Strada Hand Built Wheels http://www.stradawheels.co.uk Making cyclists go faster since 2011. Sat, 26 May 2018 00:20:42 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Stephen Dent | new season, new roads http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2018/04/03/stephen-dent-april-18/ http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2018/04/03/stephen-dent-april-18/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:23:50 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=13534 Talented young rider Stephen Dent contacted Strada for wheel support for the 2018 season, we were happy to help with Scope Cycling rims and Aivee SR2 hubs. Stephen set off for Belgium shortly afterwards for a season racing, here’s his first report: I have written a little report along with a few photos I have […]

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Talented young rider Stephen Dent contacted Strada for wheel support for the 2018 season, we were happy to help with Scope Cycling rims and Aivee SR2 hubs. Stephen set off for Belgium shortly afterwards for a season racing, here’s his first report:

I have written a little report along with a few photos I have from my first month below. The wheels have performed great. The shallower front is perfect for the crosswinds too! They seem to be getting plenty of interest at the races too.

Stephen Dent, April 2018

Stephen Dent, April 2018

The racing here is like nothing else. I had heard what is was like but I never quite appreciated how hard it would be. The races are constantly just in one line, attack after attack. In the first race I was dropped in the cross winds but since then I have been improving consistently and I am now starting to scrape the top 20. The field sizes here are normally a 175 man field, which normally includes a few ex World Tour pros! The Scope wheels have performed great in the cross winds as well as handling some of the most infamous cobble sections without a hitch.

As well as the racing, the training over here in Belgium is just incredible. Although sometimes there isn’t much need to train when there is the opportunity to race over three times a week in March! I’ve been here for just over a month now and I’ve not scratched the surface of the potential training routes. The public have so much more respect for cyclists here too, so you are given plenty of room. I have ridden over all the famous climbs including the Muur, Koppenberg and Paterberg which are all on my door step! They are way harder then they look on the TV, Especially the Koppenberg in the wet.

From a living perspective I am in a great place. I’m living with four other riders from my team, three British and an American in a very modern, 5 bedroom apartment. We are all getting on really well. It’s been hard adjusting to being completely self sufficient. Budgeting myself has also been hard, constantly trying to resist temptation in Lidl from things I don’t actually need. I also tend to forget to put my stuff in the washing machine… Due to our location however we are really close to the Flanders Classics, which means when we are not racing we have the opportunity to watch! The other day we went out to watch Ghent – Wevelgem and we are off to watch Tour of Flanders this Sunday!

I’m very grateful for the support Strada Hand-Built Wheels have given me, and hopefully I’ll have my first win on the Scope’s soon.

Many thanks, Stephen

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Chris King Matte Punch | pink is back! http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2018/01/16/chris-king-matte-punch/ http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2018/01/16/chris-king-matte-punch/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:09:00 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=13204 Good news for Chris King aficionados, pink is back! Chris King have released details of a new permanent addition to their colour choices – matt pink. Contact Strada for a pair of new wheels with Matte Punch pink hubs today.    

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Good news for Chris King aficionados, pink is back!

Chris King have released details of a new permanent addition to their colour choices – matt pink.

Contact Strada for a pair of new wheels with Matte Punch pink hubs today.

Chris King Matte Punch pink

Chris King Matte Punch pink colour is released.

 

 

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DT Swiss MTB RIMS | Our Three MTB Hero Rims from DT Swiss http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2017/07/24/dt-swiss-mtb-rims/ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:16:11 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=11807 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. […]

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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-country contenders to gravity fuelled descent-destroyers and everyone in between these three superb rims.

XR361 – Cross-Country

These rims are chiselled like an elite cross-country racer but they’re still tough, wide & ready for trail action. Acknowledging the proven benefits of wider tyres across the board DT Swiss have introduced wider rims to meet riders demands for an increase in tyre volume, the XR361 comes in at 22.5mm for the internal width and 26mm externally, more than enough for the modern XC race whippet! Due to DT Swiss exclusive PHR nipple-spoke interface which distributes loads over a larger area of the rims surface they can afford to trim down the wall thickness to achieve an impressively low rotational mass of 390g for the 27.5 rim & 410g for the 29er. Not too shabby if you ask us.

