I've been planning a sturdy XC wheelset for the Curtlo rigid steel 29er for a while. The build is gloss black with polished alloy and Ti & white finishing kit so it had to be polished hubs. When the wheelbuilder offered me a set of sample Royce hubs the deal was done quickly. Precision crafted polished bodies with all weather bearings and a titanium axle, what's not to like?
So this week I picked up the new set from the wheelbuilder. Ice on the trails with air temperatures above zero meant the first ride was not a proper test, mor of a balancing act. But the wheels are tight & stiff with a very very smooth and silent freehub that picks up well. I'll follow up with a ride report when I've had a chance to ride them as intended.
There is not a lot of light outside working hours, so feast your eyes on these indoor shots, they show off the finish better anyways:
Common sense was never common
28h silver rear Suntour hub
32h Ritchey champagne WCS front hub