JRA Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 Traildog wheels review

Quality handbuilt wheels for the trail

BikeRadar score5/5

Getting wheels hand-built means you need to be patient but the advantages go well beyond the free custom-colour decals on the Stan’s Flow rims used for this set.

Just Riding Along’s (JRA) Jon Webb is an experienced racer and a proper wheel fetishist. He self-tests endless permutations to find the best to sell and then builds, balances, de-stresses, settles, tapes and final-checks every wheel in-house in Yorkshire.

This set with Sapim D-Light spokes and colour-matched alloy nipples balances precision line holding with a lively, forgiving feel.

From experience, they’ll stay like that way long after machine-built wheels have gone soggy or started eating spokes too. That makes the sweet-riding Stan’s rims feel even better than normal on the trail, and their 29mm internal width makes them ideal for getting the best out of wide tyres too.

Add Bitex hubs with 54-tooth pick-up and a 1,770g overall weight (100g less than Stan’s own Flow wheels), and they’re agile and acceleration friendly too.

Secure end caps in whatever size you need, plus custom colour and weight-specific build options, complete a bargain wheel menu.

Unfortunately JRA don't ship to the USA, but for other overseas orders delivery charges can be calculated before checkout.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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