Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Turn on the light! Very practical gravel & touring wheelset

Autumn came and days became shorter. For us, the cyclists this is the time of the year when we switch into gravel and touring bikes and enjoy beautiful and colorful forests sceneries. Using that opportunity I'd like to introduce to you the "Any Road" wheels series.

For gravel & touring cyclists who are looking for practical, strong and robust wheelset the "Any Road" BlackCat series is the choice. Those are built using wide, carbon rims where front is supplied with dynamo and rear is based on strong and long-lasting Hope hub. Unlike other system wheels on the market, here you have 32 strong spokes per each wheel, 3x crossed and supported by brass nipples. Having in mind late evenings and night rides, both wheels have fluorescent decals that glow in the night providing additional safety.

Let's have a look into the details of this build:

1. Rims
Carbon, U-shape, 22mm inner width, 29mm outer width, 40mm depth. Weight 450g. Superb stiffness and ideal comfort with 40-50mm tires

2. Hubs
As mentioned before, on the front you'll find dynamo hub. Having power generated by the wheels to provide the light is one of the nicest upgrades you can think about.

For modern bikes, weight counts and therefore one of the most popular, lightweight dynamos on the market are made by SON. Those are ideal but come with a very high-end price point. The good alternative is Shutter Precision, only slightly heavier but providing the same output power as SON. SP cost half of SON so, in my opinion, this is a very good choice. 

In this particular build, I used SP-7 series with thru-axle, 12/100mm and CL disc rotor mount. 

Rear hub is Hope PRO RS4. Strong, well-sealed with good geometry hub.

3. Spokes and nipples
No brainer here. Spokes I used here are Pillar PSR 2016 & 2017 (1.6 and 1.7mm). Strong, 3-cross lacing and brass nipples. Built to last.

Leading spokes heads out, trailing spokes heads in. The strongest for disc wheels.

4. Decals
Safety first. When you're crossing local roads in the dark or rain you become less visible for car drivers. The fluorescent decals make you very noticeable so you're super safe. On top, they look cool and give you additional kudos to the overall bike setup look.

Weight of the complete set with 32/32 spokes and brass nipples is 1935g. If you're pretty light, I can make 28/28h setup which will lower down the weight a bit. It's also possible to use 30mm rims depth, which are about 20g lighter / each.

Price tag - 1249CHF. That includes the wheels, personalized decals, spare spokes with nipples and tubeless rim tapes.

Wheels are available in my shop.

Contact me in case you need more information

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