This wheelset is designed for adventure riding on 28-40mm tyres. Practically, this means that it needs to be light, aerodynamic, but most importantly strong enough to withstand the rigours of racing on a variety of surfaces.
The strength of these wheels is assured by 28 Sapim CX Ray spokes, strengthened rims, and tough gravel hubs. These wheels are therefore also suitable for heavier riders looking for fast road wheels.
All of our wheels are named after cities and rivers in Ukraine, out of respect to our Trailmech colleagues and all Ukrainians affected by the conflict. Our 35mm wheels are named after the historic port of Odesa, the final destination of founders Rob and Andrew’s long distance ‘Race to the Black Sea’ in 2017.
Our rims are made from a high quality T800 carbon fibre, for the perfect mix of compliance and stiffness, lightness and strength. With a 29mm external width, 21.5mm internal rim width (between rim hooks), these wheels are most aerodynamic with 28mm and 30mm tyres, but can accommodate anything up to 50mm.
A U-shaped rim profile provides maximum aerodynamic efficiency at a wider variety of yaw-angles than a standard V-shaped rim. Our rims are paired with bladed Sapim CX-Ray spokes for their legendary strength, longevity, and aerodynamic advantages.
Our Trailmech hubs are some of the finest gravel hubs on the market, and with their patented Vortex ratchet engagement system power transfer is almost instant offering between 6 and 7.2 degrees of travel. It’s not only quick, but also strong – the unique vortex design means that the more force you put through the pedals, the harder the ratchet engages reducing the risk of slippage.
As with all ratchet hubs, the sound of the freewheel is a distinctive mark of quality so be prepared to get used to that ‘angry bee’ sound, and wonder how you lived without it before. Note: if you’re not a fan of a loud freewheel, adding a little more 5w-40 oil to the ratchet will reduce the volume.
Inside these beautiful CNC alloy hubs, you’ll find high-quality Japanese EZO bearings for high efficiency and low maintenance.
The value of handbuilt wheels is often understated. They can last a lifetime if well-specced and built by an experienced wheel builder. Whilst it’s often thought that wheel building is just about producing wheels that are true (aligned) in all directions, this is far from correct.
The strength of handbuilt wheels really comes from the way the spokes are tensioned and ensuring this tension is uniform throughout. The spokes on our wheel are individually measured to ensure perfect tension and uniformity across the entire structure.
To finish the build, we seat a tubeless tyre on the wheel and then measure the tension again across all spokes. This ensures that there is no shifting or settling of the spokes and rim to worry about when the wheel gets its first use.