DT Swiss MTB RIMS | Our Three MTB Hero Rims from DT Swiss

DT Swiss MTB RIMS | Our Three MTB Hero Rims from DT Swiss

DT Swiss MTB Rims Here at Strada Handbuilt Wheels we’re big fans of DT Swiss products for road and MTB, we’ve been using their components for many years and have been continuously impressed with the level of craftsmanship, resilience & ease of maintenance that the Swiss brand regularly brings to the wheel builder and rider. With that in mind, we thought we’d highlight our top three alloy DT Swiss MTB rims to cater for all your trail shredding needs. From race-ready cross-co.....
BOOST Wheels | why this new hub spec does matter

BOOST Wheels | why this new hub spec does matter

Boost Wheels  It’s rare that the bike industry sits still for long when it comes to the pursuit of performance gains as mountain bikers want to ride longer, farther, and faster. Boost wheels are a perfect example. Boost spec is front hub width at 110 x 15 and rear hub spacing 148 x 12 that results in increased wheel strength on all wheel sizes as well as added design flexibility. As tyre widths continue to expand, and modern geometries with short chainstays for quick ac.....
Lightweight Wegweiser | UK Launch

Lightweight Wegweiser | UK Launch

The first Lightweight Wegweiser disc wheels have arrived in the UK.  The new rim profile is manufactured using a revolutionary automated process with a 36mm deep and 24mm width rim section, plus the same pentagon hub and spoke configuration as the Meilenstein Disc wheel. The RRP for the Lightweight Wegweiser is £3,399. Key facts: 1495g the pair in clincher. Tyres: from 25 to 32c 20 spokes front and rear DT Swiss hub internals and easy to swap end caps .....
2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith | the classic is back!

2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith | the classic is back!

Headlines – I was excited to see Mavic release details of the new 2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith rims which are 4mm wider (19mm internal), tubeless ready, with low spoke counts and available in disc and rim brake also with Exalith brake surface for increased braking performance. I expect to see these arrive in July, I advise you to pre-book your wheel build in advance with Strada the hand built wheel specialists. We will building them with a variety of quality road hubs.&n.....
ENVE 3.4 TL (tubeless ready V2) released

ENVE 3.4 TL (tubeless ready V2) released

ENVE 3.4 TL (tubeless ready V2) announced Strada says: one of our biggest sellers has seen a complete re-design for 2017. The ENVE 3.4 TL is now optimised for 25c tyres with a wider rim and less difference in depth from front to rear. Now tubeless ready in rim and disc formats plus a tubular version too. Now with a textured brake surface and MKII black brake pads supplied for improved braking performance. We’re hand building these from mid march 2017, pre-orders .....
Cannondale Ai (Asymmetric Integration) rear wheel alignment

Cannondale Ai (Asymmetric Integration) rear wheel alignment

Cannondale AI. I was looking at the new Cannondale SuperX range of cyclocross bikes and noticed the 2017 Super X were specified with Ai. Reading on I discovered Ai stood for Asymmetric Integration and meant the rear wheel had to be dished 6mm. Along with the 12mm thru axles front and rear this was big news if you wanted to use last year’s wheels on your new race bike as the rear won’t fit the 2017 range. As experienced wheel builders, as long as we know your new b.....
AForce AL33 wheels |  review on the first UK pair built and ridden

AForce AL33 wheels | review on the first UK pair built and ridden

AForce AL33 wheels | Update / May 2017 / I was unable to agree satisfactory terms of business with A-Force and have therefore decided not to stock this rim. We will wait for the new Mavic Open Exalith which is due in mid summer 2017.      .....
Zipp 454 | what, marginal gains from whale flippers?!

Zipp 454 | what, marginal gains from whale flippers?!

I was intrigued to see the new Zipp 454 wheel set at the Rouleur Classic recently. I have admiration for Zipp pushing on with significant investment in R+D and the long time scale necessary to find marginal gains in a mature R+D sector such as wheel rim profiles. The key claim made for the Zipp 454 is a 15% reduction in steering force required in a low yaw angle crosswind (less than 10 degrees incidence) with no significant straight-line speed gain. The key to this development was inspir.....
Pacenti Forza road rims announced

Pacenti Forza road rims announced

Pacenti have announced the third generation of their road rims now called Pacenti Forza. The SL23 has had some issues with a narrow brake track and tinking rim joins so I hope the new Pacenti Forza profile and move to a new manufacturer will resolve this and move the rims on to a new level. We welcome the asymmetric rear for improved non drive spoke tension and the increase in weight means it will build more co.....
ENVE M Series PLUS rims released

ENVE M Series PLUS rims released

ENVE Expands M Series, Now Shipping M60 Plus  June 30, 2016 – Ogden, Utah, USA ENVE is pleased to announce that their latest M Series wheel, the ENVE M60 Forty Plus (M60 Plus) is now shipping. The naming nomenclature of the M Series wheel line indicates a descent to climb preference ratio that riders can identify with to select the best wheel for how, where, and wh.....
650B wheels | a new generation for adventures

650B wheels | a new generation for adventures

Gravel Grinders, Adventure Sport or Randonneurs – call ’em wait you like. The 650B wheel size is on the rise again and we will take a quick look at a couple of wheel and tyre options now available for the new generation of bikes fitted with 650B wheels. Click here for our own hand built 650B Adventure Wheels, hand built and in stock ready to ride.  Tyre choices The .....
DT Swiss RR411 | launch of new rim series

DT Swiss RR411 | launch of new rim series

DT Swiss have announced a new line of light road rims, called the RR411 series. This series is targeted at high end road riders with disc and rim brake options available. The RRP is £69.95 per rim. There is a disc brake version (RR411DB) plus a regular rim brake model (RR411) and asymmetric rim brake model (rear, rim brake use only). See below for details and links. RR 411 DB ASYMMETRIC .....
Hope RS4 hubs for road riders released

Hope RS4 hubs for road riders released

Hope RS 4 Hubs | Good news from Hope delivered at Eurobike 2016, they’ve released a specific series of hubs to cater for roadies and road / CX / gravel riders who want to ride a UK manufactured hub but we concerned (disturbed?!) by the noise of a traditional Hope hub. We’re pleased to see a centre lock option as we see more and more bikes specced with Ice Tech Shimano centre lock rotors as standard. See full release below, we will list them as soon as we receive d.....
Introducing the ENVE 4.5 AR Disc

Introducing the ENVE 4.5 AR Disc

ENVE Introduces Revolutionary Smart ENVE System 4.5 AR (All-Road) Disc   ++Update, May 2017, we built a number of these and they have rapidly become our favourite. The are wide and look amazing. See here for more details. ++ August 30, 2016 – ENVE is pleased to int.....