David’s carbon and HED wheelsets

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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’s Pacenti on Bitex

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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’s DT Swiss + SON wheels

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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!

Paul’s Mavic on DT Swiss

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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’s SON + DT on Mavic

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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.

Various dynamo single wheel builds

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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’s XCS Carbon on Chris King

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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.

Steve’s wheels – Phil & Extralite

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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.