DT Swiss XR361 rim

DT Swiss XR361 rim

XM421 – Trail

DT Swiss know exactly how light it can design a MTB rim to fulfil its maximum potential and at 440g (465g for the 29er) the XM421 is as light as an all mountain rim can get whilst still being fearless when it comes to more aggressive trails. To give you an idea of how wide rims have really dominated the market, with a 25mm internal width (30mm external) this lightweight all mountain incarnation is as wide as the average downhill rim was just a couple years ago. So if you’re looking for a rim that won’t weigh you down on the climbs nor be precious on a rowdy descent, DT Swiss made this rim for you.

DT Swiss XM 481 rim

DT Swiss XM 481 rim

EX511 – Gravity/Enduro

The weapon of choice for Enduro World Series legend Richie Rude the XM511 packs in all the technology that has delivered many EWS wins and applies it to an even burlier 30mm (internal) wide profile.  At 535g these rims are far from heavy considering their aggressive purpose, a weight well worth comparing with many of its carbon counterparts designed for a similar purpose when considering your next purchase. In short, this rim is designed with one thing in mind, the intrinsic need for riders to shred burlier terrain faster & faster.

DT Swiss EX 511 MTB rim

DT Swiss EX 511 MTB rim

All these three DT Swiss MTB rims can be built with DT Swiss 240 or 350 hubs or with Hope Pro 4 too. Contact Strada for your pair of DT Swiss wheels on 01903 214956 or use the contact form to get in touch.

 

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BOOST Wheels | why this new hub spec does matter http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2017/07/07/boost-wheels/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:23:17 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=10833 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 […]

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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 acceleration remain a goal, Boost fits the bill. Here’s the long and short of what Boost is all about, and why it’s here to stay.

 Strada says: Boost wheels are one such innovation that allows riders to experience new, wider tyre widths and wheel sizes without compromising modern trail geometry or durability. As experienced wheel builders we have definitely noticed significant improvements in wheel strength and stability in Boost wheelsets. With the wider flanges and improved alloy rims we have seen a new level of performance for riders. We have plenty of quality hubs from Hope, DT Swiss 240 and Chris King to meet your hand built Boost wheel needs at range of prices. Please get in touch with Strada on 01903 214956 to discuss your new BOOST wheels or use the contact form to request a quote.

boost wheels tech drawing

Boost wheels tech drawing

What is Boost?

Boost is the latest and greatest axle platform which all performance mountain bike frame and fork manufacturers are adopting. Boost widens the rear axle by 6mm and the front axle by 10mm.

So what does Boost do for you?

A wider axle means that the spacing between your hub’s flanges can be increased. By increasing the width of the hub flanges you can improve the bracing angles of the spokes in the wheelbuild. Ultimately you can build a stronger, stiffer, and ultimately more efficient wheel.

Anything else?

By increasing the width of the bike frame’s chainstays the manufacturers have the ability to shorten the chainstays without sacrificing tyre clearance. Optimally short chainstays allow your weight to be positioned closer to the rear axle which means the bike will generally feel far more nimble, be easier to manual and climb more confidently. In addition some bike frames with the boost treatment will be capable of accommodating plus size tyres.

What about the front end?

The advantages of a boosted front fork are isolated to achieving better wheel geometry and additional tyre clearance. The use of the 15mm x 110mm Boost forks will be most common on the new Plus bikes entering the marketplace. It has been said that a boosted 29” wheel can achieve the same stiffness as a non-boosted 27.5.

Granted, it might seem minor; the Boost 148 is just three millimetres wider on each side than the current widespread and established 142m standard. But these precious millimetres change much more than just the width of your axles. When the rear spacing grew from 135mm to 142mm a few years ago, they were just widened and as a rider it wasn’t an issue to upgrade your wheels to the new standard with a conversion kit. However, it’s a different story with the Boost! The extra six millimetres on the rear hub, and the extra 10 mm on the front hub, have been added to give a greater flange offset. While this offers certain advantages, it does affect the position of your disc brakes and cassette, and mean that you’ll need specific forks and cranks – or at least specially altered Spider/chain rings.

The advantages of Boost wheels

One advantage of the now wider axle standard is glaringly obvious: given the wider hub flange, and the stronger spoke-bracing angle, the stiffness and stability of the wheel is massively enhanced. According to stats from the manufacturers, a 29″ rear wheel with a 148mm hub has the same stiffness as a 27.5″ wheel with a 142mm hub.

In summary, Boost brings these advantages:

• The increased stiffness results in more effective and more precise bike handling.

• Given the wider rear wheel, a shorter chain stay can be used.

