Xr-380

Robert’s Alchemy ORC/XR-380 wheel

Robert, a triathlete, wanted a beefy and aero rear wheel. He’s a solid guy, does triathlons. After a back and forth consultation over emails, we landed on this build. It didn’t take long to choose the Alchemy ORC rear hub, arguably the stiffest rear hub on the market with it’s oversize axle, large bearings, 5th bearing pressed in over the freehub, and optimal geometry. In a deep rim and in alloy, instead of the more costly carbon, the KinLin XR-380 is the deepest it gets. Deep here means a bit heavier, but for Robert the depth adds strength as well, and that’s what he was looking for over lightweight. Laced with Wheelsmith DB-14 butted spokes all around, this wheel ought to fair well for Robert’s season of triathlon competitions.

 

Kevin’s ENVE 45/65 wheelset

Kevin was looking for an all-rounder wheelset with an emphasis on aerodynamics. As a sponsored Pro City Racing road team member, Kevin took full advantage of the sponsorship deal courtesy Zed Wheels and ENVE Composites. The rear is an ENVE 65 clincher laced to a black Alchemy ORC 24h rear hub with CX-Ray spokes. The front is an ENVE 45 clincher laced radially to an Alchemy ELF front hub with CX-Ray spokes. The stock white decals were replaced with custom black decals to provide the stealth look you see.

 

Enve 65 Alchemy ORC rear wheel

I was looking for something a bit more aero for time-trials and fast road races. I have an Enve 45 laced to a PowerTap SL+ as my ‘everyday’ wheel, but I think the Enve 65 would provide extra versatility and would not add weight. I chose my favourite rear hub, the Alchemy ORC, 24 holes. The Enve 65 clincher is a beautiful rim to build up, such a solid rim and builds up strong and even. I used this setup to showcase the sponsorship offering to Pro City Racing road team. This photo is on the cover of the team catalogue.

Enve 65/45 on Trek Madone Project One 6.9

 

Dylan’s Alchemy/Stan’s NoTubes 340 wheelset

Dylan carrying two sacks of potatoes is still lighter than the average cyclist. He wanted an über light climbing wheelset that would match his climbing prowess.  At just 1265 grams for the set, these clearly did the job as just a few days after he picked them up, he won the Mt. Doug Hill-climb.

The front wheel features a black Alchemy ELF front hub, laced with 24 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes to a Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha 355 gram clincher rim with Sapim black alloy nipples.

The rear wheel is made up of a black Alchemy ORC 28 hole hub, laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes 3 cross drive-side with black Sapim brass SILS nipples, 1X non-drive using alloy nipples to a 355 gram Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha clincher rim.

Stans NoTubes 340 and Alchemy

 

Tom’s custom Alchemy/NoTubes wheelset

Tom wanted an very light climbing wheelset for his 2011 Trek 6.9 Project One.  These are an honest 1265 grams for the set.

The front wheel features a black Alchemy ELF front hub, laced with 24 black Sapim CX-Ray spokes to a Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha 355 gram clincher rim with Sapim black alloy nipples.

The rear wheel is made up of a black Alchemy ORC 28 hole hub, laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes 3 cross drive-side with black Sapim brass SILS nipples, 1X non-drive using alloy nipples to a 355 gram Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha clincher rim.

Stans NoTubes 340 and Alchemy

 

 

 

Brad’s custom Reynolds SDV66T carbon wheelset

Brad snagged a super deal on a pair of Reynolds SDV66/T carbon tubular rims. He was looking for a wheelset to use exclusively for racing. These fit the bill. Laced to sweet red Alchemy hubs using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and pillar internal nipples these are light and aero. 1380 grams completed.  Wheels like these need high quality tubulars. On went a pair of Schwalbe Ultremo HT hand-sewn tubulars, 22mm wide using Continental carbon rim cement. Before installing, a pair of black Bontrager valve extenders were installed.