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  • Sram XD compatible hubs (for Sram 11-speed XX1)

    DT Swiss 350 / 240 XD XX1 rotor conversion kit

    Sram XX1 is trickling out to a few lucky riders and we are regularly asked what hubs are compatible, or indeed which are upgradeable at a later date if you decide to splash out, or wait until Sram 11-speed trickles down to cheaper groupsets.

    The good news is that as far as we know, pretty much every rear cassette hub will be upgradeable with a freehub body change and a drive-side spacer - so no need for new wheels, unless you want to of course. As of mid-December 2012 when I wrote this, XD-driver (the official name for the freehubs) conversion kits are available now or in the near future for these hubs:

    American Classic Disk 225 (available now)
    Hope Pro 2 Evo (available now)
    DT Swiss 240 and 350 (available now)
    Industry Nine (available now)
    Stan's NoTubes ZTR 3.30 hubs (end of March 2013)

    At the time of writing, the latest unofficial word from Chris King is that they may make one in future but are too busy at the moment.

    We don't yet have them all listed on the website so if you need a wheel with an XD driver, or a conversion kit, please contact us and we'll get you one.

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  • Industry Nine wheels are back

    The light, bright, stiff wheels from North Carolina are due back BACK NOW! in stock at JRA soon after 2 or 3 years away (that's why all our photos show old rims), sometime in December we hope now. As before we're building on Stan's NoTubes rims, with others to order if the spoke lengths match up.

    The first thing to notice about Industry Nine wheelsets is the bright colours and anodised aluminium spokes but there's a lot more to them than that. 120 engagement points in the hubs, unbelievable stiffness from the thick (but light) spokes, interchangeability between all the usual axle types...

    The wheels come in a few formats; Mountain bike wheels come with XC or Enduro hub options (details below), and 3 different spoke thicknesses. They are available in 26", 650b and 29er sizes, and with Shimano/Sram 9/10 speed or Sram XD (for XX1 11-speed) freehubs. Front hubs to fit the Cannondale Lefty forks are also available. Then there's a singlespeed rear hub too...basically there's an I9 hub to fit virtually any bike. Expected prices for standard colours (red, black, silver) is around £780 per pair of wheels, custom colours are extra (probably £60 - £80 per pair).

    I had a pair (the orange ones in the photos below) and loved riding them. The stiffness of the aluminium spokes and the Stan's Flow rims was like no other wheels I've ridden. They are strong too; I never broke a spoke or had the wheel go out of true even after a load of races and the Megavalanche.

    Then there are the "classic" hubs; same internals as the wheelsets but with conventional flanges for normal J-bend steel spokes.

    Finally the road hubs, these weren't available back when we first built Industry Nine wheels so we're still working out the options, but the hubs look every bit as good as the MTB hubs and come in at just 86g front, 240g rear with a 39(!) tooth drive ring and 3 pawls for low drag - road hubs just don't need the fast take-up of the MTB hubs.

  • road 11 speed wheelsets - Shimano Dura Ace and DT Swiss 240s

    DT Swiss 240 hub with 11 speed cassette body DT Swiss 240 hub with 11 speed cassette body

    11 speed is here! Well actually it's been around for a while, but we've only just started to see hubs come through in 11-speed compatible guise. First to arrive was the Shimano Dura-Ace, followed shortly after by the DT Swiss 240s road hubs.

    There's not a lot of difference in the hubs; all that's needed for Shimano 11 speed compatibility is a slightly longer freehub body. All 11-speed hubs so far come with a spacer to adapt them to 9 or 10 speed.

    DT Swiss hubs are certainly upgradeable with a new freehub body and drive-side spacer, the 11-speed versions come laser engraved with "11 speed road" on both freehub body and spacer. This means that both 240 and 350 road hubs will convert between 10 and 11 speed since the parts are interchangeable. We're not sure if older Shimano hubs are convertible to 11 speed yet, probably not but we will try it at some point.

    Shimano Dura Ace hub with 11 speed cassette body Shimano Dura-Ace hub with 11 speed cassette body

    What's next? Well, Sram XX1 (using the "XD" style freehubs) will be the next 11-speed hubs to arrive. We are expecting conversion kits for DT Swiss hubs to arrive into stock around the beginning of December. These consist of a freehub body and end cap, available in QR, 135x10mm or 142x12mm versions. The Sram XD freehubs look completely different to Shimano or Campag 11-speed freehubs and are not currently compatible with anything else.

    Presumably more manufacturers will follow suit soon with 11-speed Shimano compatibility.

  • Customer Enve on Carbon Normad

    Carbon Enve Composites matches Santa Crus Nomad in ... carbon. Carbon Enve Composites matches Santa Cruz Nomad in ... carbon.

    Carbon, carbon, carbon, matching front coming up when the 650b Enve Composites are available.

    A 26" Enve AM laced to DT 240s rear hub for one of the lightest, strongest wheels you can buy. As an extra twist, the front wheel is a slightly oversized 650b, curently a DT 240s hub laced to a 650b Pacenti TL28 rim. A pretty good combination anyway, and the rim will be replaced with an Enve AM 650b once they arrive here in December.

  • Collecting old bikes for Recycle Sheffield

    our first bikes collected for Recycle our first bikes collected for Recycle Sheffield

    We are now a collection point for Recycle Bikes, Sheffield. They collect and refurbish old bikes as well as doing lots of other things like youth training, repairs and rides. As they're on the other side of Sheffield in Heeley (which might as well be a million miles away when all you want to do is clear out the shed) we offered to collect bikes from this side of town. We're open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri and Saturday morning 9.30am - 1.30pm just drop it in.
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  • Bombproof Enve wheels

    Probably the strongest 29er wheels we've built so far, with a few custom touches we thought they were worth putting up on the blog with a few words.

    The Enve AM 29er rim is one of the strongest around, and to complete the bombproof build they were specced with Chris King ISO disk hubs including a stainless steel drive shell (freehub body). Not that we've had any trouble with the aluminium ones.

    Most of our Enve builds use Sapim CX-Ray or DT Revolution spokes. The 2.0mm internal spoke nipples mean that DT Supercomps with their 1.8mm thread can't be used, however we needed extra strength for this build so Sapim's new D-Light spoke (2.0-1.65mm double butted) came to the rescue. Weight for 32 spokes in 288mm length comes to 170g.

    Wheel weights: Front 824g, rear 1009g

    The customer sent us a quick email after trying them out....

    "Just wanted to report back on my first ride on these wheels, they're amazing!  You were right, night and day [compared] with my previous wheels.

    Spent a few hours riding around Surrey, Pitch, Winterfold and Holmbury. Initially had to re-learn to ride downhill again, turn-in is so much quicker, cornering is incredibly precise. Only did one little drop (Judges Seat), the wheels feel very solid upon landing :-)"

  • Cyclocross wheels and tyres, updated for 2012.

    disk road or cross build - Hope Pro2 Evo laced to H Plus Son Archetype rim

    Hope Pro2 Evo laced to H Plus Son Archetype rim

    I first wrote this article in autumn 2011 but things have moved on a lot since then with a greater choice of wheel components and some products being discontinued. It's a long one so for a whistle-stop tour of our best cross components  keep reading after the "more" link.

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