Neil from Alfreton originally sent me a set of carbon wheels on DT Swiss 240s hubs to have trued. I discovered cracks in the rims at the nipple eyelets and suggested having the wheels re-built onto a set of my XCS carbon rims. I recommended a deeper 44mm rear and shallower 38mm front rim for improved aerodynamics and handling. These were the 3K weave matt option, tubular and they were laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came to 1227g.
Sponsored rider, Tom from Glossop went for another set of my carbon rim builds, but opted for some deeper 50mm rims over his previous 38mm rims for their added stiffness and aero advantages for sprint finishes. He also opted for DT Swiss 240s hubs for reduced weight and the de facto best spokes available for racing, Sapim CX-Ray. The total wheelset weight was 1563g. E/1/2 next season, Tom – go smash it!
Claudio from Wales was after a reliable high performance alloy wheelset and I suggested one of my favourite American-slanted builds: HED Ardennes Plus (also known as the Belgium Plus) laced to White Industries T11 hubs. They were laced up in 24/28 configuration with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Total weight was 1606g.
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: