Wheelset - Velocity A23 / White Industries MI5 , bto
Built to order (may take three weeks before shipping). Further custom details can be arranged with Rich.
Hand built by Rich (Hands on Wheels)
Size: 26" (559), 650b/27.5" (584), 700c/29er (622)
Rear hub: White Industries MI5 polished silver, 130mm or 135mm rear spacing, Shimano/SRAM 11 speed (Titanium!) cassette body with spacer to convert to 10s.
Front hub: White Industries MI5 polished silver
Rims: Velocity A23 (silver), Off-center (o/c) rear rim
Spokes: 32 hole or 36 hole, DT Swiss 14/15 double-butted, silver
Our Velocity rim selection, explained:
A23 - Lightest, road-specific rim. 23mm wide. Rich builds all the A23 wheelsets with an off-center rim for the rear, optimizing rear wheel "dish". This rim is for 80-90% road use.
Dyad - Next lightest, all-around riding, 24mm wide. Tougher than the A23, with a similar profile (but no O/C rear). Adequate for road or off-road riding.
Atlas - Heavier rim, 25.4mm wide. Even tougher than the Dyad. Great for wide tires (as is the Dyad).
Cliffhanger - Heaviest, 30mm wide. Super tough, great for multi-terrain touring, all-around trail riding. Super wide tires.
Rim tape included but quick release skewers sold separately.
Please contact Rich@rivbike.com if you have any questions or want something different than the options presented.
Our wheelbuilder, Rich Lesnik, is as good a wheel builder as we know, or have ever known. Every one of us rides his wheels, and we ride them hard and long, and are constantly amazed at the abuse they seem to slough off. Rich is meticulous and uses only the rims and spokes he likes and trusts. He doesn’t build superlight wheels, either (except for Mark here), so don’t ask.
All of our wheels are 3x (three-cross), use butted DT or Sapim spokes, and…well, they’re just No Nonsense wheels for all-around hard use riding.
Sometimes somebody will think, hey, I’m getting some special wheels….might as well get super expensive hubs. That’s reasonable, but actually is unnecessary. The Shimano LX and XT hubs we have are rock solid, smooth, problem free, and keep the price down. If you want fancier (Phil, White Industries, DT, Onyx), we can do that, too. Rich can, that is.
There's an almost endless combination of hubs, rims, and spokes to assemble into wheels so for now we just have the standards listed below, but if you want something special by all means call or email email@example.com.