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.
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.
The first two builds that came to me while in the new premises were dynamos. Tom from London and Dave from Newcastle-upon-Tyne both wanting SON dynamos – one on a Mavic Open Pro and the other on a new 2323 light alloy rim. Now to find the best place to photograph wheels…
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.
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.
John from Bristol came to me for another set of wheels. He was taking his first plunge into dynamo disc-brakes on a road bike. I built him a set of Pacenti Forza disc rims laced to an Ultegra RS770 rear hub and SON Delux 12 front hub with silver Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples in 32/32 3X spoke configuration. The build came to a total weight of 1929g.
Russell from Aberdeenshire wanted a solid set of disc-brake wheels for commuting and gravel riding. He went with a set of Ryde Pulse Comp disc rims laced up with Sapim CX-Ray silver spokes in a 28H/28H configuration to a Hope Pro4 rear hub with 142 x 12mm thru axle and SON 28 dynamo 15mm thru axle. The build came in under 2kg.
With the UK’s premier audaxing event, London Edinburgh London, taking place this summer, I’ve been asked for quite a few dynamo builds, most of which I’ve not had the chance to take photos of, though here are some I did manage to photograph before sending during April and May:
Alex from Denmark went for a serious audax build designed for functionality, low weight and longevity, picking high quality parts that will cope with the rigours of a season of randoneering including the Trans Continental Race from Belgium to Greece over the summer.
The build consisted of a set of HED Belgium Plus disc rims in a 32/32 Sapim CX-Ray spoke configuration with brass nipples laced to a SON Delux 12 thru-axle dynamo hub and a White Industries CLD 142 x 12 rear thru axle hub with 11-speed road freehub. Total weight came to 1983g which is low for a robust high spoke count disc-brake build with dynamo hub.