Andrew from Hertfordshire wanted two wheelsets that had the same spec hubs for each of his touring / gravel / adventure bikes – one had standard 700c wheels and the other, 27.5 / 650b wheels. They needed to be be strong enough to carry rider and gear for multi-day long distance riding on poor road surfaces.
The 700c wheelset was built on DT Swiss RR 421 DB asymmetric disc brake rims with White Industries CLD 142 x 12 thru axle rear hub and SRAM XD driver on the rear and SON Delux 12 thru axle dynamo hub. Laced 28/32 with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and black brass nipples the wheels weighed in at 1913g.
The 650b wheelset was built on DT Swiss R500 gravel-specific rims with the same hubs and spokes as the 700c wheelset and weighed in at 1972g.
John from Lincolnshire wanted a dynamo front wheel for audaxing and general night riding, and went with a black SON Delux 32-spoke dynamo hub laced to a Mavic CXP Pro rim using Sapim Laser spokes. The wheel came out weighing a tad over a kilogram.
Jon from Bristol went for a superb winter / audax combination of a rock solid DT Swiss 350 Classic ‘Hugi’ rear hub and SP Dynamo PD-8 front dynamo hub laced to DT Swiss RR440 rims using Sapim D-Light spokes and brass nipples. Total build weight came to under 2kg.
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!
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.
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.
Paul from Liverpool wanted a rugged set of wheels that would be strong enough to handle the mileage of audax / randoneer riding but also light enough to make molehills out of mountains. As he was using disc brakes and thru-axles, I suggested a set of DT Swiss RR411 DB rims laced to a DT 350 142 x 12mm rear hub and SP Dynamo PD8-X 100 x 15mm dynamo hub using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The result was a solid wheelset that came to 1927g.