Interview: South Industries locally made carbon rims

We meet up with Nico and Stephan from South Industries at the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair. These two guys are designing and making carbon rims in Cape Town. We sat them down to find out more about their new enterprise.

 

Check out the South Industries website here.




62 Comments

South Industries, Oct 23 2015 08:52

Thank you for the positive feedback guys, much appreciated! If you have any questions drop us a mail or come and see us at the African Cycle Fair and come shake the hand of the guys that manufacture these wheels.

raptor-22, Oct 23 2015 09:24

Yes because having worked extensively with composites I know what I'm looking at.

But hey, there's cheaper stuff out there that will make you happy

Spoke101, Oct 23 2015 10:44

Enve's are 15k per rim (only). Good luck guy's

Hairy, Oct 24 2015 08:34

If I had the cash I would go for these.....wonder if South is short for South Africa

raptor-22, Oct 24 2015 09:27

well they based in Somerset West so may its just like South of where everyone builds their carbon rims

JXV, Oct 24 2015 09:31

I like....a lot. In the market. Where do I get some?

Nick, Oct 24 2015 11:02

South Industries are running a special during the Africa Cycle Fair:

 

We are running a launch special for the duration of the #africancyclefair. Come and visit our stand or drop us a...

Posted by South Industries on Saturday, 24 October 2015

stringbean, Oct 24 2015 01:29

Any front hub options for a RS1 fork?

Spez247, Oct 24 2015 01:44

Wheel done to the Saffers! Wishing you great success in this venture. See you at the fair tomorrow.

Odinson, Oct 24 2015 01:52

Great looking wheels.

 

To the guys bitching about the price, if you want handgemaakte local carbon rims, you're going to pay a premium. It's just the way it is.

 

Give credit where credit is due. These guys could've gone the Momsen/Volcan route and just imported mass produced *** from China/Taiwan and slap their decals on, but that is clearly not what they're about. 

 

What kind of warranties/guarantees are included?

South Industries, Oct 24 2015 03:09

Thanks Odinson for the cool comments.

We offer a 2 year manufacturing warranty and a 50% crash replacement policy for the original owner.

Lukep, Oct 24 2015 03:33

Thanks Odinson for the cool comments.

We offer a 2 year manufacturing warranty and a 50% crash replacement policy for the original owner.

Hi South Industries

I am interested in a set of 29er wheels on tune hubs.
Some questions I am hoping you can help me with.
1. What is the weight of the wheelset
2. In terms of impact force strength have you done any testing if so how do the wheels compare to ZTR valor
3. Do the wheels have a rider weight limit?
4. Is the promo price inclusive of delivery.

Cheers

_im_from_earth, Oct 24 2015 08:02

So flipping awesome to see this being done right here in SA!!

markmad, Oct 24 2015 08:42

Guys don’t compare a locally made product to a Taiwanese imported wheel which would be the case of most of the other  manufactured wheels .These will be more expensive but if they made where I think they made then they will be class. We should be making the hubs locally as well but it might push up the price even further.

 

 

Just getting hold of the correct materials at times becomes so frustrating that I have found that at times  component manufacture could be cheaper in the UK than in this country which is shocking.

EmptyB, Oct 24 2015 08:48

I love it !!!!!
We need more guys like this


Agreed, guys like this need to grow....bring it on!

raptor-22, Oct 24 2015 10:31

I like....a lot. In the market. Where do I get some?

 

 

Speak to William Keith at Williams BIke Shop, Somerset West.

021 851 0919

or contact South Industries directly

GrahamS2, Oct 26 2015 06:37

Guys don’t compare a locally made product to a Taiwanese imported wheel which would be the case of most of the other  manufactured wheels .These will be more expensive but if they made where I think they made then they will be class. We should be making the hubs locally as well but it might push up the price even further.

Why not? Taiwanese companies make a similar product at a lower price. It's an obvious comparison to make.

 

The South wheels do look very decent, but in that price bracket they go up against the likes of Nox Composites, etc. so there's lots of shopping around to do.

South Industries, Oct 26 2015 08:33

Any front hub options for a RS1 fork?


Yes! Tune have just released a PS option. Drop us a mail for more info.

Skinnyone, Oct 26 2015 09:15

I love it! Everyone comments on the price being "so expensive" do yourself a favour, build (and by that I mean get a cnc machinist to machine something) yourself a mold. Then buy the highest grade carbon that you can get your hands on - short of registering your business as a weapons (read jet fighter) manufacturer, and build your set of rims cheaper - I DARE YOU!

 

understand that the Taiwanese build mass market, they have a production line of 20 molds that have been used moer tu and the shape is no longer quite accurate, the grade of carbon is mediocre to say the least etc so yes you can get a carbon rim for R12.50 is it a quality rim like this? NO. As a wheelbuilder I k@k myself when someone brings me a fing tong rim as the thing has an uneven ERD (look it up) if you look inside the rim there are lumps of resin, patches of carbon - its ugly...then there are no max spoke tensions listed so how tight can I build the wheel? 

 

I am sure that as the market grows and sales pick up, the price may come down as these guys can now justify bulk orders of raw materials and more molds to get more product out etc.

 

I wish these awesome chaps ( I met them and the one thing that resounds is their passion) all the best and hopefully they are the next Enve killers! 

rouxtjie, Oct 26 2015 09:20

Stopped by these lads at cyclefair.

 

Two things immediately come to mind....quality and strength. As others have said, this isn't sweatshop carbon, their build kits are also not skimped on...Tune for the snakes and I9 for longevity.

 

If i had 20k for a set, I would buy in a heartbeat. 

sias, Oct 26 2015 09:45

I had to be lured away from these wheels with promises of lots and lots of cheap meaningless  sex and lots and lots of fudge!

Those rims and industry 9 hubs are very, very nice! As Rouxtjie said, if i had R20K with me yesterday, the missus would have had to sit in the back seat going home...

rouxtjie, Oct 26 2015 09:47

I had to be lured away from these wheels with promises of lots and lots of cheap meaningless  sex and lots and lots of fudge!

Those rims and industry 9 hubs are very, very nice! As Rouxtjie said, if i had R20K with me yesterday, the missus would have had to sit in the back seat going home...

you want to go halvies on a divorce lawyer....

 

The yeti Sb-6c with the loaded wheels....the is a divorce in motion I tell you 

Mawbs, Oct 26 2015 03:46

so if you took these rims and put them on a set of Hope hubs then you talking more in a price range i could live with

raptor-22, Oct 26 2015 05:23

Yes you could in theory lace them to whatever hub you want. That's the beauty of them. You can get what you want

Matchstix, Oct 26 2015 06:32

I are is being drooling likes likes basset hound on a hot summer day with lamb chop in front of it.