HODALA! A Single Speed Race/Commuter Wheelset

A good ‘cross friend of mind approached me with a simple request for a wheelset he was envisioning.

“This bike is generally my commuter, so the wheels don’t need to be crazy light or carbon or anything like that.”

Nate Atkins is a local “silly-speeder” [single speed cyclocross], and a Seattle commuter, both with the same bike. He is a strong and smooth rider on the course, but the daily grind can really be a burden on most aftermarket wheels.

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Nate’s bike: I love the pink anodized Frog brakes, personally.

After a little back and forth for getting the small details down on the build, the results are nothing short of perfect, in my mind.

HODALA!

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To commemorate the HODALA! drinking team, a splash of their cycling kit’s retro color fade was incorporated into the spoke nipples.

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Looking good, Randy Salamon.  Photo Credit: Rob McGarty

Along with a White Industries Dos ENO 16/18t freewheel, the wheels can easily be setup for commuting in the 16t, or racing in the 18t without changing out the hardware. It’s especially nice that it is 100% re-buildable and more dependable than any other freewheel on the market.

Wheel Specs:

  • High Flange, Sealed Track Hubset (100mm/130mm)
  • Sapim Race Butted Spokes
  • Sapim Secure Lock Brass Nipples | 14mm
  • Custom HODALA! Spoke Nipples | 14mm
  • 24mm Wide| 22mm Deep, Tubeless Ready Rims
  • White Industries Dos ENO Freewheel
  • Tubeless Rim Tape
  • 1,879g w/ Bolts (2,075g w/ Freewheel)

I wish Nate many awesome miles both on and off the course.

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