STOCK WHEELS: Pairs only
RIM: Velocity Atlas*
HUB: Velocity Sport with steel Shimano cassette body
SPOKES: Velocity Stainless Steel 14/15 double-butted
REAR SPACING: 135mm
Rivendell "Stock" Wheels, hand-built for us in Michigan by Velocity,
the rim maker. Velocity also has a wheel-building department that makes
wheels by hand to degrees of precision and consistency that only best
solo artists can equal, but few to none can exceed.
We've put the world's best spoke tension meters on Velocity-built
wheels, jotting down the spoke tension for each spoke, and have been
astounded at the consistency. Plus or minus less than 5 percent? Holy
moly, nobody needs 'em that close, but Velocity delivers them that way.
Consistent spoke tension trumps perfect roundness and wobble-freeness
when it comes to wheel durability. These wheels are excellent.
are Velocity Atlas, designed to our specs after considerable experience
and a X amount of dissatisfaction with other rims. The ATLAS is a
no-monkeybusiness rim with more metal in the places that rims tend to
fail or get worn out. The spoke bed is thicker. The braking surface, at
1.6mm, is ten to forty percent thicker than that on many popular rims.
There's more height in the braking surface, too, for more strength and
easier brake adjustment. Most rims are designed to hit a specific
weight, and critical material is removed until that weight is achieved.
On the Atlas, the dimensions drove the weight, so you know the weight is
fine, correct, and right.
If Velocity runs out of ATLAS rims, we may sub its AEROHEAT/DYAD model. That is a good one, too.
are Velocity Sport. Sealed, smooth, and with a track record that
inspires our full confidence in them. They're not Phil Wood quality, but
for a daily, get-around wheel and for any kind of riding you might do,
they will...go along for the ride without squawking. If this seemingly
sub-lavish praise gives you pause, you can always get custom wheels with
fancier hubs, but listen: These are excellent. We like 'em and ride 'em
The SPOKES are DT (Swiss brand) double-butted
stainless steel, with chrome-plated brass nipples—the same as used on
the best wheels in the galaxy.
QUICK-RELEASE SKEWERS are included; rim tape is not.
Get 18mm to 22 mm wide rim tape.
MINUTIAWe specifically request that the ATLAS rim's sidewalls not be
machined. Machining sidewalls evens them out and marginally improves
braking, but at the cost of pre-wearing them out before you ever ride them. The benefit is that, if
there's a slight lip at the rim's seam, it will be machined off and
smooth, so you might not feel a "tick" as it passes through the brake
We want to keep the 1.6mm braking surface
at full thickness, even if there's a 2 percent (or whatever) degradation
of perceived braking performance.
This is a case where we count on you
to understand what is actually going on, rather than just cry foul if
you feel a slight "tick" as the seam runs through the brake pads.
And if that happens, scrub the seam with sandpaper.
the possibility of a slight "rim tick" as it passes through the brake
pads while you're braking is going to ruin your ride, then ride machined
rims. We offer many wheels with machined rims, but our stock wheels
have Atlas rims that aren't—and they're groovier because of it.
Velocity-USA Wheel Department,
are now available in 32- or 36-spoke, 26" (559), 650B (584) and 700c
(622) sizes. This new line of wheels features Velocity Sport hubs,
Velocity Atlas* non-machined-sidewall rims, laced 3-cross with Velocity
stainless-steel double-butted 14/15/14g spokes.
Sold as sets only, and with no changes in parts or configuration.
Shipping is $40 for the set.
*Depending on availability. Velocity Aeroheat/Dyad if Atlas rims are out of stock.