Blog: November, 2013

24 Nov 2013

Maybe my next wheelset


Check out these wheels: DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to H Plus Son Archetype rims. The quality of the hubs is tops — spending more money buys lower weight but not tougher stuff. The rims are very strong. This wheelset uses 28 butted spokes front and rear paired with aluminum nipples to keep weight in check. I think everyone should own a wheelset like this. Fun, durable and good looking. I’m tempted to build a set for myself perhaps with Sapim CX-Ray spokes for the bling factor.

I like silver components because they look better with wear. This job used old stock Shimano hubs a customer found and mailed in for wheelbuilding. On one hand the hubs are showing their age, which is to say they’ve developed some patina. They look great. On the other hand I found a dented dustcover on the front hub, which prevented ideal adjustment. Nothing I haven’t seen before — I was able to repair the hub and finish the build. The rims are H Plus Son Archetypes in polished silver. These rims are a little bright but will wear to look just like the hubs. I recently compared box section polished rims but Archetypes are my jam. They’re lighter and stronger and look sweet.

But wait there’s more! This is another take on the same rim. I built this wheelset using lighter White Industries T11 hubs, fewer butted spokes and orange aluminum nipples.

08 Nov 2013

White Industries finishes


White Industries finishes are terrific. I had a batch of T11 hubs arrive in the shop today so snapped a few photos that show the polished and black finishes side-by-side. The word is White Industries hubs are soon to be available in technicolor: pink, green, purple, gold, red and blue!

The T11 hubs are well priced, easily adjusted, come in a good range of drillings and have a geometry that strengthens rear wheels. The titanium freehub body will never go out of style.

Image of new hub colors courtesy White Industries.

01 Nov 2013

Announcing spokes for retail


Since launch I’ve focused on being a service provider. I’ve been supplying really nice products but only for sale in conjunction with services. The odd exception has been spokes. Folks from across Canada and even out of province shops have contacted me to source a spoke or two. It’s hard to say no to small requests when people have tried several avenues before reaching out to you.

Lately I’ve been chatting up shops to understand modern spoke availability. I got the message high volume shops aren’t building wheels as often and spoke supply is collateral damage (which, in turn, makes me worry about the state of wheelbuilding skills). Compared to other shop services, wheelbuilding is low margin so none of this is surprising.

Therefore I’m announcing spokes for retail sale in any quantity because it’s important for the community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a home mechanic or a bike shop. At the moment I have straight gauge, butted and light butted spokes in stock in all lengths, silver and black. Aero spokes require extra lead time. See my spokes page for pricing. Shipping on spokes is a flat rate of $5 for any quantity of spokes shipped anywhere in Canada. Add GST but not PST/HST.