Sixthelement Carbon Race Wheels 27.5

I picked up my new carbon wheels from Graham at Sixth Element who had built them for me on orange Hope hubs just as I had asked for. They looked amazing with black carbon rims, stealth decals, black spokes and the orange hubs, not everyones choice and yes you can have a brighter set made but i like the low key look of them. The rims are the 650B (27.5), 40mm external carbon rims with alloy spokes and nipples hand built in the UK.

Speaking to Graham was a pleasure and he couldn't do enough to assist me and build the wheels within the week. They came tubeless ready and when fitted with WTB tyres they simply popped into place on the first attempt which was a refreshing change.

The wheels were fitted to a Whyte G 160-RS replacing a set of aluminium wheels that came with the bike. The first ride out was in Hebden Bridge and as usual the ride started with a climb, I could feel the wheels were stiff but nothing to make me rocket up hill.

It wasn't until I set off on the first downhill when the wheels came into their own and the feeling was just incredible!

People talk about stiff wheels and my initial thoughts were stiff wheels = harsh ride but it couldn't be further from the truth in this case. Yes the wheels are stiff and this translates into pin point direction changes, the ability to push the bike into the corner to generate grip and speed meant I had a massive grin on my face at the bottom of the hill.