How round are your Wheels?

Since we had some time today we thought we should do a post about the wheels we build.  If you’ve ever wondered how round or straight your hoops are you may like this. 

At BASIC we don’t claim our wheels are good, we actually measure them, very accurately, possibly you could argue too accurately!   Our wheels are built on a stock standard Park TS-2 until we are usually within a lateral & vertical tolerance of +/- 0.5mm.   We then move on to a higher precision DT Swiss jig with a set of very fine tolerance gauges. 

DT Tools
DT Tools
Lateral Indicator
Lateral Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gauges from Mahr of Germany are set to an acceptable tolerance of +/- 0.1mm, this is about as accurate as we can be given the tolerances of the rims them selves!  The analogue dial on the gauge allows for a very easy visual assessment of a wheel while the lower figures show the true amount of run out.  Once the wheel has been trued as far as possible and is in the correct tension range, we record a data file on the wheel, which we keep as a record of the product.  While we don’t expect to re tension a wheel at any time we do like to check them, this file allows us to see exactly what may have changed if anything.  After all you don’t buy a TV and take it back to be tuned up after a couple of weeks, and a wheel is a lot less complicated! 

Wheels are often under estimated, it is possible to build a set of wheels lighter, truer and better balanced than even the best well known manufacturers complete wheels.  As long as we know the intended use, rider preference, expectation we can build a tailored durable efficient product, they could be the best investment for your bike!

2 Pairs Hope Stans
2 Pairs Hope StansPro II Flow 29er
The finished products ready to send, these ones going to Niner Bikes for a customer.
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