Two years after building his Chris King R45 Gold hub on HED Ardennes rims, he’d finally worn the rims out including on the cobbles of Roubaix, and asked me to rebuild them on Pacenti Forza rims. Laced again with Sapim Laser / Race spokes, the wheels came out to 1560g – a bit lighter than the previous build.
John from Lincolnshire wanted a dynamo front wheel for audaxing and general night riding, and went with a black SON Delux 32-spoke dynamo hub laced to a Mavic CXP Pro rim using Sapim Laser spokes. The wheel came out weighing a tad over a kilogram.
Andy from Nottingham wanted a light set of tubeless carbon wheels for racing on next year and chose a set of Light Bicycle 25mm front and 35mm rear rims laced to a set of super-light Bitex hubs. I used Sapim Laser spokes on the front to keep both costs and weight down, but used Sapim CX-Ray on the rear and brass nipples throughout. I also fitted for Andy a set of Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres with Stans valves and sealant. The set without tyres ended up weighing 1356g.
Alistair from London wanted a low-cost good set of replacement wheels for his old Pacenti SL23’s and I suggested going for the rims that have replaced the SL23’s – Pacenti’s Forza rims. Laced up with a set of value for money light weight Bitex RAR9 / RAR10 hubs and Sapim Laser spokes (Sapim Race on the rear drive side) laced 20/24, the build came in at 1487g and cost him £374 for the set.
The ultimate in alloy rims laced with the ultimate hubs for Chris in London: HED Ardennes (Belgium Plus) rims laced 2X front and 3X rear with Sapim Laser and Race to a lovely set of gold Chris King R45 hubs. Total weight: 1592g
Solid road build for James in Manchester: DT Swiss R460 rims on DT Swiss 350 Classic hubs using a mix of Sapim Race and Laser. Weighing in at 1689g.
Inexpensive yet top quality build for Stuart in Staffordshire: Pacenti SL23 rims on Miche Racing Box hubs built 32/32 3X with a mix of Sapim Laser and Sapim Race. 1670g total weight.
Solid all-purpose riding wheels for Bill in London: DT Swiss RR440 Asymmetric rear rim and standard front built 28H rear 3X DS/2X NDS using Sapim Race and 24H front built radially on Sapim Laser using Novatec F582-SL and A291-SL hubs.
Light race wheels for Bill in Canterbury: H Plus Son Archetype on Novatec F482/291-SL hubs built 28H rear 2X and front 24H radial with Sapim Laser spokes.