Claudio from Wales was after a reliable high performance alloy wheelset and I suggested one of my favourite American-slanted builds: HED Ardennes Plus (also known as the Belgium Plus) laced to White Industries T11 hubs. They were laced up in 24/28 configuration with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Total weight was 1606g.
David from Kent sent me two sets of hubs to have some wheels built – one a set of Hope Pro III’s for building onto a set of Farsport 38mm carbon rims and the other, a set of Chris King R45 hubs for building onto HED Belgium Plus rims. They were both laced up with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and brass nipples and weighed in at 1565g for the Hope / carbon wheels and 1499g for the Chris King / HED wheels.
David used the HED wheels for a trip in the USA – a multi day ride in the Rocky Mountains and thought they were ‘smooth as silk’.
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.
Last week I built a set of all-rounder wheels for Paul in Aston-on-Trent. They were HED Ardennes + rims (same as Belgium +) with a 20.6mm internal width, laced to DT Swiss 240s hubs 24/28 using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight before fitting tyres was 1570g.
I also fitted a set of Vittoria Corsa Speed tubeless tyres using Stan’s NoTubes sealant and valves.