Which Hubs & Spokes?​​​​​: Our Guide

ALL OUR SPOKES AND HUBS ARE BLACK UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

With so many spoke and hub options it can get a bit confusing! So, we’ve summarised all the key features and options here. Also, there is now a handy link to this page - on every single product page. 

Enjoy - and we're always here to assist!


Spokes

All our spokes are either Belgian made (Sapim) or Taiwanese made (PSR AERO 1432, PSR AERO, PSR AERO SL and our own K1 Bladed spoke).

 

K1 3mm Aero BLADE

This is our full aero spoke - which is now supplied AS STANDARD on all our carbon and many of our alloy wheels. At 3mm across and 1mm thick it’s aero credentials and of course its looks are something we’ve been very proud to achieve. In fact there are now very few brands who take the trouble to develop and supply full aero spokes - as it requires complex and custom machining of the hubs. We do like to go the extra mile -especially when the benefits are so clear.

Sapim Race

This is the standard ‘go-to’ high quality spoke known for its strength and rigidity of build. Not the lightest but ideal for even the heaviest of riders - and the mechanics favourite to work with. Ideal for both Rim brake and Disc wheels: http://www.sapim.be/spokes/butted/race

 

Sapim Cx-Ray

The best spoke in the world full stop. The pro’s choice: Superbly light at 4.5 gram (ave), It’s also the most aerodynamic bladed spoke available. And there’s more. It also is unique in strength and elastic responsiveness. Not cheap of course but a sound investment if you can afford it. If you can make this upgrade you really will see where your money is going! Ideal for both Rim brake and Disc wheels http://www.sapim.be/spokes/aero/cx-ray

 

Psr Aero and Aero SL

One of only a few non-sapim spokes we use. The PSR aero spoke is aero at 2.2 x 0.9mm and very light at 5.5 grams. Or you can upgrade to our PSR SL (superlight) option. At 4.7 grams and identical aerodynamics It is an affordable economic equivalent of the ultimate CXRAY spoke - which costs twice as much and is in our view the worlds best spoke. The SL spoke is a superb aero/light spoke for the budget conscious. Not available in shorter lengths so hence not an option on our deepest wheels.

 

PSR Aero1432

We use this more bladed version of the 1422 spoke on some builds where weight saving is not an issue. They are ideal bladed spokes for heavier riders. Due to their special characteristics they must be used only with certain hubs.

Hubs​​​​​​​

Hub choice is all about: weight/engineering/durability/price/drag/bearing quality.

We use only high quality hubs of course as they do a heavy use job. Especially in the UK with its challenging roads and weather.
 

ALL OUR HUBS ARE SEALED CARTRIDGE TYPE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN!

 

Bitex hubs

Our Favourite lightweight high quality hubset. We always think that these hubs should cost twice the price! I should say that quietly or Bitex will hear! Taiwanese made and incredibly reliable. All hubs have high end features like 6-drive hubs and anti-bite guard. We use these on builds for all but the heaviest of riders!

 

Miche /Ambrosio Hubs

These are the standard hubs on most of our builds. We love them. Both are Italian made and are mechanics favourites as they are so easy to maintain and service.


Interestingly some recent UK tests have shown that the Primato’s have the lowest drag of any popular hub - irrespective of cost. For a budget hub this is pretty amazing too. 

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Miche Primato hubs are our first choice for heavier riders too - as they feature an upgraded (incredibly strong) steel axle and just does not flex under even heavy rider load.

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​​​​​​​DT Swiss Hubs

The pinnacle of hub choice options. Swiss precision engineering at its finest and with a uniquely engineered approach. They are endlessly durable and reliable. Note they are quite loud!

The 350 is not the lightest hubset (on a par with our Miche hubs and heavier than Bitex. Its the Swiss precision engineering and hence longevity that carries the price tag.

 

The DT Swiss 240 hubs (both in rim brake and disc brake versions) are the top of the food chain. Light, fantastically engineered, and go on for countless years.

Being Swiss you could say they are literally like a Rolex for your wheels - though priced a little more kindly.

 

Formula Hubs

Double sealed, and used specifically and only with our super aero 3.2mm bladed spokes these are a reliable and fast rolling hubset from Taiwanese brand Formula. Not the lightest with their super strong steel freehub - we use these on wheel builds that are aero first and foremost where weight is less of a consideration.