So far with our Made in America series we’ve spent some time in the Midwest with National Cycle and Revolution Performance, now we’re back in the West Coast where we stopped in to visit with one of our neighborhood manufacturers, Sam Wakim, of Ride Wright Wheels (RWW). If you’re a long time reader, you may remember back in the November 2006 issue in which we visited Sam’s shop. In that article we showed how one of Sam’s most popular wheels, the Fat Daddy 50 Spoke, went from a rim band, hub, and a collection of spokes to complete wheel ready to roll down Main Street.
While Sam hasn’t reinvented the wheel, since that article back in 2006 he has definitely improved upon not only his patented Fat Daddy design but also his hub design, as well as expanded into creating a line of billet wheels for those who might want something a little more flashy than a spoked wheel, which is actually hard to do since Sam offers his spoked wheels in just about any hub, rim, and spoke color combination you could think of. Basically, if you wanted a set of wheels to commemorate that acid trip you had back in high school, RWW would be happy to oblige.
While RWW still offers its 40, 60, 80, and 120 cross-laced spoke wheels with the more traditional, skinny 3/16-inch spokes in round, twisted, or diamond-cut, some of Sam’s latest contributions to the world of wheels include Soft Lip rims featuring machine accents, Jewel, Twista, and Blade Fat Daddy spokes, and most importantly, a modular three-piece hub. Sam has received a patent on his three-piece hub design (for wire wheel applications), which utilizes a universal center hub and variety of hub ends that allow his company to quickly and easily set up any H-D or import bike with wheels. So what does this mean for you, the end user? Essentially it’s a one-hub-fits-all application, so if you purchase a set of RWW spoked wheels for a specific bike, and then you sell that bike and get a new one, you can keep your wheels and get new hub ends fitted to the wheels for your new ride—saving you the expense of buying a new set of wheels. Or, say you were running a single disc up front and wanted to go to a dual disc (or vise versa), you could just swap out the hub ends for either application. There’s a variety of options/applications the universal hub can be used for.
Now, about that billet stuff. Several years back Sam invested in more machinery, which allowed him to expand his line of products to include billet wheel designs. The addition of more CNC machines and mills also allowed Sam to take on manufacturing products for other companies, one of which was Rampage Wheels. And with the recent passing of Rampage’s founder, Wendell Smith, Sam has taken on full responsibility of the wheel line to ensure that Wendell’s passion for creating clean and elegantly designed wheels lives on.
Follow along as we tour through the RWW facility. HB
Ride Wright Wheels
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