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.
Greg from London wanted a set of bomb-proof wheels for his gravel bike and I recommended a wheelset which he went for: DT Swiss RR521 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 thru axle hubs in a 28/32 spoke configuration with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Greg also went for the 54T ratchet upgrade on the rear hub, making these very fast engaging and perfect for racing. They weighed in at 1837g.