XPLOR+ Slate Edition: The Xplor+ Slate is a variant of the XPLOR+ configured for the Cannondale Slate. We use the awesome Project 321 hubs for all of our Lefty based wheels, in this case the Lefty Oliver fork found on the Slate.
Some versions of the Slate come from factory with a road compact double crank and 11-28 gearing. We think that is pretty silly for this bike, and the most common upgrade is to ditch that gearing and add a wide range derailleur and wide range cassette.
The other variant of the Slate comes with SRAM CX1 and hubs with an XD driver and wide range cassette from factory. The XD driver option will also work with a Shimano bike and wide range derailleur mod as shift spacing is the same. Just select the free hub option you want or email us to discuss.
The XPLOR+ is an extra wide 650b “Road Plus” wheel for those riders interested in bigger tires on their 700c bike. A Road Plus tire is usually 47mm wide so I build around a 30mm deep 25mm internal hookless carbon rim. The hookless rims provide excellent tubeless performance, flat protection and tire bead interface. The low, MTB style bead on these rims gives excellent pinch flat resistance at low pressures.
For 2021, rims are now constructed using graphene doped Toray T800 carbon fiber. Graphene doping is a new process using wherein a very small amount of graphene (under 2%) is added to the T800 carbon matrix during processing. Scientific testing has demonstrated significant increases in strength and impact resistance results from the graphene doping process. Our testing has shown this to be true in practice, allowing pretty significant weight reductions in the rim construction.
These wheels can be built around an MTB freehub, so HG10 or XD or Microspline, vs HG 11 or XD-R. This is because you are very likely running a wide range 11-42 or larger MTB cassette, so there is no need for the longer freehub body required for an 11-28 "road" cassette. This allows the hub flanges to be 1.8mm wider set, and as such they build up stronger as well. Up to you!
I lace the XPLOR+ 28 hole, 3 cross front and rear with Sapim CX Ray spokes for light weight and performance.
All wheels come tubeless taped with premium alloy valve stems installed, ready for you to mount tubeless tires. Through axles are not provided with wheels as they are part of the bike frame system.
This wheelset is badass and bulletproof. Jerry was right on the money when he commented that the Slate will feel 100% snappier. The customer service, accessibility, and turnaround time is outstanding. Jerry is mega responsive and stands behind his product and service. Love this guys passion for his craft.
Quality built wheels, used for road and gravel, have been bulletproof!