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.
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.
I always recommend DT Swiss components for hand-built wheels as a first call as they represent excellent value for money and amazing versatility with easy serviceable hubs, swappable end-caps and superbly made rims whether sleeve joined or welded.
Anthony from Nottingham wanted a very strong set of wheels for audaxing / long distance riding with luggage, and I immediately suggested going for the new DT Swiss RR 511 tubeless rims with 32mm profile and 18mm internal width. Laced up with DT’s 350 ‘Hugi’ Classic hubs and using Sapim Race spokes with brass nipples in a 32/32 3X configuration, the wheels weren’t light, but at under 2kg they weren’t too heavy for a ‘touring’ wheelset and will be sure to handle very rigorous conditions very well.