David from Kent sent me two sets of hubs to have some wheels built – one a set of Hope Pro III’s for building onto a set of Farsport 38mm carbon rims and the other, a set of Chris King R45 hubs for building onto HED Belgium Plus rims. They were both laced up with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and brass nipples and weighed in at 1565g for the Hope / carbon wheels and 1499g for the Chris King / HED wheels.
David used the HED wheels for a trip in the USA – a multi day ride in the Rocky Mountains and thought they were ‘smooth as silk’.
Alistair from London wanted a low-cost good set of replacement wheels for his old Pacenti SL23’s and I suggested going for the rims that have replaced the SL23’s – Pacenti’s Forza rims. Laced up with a set of value for money light weight Bitex RAR9 / RAR10 hubs and Sapim Laser spokes (Sapim Race on the rear drive side) laced 20/24, the build came in at 1487g and cost him £374 for the set.
Mark from York wanted a sturdy and super reliable set of hand-built thru-axle disc-specific wheels for riding the 2017 London Edinburgh London (LEL) 1400km (800+ miles) audax. I went with my favourite hubs and rims suggestion which was a DT Swiss 350 142 x 12mm thru axle rear and SON Delux 12 front dynamo laced to DT Swiss 411 disc rims with Sapim Race spokes in a 32/32 3X configuration. The wheels came out just under 2kg. Best of luck to Mark!
After having these rims kicking around for a personal project for months, I finally gave in and built them up for a customer than had been asking for something similar. Although having used my XCS carbon rims on several builds and being a big fan of them, he wanted something a tad more bling for a new Pinarello bike build. I suggested the Mavic Cosmic Pro SL’s laced to a set of DT Swiss 180 Carbon Ceramic hubs with CX-Ray spokes.
They weren’t the cheapest build, but they came out a lot lighter than the stock Mavic factory build. Needless to say Paul was very happy with them.
Tim from Cheshire wanted a reliable wheelset for audaxing with a dynamo hub capable of both charging devices and powering a set of lights. We agreed to get built a DT Swiss 350 ‘Hugi’ rear hub and Schmidt SON 28 dynamo on Mavic Open Pro using Sapim Race spokes. At under £500 this is a classic long distance hand-built wheelset that is both reliable and functional and also fairly light weight.
Mark from Buckinghamshire wanted a replacement front wheel for his ENVE 3.4 tubular wheelset without the ENVE price tag, so I suggested one of my XCS 38mm (25mm wide) tubular rims laced radially to a White Industries T11 hub with CX-Ray spokes. The build came in at 590g and cost Mark less than £400 – over half the price of the ENVE wheel and pretty much just as good.
With the UK’s premier audaxing event, London Edinburgh London, taking place this summer, I’ve been asked for quite a few dynamo builds, most of which I’ve not had the chance to take photos of, though here are some I did manage to photograph before sending during April and May:
Greg’s DT Swiss RR511 32mm deep rim laced to a SON 28 with silver CX-Ray spokes.
Charlotte’s Mavic Open Pro rim laced to an SP Dynamo PV-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
Mark’s Ryde DP Comp Disc rim laced to an SP Dynamo PD-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
Simon from London wanted a set of light carbon clincher wheels based around some top quality hubs for thrashing around on trips away in Yorkshire and the Lake District on his new bike. I suggested a set of XCS 30 tubeless rims laced 20/24 to Chris King R45 hubs, which he went with. The hubs were the fetching new Turquoise colour scheme and were laced up with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came in at 1478g.
Magnus from Sweden wanted a fast set of tubeless road wheels with ceramic bearing hubs for his thru-axle Specialized Diverge Carbon Comp. After some suggestions he went with a set of DT Swiss 180 Carbon Ceramic laced to my XCS 38mm disc-specific tubeless / clincher rims laced 28/28 with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came to 1563g.
Steve from London was looking to replace his back wheel on his fixed gear bike with a Phil Wood hub and a carbon rim. He went for a 50mm XCS carbon tubeless clincher and I laced it up to a Phil flip flop hub with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and black brass nipples. Total build weight came in at 948g.
Steve also wanted a light weight set of alloy clincher road wheels for using on trips in the Alps and Pyrenees that would handle possible wet conditions. I had an new old stock set of Ryde Pulse Comp in stock (the old sub 400g version) and suggested building these up with a set of Extralite SL hubs. He went for them and I used CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples again laced 24-spoke front and 28-rear for a light yet very solid build. Total weight came in at 1280g.