarn, Afan and 2 local rides - Coupled with Tubeless Nobby Nics these are amazing - light, stiff, great to look. Love the servicability and interchangability of Hope hubs. Glad I parted with my hard earned wedge.
The second pair of handbuilt wheels I've bought now from Merlin. Great service and value, and unbelievable turnaround. Many thanks!
Beautifully built wheels. Gave them a good run in at Afan and bike park wales and they were faultless.
Really well built wheel set. I was surprised as I have the hope hoops version but these appear to be better built. The only downside was oil on the rims but I assume this was used for building prep. Pretty pedantic, I am really nit picking, they look really good, only a small play on them but no doubt they will do the job. I recommend you pay the extra for hand built by these guys as opposed to machine built. Ironically I could have chosen any hub colour but decided on black. Highly recommended. It's a shame they don't offer road options as this is a fantastic service.
Well built. Smooth spinning hub. Wheels are stiff, handle better than any of my other wheels. Corners like a dream in tight switch backs and high speed turns.
Awesome wheels - bomb proof and so light.
Awesome wheel build, amazing quality, hope hubs are second to none. Not the lightest but near perfection. Stans are second to none. Would have loved to seen a couple more choices namely black nipples and more spoke choices, also straight pull hubs as an option would have been a nice option.
Great build. Stiff and Light. This is my fourth set of wheels from Merlin - first 29er - all on Stans Rims and Hope Hubs. Every time they've arrive superbly built and well packaged. All are still running straight and true.
What can I say.... Awesome would be a good start, these wheels really are an incredible upgrade to my stock wheels. They have completely changed the feel and handling of my 29er Anthem X.
The build quality is very good indeed as I would expect from Merlin.
They are really nice looking with the Red hope hubs.
I have converted to Tubeless which I was dreading.
My concerns were unfounded... I purchased Stans tubeless tape and solution from Merlin and had no problems at all with these Stans ZTR Crest rims. Very impressed and would recommend to anyone.
Great Wheels that have been built very well. The Hope Hubs are easy to convert which is great for moving the wheels around onto other bikes.
Brilliant front wheel.
Merlin's wheel building service is excellent - never had a problem with them.
This is a great, great value wheel and the build was perfect. Tubeless setup was easy as always with Stans rims.
I have 2 of these now, in gunsmoke and red, 1 with 1200kms use. Still perfectly true. Not the lightest but certianly strong. They surprisingly handle like shimano MT65 wheelset I have. Just watch out for WTB tyres as noted on the Stans website.
Solid dependable wheel.
Beautifully built wheels.
Can't recommend Merlin's handbuilt wheels enough....
Mr J Lansdown
This product, order and delivery process is nothing less than excellent. As for the wheels only had them 3 days but the quality, build and performance I can't fault in any way. As a new International customer to Merlin ordering from Australia there is always some hesitation in hitting the "place Order"button hoping you get what you pay for in the specified time and the product actually makes it to your door albeit in 1 piece undamaged. Merlin you need to be congratulated on your customer service and delivery. My order was exact, build time as stated, email updates on progress and delivery to the door in Australia from warehouse to door in 2 weeks. I'll be back and I'll be telling my mates. One very pleased customer & by the way GREAT PRICE!
Very nice wheelset, bought front and rear. Top quality
Front Handbuilt Hope 29er Wheels - Disc
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