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The not-so-minor details

Product

Wheelworks FLITE Wide Alloy Trail

Contact

Wheelworks
wheelworks.co.nz

Price

AUD1,620.00

Weight

1,900gm

Positives

Decent value and weight.
Hand built in Wellington.
Custom colour option.

Negatives

None as yet.

Fresh from our Kiwi cousins, an aluminium wheelset built for hard trail riding has arrived at Flow. They arrive at a particularly good time, just after our trip to Tasmania for the Enduro World Series where we saw many, many broken carbon wheels.
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Custom decals available from over 60 colours, CNC cut in house.

Custom decals available from over 60 colours, CNC cut in house.

We all know carbon wheels have their big benefits, but there’s no hiding their propensity to explode if hit hard enough, while aluminium rims can withstand a beating for longer. Sure the top downhill and enduro pro riders might have carbon wheels, with a rack of spares at the ready but you can bet the privateer racer who bets on aluminium to get them through.

From our standpoint, we are currently seeing a divide in the mountain bike scene when it comes to the material of choice for wheels. While there are weight and ride quality properties to be benefited from the more expensive carbon option, aluminium rims have gained a lot of ground and a decent wide rim wheelset is more commonplace on high spec bikes than ever before.Wheel Works Flite Alloy-9963

Aluminium rims are much cheaper than expensive carbon rims.

Aluminium rims are much cheaper than expensive carbon rims.

Wheelworks are not your average wheel, they are handbuilt in Wellington NZ to an exceptionally high standard, dive into the Wheelworks story a little more here – we interview Tristan Thomas about the ins and outs of the brand, dis[elling many wheel myths, and what makes them different to the masses.

We’re fitting this set to our Norco Sight C 9.2 test bike which currently has RaceFace 30mm wheels on Shimano XT hubs, which have been great, we’ll see how these handbuilt wheels with wider rims stack up. Stay tuned for more!

72 point engagement hubs, they sound and feel very precise and high quality.

72 point engagement hubs, they sound and feel very precise and high quality.

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Specs

Wheelworks FLITE Wide Alloy Trail 29″.

1900 grams with rim strip and valves as pictured.

35mm internal width.

2″ up to 2.8″ plus tyre width compatible.

Dial hubs, 72-point engagement with angled flanges and low-friction seals.

Hub weights – 135/250g.

DT Swiss Aerolite spokes with Wheelworks lifetime broken spoke guarantee.

Tubeless tape and lightweight aluminium valves included.

Custom ordered decals, CNC in-house, available in about 30 different colours.

Time to fit and punish!

Time to fit and punish!

Onto the Norco Sight for testing.

Onto the Norco Sight for testing.

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