• Suspension pivots can be placed wider apart and therefore stiffer.

• The wider rear hub offers you a bigger choice when it comes to chainrings.

• And finally, Boost improves clearance on the forks and the rear.

Conclusion – in short Boost is an extremely positive evolution in bike technology with many undeniable pros and seemingly a single “con”, that being your old kit is now obsolete! At least in this particular case it is not just marketing bull.

Please get in touch with Strada on 01903 214956 to discuss your new BOOST wheels or use the contact form to request a quote.

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Lightweight Wegweiser | UK Launch http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2017/05/31/lightweight-wegweiser-uk-launch/ Wed, 31 May 2017 06:43:38 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9513 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 […]

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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 (QR to Thru bolt).

Centre Lock rotor ready.

Max rider / bike weight: 120kg

A test pair of Lightweight Wegweiser will be available on request later this year. Please contact Strada for more details on 01903 214956.

Lightweight launch copy is below: 

The Lightweight WEGWEISER not only proudly presents breathtaking statistics and performance values. Revolutionary rim technology applied to an automated manufacturing process combined with skilled manual craftsmanship
has enhanced the wheels precision. The modern rim width of 24mm, combined with a flat 36mm rim depth, and the newly designed direct connection between the spokes and the rim, guarantee Lightweight`s renowned stiffness and handling characteristics at a total weight of only 1,495 grams for the Clincher version.

The directly connected carbon fibre spokes achieve unparallelled precision control when the brake is applied and in addition the innovative pentagon hub system increases safety during braking. The built-in DT-Swiss hub allows for a quick change to different axle standards.

 

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2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith | the classic is peut être (maybe) back! http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2017/05/18/2017-mavic-open-pro-exalith/ Thu, 18 May 2017 21:06:50 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9456 Headlines – I was excited to see Mavic release details of the new 2017 Mavic Open Pro and images of prototype Open Pro Exalith rims which are 4mm wider (19mm internal), tubeless ready, with low spoke counts and available in disc and rim brake also (MAYBE) with Exalith brake surface for increased braking performance in […]

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Headlines – I was excited to see Mavic release details of the new 2017 Mavic Open Pro and images of prototype Open Pro Exalith rims which are 4mm wider (19mm internal), tubeless ready, with low spoke counts and available in disc and rim brake also (MAYBE) with Exalith brake surface for increased braking performance in late 2018. We are building the non coated versions now and I advise you to register your interest in advance with Strada if / when the Exalith version is released. We will building them (when they become available) with a variety of quality road hubs. You can get in touch via the contact page.

Full press release details below the image. 

Mavic Open Pro Exalith 2017

Mavic Open Pro Exalith 2017

Mavic is introducing an updated line of one of its most popular products, the aluminum Open Pro road rim. First introduced in 1986, the Open Pro has been a standby product for many wheelbuilders.

The newest Open Pro rims are now UST tubeless compatible and are wider, with 19mm internal width which is 4mm wider than the previous version. They feature an S.U.P. welded joint and stainless steel spoke eyelets. They are available in disc brake and rim brake versions and weigh 420 grams. 

Most notably, the 2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith moves from the traditional double walled box section rim shape to a more modern ISM4D profile. That of course is Mavic’s proprietary machining technique that is said to optimise the rim shape for lightweight strength and is the reason for the distinctive wavy desgin.

New 2017 Mavic Open Pros will be available in three two versions – disc brake specific without a brake track and alloy rim brake specific rim / standard UB Control rim as well. Both have a wider 19mm internal width with a UST Tubeless certification. Tubeless is achieved with rim tape so that the rims can be easily built with standard spokes and nipples. Sticking with tradition, the rim uses a S.U.P. (Soudé Using Process) welded joint and stainless eyelets to achieve a rim weight of 420g. Each rim will be available in 24, 28 and 32h drillings. The disc brake rims have asymmetric spoke drillings.

You can register your interest in a pair of Mavic Open Pro Exalith rims for your next wheels via the contact page.

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ENVE 3.4 TL (tubeless ready V2) released http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2017/02/17/enve-3-4-tl-announced/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:29:25 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9314 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 […]

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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 being taken now, with a range of quality hubs from DT Swiss, Chris King, ENVE, Tune and Extralite. Please get in touch for more details by calling on 01903 214956 or use the contact form. Read the press release from ENVE under the photo below.

