Andrew from Hertfordshire wanted two wheelsets that had the same spec hubs for each of his touring / gravel / adventure bikes – one had standard 700c wheels and the other, 27.5 / 650b wheels. They needed to be be strong enough to carry rider and gear for multi-day long distance riding on poor road surfaces.
The 700c wheelset was built on DT Swiss RR 421 DB asymmetric disc brake rims with White Industries CLD 142 x 12 thru axle rear hub and SRAM XD driver on the rear and SON Delux 12 thru axle dynamo hub. Laced 28/32 with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and black brass nipples the wheels weighed in at 1913g.
The 650b wheelset was built on DT Swiss R500 gravel-specific rims with the same hubs and spokes as the 700c wheelset and weighed in at 1972g.
Mark from London was after a build for his Cannondale SuperX cross bike and needed the wheels to be dished according to Cannondale’s specifications for their AI frame settings. The point of this is to un-naturally give the non-drive side extra tension to bring it closer to the tension of the drive side and compensate for the odd dish from an 10/11-speed freehub.
The build was a little tricky to get spot on, but with a bit of instruction directly from Cannondale, I managed to offset the rear wheel spot on for Mark. It was built with DT Swiss components – 350 hubs and the new RR421 rims with 20mm internal width. Laced up with the Sapim CX-Ray spokes 28/28, they weighed in at 1626g.
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.
Richard from Gloucestershire was interested in having two identical hand-built wheelsets for two of his bikes and opted for Shimano CX-75 28-spoke hubs laced to the new DT Swiss R421 asymmetric endurance disc-specific rims using Sapim Race spokes. I built them up using a 3X pattern throughout for extra strength and they weighed in at 1803g per set.
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.
Sam from Surrey was looking to replace the stock wheels on his Giant Contend SL 1 Disc. He went with my recommendation of Pacenti Forza disc rims laced in a 28h/28h configuration to a set of DT Swiss 240s centerlock hubs using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight came to 1635g.
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!
Mark from York wanted a sturdy and super reliable set of hand-built thru-axle disc-specific wheels for riding the 2017 London Edinburgh London (LEL) 1400km (800+ miles) audax. I went with my favourite hubs and rims suggestion which was a DT Swiss 350 142 x 12mm thru axle rear and SON Delux 12 front dynamo laced to DT Swiss 411 disc rims with Sapim Race spokes in a 32/32 3X configuration. The wheels came out just under 2kg. Best of luck to Mark!
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.