Category: Wheelbuilding

Stephen Dent | new season, new roads

Stephen Dent | new season, new roads

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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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. […]

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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 […]

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2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith | the classic is peut être (maybe) back!

2017 Mavic Open Pro Exalith | the classic is peut être (maybe) back!

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 introduce the ENVE 4.5 AR to their Smart […]

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Nextie Fatbike wheels

Nextie Fatbike wheels

Nextie Fatbike Wheels Here are a pair of Nextie fatbike wheels we recently built for a customer. We used the Nextie Wild Dragon II 90mm tubeless ready rim and Hope Fatsno hubs. Darren commented the rims were the best fat bike rims ha had built in either carbon or alloy and he was impressed by […]

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Specialized SCS hubs

Specialized SCS hubs – good news at last!

Specialized SCS hubs If you are the owner of a Specialized Crux, Diverge or Roubaix (and Venge) you may by now be aware of the Specialized SCS wheel system used on these models to improve the chainline by shifting the cassette inboard by 2.5mm. This was developed by Specialized to make sure the gears shifted as […]

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