ENVE 3.4 TL V2 wheels

ENVE 3.4 TL V2 wheels

ENVE is pleased to announce a completely redesigned ENVE System (SES) 3.4 in both rim brake and disc brake models. Originally launched in 2011, the SES 3.4 was introduced to the market as a “climbing wheel with an aero advantage.” Once introduced, the SES 3.4 gained rapid acceptance by cyclists of all abilities and quickly established itself as the best-selling wheelset in ENVE’s lineup.

ENVE 3.4 V2 released

ENVE 3.4 V2 released

ENVE’s latest SES 3.4 builds upon its heritage as a climbing wheel with aero attributes, but takes a more holistic approach to refine performance in all terrain and weather conditions.

The new SES 3.4 features ENVE’s patented SES rim shape with dissimilar rim geometries between the front and rear wheels and has been optimised around a labeled tyre size of 25mm. The front rim sits at depth of 38mm with the rear rim at 42mm. While the original SES wheel models had dissimilar rim widths between the front and rear rim, modern road bikes have ample clearance between the rim and class seat/chainstays to allow the front and rear rims to have the same internal rim width of 21mm. While the rim widths are effectively matched front to rear, both the front and rear rims maintain unique profile curvatures to favor the airflow seen at the front and back ends of the bicycles respectively.

ENVE 3.4 SES TL (V2) rim profile

ENVE 3.4 SES TL (V2) rim profile

“The new SES 3.4 is an impressive ride experience, it is notably more stable in variable cross winds than the original 3.4, it is designed around 25mm tyres and features a much wider tubeless compatible tyre bed. These features equate to a more positive and efficient experience on the road. This has always been the goal of the Smart ENVE System, that is, to maximise real world ride performance,” stated Jake Pantone, ENVE’s Director of Marketing.

ENVE explained that during the development of their new SES 3.4 the goal was not simply to reduce aerodynamic drag, but to create a faster wheel through a holistic approach to wheel design. As such, analysis of the numbers actually shows that the latest SES 3.4 is in fact slightly slower on average across all yaw angles when compared to the original SES 3.4. “Drag reduction is only one part of the equation, stated Aerodynamicist Simon Smart. “In order to make a fast wheel, attributes such as stability, rolling resistance, shape of the tire bed and the construction of the rim itself must be carefully considered to produce maximum efficiency on the road. The new SES 3.4 carefully balances all these attributes for a net gain in efficiency over other wheelsets in this category.

The latest SES 3.4 comes in both rim and disc brake specific models. For ENVE, disc brake specific means that everything from the rim shape to the rim laminate is optimised for use with a disc brake road bike. The result is that the disc brake wheel models are lighter weight than their rim brake counterparts without sacrificing strength or stiffness.

Additionally, the new SES 3.4 is tubeless compatible. “We believe in road tubeless,” stated Design Engineer Clint Child. “While the technology has been around for years, road tyre and frame technology has finally aligned to allow us as a wheel manufacturer to produce a road tubeless compatible wheel platform that is user friendly and improves performance on the road when the wheelset is paired with a high performance tubeless compatible road tyre. This performance can be quantified as real gains in rolling resistance over previously narrow and inner-tube required SES wheel models.

The new SES 3.4 rim brake clincher is now shipping to ENVE retail partners worldwide. The SES 3.4 rim brake tubular and disc brake clincher models will be available April 1st 2017.

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Cannondale Ai (Asymmetric Integration) rear wheel alignment http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/12/12/cannondale-ai-rear-wheel-alignment/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:27:32 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9204 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 […]

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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 bike is specced with Cannondale Ai we can adjust a stock build or hand build from scratch to make sure they fit.

Q: what is Ai and what does it do – read on after the photo of the new SuperX WOW from Cannondale. 

Cannondale cyclocross bike 2017

Cannondale cyclocross bike 2017

 

Cannondale say: we introduce to SuperX range the all-new, Ai, asymmetrically offset rear triangle and drivetrain. The offset shifts the rear hub and drivetrain 6mm to the right, delivering super short chainstays without any of the usual compromises and a rear wheel that is dramatically stiffer and stronger because the spoke tension and angles are equal on both sides.

We then integrate this with our new Cannondale Ai HollowGram spider, which moves the chainrings an equal 6mm to the right, balancing the system and maintaining perfect chain-line, shifting performance and Q-factor. This elegantly simple approach – Ai – enables us to have our cake and eat it too. The extra space created by shifting the drivetrain outboard enables us to have:

  • The shortest chainstays on the market, for incredible traction.
  • Stiffness and agility.
  • Up to 60% increase in rear wheel stiffness.
  • Dual chainring compatibility with super short stays.
  • Tons of mud clearance.
  • Ample tyre clearance with the chain and front derailleur.

