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.
Mike from Nottingham went with a seriously light yet impressively strong carbon racing wheelset: Tune Mig 70 / Mag 170 red hubs laced 20-spoke radial front and 24-spoke rear 2X using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and black brass nipples to a set of my 30mm deep x 25mm wide XCS30 tubeless/clincher rims with special heat-dissipating braking surface. Total weight was 1372g.
Tony from London went for the top end DT Swiss hubset – the 180 Ceramic Carbon’s and had me build them to a set of my XCS 5060 carbon rims with the front being 50mm deep x 25 wide and rear 60mm deep and 25mm wide. The wheels were laced with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples – radially on the front with 20 spokes and the rear 2X with 24 spokes. Total weight was 1635g
Ivan from Paris went with a set of climbing wheels for riding round the cols of the Alps. XCS30 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes laced 24/28 2X front and 3X rear. The XCS30 rims come with a special heat dissipating braking surface which helps cool down the rims during long descents, but still these rims are stiff and light, making them perfect for climbing. Total weight 1555g.
Also available in a 20/24 spoke build (1480g) and a super-light build with Extralite hubs (1254g).
A couple of weeks ago I built a pretty sweet disc-brake wheelset for Mark in Sheffield. It was a pair of my XCS 38mm tubeless ready carbon rims laced to a set of DT Swiss 180 Carbon Ceramic hubs with thru-axle fitting that will be going on Mark’s Field Cycles custom-built frame. The wheels were laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples – 24/28 and 2X/3X. Total weight came in at 1591g.
Chris from Derby asked me to build him a dynamo disc-brake wheel to use with another carbon build I did for him earlier this year which would allow him to run either a standard non-dynamo front wheel for day rides or a dynamo front wheel for winter and night riding. The result was a 32-spoke SON Delux with 12mm thru-axle laced to a 38mm XCS carbon rim using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight came in at just over a kilogram.
Tim from Birmingham wanted to get his already very light Dash Aero deep-section carbon wheelset even lighter, so approached me for pushing the limits. I rebuilt the wheels with a set of Extralite SP hubs and Sapim CX-Ray straight pull spokes. For a set of 60mm tubular wheels, these came in at an impressive 1211g, chopping almost 100g off the original weight.