Is Carbon The Answer ?

Lightweight Wheel Spesh'


In an age of Carbon frames and lightweight parts a place many people look to save weight is their wheels… but, are carbon fibre rims the answer ?


We have all seen some of the worlds top pro’s running the Bombshell CS Carbon rims but with a price tag of around £300 per rim & weighing 323 grams is there an alternative option…….

The Bombshell CS Carbon Rim


We got in contact with Scoop Distribution to see what kind of weight saving we could make on a simple rim and spoke swap on our existing Alius hubs…..

Vocal Titanium Spokes & the new AlienNation TCS Malice rims


We started off with some Alius Rox Hubs sitting on Sun Envy rims with standard Vocal BMX Double Butted Stainless Steel Spokes –

  • Rear wheel – 1086 grams.
  • Front wheel – 853 grams.


Then came the rebuild, off came the Sun Envy’s and stainless spokes on went the AlienNation Malice Rim with Vocal BMX’s new Black Titanium spokes, all available from CustomRiders

36 Stainless Spokes – 143 grams
36 Ti Spokes from Vocal BMX – 103 grams


Front Wheel - Before & After
Rear Wheel - Before & After
337 grams for the AlienNation £59.99 - Remember the Bombshell CS is 323 grams & £275


So is carbon fibre the answer……………

If money is no object ?…. Its a Maybe from us

But when you can get the same sort of weight savings using the AlienNation Rims and Vocal Ti spokes for a fraction of the cost…. we would, and have intact gone for that option.


The AlienNation Malice Rim & Ti Spokes can be purchased from



The TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) Malice uses the most advanced drilling pattern of any bicycle rim on the market today. Our new 4D drilling process creates the optimal interface between spoke and rim. This exact angle reduces binding and the need for eyelets. The I-Beam is distinctive, centrally located vertical support counteracts spoke loads and provides torsional rigidity. Our new G69 material is super light with superior strength. NO RADIAL LACING. These rims are designed and drilled for 3 cross specifically. Each TCS Malice rim comes with a valve plug for the unused valve hole (TCS Malice rim drilled for both TCS and Schrader).

  • Use: All-Round, Race
  • Material: 6069 T6 (30% stronger than 6061 T6)
  • Walls: Double
  • Joint: Welded
  • Weight: 325g, g
  • Diameter: 406 (20”), 507 (24″)
  • Drilling: 36H, 28H
  • Valve: TCS & SV
  • Sidewall: CNC’d
  • ERD: 394, 495
  • Colors: Black, Dark Blue, Dark Red, Polished


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