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Fairdale Rockitship - Thru Axle compatibility?

Old 12-14-20, 03:12 PM
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Fairdale Rockitship - Thru Axle compatibility?

Hi All,

I have a Fairdale Rock****ship frame that I am going to be building up: https://shop.fairdalebikes.com/produ...-enve-fork-kit

Frame allows for 12MM thru axles, and the ENVE fork does as well. I am looking to purchase DT Swiss GR1600 wheels for the bike: https://www.merlincycles.com/en-us/d...0c-198132.html

These wheels are:
  • Front Axle: 12x100mm
  • Rear Axle: 142x12mm
Just want to make sure they will fit the frame... not sure about the spacing of the frame or the fork (went on ENVE's website). Can anyone chime in?

TY!!!
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NVM - just measured the dropouts on both the fork and frame. 100mm for the fork, and just about 142mm for the frame. Pretty sure its 142mm.
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The frame is 142mm spacing with 12mm thru axle. And the fork is 100mm spacing with 12mm thru axle.
That spacing and axle size is what the Merlin DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels fit.

You are good. Post pics when you are done- I always liked the Fairdale road frames a few years ago when they pushed em hard. Shame they didnt find traction. The Goodship and Rockitship framesets were a great price.

Rockitship Gravel Frame

  • Proven Drawnright 4130 tubeset
  • ED (epoxy) coated for corrosion protection
  • Flat-mount disc brake standard (frame only)
  • Rack-ready and adventure ready
  • 3 water bottle mounts
  • 1x or 2x drivetrain
  • 12mm thru-axle dropouts
  • 42mm / 1.65" tire clearance with 700c wheel
  • 45mm / 1.75" tire clearance with 650b wheel
  • Threaded 68mm traditional bottom bracket shell

ENVE CX / Cross Disc Carbon Fork

  • One-piece carbon fiber design
  • Post mount brake standard
  • 12mm thru-axle dropouts
  • 45mm / 1.75" tire clearance with 700c wheel
  • 50mm / 1.95" tire clearance with 650b wheel
  • 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" taper
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
The frame is 142mm spacing with 12mm thru axle. And the fork is 100mm spacing with 12mm thru axle.
That spacing and axle size is what the Merlin DT Swiss GR 1600 wheels fit.

You are good. Post pics when you are done- I always liked the Fairdale road frames a few years ago when they pushed em hard. Shame they didnt find traction. The Goodship and Rockitship framesets were a great price.

Rockitship Gravel Frame

  • Proven Drawnright 4130 tubeset
  • ED (epoxy) coated for corrosion protection
  • Flat-mount disc brake standard (frame only)
  • Rack-ready and adventure ready
  • 3 water bottle mounts
  • 1x or 2x drivetrain
  • 12mm thru-axle dropouts
  • 42mm / 1.65" tire clearance with 700c wheel
  • 45mm / 1.75" tire clearance with 650b wheel
  • Threaded 68mm traditional bottom bracket shell

ENVE CX / Cross Disc Carbon Fork

  • One-piece carbon fiber design
  • Post mount brake standard
  • 12mm thru-axle dropouts
  • 45mm / 1.75" tire clearance with 700c wheel
  • 50mm / 1.95" tire clearance with 650b wheel
  • 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" taper
Got it. Thanks for the input. Regarding wheelsets... any other brands that you may recommend to look at for this type of build? Gravel conditions... similar wheels to the GR 1600 from DT Swiss.

thanks again!
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Originally Posted by 996 View Post
Got it. Thanks for the input. Regarding wheelsets... any other brands that you may recommend to look at for this type of build? Gravel conditions... similar wheels to the GR 1600 from DT Swiss.

thanks again!
https://www.merlincycles.com/hope-20...0c-126214.html
plus
https://www.merlincycles.com/hope-20...00c-95181.html
The above comes in 24 or 32 spoke offerings. A couple forum members have bought these over the last two years and raved about how great they are. I have no experience.

You could contact prowheelbuilder.com too. A wheelset with H plus Son Hydra rims, Bitex RA12 hubs, double butted Sapim spokes, and brass nipples costs about $440. They are handbuilt and made with quality components. There are seemingly endless combinations available on their site and another option is their in house build that end up costing a bit less(i think). Multiple forum members have the house build for rim and disc brake bikes.

The GR1600 wheels you are looking at seem good too. Ive read reviews and each time they are viewed as good for the price.
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mstateglfr Got it. Appreciate the input. Will do some research on Hope... I've only heard good things. Leaning towards the GR1600 set.

How has your experience been with Bitex hubs (if you have any).


Will definitely post pictures after the bike is done.
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I have a pair of the Hope RS4 20Five and like them a lot. They get used mostly for road riding and I chose them over DT Swiss as they came with QR end caps which I needed. I have picked up a few DT Swiss wheelsets on the used marked since, but I don't have any real mileage on them to compare.

Anther option is the Shimano GRX WH-RX570 wheelset. Should be the same price everywhere so you can order through your local bike shop.
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katsup TY for the input on Hope! I think I will bite the bullet on the GR1600s
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Originally Posted by 996 View Post
mstateglfr Got it. Appreciate the input. Will do some research on Hope... I've only heard good things. Leaning towards the GR1600 set.

How has your experience been with Bitex hubs (if you have any).


Will definitely post pictures after the bike is done.
I have those bitex hubs on a road bike and gravel bike. They are relatively light, good cost, and have been completely perfect for a few riding seasons.

I would expect the DT wheels to be great and had they been around on Merlin when i built my most recent gravel bike, inwould have considered them for sure.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
I have a pair of the Hope RS4 20Five and like them a lot. They get used mostly for road riding and I chose them over DT Swiss as they came with QR end caps which I needed. I have picked up a few DT Swiss wheelsets on the used marked since, but I don't have any real mileage on them to compare.

Another option is the Shimano GRX WH-RX570 wheelset. Should be the same price everywhere so you can order through your local bike shop.
The GRX wheelset is an EXCELLENT choice in this price range. Teh 1600s are great as well, but I prefer the Shimano GRX wheelset. We sekll a lot of them. Proving to be very durable so far as we have several clydes we put on them with no issues... A great reasonably priced upgrade to many factory wheelsets. Buy from your LBS as they will be teh same price as stated above.
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Originally Posted by 996 View Post
Hi All,

I have a Fairdale Rock****ship frame that I am going to be building up: https://shop.fairdalebikes.com/produ...-enve-fork-kit

Frame allows for 12MM thru axles, and the ENVE fork does as well. I am looking to purchase DT Swiss GR1600 wheels for the bike: https://www.merlincycles.com/en-us/d...0c-198132.html

These wheels are:
  • Front Axle: 12x100mm
  • Rear Axle: 142x12mm
Just want to make sure they will fit the frame... not sure about the spacing of the frame or the fork (went on ENVE's website). Can anyone chime in?

TY!!!
I have the ER1600 wheels on my Rockitship and I like them a lot. Pretty similar to the GR1600, a bit narrower.

FWIW I love the bike. Not much else to say, so I'll put up a few pics. I intially had the natural look bar tape - that lasted about three rides before it looked like hell so I switched to black.



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billyymc wow. nice build! Appreciate the feedback. What hubs are you running?
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billyymc wow. nice build! Appreciate the feedback. What hubs are you running?
Don't really know - whatever came with the wheels Just looked on the DT Swiss site - doesn't seem like much info on the hubs. I have the model with 32mm deep rims that's all I really know.

Looking forward to seeing your build!
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Don't really know - whatever came with the wheels Just looked on the DT Swiss site - doesn't seem like much info on the hubs. I have the model with 32mm deep rims that's all I really know.

Looking forward to seeing your build!
Got it thank you. Curiously - how big is your cassette?
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Got it thank you. Curiously - how big is your cassette?
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