With all the variations the industry has thrown our way, one thing that hasn’t changed is the quality of WTB’s rims. From their original design of the first dedicated double-wall rim for mountain bike use, the Araya RM20, to the first rim produced under their name, the Power Beam, WTB’s rims have been high on my list of favorites. Their latest KOM series of rims has a good looking blasted finish and they’ve done something very few rim makers have – angled the spoke holes so the spoke doesn’t make a funky bend as it threads into the nipple. Things like this help with the build process, but more importantly, increase spoke longevity.
Rim choice done it’s time to choose hubs. Both White Industries and DT Swiss make disc hubs that are easily convertible between axle and frame width standards – good old standard quick release front and rear, 12mm x 100 thru front (White Ind. only and becoming the defacto road/cross disc front standard), 15mm x 100 front, 12mm x 142 rear. Even if you choose one fitment now, you’ll be able to easily change in the future.
These wheels get build up with DT Swiss Competition double butted 2.0/1.8/2.0 spokes and brass nipples.