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  • PSA: 66% off Superstar wheelsets
  • birr97
    Free Member

    Haven’t seen anyone post this, Superstar currently have a sale on for their wheelsets.

    Code is 66WHEELSET.

    Just picked up another set of the DHX with V6 hubs for £119.00, great value!

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    Does this mean they are normally 300% overpriced?

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    200 Shirley

    cp
    Full Member

    I meant to post this over the weekend…

    Highlights for me were a 1550g road wheelset for £105 and a new road/cross disc wheelset 1650g for £125. Both built with Sapim laser spokes – there’s a good £50-60’s worth of spokes in each of those wheels, UK made hubs and decent rims.

    Bonkers cheap. Past experience with SS wheels has been excellent.

    cp
    Full Member

    I should add that delivery for me was by DPD next day.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    a new road/cross disc wheelset 1650g for £125.

    I think I’ve just bought the same ones. Unfashionably narrow rims at 19mm, but I’m sure I was riding MTBs with that kind of width and 2.3in tyres about 10 years ago.

    Also impulse purchased an MTB wheelset for the same price.

    cp
    Full Member

    but I’m sure I was riding MTBs with that kind of width and 2.3in tyres about 10 years ago.

    probably narrower!

    For the intended use of these I think 19mm is perfect tbh. Rim width is pretty over rated IMO.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Yeah, I don’t think we’re gonna die or anything 😀

    The Isotope MTB rims are pretty decent at 29mm internal FWIW.

    spawnofyorkshire
    Full Member

    Are there any microspline freehub that would be compatible with their hubs?
    My mate needs a new wheelset, but he’s got shimano 12spd and a microspline cassette

    fooman
    Free Member

    Need to stop these PSAs just ordered up a couple of boost 27.5 wheelsets for £51 each which I didn’t really need but they are cheaper than the hubs cost. Rims a bit so so but will probably replace. I think Superstar can’t source spokes reliably / quickly enough so are no longer going to be in the wheel building business.

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    Bought a new set of road wheels

    branes
    Full Member

    I think Superstar can’t source spokes reliably / quickly enough so are no longer going to be in the wheel building business.

    When Sonder did that press release about (machine?) building wheels in the UK, I’m sure someone reckoned that they’d bought Superstar’s wheel building machine. Get the feeling in general that Superstar is running down stock – no new product announcements since 2019. Probably finding that custom CNC is easier and more lucrative.

    el_boufador
    Full Member

    Great prices however I was not very impressed with my v6 rear hub.

    First one cracked when I was away in the Lakes and nearly lost me a weekend riding. Just lucky I had a spare wheel with me to use.

    Replaced no quibbles under warranty, bit it was only about a year old and quite lightly used in that time.

    Unfortunately about 6 months later the freehub bearings collapsed while I was on cut gate, which then wrote the hub body off again.

    By this point I’d lost faith in the reliability, didn’t even try to warranty, and replaced with a dt350.

    Front v6 still fine / going strong.

    So just be aware that the v6 rear hub reliability is not great, at least IME, and that you may have to faff about with warranty and/or replace at some point in the not too distant future.

    retrorick
    Full Member

    I had a detached engagement ring on my v6 hub. I never got round to sending it back due to the hassle and postage costs. I bought a v3 as a replacement hub when Superstar were selling them on offer and went about swapping the rim and spokes over to it. Over a year later the v3 is running fine. v6 up front is ok.

    willard
    Full Member

    Damn! Do I feel unfashionable now… Stuck here on my 26″ hoops and unable to get new shiny like the cool kids. When I dinged the rim on my Stumpy last year so badly it flattened one side I had to buy a rim from Germany and rebuild it myself

    superstarcomponents
    Free Member

    Yes as said above we have sold off the wheelbuilding side of the business due to supply chain problems making it impossible to get everything we needed to make wheels, someone offered us a good price on the machine line and that was it.

    So we are clearing out the stock we have at below raw materials cost.

    im sure we are going to get people saying they were originally overpriced etc, well off you pop to buy your generic asia stuff for more than we were selling our UK made wheels originally….. your loss not mine.

    Yes, been a bit busy making medical stuff for a few years. Had two babies, moved house, life busy and complicated so no time to do all that and launch new stuff when you couldnt get raw materials for sensible money.

    Just sold a few hundred wheelsets in a day or so. all the preorder stuff is waiting on freehubs being assembled and spacers landing to be able to ship them out. everything is built and boxed, once its gone its gone.

    note we have thousands of spare parts which will last for years, and we can get more made if needs be. so no they arent disposable junk. Im sure its going to make alot of people happy to get a true bargain for once.

    Neil (superstarcomponents)

    dangeourbrain
    Full Member

    Im sure its going to make alot of people happy to get a true bargain for once

    I’m not sure my wife will be one of them 😂

    Pieface
    Full Member

    Quite timely as I needed a new set of wheels for my road bike. Thanks and good luck with the changing business landscape!

    tabletop2
    Full Member

    Neil,

    Will you still retain the lifetime truing?

    Thanks

    neilforrow
    Full Member

    Those that got the road wheels – which did you go for?? The wtb or the arc ultra?

