Essential Wheels V3 Black Dragon - UK MADE

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UK made hubs built with quality spokes and rims for under £200? Yes, we have listened and made a no frills hubset in our UK factory but with most of the high end features of its big brother the V6. By moving to standard bearings rather than fancy Custom SKF and halving the number of pawls we can slash the price for the ultimate bang for buck wheelset.

By building the hubs by the thousand and piggybacking alot of the components from the V6 range, the V3 hub was born. Allowing us to hit agressive pricepoints unheard of in the market even with cheap Chinese hubs! This paired up with Alex rims great Black Dragon and Sapim Leader spokes. Most brands would sell a build of this quality for £350 and make out its the latest and greatest, we are being honest telling you its great (but obviously not as awesome as our flagship V6 range)

So what do you get?

Superstar V3 hubs fitted with standard sealed catridge bearings
  • 3 pawl freehub with 27 points of engagement
  • 17mm axle for durability
  • Replaceable endcaps
  • 2014 T6511 Hubshell and 7075 T6511 Freehub - The same top quality materials as all our hubs
  • Sapim Leader Silver PG spokes
  • Sapim SILS Polyax brass nipples
  • Black Dragon Rims from Alexrims
  • Wheelset weights from 1850g approx.


You want the best value for money on the market, our essential wheels focus on what you get in the box for the best price. Our Superstar Premium Line wheels have all the bells and whistles which have to be included in the purchase price, due to customer request we are offering a cheaper option without these features to hit a lower price. Sure it would be nice to have premium SKF bearings fitted to everything but they cost a fortune, so we can slash prices by fitting standard quality bearings in line with the rest of the industry. Leader Sapim spokes and brass nipples, plus rims and hubs from reputable manufacturers, mean the best bang for your buck.

2 Year Warranty on materials and manufacturing faults

Crash Rebuild and Free Truing policy DOES NOT apply to Essential wheels.

We do not cover bearing failure as this is a wear and tear issue. Replacing of standard size bearings is an easy and cheap task, and part of standard maintenance

All Superstar wheels are supplied without rimtape or tubeless parts. We prefer to allow customers to fit their personal choice of tape/valves/sealant to suit their requirements.

All Superstar wheels are custom built to your specifications. For example if you choose BOOST adaptors it will be built on a BOOST hub and it is not possible to change to non-boost once built. As this product is custom built to your specifications we cannot accept returns/refunds/swaps as the build is bespoke to you.

Tech Specs

32 spoke front -3x 32 spoke rear - 3x

ALEX Black Dragon - 15mm internal width - great value durable disc rims. Clean looking stickers (removable) in black anodise

Wheelset Weight:
  - 29"/700c - Pair g

Note: Weights are generated by weighing a randomly selected wheelset with freehub and adaptors fitted. Due to the manufacturing process components parts vary, so this value is to be taken as guide not a guarantee. Our values are not to be confused with "optimistic" theoretical weights some manufactures claim which are often hundreds of grams understated.

Our wheels are focused on durability and long life, not weight weenie gram chasing. Sure we could easily save 100g a wheelset by putting tiny thin section bearings which don't last in our hubs but that's not upto the quality we require. If you want crazy light and unusable products we cannot help sorry.

The V3 Shimano freehub is compatible with:

  • 11 speed Mountain Bike Shimano Cassettes - Use the 1.8mm cassette spacer provided
  • 8/9/10 speed Mountain Bike Shimano Cassettes - Use the 1.8mm cassette spacer provided
  • 11 speed Road Bike Shimano Cassettes - No spacer
  • 8/9/10 speed Road Bike Shimano Cassettes - Use the 1.8mm cassette spacer provided
The V3 XDR freehub is compatible with:
  • SRAM XDR cassettes - No spacer
  • SRAM XD cassettes - Use the 1.8mm cassette spacer provided


  • Excellent Wheels

    Posted on 23 October 2019 by I. Diamond

    5 stars
    I've been using these for a couple of months now, commuting 30km /day. They are really nice wheels, well built with quality components, responsive & not at all heavy. I especially like the use of brass nipples, as the previous 'Prime' wheels from Chain Reaction had aluminium nipples which had fatigued & cracked within 2 years of use (CRC say they are a wear/serviceable parts so not cover