Astral Backbone Alloy
$880.00 – $1,390.00
We primarily build with Sapim spokes and nipples made in Belgium.
- The Sapim CX-Ray (~4g/spoke — $3.80) is our top end option and offers not only the best performance and ride quality but also the most durability. It has the longest fatigue life and is guaranteed to make every wheel build feel more alive and vibrant through the hands while also managing to dull unwanted road buzz. Their incredible low weight and vertical compliance may come at a price, but they have the tendency to turn otherwise good builds into seriously special ones. Excellent for virtually every application.
- The Sapim CX-Sprint (~5.5g/spoke — $2.70) is the mid range performance spoke on offer. They still offer low weight and agreeable flex, but are a higher effective gauge and provide more substantial lateral and torsional stiffness. Very strong, fast, spokes that are an absolute joy for us to work with as builders. We can always guarantee a well balanced and predictable build with these.
- The Sapim Race (~5.8g/spoke — $1.30) is our standard double butted option. Its 2.0mm at each end 1.8mm in the center to reduce weight and improve ride quality. They’re light, strong, and are an excellent choice for just about every application from carbon road wheels to heavy-duty commuters.
DT Swiss and Pillar spokes are available upon request.
Top quality 7075 Alloy Nipples are available upon request in a variety of colors.
Once you place an order, we will promptly follow up with an email and/or phone call to dial in the technical and aesthetic touches for your particular component specification. Pricing and lead times are subject to change for off-menu items.
All our wheels are 100% built by hand to the highest tolerances allowable for each material. If you're located in the United States, we've got your back with 1 year of complimentary wheel truing and 3 years of complimentary spoke replacement, crash replacement pricing, and warranty liason services with our vendors in the rare case of component failure or shoddy workmanship. Sugar Wheel Works strives to offer an unmatched customer service experience.
Shipping and handling charges will be coordinated with you during your build.