Road - Custom Wheels – X Axis

Road - Custom Wheels

Innovation  Technology  Design  

Our Road wheel range has evolved.

See our range of handbuilt custom wheels.

The advantage of handbuilt wheels is combining the best individual components to produce the best complete component. 

X-Axis now offers the best hubs, rims and spokes available and use our skill and craftmanship to combine these to deliver the ultimate wheel, a wheel that best suits your needs.

We build both Rim brake and Disc road wheel options.

 

Rims

We use and supply what is surely the highest quality rims on the market now - Venn.

Venn reinvented the wheel - with Filament winding, they are the ONLY rim available that is filament wound, this means there is no hand layup of the fibres in the rim, it is completely machine wound.

Many brands advertise they filament wind but this is false, Venn spent many years developing the technique and patented the process once they mastered it. Some of the key benefits of Venn rims and Filament winding.

 

Better quality and batch uniformity

Because filament winding is a machine managed process there are no human errors. Hand layup errors are one of the biggest drawbacks of handmade rims. This leads to higher accuracy, precision and consistency giving the best rim available.

 

The best method for manufacturing Carbon Fiber products 

Filament winding is theoretically the best method for manufacturing carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) as all fibers are placed under constant tension, reducing the bending and crimping of fibers like in a traditional weave and placing the fibrers in the optimal geometry with out compromise like a traditional weave or tape.

This results in the highest possible strength to weight and stiffness to weight ratios.

45 degree fiber bias

 Our current winding pattern employs a +45/-45 degree winding bias which results in Venn rims and wheels having very high lateral stiffness (side to side), but lower than average radial stiffness (up and down). This results in wheels built with our filament wound rims being very stiff and responsive to acceleration, while enhancing road holding and lowering the occurrence of tire pinch flats or rim damage due to impact.

Heat resistant resins

Venn custom formulates high glass transition temperature (Tg) resins for use on our rim braked rims. The latest resins that used show excellent measured performance at temperatures approaching 240° C (464° F).

 Wind Tunnel Proven

Our Venn 35 rim has wind tunnel data to back up its credentials. You can be confident that our rim does not just look aerodynamic, but that it actually is aerodynamic. The results show that the Venn 35 rims compare very well to much deeper profile rims while offering superior handling in cross winds and lower weight.

 

Hubs

We have been using our X Axis Rim Brake hub since 2013 with no reported failures.

Featuring full ceramic bearings, 4 bearings front and 4 bearings rear.

This hub is unique in the market in utilising our DUO lacing pattern on the rear wheel. This uses a 2:1 lacing pattern but also utilises an effective 2 cross on the non drive side.

The total combined spoke tension on the rear wheel is higher than a conventionally laced wheel as both drive and non drive sides are matched.

This lacing pattern delivers very high lateral stiffness but gives better vertical compliance as opposed to a radial laced wheel. The DUO lacing pattern matches the tuned layup charecterisitcs of the Venn rims to deliver what should be the best wheels available.

Industry Nine Road Hubs 

The Torch road hub features all of the advantages of the Torch freehub -low drag, low weight, and the ultimate in freehub compatibility- tied into a traditional, "Classic" hub.

Road hubs use the same drive ring and pawls as the mountain hubs. However, we reduced the pawl count to 3 instead of 6 for lower drag and weight while still achieving an industry leading (for road hubs) 6 degree engagement.  Relocated bearings, and a new freehub seal reduce freehub drag while coasting.  

The Torch road hubs now feature custom Teflon contact seals for the end caps, which we manufacture in-house. They fully seal the hubs from mud and water - tight enough for a muddy CX season, but smooth enough for drag-free road miles.

 

When determining what are the best components there are many variables to consider and what importance an individual puts on each.

  • Aerodynamic Drag
  • Stiffness
  • Compliance
  • Stability
  • Tire width and interface
  • Weight
  • Appearance 

Each component will affect how the total package responds and acts as wheelset.

We have selected components to cover all variables so contact us to discuss how we can build you the Best wheelset for you.