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:
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.
Jon from Bristol came to me for a set of wheels that would be capable of being reliable year-round for high mileage and for doing audaxes and winter duty. I recommended my favourite all-rounder rims, DT Swiss RR440’s (asymmetric rear) with 32-spokes and a SP Dynamo PV-8 dynamo hub up front and DT Swiss 350 Classic rear hub. Laced with Sapim D-Light spokes (Sapim Race rear drive side), the build came in under 2kg total.
Alex from Denmark went for a serious audax build designed for functionality, low weight and longevity, picking high quality parts that will cope with the rigours of a season of randoneering including the Trans Continental Race from Belgium to Greece over the summer.
The build consisted of a set of HED Belgium Plus disc rims in a 32/32 Sapim CX-Ray spoke configuration with brass nipples laced to a SON Delux 12 thru-axle dynamo hub and a White Industries CLD 142 x 12 rear thru axle hub with 11-speed road freehub. Total weight came to 1983g which is low for a robust high spoke count disc-brake build with dynamo hub.