The secret behind the high quality and exotic shapes of DUB.1 Wheel lies in the advanced forging processes used by the company. The forging process changes the shape and the molecular structure of metal. Forging processes combine heating of the metal and applying high pressure to it. This can be done by rolling, hammering, pressing or a combination thereof.
Forging creates a stronger metal structure, and by shaping the blanks in the most advanced forging machines available, DUB.1 can create stronger, more lightweight and elegant wheels than companies using conventional wheel manufacturing technologies.
DUB.1 wheels are made from round bar stock of lightweight alloy, most commonly aerospace quality 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy. These are 3-Piece wheels, with the wheel made up of The Center, The Outer Hoop (lip) and the Inner Hoop (lip).
The forging process starts by heating round flat billets of alloy and pressing them to a rough shape in a forging press. The piece coming out of the forging press is called a "blank".
The blanks for the barrel halves are put into a flow-forming machine. The barrel blanks are heated and then formed with high-pressure rollers in a rotary forging process called “spinning”. The rollers “flow-form” the blanks, changing not only their shape, but also the structure of the metal. The rolling process aligns the metal grain structure to create a stronger hoop. DUB.1 re-spin the barrel halves to give them extra bending strength.
The center blank is put into a CNC milling machine for milling of the wheel center to the exact predetermined shape.
The wheel parts are then sent through the finishing processes needed to achieve the final design – plating, polishing and painting.
The three parts of the wheel are bolted together after the finishing. A silicone seal makes the joint between the two hoops airtight.
By choosing different combinations of outer and inner hoops, DUB.1 offers a wide variety of rim widths and offset. Customers can combine hoops and centers to achieve the exact measurements they require.
Forged 3-Piece Wheels are the most desired by discerning customers as
- truly perfect fitments can be achieved
- the wheels are easy to customize by painting or plating
- 3-piece wheels have the highest resale value for used wheels
- the wheels are easy to repair if damaged, as the hoops are easy to replace