Mercury Wheels has switched to a proprietary hub design, improving virtually every aspect. All wheels will get the new design with straight pull spokes, and the front hub is 14mm wider at the flange. It also gets a 15mm axle and larger bearings. Combined, it makes for a for a much stiffer wheel.
The rear gets 2-cross spoke lacing on both sides and the internals bump up to. six pawls from three. It also gets a 15mm axle with four oversized bearings, two per side. Founder Chris Mogridge says the changes added about 25g per wheelset, but the improved performance more than makes up for it.
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They’re also developing their own disc brake hubs for cyclocross and road wheels. Look for those in about two months. They’ll offer that with any of their current rims, so no disc specific rims until sometime in 2014.
The new skewers use a rectangular shape to save a bit of weight without giving up strength. They’re steel, but Mogridge says they’re about the same weight as his original titanium ones.