Liam from Nottingham wanted a semi-deep yet light carbon build on quality hubs. I suggested going for a set of tubeless ready 50mm XCS Carbon rims (25mm wide) laced up to DT Swiss 240s hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. He agreed and I built them up during December – 20-spokes front radial lacing and 24-spokes rear with 2X lacing.
Despite using brass nipples for longevity, the build came out to a featherweight 1530g before fitting tyres and only cost Liam £1000. I also fitted a set of Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres with Stans sealant ready for collection.
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).
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!
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’.
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.
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.
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.