Neil from Hampshire was after a set of robust disc-brake wheels for riding around the lanes and gravel tracks of the New Forest with a dynamo for charging devices on longer rides. We went with a set of DT Swiss RR411 rims laced to a Bitex BX106R rear hub and SON Delux 12 front hub with silver Sapim D-Light spokes. The build came in at a stunningly light (for a disc dynamo build) 1899g.
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.
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.
Fast and super-strong carbon 29er build for Clint in Mansfield (near Sherwood Pines – lucky guy): Hope Pro 4 thru-axle hubs laced with Sapim D-Light spokes 3X to 30mm wide asymmetric carbon XC rims. Total weight: 1835g.
First build of 2016!
Schmidt SON28 dynamo hub built on an Ambrosio Excellight rim in silver using 32 x Sapim D-light spokes and brass nipples.
Lightweight disc-brake build for Phil in Cardiff: Pacenti SL25 rims on Novatec D771/772 hubs built 24/28 using Sapim D-Light spokes. Total weight: 1680g
Light disc-brake wheelset for Adam in Poole: H Plus Son Archetype rims on Novatec D771/772 hubs built 28/28 and 2X throughout with Sapim D-Light spokes.
Fixed build for Mark S in Nottingham… Ambrosio Excellight 32-spoke rims on Miche Primato fixed hubs using Sapim D-Light spokes. 3-cross lacing front and rear.