BUYERS' GUIDE WHEELS
Browse through our quick reference guide to help you make the right choice of SPANK Wheel for your body type and ride style.
TUNE YOUR FRONT AND REAR WHEELS WITH SPANK’S SINGLE WHEEL PROGRAM AND THE NEW HEX DRIVE HUB
SPANK has invested highly into wheelset weight optimization, new high engagement, discipline specific hubs, and a broader range including new Gravel, Trail/All Mountain, Enduro Race, DH Race, Freeride and Single Speed DJ wheels!
Use the quick guide to assist you in understanding the difference in the ‘job’ of the rear wheel vs the front wheel, and thereby assist in choosing your ideal combination SPANK front & rear wheel.
Lighter front wheel configuration to pump up the playfulness of your ride, and a burlier model in the back for added durability.
Wider wheel up front for added traction, and narrower in back for higher rolling speed.
COMPLIANCE V STIFFNESS
Radially Compliant wheel in the front for maximum traction and reduced wheel deflection, and Vibrocore in back for enhanced responsiveness.
SPANK WHEELS - FEATURES
Every SPANK wheel is hand laced, tensioned, and trued, and receives several quality control checks, before the builder signs off on each wheel's build specification.
SPANK Industries pushes wheel evolution one step further with the injection of VIBROCORE™ in to the inner well of our Radially Compliant rims, to increase torsional strength and further reduce vibration. In 2020, SPANK has presented a new range of Radially Compliant and VIBROCORE™ wheels for all types of riders and disciplines of MTB and Gravel, utilizing our new HEX DRIVE 102T hub system.
HEX DRIVE HUBS
2020 model year onwards SPANK VIBROCORE™ and Radially Compliant Wheels, SPIKE and OOZY Wheels, and GRAVEL Wheels, have been upgraded to SPANK’s all new HEX DRIVE 102T Hub system, with 3.5° Engagement, and 6 Pawl, 18 contact point drive system. HEX hub wheels feature upgraded seals, “Bite Block” alloy freehubs, oversized bearings and alloy axles, and a unique flange design which minimizes dish in wheels and the resulting spoke tension range.
2020 SPOON 32, and OOZY HYBRID wheels spin on our tried and true SPIKE J-Hook Hubs. SPIKE Hubs feature ultra-tough 3 Pawl / 30T engagement, steel HG freehub bodies, and Steel Axles. They are fully beefed up to take the high torque and weight loads of modern E-MTB Pedelecs, and weekend warriors.
RADIAL COMPLIANCE REVOLUTION
Radially Compliant VIBROCORE™ rims and wheels have a wide and very low profile, which maximize their ability to flex vertically, while maintaining high lateral and torsional stiffness. This design enhances both comfort and traction, absorbing chatter and changes in terrain. It also helps to reduce dangerous wheel deflection as wheels absorb impacts rather than bounce off them.
SPANK Industries won the 2019 Design & Innovation Award for our radially compliant SPANK 350 VIBROCORE™ WHEELS.
Use the rim guide below to select the best suited profile for your new wheels. SPANK Rear & Front Wheels can be purchased separately - making both wheel tuning, or wheel replacement, simple and efficient.
SPANK WHEELS - A LA CARTE
Purchasing SPANK wheels is as easy and diverse as A LA CARTE!
WHY? Because our Hex Drive MTB freehubs are UNIVERSAL FIT to all our Hex Drive MTB Hubs, AND...we have you covered for not only alloy MTB freehubs in HG, XD and Microspline, but we also offer all three standards in a steel freehub body with upgraded bearings classified E-Plus for E-MTB! Likewise, our GRAVEL freehubs available in XD-R and HG-R are universal fit to our Gravel Hex Drive Hubs.
SPOKES, NIPPLES, & NIPPLE WASHERS
SPANK 350 & 359, SPIKE, OOZY, and Gravel wheels all share Stainless Steel Triple Butted, 2.2/1.8/2.0 spokes for their high strength and fatigue life, and resistance to stretching and twisting. SPOON Wheels are laced with tough and reliable Plain Gauge Spokes.
SPANK 350, 359 and Flare 24 wheels utilize alloy Standard External (2mm flat head) Nipples, to ensure clearance with tubeless tape. OOZY Wheels employ alloy DSN (4mm square drive head) Nipples, for light weight and durability, where OOZY Hybrid wheels use Brass DSN for ultimate strength. SPIKE, and SPOON wheels are laced with Standard External Brass Nipples, for exceptional value and ease of service.
SPANK Radially Compliant Wheels, including 350 and 359 models, feature nipple washers between the nipple and rim. Nipple washers help to maintain spoke tension in radially compliant wheels, and add strength at the nipple/ rim interface.
CHOOSING FRONT & REAR WHEEL RIMS
Use the rim chart below as a quick reference to choose your perfect front and rear wheel rim.
SPANK WHEELS VIDEO GALLERY
Click any of the Video Thumbnails below to watch our product reviews, features, benefits and How To clips.
Wondering how strong our wheels are? See what happened when the GMBN crew tested them recently?
ROOTS, ROCKS & LEGACY
SPANK INDUSTRIES founder Gavin Vos, also our chief engineer, has designed over 200 rim profiles for leading industry brands. After years of frustration over vendor limitations, he founded FRATELLI so that we could make our rims ourselves. Like he says, “If you want to do it right, do it yourself.”
READY TO SEND!
MTB Freeride Pro Sam Reynolds trusts the SPANK Industries hand-built factory wheels for durability, performance and consistency.
They come ‘ready to send’ directly out the box without the need to true and tension as they are hand built to A-Class tolerance before they ship to Sam and to you!
WE SAY NO TO CARBON FIBER
Learn more about why SPANK Industries promotes alloy wheels as a high performance, safe and responsible alternative to carbon fiber.