Blog: March, 2014

15 Mar 2014

Substance behind looks

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There was a great tweet from @SCVelo that OEM wheels say “check out our bikes but don’t look too close.” Don’t ask about wheel weight, stiffness, how reliable the hubs are, what kind of spokes are on there, replacement parts availability, don’t ask about the build standards and so on.

You might not like the answers.

Identical to a previous wheelset, these have more to offer than most OEM wheels. Their stiffness is excellent, the star-ratchet hubs are high quality at an affordable price, and spokes are butted. Butted spokes decrease weight and increase fatigue life. This set is 28h with alloy nipples — a recipe for durability with a nod to weight. These are nice parts and I like to think they’re put together as well as a wheel can be, which is an important determiner of maintenance requirements and lifespan.

07 Mar 2014

White Industries red

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I mentioned before that White Industries was introducing color finishes, starting with T11 and CLD hubs. This set of red T11 hubs arrived at the shop today so I took a couple snapshots.

This is my favorite road hubset at the moment. Not the cheapest option but far from the most expensive; good weight; and terrific hubs for the DIY mechanic since illustrated guides for bearing replacement and adjustment are posted online. (Get your bearings from me.)