This week was test week for the thickslicks, as soon as they arrvied my daily ride had its soma tyres changed. I have to say they are nice and easy to fit compared to the Soma's and the Dia compe tyres (gran compe have to be the worst tyres i have ever had the mispleasure of using) Living in wales there are no shortage of hills, so i headed out to try out the tyres at some of my favourite skid locations. The first skid i can only discribe as 'skidding through playdough'? The tyres have a feel of intence grip during you skid and even as small raindrops fell from the sky i was not dettered. Upon my return to hubjub HQ i felt rather satisfied with the 'skid' test and look foward to seeing how the tyres hold out in the coming weeks/months.
I imagine most people wont be looking for a 'skid' proof tyre but more a tyre with the longevitiy of a gatorskin but without the pricetag, only time will tell but i will keep you all updated. if your intrested in a pair we have them HERE
WHEEL BUILDING -
~Any two H PLUS SON rims - (Archetypes or TB14's)
~Any two Phil Wood Hubs - (High Flange/Low Flange - SSF/DSF/FFW - 28h/32h/36h - Silver/Black)
~ACI Alpina Stainless Steel Double Butted Spokes - (Black or Silver)
Prices starting from just
The Phil high-flange rear is a true classic: clean, simple and timeless, but also smooth-running and tough as old boots. It's designated as a track hub, but we know many people who ride HFs on the road, and one or two take them offroad. We don't have an opinion, of course, but loads of people swear that high flanges are the only choice if you want to build a stiff, responsive wheel. The stock hub comes with two Phil lockrings and mounting bolts.!
With a name like Archetype you can expect the idealised manifestation of a bike rim. Indeed to a certain extent that is what you get. A sensible width for real-world tyre widths? Check. Semi deep height (25 mm) for a decent compromise between aerodynamic efficiency, resilient ride, and weight? check. Great looking finish, including hard as nails grey anodised or polish shiny enough to shave in? Again, check.