Note how the dotted line runs down the centre of the hub showing the centrally dished rear wheel in the illustration below. 

 

Cannondale AI tech drawing

Cannondale AI tech drawing

Cannondale actually moved its entire right drive-side outboard by 6mm. Calling this its Asymmetric Integration (Ai) drivetrain, the chainstays are asymmetrical to increase tyre clearance, fitting 40c tyres easily. This move requires a standard 142x12mm rear wheel to be redished 6mm to the left. The upside of this change is an evenly dished rear wheel for a stronger wheel less likely to flex. Even so, they are still really heavy and we have better options for racers available in tubeless clincher and tubular.

The downside of course is that off-the-shelf wheels or those from last season are not usable on this bike without being redished. So contact Strada on 01903 214956 to order a pair of cyclocross wheels or choose a pair from our in stock range and we can redish them accordingly. 

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AForce AL33 wheels | review on the first UK pair built and ridden http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/11/30/aforce-al33-wheels-initial-review/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:37 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9182 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.     

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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. 

 

A Force AL33 wheels review

A Force AL33 rims hand built by Strada Wheels in Worthing, W Sussex, UK. Image © Strada Wheels Ltd

 

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Zipp 454 | what, marginal gains from whale flippers?! http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/11/13/zipp-454/ Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:38:09 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9143 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 […]

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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 inspired by the turbecles found on the trailing edge of a Humpback Whale flipper allowing them great manoeuvrability. The tubercles inspired Zipp’s engineers to develop an undulating rim shape that improves stability through improved vortex shedding. Zipp has called them Hyperfoil™.

Zipp 454 Sawtooth rim

Zipp 454 Sawtooth rim with Hyperfoil™.

My question is are the Zipp 454 worth the £3500 RRP? Well, Zipp has a poor history with hub failures, recalls and temperamental bearing pre-load adjusters. So the new EU made Cognition hubs have to prove durable and easier to maintain than previous generations. The Zipp 454 are 1525 grams for a pair of clinchers which is higher compared with our favourite ENVE 4.5 clincher with DT Swiss 180 hubs hand built by us in our workshop which are 55 gram lighter and £500 cheaper. Combined with a 5 year warranty offered by ENVE and ceramic bearings I think it is a tough call for the rider when how a wheel feels to a rider is such a subjective thing to measure.

Popularity and demand versus street pricing: from a retailers perspective (and we don’t sell Zipp) I think it will be interesting to see if Zipp and their parent company SRAM can tackle the price gouging that local bike shops (aka bricks and mortar) have witnessed with Zipp product over the last few years. With two distributors supplying to the UK market and a bit of grey import getting in too it has been hard to prevent Zipp wheel consumer sale prices being driven down to levels just above retailer trade cost. Now I know competition is a good thing but over supply leads to prices being driven down as retailers try to shift stagnant stock and eventually makes them give up trying to sell a product because they know they cannot match the prices being offered by online retailers. 

Conclusion – if you think that this is too much to spend on a wheel set say if you are circuit or road racing where speed vs replaceability vs cost is a consideration don’t forget we offer the Corima rim as a great value alternative and we will carry on offering ENVE of course because we believe in the product and add value with quality hubs and expert wheel builds.

Do call us on 01903 214956 for a chat about you next set of wheels or use the contact form.

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Pacenti Forza road rims announced http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/10/28/pacenti-forza-road-rims-announced/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:11:05 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9094 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. […]

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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 consistently. We can expect delivery in mid December 2017. Those in need of a re-rim will be able to use the regular Forza as the rim ERD is very close to the MK II which is good news.

Pacenti Forza rim profile

Pacenti Forza rim profile

Here’s the press release from Pacenti:

The Forza replaces the SL23 and gets different front and rear profiles. The front is symmetric, the rear is asymmetric, giving both the proper bracing angles for rim brake wheels. And these are rim brake specific but Pacenti says eventually they’ll have a disc brake version, too. Click here for more details.

Compared to the latest version of the SL23, they’re actually 0.5mm narrower on the outside but they maintain the 20mm internal width. The height remains 25mm with the spoke bed thickness  increased to make them stronger. That makes them about 20-30g heavier than the SL23.

