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We originally launched the Kibo with 26" wheels and this is still the most popular version of the Kibo, however we now also offer 27.5" or 700c/29", if that is your preferred option.

The Ryde Andra’s are renowned amongst bike expeditionists as the ultimate durable rim for heavy loads on various terrains. On the Kibo disc we have chosen the 36 hole Andra 40 (disc specific versions) for excellent strength. They are no compromise rims.

Around-the-world cyclists biggest mechanical issue tends to be broken spokes under the weight of the rear load – that's why we use one of the strongest rims available to minimise the stress on the spokes - the Ryde Andra.

All of our wheels are handbuilt in Sussex. Wheels hand built by an experienced builder can significantly increase its strength versus those machine built. 

The hubs on the Kibo Disc are Shimano Deore XT - Shimano’s touring hub which can be easily serviced anywhere in the world. As per the Shimano non-disc hubs, they use a combination of contact and labyrinth sealing protecting the internal workings from mud and dirt. 

We’re big fans of the M756 XT disc hub because of steel axle, it is proven to perform better for the expedition cyclist carrying a heavy load

The hubs have a standard six bolt rotor fitting.

All Shimano hubs use cup and cone type bearings. The real benefit to this type is that they can be easily be serviced and fixed anywhere in the world, which is why this is our preferred expedition hub.

We do offer hubs with cartridge bearings which require less servicing, however cartridge bearings can be tricky to get hold of in certain places. If you’d like to upgrade to these hubs click here

The standard tyre on the Kibo is the Marathon Plus Tour 26 x 2.0. The Marathon Mondial Evo folding 26 x 2.0 is great alternative option as an upgrade - it’s slightly faster rolling but maintains the strength with very robust sidewalls for loaded touring.

For heavier riders we would recommend the Andra 40 rim.

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