Tech & New Products: ProWheelBuilder’s Aerus & Ventus Wheelsets


ProWheelBuilder has been building their line of Signature Wheel Packages since the mid 1990’s. Owner, Richard Craig, tells us about the Aerus and Ventus wheelsets and what sets ProWheelBuider’s wheels apart from the competition.

Craig said “To start off with, the hubs we use are White Industries T11’s. Many of our competitors use Asian supplied hubs which can be difficult to source parts for. In many cases they use a proprietary spoke interface and are not optimized for durability. We use J bend spokes which are easier to source than straight pull spokes and last longer if properly stress relieved and tensioned (which requires a bit more time but is worth it). The customer can customize their wheels by choosing from any of the White Industries hub colors, select drilling options and change the color of the nipples. Finally, we build over 4000 wheels a year as a small family owned company. Those 4000 wheels do not simply consist of a handful of models with specific and narrow parameters. We build shallow, deep, wide, carbon, alloy, wood, 24in through 29in, high spoke counts, low spoke counts and we consider the riders weight and intended use for every build to optimize the spoke tension accordingly. We bring all this insight and experience to our own in house wheels which we hope translates into a true hand built difference.

The Aerus and Ventus PWB Signature Wheelsets started shipping on April 15. In addition, ProWheelBuilder will be introducing a disc brake version of the Ventus by the 1st of May. It will be 1590 grams, cost $699.00, be 24/24 hole and use White Industries cld hubs.”

Aerus Wheelset

“We built the Aerus wheelset to ride like air over rough surfaces, hence its name means air in Latin. By using a 24mm wide and 22mm deep rim along with a 2x2x front lacing pattern and a 3x3x rear lacing pattern the Aerus will take the edge off any rough surface and reduce fatigue. The Aerus is also a great climbing wheel as the rims mass is only 440 grams which contributes to the Aeris’s quick spin up. The 24 spokes up front and the 28 spokes in the rear make this a very durable wheel set which can be used for daily use.

We at ProWheelBuilder have used our extensive experience to configure a wheel set that utilizes the best non proprietary components available today along with our knowledge of spoke length, spoke tension, stress relieving and truing to supply you with a wheel set we are proud to put our name on.

Aerus wheel sets will ship within 3 business days providing you have selected from the stock configuration and we are not oversold.

The Aerus wheel set is completely hand build, tensioned, trued, stressed and boxed by Prowheelbuilder.com

Our Two year warranty covers all manufacture defects. However, if you damage the wheel outside of normal wear and tear then we offer a crash replacement program as well.”

The Aerus Lite wheel set uses the following components:

Rim: KinLin XR22T. This is a tubeless compatible rim made from Niobium aluminum with a machined brake track. Niobium is much stronger alloy than standard aluminum which allows the rim to retain strength while remaining very lite. Not all tubeless compatible rims are created the same. This rim has a deep radiused center channel which helps with tire mounting and uses a bead lock system which helps insure the tire will not unseat under low pressure. The machined brake track helps prevent brake oscillation which means smooth consistent braking.

Hub: White Industries T11. These hubs utilize oversized bearings, a titanium driver body, Chromoly axle, are side load adjustable and have one of the lowest coefficient of track when coasting. The oversized bearings will guarantee you long service free use where as smaller bearings will prematurely wear out races and increase drag. Titanium is a great material for the driver body. The reason being is it is slightly heavier than aluminum but harder than aluminum which helps prevent the cogs from notching the driver body. Since the hub is side load adjustable and the axle is made from Chromoly there will be no need to ever replace the axle. Where as shouldered, non adjustable, aluminum axles will wear out over time and need to be replaced.

Spokes: Sapim CX Ray. Made from Stainless Steel and utilizing an aero profile these are the best spokes in there world.

Nipples: Sapim Locking Alloy. This nipple uses a unique thread deformation to insure that the nipple will not vibrate loose which can lead to the wheel prematurely going out of true.

Tape & Valve: All our wheels come tubeless ready with tape and valve already installed. If you want to run an inner tube simply remove the valve.

More info on the Aerus PWB Signature Wheelset

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Ventus Wheelset

“Ventus, is the Latin word for wind. The Ventus wheel set has been optimized to excel in windy conditions. Due to the Ventus’s 24mm wide and 31mm deep rim cross section we are able to use a scant 16 spokes in the front wheel and 20 spokes in the rear wheel. Along with the Sapim bladed spokes this makes for an extremely efficient wheel aerodynamically. However the Ventus rim depth and width also contributes to extra ordinary lateral and torsional rigidity which helps when sprinting or cornering.

We at ProWheelBuilder have used our extensive experience to configure a wheel set that utilizes the best non proprietary components available today along with our knowledge of spoke length, spoke tension, stress relieving and truing to supply you with a wheel set we are proud to put our name on.

Ventus wheel sets will ship within 3 business days providing you have selected from the stock configuration and we are not oversold.

The Ventus wheel set is completely hand build, tensioned, trued, stressed and boxed by Prowheelbuilder.com

Our Two year warranty covers all manufacture defects. However if you damage the wheel outside of normal wear and tear then we offer a crash replacement program as well.”

The Ventus Lite wheel set uses the following components:

Rim: KinLin XR31T. This is a tubeless compatible rim made from Niobium aluminum with a machined brake track. Niobium is much stronger alloy than standard aluminum which allows the rim to retain strength while remaining very lite. Not all tubeless compatible rims are created the same. This rim has a deep radiused center channel which helps with tire mounting and uses a bead lock system which helps insure the tire will not unseat under low pressure. The machined brake track helps prevent brake oscillation which means smooth consistent braking.

Hub: White Industries T11. These hubs utilize oversized bearings, a titanium driver body, Chromoly axle, are side load adjustable and have one of the lowest coefficient of track when coasting. The oversized bearings will guarantee you long service free use where as smaller bearings will prematurely wear out races and increase drag. Titanium is a great material for the driver body. The reason being is it is slightly heavier than aluminum but harder than aluminum which helps prevent the cogs from notching the driver body. Since the hub is side load adjustable and the axle is made from Chromoly there will be no need to ever replace the axle. Where as shouldered, non adjustable, aluminum axles will wear out over time and need to be replaced.

Spokes: Sapim CX Ray. Made from Stainless Steel and utilizing an aero profile these are the best spokes in there world.

Nipples: Sapim Locking Alloy. This nipple uses a unique thread deformation to insure that the nipple will not vibrate loose which can lead to the wheel prematurely going out of true.

Tape & Valve: All our wheels come tubeless ready with tape and valve already installed. If you want to run an inner tube simply remove the valve.

More info on the Ventus PWB Signature Wheelset

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