Get in touch with Strada for a quote with the new Pacenti Forza rims using the contact page or call us on 01903 214956.

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ENVE M Series PLUS rims released http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/10/07/enve-m-series-plus-rims-released/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:54:56 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9052 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 […]

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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 what they ride. The M60 Plus is tuned for aggressive trail riders who want to run a 2.8 to 3.0 inch plus size tyre, on a short to mid-travel plus compatible mountain bike.

ENVE M Series M Sixty 40 PLUS rims in 27.5 (650B) and 29

ENVE M Series M Sixty 40 PLUS rims in 27.5 (650B) and 29

Each wheel in the M Series line-up has been designed for use with specific tyre sizes. In the case of the M60 Plus, the rim has been optimised for 2.8 to 3.0 inch tyres and the inner rim width is 40mm with an external rim width of 49mm. “Our goal is to make the ultimate rim for a given category and application, in this case the Plus platform.  The shape of the ENVE M60 Plus with its 40mm internal rim width saves weight and maximizes the interface between rim and the most popular 2.8 to 3.0 inch tyres,” stated ENVE Marketing Director Jake Pantone.

With the large volume nature of plus tyres, tyre manufacturers have implemented tyre constructions that yield weights competitive with those of the more robust lower volume trail tyres. The result of this compromise in the name of weight savings and ride quality is less pinch flat resistance in the tyre’s construction. ENVE took note of these compromises in tyre design that are intended to keep the tyres light and rideable and set out to design a rim that would allow the system to maintain a competitive weight and aid in the reduction of pinch flats. According to ENVE, they accomplish this by manipulating the layup of the 25mm deep rim to be more compliant and shaping the hookless bead to be as forgiving as possible.

The ENVE M60 Plus rim weighs in at an industry leading 455 grams for a 27.5 rim. In addition to the benefits in compliance and pinch flat resistance, the M60 Plus rim leads the M60 category in terms of impact resistance and lateral stiffness.

ENVE M Series M Sixty 40 PLUS rims in 27.5 (650B) and 29

ENVE M Series M Sixty 40 PLUS rims in 27.5 (650B) and 29

QUICK SPECS

Material: Carbon Fibre
Rim Depth: 25mm
External Rim Width: 49mm
Internal Rim Width: 40mm
Built Weight Set:1577g
Rim Weight: 27.5 = 455g 29 = 493g
Recommended Tyre Size: 2.8 in – 3.0 in

Get in touch with Strada for your ENVE M Series plus wheels hand built with quality hubs here in Sussex on 01903 214956 or use the contact form.

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650B wheels | a new generation for adventures http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/10/05/650b-wheels-new-generation/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:02:36 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9025 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 […]

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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 WTB Horizon is the new kid on the scene. The WTB Horizon Road Plus tyre brings supple plus-size traction and smooth riding characteristics beyond where the pavement ends. A smooth centerline and all-weather herringbone pattern with cornering channels make anything possible, just like the size. High-volume road provides deceivingly svelte performance on pavement, with resiliency that isn’t shaken by chasing confidants down dusty dirt roads. Sneak it into a cross bike, fit it into a road frame, the overall diameter stays the same as a 700 x 28 – 30mm road tyre. Ride it on tarmac, take it to the dirt as well. Creating a new riding experience, regardless of where your exploits lead you.

WTB Horizon 650B Adventure tyres

WTB Horizon 650B Adventure tyres | Hand built by www.stradawheels.co.uk

The Schwalbe G-One All Round

The Schwalbe One family provides the perfect tyre for the latest gravel / adventure bike trend. The smooth rolling G-One profile and Tubeless Easy technology make it a pleasure to ride over forest paths and rolling fields. Receiving some great reviews this tyre has proved popular in 700c and 650B sizes.

 

Schwalbe G One tyre

Schwalbe G One tyre

Here a lovely new 650B bike by local (Sussex) designer Dom Mason with his interpretation – the Mason Bokeh.

 

 

Mason Bokeh | 650B Adventure Sport Bike

Mason Bokeh | 650B wheels

The 650b wheel size consists of a 584mm rim (700c is 622mm) and a tyre width of between 30 and 50mm. The outside diameter is about the same as a regular 700c rim and 22mm tyre, so the rolling speed and handling characteristics will be similar to a regular road bike.