    I want a tubeless rim and not sure if the arc is…

    chakaping
    Free Member

    The Ultra for me, I just assumed I could get it to work tubeless 😀

    Not impressed with the cheap WTB rims I had before.

    cp
    Full Member

    Those that got the road wheels – which did you go for?? The wtb or the arc ultra?

    arc ultra for me. I had the rim brake arc a while ago and that worked fine tubeless.

    the product page for them (albeit 32 hole version) states tubeless compatible.

    https://www.superstarcomponents.com/en/arc-ultra-disc-rims.htm

    neilforrow
    Full Member

    Cheers.

    tenacious_doug
    Free Member

    They’ve been cheap for a while now, got a great deal on some 27.5 wheels for my boys new bike. He’d been riding a set of 24″ Crest’s on his previous bike that unfortunately some tea leaf nicked, otherwise they’d be going to his sister as they are still going strong after 3 years. Just a shame there is no kids sized ones still in stock, was the only place in the UK to easily get 24″ Stans.

    birr97
    Free Member

    Shame to hear that the wheel building side has been sold off, I’ve had a few Superstar wheelsets over the past couple of years and think they’re great!

    Hopefully I shouldn’t have to find an alternative brand as by tomorrow I’ll have two sets of 27.5 wheelsets stashed in my attic as spares! 😂

    fossy
    Full Member

    Oof, £95 for a decent wheelset for my MTB (non-boost). Don’t really need any….argh what to do.

    petrieboy
    Free Member

    . Anyone got any experience of the pave ultra Road 3 wheels? I was about to get some hunt 4 season but at £100 these are very tempting

    plus-one
    Full Member

    Yes I’ve just ordered a 3rd set they are brill 🙂

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    Just bought a pair of the disc 700c wheels for the cross bike. Stealthy black, just the way I like them.

    I was only looking at how beaten up the rims are on my Fulcrum pair. Hope the rims are tougher on the new ones 🤞

    Cheers for the heads up OP

    ampthill
    Full Member

    When Sonder did that press release about (machine?) building wheels in the UK, I’m sure someone reckoned that they’d bought Superstar’s wheel building machine

    i love a good theory

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    Apparently the Arc’s 7075 T6 rim is twice as strong as my Fulcrum’s 6082 T6 rim. Looking forward to trying them out.

    Edit: https://www.rightonblackburns.co.uk/news/aluminium-6082

    superstarcomponents
    Free Member

    about the rims. the WTB are a nice branded rim, nothing super special but very good value. we never did “cheap” superstar rims, so they filled the gap for something more value orientated

    the isotope, arc, DHX, pave and element rims were our main seller. manufactured by kinlin who in my opinion make the best rims on the market. Ive been in the factory and they are a lovely family company, they actually make their own aluminum alloy inhouse in a huge casting furnace making 12m long round billets ready to extrude again inhouse. The key to why they are nice is they heat treat this quality of rims AFTER they have hooped them into wheels, so they are super straight and have no stress in the material. I dont know anyone else who does this and they build so easy because of it. They anodise after hooping as well which means you dont get the cracking on the surface you get with cheaper anodised while flat bar rims. never at the cutting edge of fashion but thats because they were so busy making bombproof quality rims.

    the alpine and trail rims were my own design made at one of the other really nice low volume factories (used by some hideously expensive brands). They are the next step on from kinlin but were so crazy expensive to make at nearly 3 times the cost i doubt we ever made any money on the rims themselves!

    i always chuckle to myself when i read the superlatives given by some of the “order it in a container selected from a catalogue” products selling for twice what we would sell them for. im always amazed how many of these people have never been to taiwan let alone been in the factory or had any involvement in the manufacturing/design of their “custom and ultra special” parts. I play a silly game at trade shows where i try and work out who has made something for a brand by looking for little clues like how they laser the serial number on….

    Neil (superstarcomponents)

    gurnster75
    Free Member

    Neil, can the Isotope V6 be run with tubes?

    gurnster75
    Free Member

    Sorry to be a pain Neil, just seen the Element wheelset is lighter than the Isotope, can they be run with tubes? Looking for a light boost 29er wheelset for a single speed build.

    wheeliedirty
    Free Member

    That was a handy and timely PSA. My winter gravel bike’s wheels are pretty shot, seized nipples and dented rims, so I’ve just picked up a new pair of wheels for a most excellent price.

    Aidy
    Free Member

    Those that got the road wheels – which did you go for?? The wtb or the arc ultra?

    I want a tubeless rim and not sure if the arc is…

    They’ll run tubeless – says so in the sidebar.
    I’ve had a set for a while, I’ve been pretty happy with them – I run them as gravel wheels and they’ve taken a fair beating. Just ordered another set as “spares”.

    frankconway
    Full Member

    Runs off to shed to check Travers RussTi frame which will be a new build project.
    I have something of a Superstar rarity on a rare bike…Superleggera hubs (Ti?), anodised gold on Stan’s alpine rims; built for the Torq race team in 2011/12. Love the hub sound as it engages.
    It’s a 26 but still gets more compliments than any other of my bikes.
    Order to be placed tomorrow morning – alpine 29, 30mm.

    NorthCountryBoy
    Free Member

    Brilliant PSA thanks,

    sorry to hear the wheel side didnt carry on for superstar been looking for a lighter set of wheels for my gravel bike build, the Isotope V6 29ers should be ideal.

    ctk
    Full Member

    Wow great PSA. Unfortunately I just bought some used road wheels for the price of a new pair of these- gah!

    sam1988
    Free Member

    Would the Arc ULTRA V6 wheelset be a good option for a gravel bike, also have the wtb option but not had much luck with wtb rims in the past. 19mm internal ok for 40c tyre?

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