Home > Bike Types > Mountain Bike

SOC17 Wheel randoms: Custom colors from Knight Composites & Turner Bikes, Irwin Carbon wheels, American Classic history, more

10
Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

We may not want to admit it, but color and graphics play a huge part in upgrade-itus. That seems to be especially true when it comes to high dollar carbon wheels. We’ve asked a number of bike brands that sell carbon wheels as upgrades, and the answer is almost always the same – they sell more high end upgrades if they match the bike. Matching may not make you any faster, but if you’re throwing down big money for high end upgrades, they might as well look the part, no?

That seems to be the motivation behind a number of wheel brands like Knight as they delve into the world of custom decals. Soon, Knight composites will be available in a number of vibrant colors including custom stock colors, and even full custom…

 

According to the team at Knight Composites, they possess the ability to do vector file graphics which presents the opportunity for completely custom wheel graphics. If you don’t want to be that fancy, they’ll also have a number of stock colors that will help you match your wheels to say, your Turner bike. Turner is another brand getting into the custom graphic game with limited edition decal kits for most of their models.  Granted, your bike probably won’t end up looking like the wild Cyclosys they built for Zap, but matching your frame to your wheels shouldn’t be a problem.

knightcomposites.com

Irwin is likely a name that isn’t that well known in the states, but the company is looking to build on their 25 year history with one of their newest product lines – carbon wheels. Three years in the making, we’re told that the founder of the company has a Masters of Materials Engineering and aerospace background and that Irwin owns their own testing facility. Completely designed and developed in house and built using their own molds, Irwin has options for both road and MTB. New to the line is the Aon TLR 38mm deep/18mm internally wide road disc wheel with stealth or silver graphics, which includes 24/24 Sapim spokes, external nipples, and 6 bolt hubs with 6 pawl/3.75° engagement for $1650. Rims come pre-taped and include tubeless valves, and the hubs have convertible end caps for different axles plus the ability to run Campy freehub bodies.

irwincycling.com

The big news over at American Classic is that all of their road wheels are now available in disc brake versions as well. That should provide some indication of where the industry is headed, but don’t worry rim brakers – they’ll still have plenty of rim brake options as well.

American Classic also had a fascinating collection on hand from their early days as a component manufacturer. From the original suspension hub (built with bigger end caps for a stiffer interface with suspension forks), to their original seat post (also a bottle opener), American Classic has always been ahead of the game for the past 35 years.

amclassic.com

Finally, you can’t have nice things without some maintenance, and Enduro is making it easier for pro mechanics with their new Pro Bearing Installation and Removal kit. Packed full of all the bearing drifts, expanding collet removal tools, and the tools to install and remove bearings from delicate parts, the Pro kit is protected in a heavy duty case for $1,000 retail.

endurobearings.com

 

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

10 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Custom Graphics! Yes Please. “AYHSMB” Perfect for a $8k ride.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
5 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Interesting how Knight, a relatively new company, seems to be more concerned with graphics than modern rim design. See a lot of narrow widths circa 10 years ago, and no tubeless for road disc or CX. $2k+ seems awfully steep for what you get.

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
5 years ago

non of these new wheel companys have any R/D their just some guy sitting in his lounge ordering products from Chinese manufactures who in turn wait for Zipp Enve and Hed to come out with designs or ip for them to copy

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago
Reply to  blah blah blah

Do a bit of research about Knight before saying something stupid about knight’s R/D.

TruckNutZ
TruckNutZ
5 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

@ Ryan…Exactly… There are dozens upon dozens of pseudo wheel brands out there…without a hint of R&D, instead, relying on catalogue rims & hubs from Asian subcontractors… Knight is Not one of those companies

JustSomeGuy
JustSomeGuy
5 years ago

Love the original American Classic seatpost. Light, strong and super easy to micro adjust with the two bolt system. Best. Seatpost. Ever.

David R.
David R.
5 years ago
Reply to  JustSomeGuy

Until it breaks!

Mr Pink
Mr Pink
5 years ago
Reply to  JustSomeGuy

Strong was never a word one used with the American Classic seatpost. Saw loads of bent ones. Had a guy at a shop try to say it was the strongest post ever, told a customer he’d eat it if it bent. 2 weeks later the guy, only 150lbs, came back in with a bent post.

Al
Al
5 years ago

I never realized Sea Otter went on for several weeks

Antney
Antney
5 years ago

I loved those original AC seat posts. They were “unbendable” which meant they had no problem replacing my bent one. 🙂

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.