Benefits include additional cushioning from the bigger volume of air, providing a smoother ride, and a larger contact patch which increases traction and is ideal for mixed terrain and slippery roads.

One significant benefit of 650b wheel is to do with geometry. A 42mm tyre on a 650b rim provides about the same outside diameter as a 23mm tyre on a 700c wheel, so you can fit much wider tyres to the bike without requiring any drastic changes to the geometry of the frame and fork.

Cannondale Slate 650B

 

Cannondale Slate 650B wheels

Cannondale Slate 650B wheels

One of the most talked about bikes of 2016, the distinctive-looking Slate sits in a new category called All-road – bikes designed to offer great performance on tarmac but with the added capability of taking on trails and forest roads too. Typical of Cannondale, the Slate doesn’t shy from innovation, with a 30mm Lefty fork designed to take the bite out of the trail, along with large volume 27.5, 40mm slicks – similar in size to a 700c road tire, albeit with a good deal more comfort. This, along with a steep head tube and short chainstay, provides an amazingly manoeuvrable yet stable platform that feels comfortable on tarmac and gravel alike.

Rim choice – the MKIII Crest 27.5 / 650B rim from Stans is light and tubeless ready. We’ve built a number of these and been very happy with the even tension and quality of the rim overall.

 

Stans Crest MK 3 rim

Stans Crest MK 3 rim | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

 

So if you have a 650B bike on order do get in touch to discuss wheels on 01903 214956 or use the contact form to get in touch. We have a lot of experience with road disc hubs and rim choice.

 

 

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DT Swiss RR411 | launch of new rim series http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/09/26/dt-swiss-rr411-new-rims/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:04:12 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9014 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 […]

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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.

DT Swiss RR411 rims

DT Swiss RR411 rims | Hand built by Strada www.stradawheels.co.uk

RR 411 DB ASYMMETRIC

ALUMINIUM ROAD BIKE DISC RIM

The most advanced alloy existing for rims meets the most advanced rim profile to form the RR 411 rim. From the moment the alloy is melted all the way to the secret surface treatment, this rim is all about getting the absolute best out of the great, shiny metal that is aluminum. Very light, very strong, very classy is the result. Due to its asymmetric design it allows to build wheels with even tension, making for an even crispier ride. And being disc brake specific brings down the weight even further while staying all black to score high on style points.

Features:

  • An impressively lightweight, all round disc road rim with an 18 mm internal diameter for wider tyres.
  • Low profile design and PHR spoke interface reduce weight without sacrificing performance and handling.
  • Asymmetrical rim profile is intended to counteract the off-set produced by using discs brakes hubs, improving spoke angles and allowing for more even tension, strengthening and stiffening the wheel.
  • Can be run either with standard clinchers or road tubeless tyres using tubeless tape and valves.
  • Strength Boost Welding Technology creates a perfectly welded join for a durable, reliable rim.
  • PHR washers and convex Squorx nipples naturally align perfectly with your chosen spokes, increasing stiffness and durability with no weight penalty over traditional eyeleted rims.
  • Unique process for the black coating produces a tough and durable finish.
  • Suggested maximum system weight of 100 KG, those looking for a rim for heavier riders or for mixed terrain riding are advised to consider the suitably tough RR 511 DB’s.
  • Presta drilling.
  • ERD: 601
  • Outer width: 21.5 mm, Inner Width: 18 mm
  • Height: 21 mm
  • Max spoke tension: 1200 N
  • Weight: 410 grams

 

RR411

ALUMINIUM ROAD BIKE RIM

The most advanced alloy existing for rims meets the most advanced rim profile to form the RR 411 rim. From the moment the alloy is melted all the way to the secret surface treatment, this rim is all about getting the absolute best out of the great, shiny metal that is aluminum. Very light, very strong, very classy is the result.

Features:

  • A lightweight modern road rim with a 18 mm internal width for wider road or cyclocross tyres
  • Low profile and carefully load-optimised design produces a rim that, despite its extra width, is the same weight as many narrower premium alloy rims from other brands
  • Symmetrical rim profile is best used on the front, paired with an asymmetrical rim for the rear
  • Can be run either with standard clinchers or road tubeless tyres using  tubeless tape and valves
  • Strength Boost Welding Technology creates a perfectly welded join for a durable, reliable rim
  • Machined sidewalls for powerful braking on a consistent sidewall surface
  • Wear indicators show the extent of sidewall wear
  • Unique process for the black coating produces a tough and durable finish
  • Presta drilling
  • Suggested maximum system weight of 100 KG, those looking for a rim for heavier riders or for mixed terrain riding are advised to consider the suitably tough RR 511’s
  • ERD: 601
  • Outer width: 21.5 mm, Inner Width: 18 mm
  • Height: 21 mm
  • Max spoke tension: 1200 N
  • Weight: 435 grams

