Han came to us recently looking for a new set of mtb wheels for his mountain bike. He was looking for something that would spin up well, have very fast engagement, and would feel solid and confident in corners and tech sections. The wheelset we came up with should easily fulfill all of those desires.
Based on Chris King ISO disc hubs in red, a 15mm QR front hub paired with a 10mm Fun Bolt rear add quite a bit of stiffness as opposed to their QR counterparts. Both of these options add a little weight over the standard QR hubs, but weight at the very center of the wheel will never be noticed. Chris King hubs in general aren't exactly svelte as these things go. What they offer in terms of durability, serviceability, and initial quality easily out weigh that minor issue.
These wheels were laced with Sapim's industry leading CX Ray spokes. These have an excellent reputation for being very light and resilient. They build up amazingly well, and look great. Red DT Swiss hex head Prolock alloy nipples carry the red theme through to the white Stan's Arch rims. These rims are the standard for tough XC rims that take a beating at a very reasonable weight.
10mm Fun Bolts, they look as good as they work.
15mm front on the ISO through bolt hub shell. Big bearings, big hub flanges, sturdy attachment. It's the epitome of lightweight bomber.
This is about as good as it gets for this type of use. The hubs will never wear out, and they look as good as they'll perform. They'll offer an excellent mix of every day use reliability, at near racing wheel weight. The attachment points will offer very solid purchase, and these will certainly pick up the performance of the bike they're meant for.