Tim from Warrington was after a new disc brake dynamo wheelset for his new road bike capable of running 32mm tyres. He went with a set of Kinlin XR-26RT asymmetric disc rims laced up to a SON 28 15mm thru axle dynamo and DT Swiss 350 142 x 12 thru axle rear hub. They were laced 28/28 with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came to 2010g.
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.
Steve from Norfolk’s Pacenti rims wore out and he opted to upgrade to HED Belgium Plus as a replacement rim. His Chris King R45 hubs were re-laced with new Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and black brass nipples in a 28/32 2X/3X configuration. They weighed in at a fairly light 1637g.
Andrew from Bishop’s Stortford was after a strong wheelset for his commuting bike, a single speed disc brake Genesis Day One that would be ridden on gravel paths and carry panniers. He opted for the Surly Ultra New hubs laced to DT Swiss R470 rims with black Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a 32/32 build laced 3X. I also fitted a Halo clickster freewheel.
Greg from London wanted a set of bomb-proof wheels for his gravel bike and I recommended a wheelset which he went for: DT Swiss RR521 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 thru axle hubs in a 28/32 spoke configuration with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Greg also went for the 54T ratchet upgrade on the rear hub, making these very fast engaging and perfect for racing. They weighed in at 1837g.
Martyn from Derbyshire asked for a set of fast carbon wheels and wanted a quality hubset to boot. After discussions I built him 50mm front and 60mm rear XCS Carbon tubeless ready rims on DT Swiss 240s straight pull hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. They built up well and weighed in at 1669g.
Nick from London was after a set of wheels that could be used for a number of purposes: audax, light touring and faster club runs, and budget was flexible. After my recommendation we went with best alloy rims available, HED Belgium Plus, laced to DT Swiss 240s rear hub and a SON 28 front hub with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples in a 32/32 3X configuration. Total weight was under 2kg – ideal for a dynamo-based wheelset.