Regular customer Alistair from London needed a set of decent quality carbon wheels for training and racing that weren’t going to cost the earth. Therefore he went with a set of Venn Cycling 50.7mm carbon clincher / tubeless ready rims laced up to Bitex RAF9 / RAR10 hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. These rims are internal nipple versions which improve aerodynamics and have a lovely clean look. The wheelset weighs in at 1548g and priced at £788.
Steve from Norfolk’s Pacenti rims wore out and he opted to upgrade to HED Belgium Plus as a replacement rim. His Chris King R45 hubs were re-laced with new Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and black brass nipples in a 28/32 2X/3X configuration. They weighed in at a fairly light 1637g.
Andrew from Bishop’s Stortford was after a strong wheelset for his commuting bike, a single speed disc brake Genesis Day One that would be ridden on gravel paths and carry panniers. He opted for the Surly Ultra New hubs laced to DT Swiss R470 rims with black Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a 32/32 build laced 3X. I also fitted a Halo clickster freewheel.
The first two builds that came to me while in the new premises were dynamos. Tom from London and Dave from Newcastle-upon-Tyne both wanting SON dynamos – one on a Mavic Open Pro and the other on a new 2323 light alloy rim. Now to find the best place to photograph wheels…
We moved house about a month ago and bought a larger house with a decent sized garage which was the idea for the wheel-building business. It’s in Borrowash on the outskirts of Derby. No more freezing winter nights and sweaty summer days slaving away at the truing stand. It’s taken a while to get it all set up the way I wanted, and works really well for me.
Ed from Surrey was after a value for money disc-brake audax build with a dynamo hub. He needed thru-axles and 650b rims. I suggested going for an SP Dynamo PD8-X and Bitex MTR12 rear hub and using a 28/28 spoke configuration laced with Sapim Race spokes to DT Swiss R500 650b rims. The build weighed in at just over 2kg.
Chris from Gloucestershire sent me his Shimano CX75 front hub for building into a set of wheels and asked for a Bitex R106 rear hub and DT Swiss R500 650b rims. They were built 28-spoke front 2X and 32-spoke rear 3X using Sapim D-Light spokes and brass nipples and weighed in at 1832g.