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.
Disc-brake wheelsets, Dynamo wheelsets
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.
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:
Greg’s DT Swiss RR511 32mm deep rim laced to a SON 28 with silver CX-Ray spokes.
Charlotte’s Mavic Open Pro rim laced to an SP Dynamo PV-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
Mark’s Ryde DP Comp Disc rim laced to an SP Dynamo PD-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
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.
Kieran in Hampshire went for a super light weight dynamo build with a Shutter Precision SV-9 dynamo laced to a Halo Evaura 24-spoke rim (re-badged Kinlin 22T) with Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples laced 2X. Total weight was 934g.
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.
Chris from Derby asked me to build him a dynamo disc-brake wheel to use with another carbon build I did for him earlier this year which would allow him to run either a standard non-dynamo front wheel for day rides or a dynamo front wheel for winter and night riding. The result was a 32-spoke SON Delux with 12mm thru-axle laced to a 38mm XCS carbon rim using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight came in at just over a kilogram.
One of last week’s builds for Jamie in London – a beautiful audaxing wheelset for a Genesis Datum: Velocity Aileron 28mm deep disc rims laced to a SON 28 15mm thru axle dynamo front and Shimano XTR standard QR on the rear. Used Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples.