I suppose this is a good time to jump in with a little plug. I was going to wait until Nathan had put the Norway trip behind him. Since he’s already used it extensively, and many people have beat on mine for months now both on- and off-road, I’m confident that things are on track.
I’m selling the wide hub super wheel. The wheel costs $550 plus shipping. The price includes:
Coker tire and tube, installed and properly seated
Two cloth rim strips
Custom wide hub
Airfoil rim carefully selected for brake compatibility
Custom cut stainless steel spokes with rolled threads
Brass washers under spoke heads for better support and longer spoke life
Special wide flange spoke nipples
Better quality bearings installed with sleeve retainer
Use of Wheelsmith spoke prep
Super quality wheel build guaranteed for the life of the rim and/or spokes
In addition, I keep a complete map of your spoke tension to help diagnose problems, should any occur.
The wheel is built to a very high tension, thus increasing the strength of the wheel, as well as reducing or eliminating spoke fretting and improving spoke life. I will true the wheel for free forever as long as the rim and spokes are in good shape. You send me the wheel at your cost, I true it and return it at my cost. I do not think that will ever be necessary. Note that crashes, especially off-road, can damage spokes if they hit rocks directly. In that case, there would be minor charges.
If you have a stock Coker it is easy to spread the frame legs to accommodate the wider hub. A bike shop can do that, ensuring alignment, or we can do it here for a small additional fee if you send us the frame. Otherwise, there are a couple of custom frame builders that can build to the better wheel, including Rick Hunter.
We can also improve the braking surface for an additional fee if you desire. At this time, working the rim weld to remove any discontinuities and ensure smooth braking is $15 extra.
The price may vary depending on wide-hub availability. The components come from various places, including unicycle.com, Semcycle, The Unicycle Factory, and bicycle parts suppliers.
See this thread and its links for more discussion and photos and videos. The last video on the page is a calibrated video of the trueness of Nathan’s wheel as it rotates. You can also see there the source for the photo John posted above.