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.
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’.
James, a local rider from Nottingham wanted a tough set of mountain bike wheels for hard riding around local trail centres such as Cannock Chase and Sherwood Pines. I recommended DT Swiss EX471’s laced to Hope Pro 4 Evo hubs and 32-spokes per wheel using DT Swiss Competition laced 3X. The build came in just under 1900g. He was very pleased!
Local Long Eaton bike shop 2 Wheels Better asked me to build some MTB wheels for one of their customers. Using the customer supplied Hope Pro 2 hubs I built these onto Mavic XM719 rims using DT Swiss Competition black spokes. and black brass nipples.
A local bike shop, Leisure Lakes Nottingham, approached me to build wheels for a special project – three front wheels using Hope Fatsno 135mm disc hubs and Stan’s NoTubes Hugo 52mm wide 26-inch MTB rims. I laced them 3X with DT Swiss Competition spokes and DT Prolock brass nipples. Turned out pretty light: 1169g each. More details to follow as the project gets media attention…