Model T Wheelset

Have that old frame looking to turn into a single speed or fixed gear but don't have horizontal drops? Or have a road bike with 130mm spacing and can't find a track hub to work? Look no further than the Model T Wheelset.

Our friends over at Excel Sports have put together a wheelset that solves all those issues. The Model T is build up on the White Industries ENO 130mm fixed/free hub laced with DT Swiss Competition spokes to our Aerohead rims.

It comes in every color you like, as long as it is black. Head over to Excel Sports to get your hands on this stellar wheelset.


Guitar Ted's Blunt SL Review

Yesterday, Guitar Ted posted his final review of our Blunt SL wheelset over on TwentyNineInches.com. You can view it there or continue reading it below.

Velocity Blunt SL Comp Wheels: Final Review

November 28th, 2011 by Guitar Ted

Velocity Blunt SL Comp Wheels: Final Review: by Guitar Ted

With the year quickly coming to a close, here is another Final Review! This time I take a last look at the Velocity Blunt SL Comp wheels that I have been riding for several months now. The last update on these wheels can be reviewed here.
blunt final 001
For much of the test period, the Velocity Blunt SL Comp wheels spent their time on the Specialized carbon hard tail test mule. They were a great addition to this bike, but after riding them on this rig for the summer, I decided I wanted to swap the wheels over to something completely different. I had been hoping a more XC/Trail oriented full suspension tester would materialize, but that did not happen in time for this test of these wheels. so, I opted for a completely rigid set up on a new frame and fork I recently added to my personal stable of bikes: The Salsa Cycles Fargo, generation II model. (Note: The first test sled these were mounted to was a full suspension rig- the Specialized Epic Marathon. See here for that post)
Blunt SL Fargo 11 001
Adding in a rigid front end with a “not-as-stiff-as-carbon” frame brought out some different feelings in the wheels. I could feel a definite smoothness without going full on race pace as I had to do on the Stumpjumper. Likely the frame and fork feel there, but something did jump out at me more dramatically than it had with the carbon frame. Here on the Fargo, the rear wheel lateral “give” was not felt, but there was something notable in the front end.
Blunt SL Fargo 11 004
Going harder into corners, I eventually hit an obstacle at the apex of a corner with the rigid front end which I could not compensate for by unweighting the front wheel, or by steering around it. I was fully committed to a line here and the front wheel smacked the obstacle with much force. I happened to see the entire wheel deform slightly as it reacted to this input and subsequently the bike was put a bit off kilter for a brief moment and I had to gather it up quickly to keep everything moving in the direction I had intended.

This showed me that a feeling I felt with the Stumpjumper in slower, technical terrain was more pronounced with the rigid fork at speed. Hitting an obstacle in a more lateral way, (or perhaps if you were to mis-land a jump, and side load this wheel, let’s say), would certainly not be conducive to keeping this front wheel intact. While in my experience described above, the wheel returned to its shape and rolled on, I could certainly see that I had approached the “point of no return” here with regard to this wheels resistance to lateral forces before it failed.
Blunt SL Fargo 11 003
Conclusions: So, what does that tell me? Well, for starters, let’s keep in mind that the Blunt SL falls into a weight category that is reserved for XC/racing pursuits, (420gms for the rim), and is not really intended for “general trail” riding where playful, aggressive, and demanding riding is what you and your buddies are into. Velocity makes the Blunt rim for that. So, I am not all that concerned to see that the Blunt SL gets a bit flexy laterally at times since it is such a light rim. Would carbon be better here? Undoubtedly it would, but at what price? There is the conundrum riders wanting light, easily spun up wheels for 29″ers face. You can get a Blunt SL wheel built up for far less money than your typical carbon rimmed wheel goes for. The compromise is that the aluminum rim isn’t going to be as stiff. Not with this or any similarly weighted aluminum rimmed XC wheel build.

The question is how does the Blunt SL stack up against the “apples-to-apples” competition. In that regard, the answer is easy. It holds up quite nicely, thank you very much. The Blunt SL wheels I have on test here would be great XC racing wheels, endurance racing wheels, and would probably be okay “daily drivers” for smoother riders or for those that ride buff trails most of the time. Lateral performance is really quite good for this sort of wheel, and tubeless set up is easily done with Velocity’s own tubeless wheel kit. End caps are convertible from 9mm quick release to 15QR, or 20mm through axle, so all axle configurations up front are covered. (Although I might hesitate to put these on any bike requiring a 20mm through axle!)
With the variety of ways this rim can be built up by at Velocity, and with the weight of the rim to start with, a nice, race worthy wheel set is well within possibility that should satisfy most riders needs. Of course, the option of getting just the rims exists as well, so doing a custom build with different components would be another way to go here. That isn’t always the case with many carbon rims, or some aluminum rims, for that matter. Another interesting tidbit that has come to light recently is that Velocity will be producing rims in the U.S.A. come February 2012. So, here is an opportunity for riders to support a U.S. based manufacturer, if that matters to you.

I recommend these rims to anyone looking for a light weight XC/Racing/Light Trail use rim, and I can heartily recommend Velocity’s in-house complete wheel builds. (This being the second one we have tested, the wheels have come through with flying colors.) With all the options available, ease of tubeless set up, and great performance for the weight, the Blunt SL is a good rim to base your next light weight wheel set off of.

Note: Velocity sent these wheels for test/review at no charge. We are not being paid, nor bribed, for this review. We will strive to give our honest opinions throughout.


2011 Edmund Fitzgerald Ride

Last weekend, a group of 20 riders who took part in a 2 day, 200 mile ride appropriately named the Edmund Fitzgerald Ride. Of those 20, only 8 finished and two being Matt and Ryan. One of the other riders on the trip, Tim Stoepker put together a little video from the weekend. You can also read more about the ride on his blog. Enjoy.


Happy Veterans Day: Win a new bike frame!

Help support some hardcourt bike polo 'veterans' by getting in on the contest for a new MKE Bruiser frame and fork. Head over here to buy raffle tickets and you could be the lucky winner of this bad boy:

*frame and fork only*

You'll be supporting one of the finest polo clubs in the world!


A Special Annoucement


(Grand Rapids, MI) Brothers and partners, Tom and John Black will begin manufacturing rims in Jacksonville, Florida in February 2012.  Currently, all Velocity rims are made in Australia, and production will cease in Brisbane by the end of November.

Tom Black, the founder of Velocity, will be relocating from Australia to Florida where he will continue to oversee rim production at Velocity’s new manufacturing factory.  Velocity’s distribution center will continue to operate out of Grand Rapids, Michigan as it has since 1992 and become their worldwide headquarters; with the Australian facility remaining as a distribution center for the Asian and Australian markets.

Velocity will be the only U.S. produced aluminum rim in the cycling industry.  John Black, president of Velocity Worldwide, Inc., anticipates this to further propel the company as a leader in quality, ingenuity and customization customers have come to love and expect from Velocity.

More information to follow at www.velocityusa.com