One question we are frequently asked on email is what is your lightest road-disk wheelset. It may be hard to pick them out from our wheels as we offer so many options but they are there if you know what to look for.
Map wheelset – aluminium rims with Centre-Lock straight-pull 24 hole hubs, CX-Ray spokes and aluminium nipples 1447g / £430
All the lightest options in our Map wheel build as above with the lowest weight of 1447g. If you want to change the build spec. you can, the links at the bottom take you to pre-configured wheels. The Map rims are used throughout these builds and weigh 440-450g each they are stiff and tough in all hole counts – we don’t offer a lighter rim as it would certainly compromise ride quality. Other options to consider are whether you prefer 6-bolt disk mounts or J-bend hubs as personal preference; there isn’t any performance loss or gain with any of the hubs. 6-bolt Straight-Pull hubs would add 21g (but 6-bolt rotors are typically lighter) Going J-Bend not Straight-Pull would add 43g with the Centre-Lock hubs. We’ve weighed these with thru axles and a Shimano freehub, quick release axles and end-caps weigh more but XD freehubs will reduce the weight by 15g. Brass spoke nipples add 31g over aluminium nipples for a build with a total of 48 spokes. We use quality Sapim aluminum nipples and don’t have any (more) problems undoing aluminum than brass nipples when we repair wheels. I’m not saying they never seize but if you are going to abuse your wheels brass isn’t going to make that much difference we have seen both corroded on. But we offer brass if people prefer. Upgrading Sapim CX-Rays bladed spokes from the already good Sapim D-Light are the greatest cost for the least weight gain at 25g per wheelset but bladed spokes offer an aero look and small aero advantage, and are available for another £70 per wheelset.
Traildog XC alu wheelset 1427g
You can build a very similar wheelset to the above using the aluminium XC rims and it will have 25mm internal width so you can use this for XC or some sort of road or gravel plus bike in 650b or 700c. All parts including the rims are the same weight in 700c/29er the 650b rim comes in at 410g so saves 60g per wheelset if you are riding 650b/27.5″ wheels.
Gecko carbon – the standard wheelset is our lightest build here >
£850 / 1247g