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.
Wednesday night build for Chris in Cambridge. H Plus Son Archetype rims on Novatec super light F482 28H and A291 24H hubs built 2x rear and 1x front with Sapim Laser spokes.