Regular customer Alistair from London needed a set of decent quality carbon wheels for training and racing that weren’t going to cost the earth. Therefore he went with a set of Venn Cycling 50.7mm carbon clincher / tubeless ready rims laced up to Bitex RAF9 / RAR10 hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. These rims are internal nipple versions which improve aerodynamics and have a lovely clean look. The wheelset weighs in at 1548g and priced at £788.
Ed from Surrey was after a value for money disc-brake audax build with a dynamo hub. He needed thru-axles and 650b rims. I suggested going for an SP Dynamo PD8-X and Bitex MTR12 rear hub and using a 28/28 spoke configuration laced with Sapim Race spokes to DT Swiss R500 650b rims. The build weighed in at just over 2kg.
Chris from Gloucestershire sent me his Shimano CX75 front hub for building into a set of wheels and asked for a Bitex R106 rear hub and DT Swiss R500 650b rims. They were built 28-spoke front 2X and 32-spoke rear 3X using Sapim D-Light spokes and brass nipples and weighed in at 1832g.
Andy from Nottingham wanted a light set of tubeless carbon wheels for racing on next year and chose a set of Light Bicycle 25mm front and 35mm rear rims laced to a set of super-light Bitex hubs. I used Sapim Laser spokes on the front to keep both costs and weight down, but used Sapim CX-Ray on the rear and brass nipples throughout. I also fitted for Andy a set of Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres with Stans valves and sealant. The set without tyres ended up weighing 1356g.
Steve from London went with a seriously light set of carbon clinchers (tubeless ready) – my XCS 38mm rims (U-shaped and 25mm wide) laced to Bitex R9/10 hubs. I used Sapim CX-Ray spokes radially front and 2X rear for a 20/24 configuration. They came out at 1390g and cost Steve just £690 (5% off and £655 if you’re a previous 23mm customer).
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.