Front Handbuilt Shimano Wheels - 26" - Disc
Front Handbuilt Shimano Wheels - 26" - Disc
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Handbuilt front wheels using Shimano disc hubs (Please allow a build time of 5-8 days)
  • 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 5-8 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 disc rotor mount and your axle type.
  • Your disc rotor mount will either be 6-bolt or Centrelock.
  • Your wheel axle will either be QR, 15mm or 20mm.
  • Shimano Deore hubs – Great value, no nonsense.
  • Shimano SLX hubs – Lighter option for enthusiasts.
  • Shimano Zee hubs – Bombproof hubs for heavy duty riding.
  • Shimano XT hubs – A reliable choice for home servicing.
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 rims
  • 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 rims
  • 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) rims
  • 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)
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Slight problem with the order, expediently resolved by the very helpful Dan. Wheels look excellent. Ride well so far, and are very, very good value compared to the stock stuff others sell. Highly recommended.
I've been buying wheels from Merlin for nearly 15 years now and never had any problems. Needed some new wheels with 6-bolt hubs but didn't want to spend too much so went for XM319/Deore. Good wheels, built and delivered in less than a week.
Amazing value, quality parts, great workmanship. Cheap and extensive upgrade options. I bought these wheels for my wife's surprise project bike. Stans Arch EX laced with DT spokes and XT hub. Great build and all perform flawlessly. Run tubeless or as I'm doing wear out an old set of non tubeless rubber then go tubeless down the track. Can't beat hand built quality. Why buy factory wheels when you can get a serviceable custom build for less?
Really solid and light, but still with a 20mm axel so I can still use my Pike forks.
Merlin always do a great job of custom wheel builds, this one is no exception. Arrived 4 days after my order and goes round as expected! Great service.
What can I say. Brilliant lovely wheel Best buy to date
Good quality, well built wheels. Everything as ordered, and delivered very speedily (even though it was only a couple of days before Christmas).
Really swift delivery and nicely trued up and really well packaged. Round and straight.....just as it should be!!
Great wheels. Strong and reliable. All my bikes now run Merlin handbuilt wheels. They stay true inspite of regular heavy panniers (30kg) filled with shopping over Edinburgh's cobbled streets I recommend them to all!
Outstanding wheel. Mavic rims are the benchmark for the industry IMHO. The EN521 is an all mountain/Enduro rim, these are super light weight but very strong. I ordered them with Shimano XT hubs (skewers included). For the price I found these to be a great value for money wheel. The most important thing about ordering custom wheels is the build quality. I found these wheel to be very well made, the build quality is awesome. They run perfectly, and are tensioned to perfection. Riding these wheels on my local singletrack and regular routes has been a dream. They run great and are super tough. Cannot indentify any weakness. Fantastic hand built wheels.
Great can't fault them. Well put together, good price and quick delivery.
As ever, well built strong wheels more than capable of standing up to the treatment dished out by my 13 year old son on the trails at Coed y Brenin and at the Antur Stiniog downhill tracks at Blaenau Ffestiniog. It would take a lot to get me to look anywhere else for wheels.
ordered this wheel with an xt hub and arch ex rim and DT Swiss comp spokes. The wheel and build quality are excelent the only problem is my wife wants a set now
I ordered a custom build front wheel from Merlin and received it 3 working days later. Thoroughly impressed with the fast and efficient service I received, I will definitely be using your services in the future.
The wheels are working perfectly
Great build quality and good value