RIM BUYERS GUIDE
Browse through our quick reference guide to help you make the right choice of SPANK Rim for your body type and ride style.
We have 12 rim models in our current range - each designed with a very specific purpose in mind. Factors for choosing the right rim for you, include considering your own size, your frame size, the type of riding you will be doing, and of course, your price range.
All SPANK Industries MTB Rims are available in 32-hole, and the SPANK 350 & 359 Range is also available in 28-hole for Trail & Enduro.
Gravel Rims are available in 650B and 700C in both 28-hole and 32-hole.
USE THE QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE BELOW TO SELECT THE RIM MODEL BEST SUITED FOR YOUR RIDING.
ERD & ETRTO
This information is usually required by your wheelbuilder if you are having a set of custom SPANK wheels built. This offers your wheelbuilder the correct specifications for spoke and nipple selection.
SPANK ERD = Rim diameter (mm) with 2x spoke bed thickness (mm) included.
(++) = add your own nipple head height (mm) x2
Rims are joined by either welding, pinning, or sleeving. A welded joint creates an inflexible weak point that compromises the consistency of a rim. The heat of welding also compromises the material strength at that point. SPANK Industries rims are sleeved. This allows for an agreeable amount of flex at the join - a good thing! A sleeved joint also offers the highest strength-to-weight ratio. A SPANK Industries sleeved rim joint is covered with a thin-layered water decal. This is only aesthetic. It is normal, and no problem if that decal breaks during riding. It is merely an indication that the sleeve is performing the function it was designed for - allowing for flex. SPOON rims are pinned, not sleeved.
SPANK Industries Rims are shotpeen finished. This process of 'hammering' the surface instead of sandblasting, means that no material is removed, and therefore the integral strength of the alloy is optimized. After shotpeen, the rims are then anodized black, or colour. SPANK logos on rims are either lasered or sublimated decals (a very thin decal which is baked into the rims - meaning no peeling.)
28H rims are not offered in colour options. 32H rims are available in a variety of colours, differing per rim model.
RIM CHART DOWNLOAD
Download the pdf for a detailed chart of the specifications, ETRTO, ERD, weights and intended use / classification of SPANK Industries rims.
AWARD WINNING CHOICE
SHOP SPANK RIMS
SPANK Industries rims consistently get voted into the top 3 'most wanted' MTB rims by reader polls from the industry leading MTB publications, as well as having received several Design & Innovation and other industry design awards.
HOW ITS MADE
SPANK INDUSTRIES rims are precision handcrafted in our own factory, FRATELLI INDUSTRIES. Learn more about how our alloy rims are designed and manufactured.
Wondering how strong our wheels are? See what happened when the GMBN crew tested them recently?
TUBELESS SET UP - HOW TO
All SPANK Industries Rims come with a protective rim strip that must be removed prior to wheel building. This is NOT a tubeless tape. All SPANK Rims are tubeless compatible except SPOON 32 & SPOON 28 which are pinned rims, without BeadBite, and are therefore not recommended for tubeless use.
View the HOW TO video at this link for a detailed guide on setting your SPANK Rims up for tubeless.