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.
Tim from Cheshire wanted a reliable wheelset for audaxing with a dynamo hub capable of both charging devices and powering a set of lights. We agreed to get built a DT Swiss 350 ‘Hugi’ rear hub and Schmidt SON 28 dynamo on Mavic Open Pro using Sapim Race spokes. At under £500 this is a classic long distance hand-built wheelset that is both reliable and functional and also fairly light weight.
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.
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.
Paul from Liverpool wanted a rugged set of wheels that would be strong enough to handle the mileage of audax / randoneer riding but also light enough to make molehills out of mountains. As he was using disc brakes and thru-axles, I suggested a set of DT Swiss RR411 DB rims laced to a DT 350 142 x 12mm rear hub and SP Dynamo PD8-X 100 x 15mm dynamo hub using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The result was a solid wheelset that came to 1927g.
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).