 

RR 411 ASYMMETRIC

ALUMINIUM ROAD BIKE RIM

The most advanced alloy existing for rims meets the most advanced rim profile to form the RR 411 rim. From the moment the alloy is melted all the way to the secret surface treatment, this rim is all about getting the absolute best out of the great, shiny metal that is aluminum. Very light, very strong, very classy is the result. In its asymmetric version it allows to build wheels with even tension, making for an even crispier ride.

Features:

  • A lightweight modern road rim with a 18 mm internal width for wider road or cyclocross tyres
  • Low profile and carefully load-optimised design produces a rim that, despite its extra width, is the same weight as many narrower premium rims from other brands
  • Asymmetrical rim profile is intended for use on the rear, paired with an symmetrical rim on the front, off-set rim profile improves spoke angles and allows for more even tension, strengthening and stiffening the wheel
  • Can be run either with standard clinchers or road tubeless tyres using tubeless tape and valves
  • Comes packaged with DT Swiss Squorx ProHead nipples and PHR washers to complete your build
  • Strength Boost Welding Technology creates a perfectly welded join for a durable, reliable rim
  • Machined sidewalls for powerful braking on a consistent sidewall surface
  • Wear indicators show the extent of sidewall wear
  • Unique process for the black coating produces a tough and durable finish
  • Presta drilling
  • Suggested maximum system weight of 100 KG, those looking for a rim for heavier riders or for mixed terrain riding are advised to consider the suitably tough RR 511’s
  • ERD: 601
  • Outer width: 21.5 mm, Inner Width: 18 mm
  • Height: 21 mm
  • Max spoke tension: 1200 N
  • Weight: 435 grams

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Hope RS4 hubs for road riders released http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/2016/09/23/hope-rs4-hubs/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:16:55 +0000 http://www.stradawheels.co.uk/?p=9004 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 […]

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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 details of pricing and weights too.

Key points – less noise, now centre lock ready, 6 colour choices.

Hope RS4 Centre Lock hubs are now listed in the Road Disc section of the website too.

Hope RS4 Hubs

For many years we have been using our proven MTB technology on our road hubs. This gave the hubs amazing reliability whatever the weather or road conditions. The new Hope RS4 hub is a little different. These hubs have been created as a road/cyclocross hub right from the initial concept. They still maintain Hopes legendary reliability but by using a two pawl ratchet mechanism we have created a drive with significantly less drag and as a result, a quieter freehub.

Hope RS4 straight pull road disc hubs

Hope RS4 straight pull road disc hubs

As well as non-disc and 6 bolt disc versions we have produced our first centre lock hubs, although as anyone who has followed Hope from the beginning knows, these are not our first splined disc fitting hubs. Hope’s initial disc brakes back in the early ’90s were all mounted on splined hubs, although using a different profile.

The Hope RS4 hubs are available non-disc or with centre-lock or 6-bolt disc fixings and end-cap kits to switch between QR, 10mm/12mm/15mm thru-axles, as well as 135mm and 142mm widths. The hubs come with a 44 point freewheel engagement, sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings and are Shimano 9/10/11 speed and Campaganolo compatible.

The RS4 non disc hub comes in 20/24/28/32/36H spoked versions for the rear and 16/18/20/24/28/32/36 spoke count front, 24/28/32h conventional flange centre lock disc hub spoke choices, while the straight pull hub has a 24 only spoke count. All hubs are available in Hope’s six anodised colours.

Features:

Rear
Reduced drag ratchet mechanism
44 point engagement (8 deg)
Sealed stainless steel cartridge bearings
9/10/11 speed and Campag compatible
Colours – BLUE/ORANGE/BLACK/PURPLE/RED/SILVER
Hole Drillings:
RS4 non disc- 20/24/28/32/36H
Rear– 16/18/20/24/28/32/36

Front
RS4 conventional flange centre lock disc hub – 24/28/32h
RS4 straight pull – 24 only

Contact Strada on 01903 214956 or use the contact form to get in touch for a new pair of hand built wheels with Hope RS 4 hubs.

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