Xplor: Our new All Road specific rim, the Xplor is 40x30mm wide, 24mm internal width and a deeper hookless bead designed for higher inflation pressure and maximum tire volume. The Xplor has a 24mm internal width, 40mm deep, a hookless bead, and are aero optimized for 28-32 tires. At 1,400gr with tape and valves (DT240) or 1,430gr on I9, they are best in class weight. Compare to the (really nice) Enve 4.5 AR, which is the only comparable product on the market that we've seen, at 1,550gr. Enve chooses a slightly deeper set of rims at 49/55, but we find that the 40 deep gets you close on the aero gains but at a lighter weight and better handling in windy conditions. Up here in New England, a lot of our gravel racing is hilly and in the Midwest it's really windy, so in our opinion the shallower, lighter wheels are the better balance. In our opinion, these are the best gravel / allroad wheels on the planet.
We build these with either Shimano/SRAM HG 11 speed freehubs or SRAM XD drivers. A common gravel bike spec is a wide range, MTB rear derailleur to allow a wide range cassette. Since those cassettes are built on an MTB standard, you need to drop on a 1.8mm "bottom spacer" as you would for any 10 speed cassette on an 11 speed freehub.
With the HG 11 speed freehub you have full flexibility in gearing range (road or MTB). The other option is to choose a SRAM XD driver, especially if your bike has SRAM CX1, The XD cassettes will also work with a Shimano bike and wide range derailleur as shift spacing is the same. Just select the free hub option you want or email us to discuss.
We lace the Xplor in a 24 hole, two cross configuration front and rear. We have found 24 spokes to be the optimal set up for performance oriented riding up to about 190 pound rider weight. We use Sapim CX Ray spokes in standard build. We can customize with a stiffer spoke upon request. For bigger riders or for more adventuresome exploring or bike packing durability, we also offer the Xplor XL which is a 28H version using Sapim Race spokes.
All wheels come tubeless taped with premium alloy valve stems installed, ready for you to mount tubeless tires. Valve stems will be color matched to nipple color where applicable. Quick release wheels will be provided with NEXT steel rod skewers for added security with disc brakes. Through axles are not provided with wheels as they are part of the bike frame system.