Simon from Chesterfield wanted a top-end set of alloy rim-brake wheels and I recommended a set of Pacenti Forza rims laced to DT Swiss 240s hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples. Laced with a 24-spoke front and 28-spoke rear (2X/3X), the wheels weighed in at 1543g.
Rim brake wheelsets
Andrew from Bolsover wanted a set of all-round wheels for riding the hills of the Peak District. He went for a set of Pacenti Forza rims laced to DT Swiss 350 ‘Hugi’ Classic hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a 24/28 configuration. They weighed in at 1675g.
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 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
Sam from Surrey was looking to replace the stock wheels on his Giant Contend SL 1 Disc. He went with my recommendation of Pacenti Forza disc rims laced in a 28h/28h configuration to a set of DT Swiss 240s centerlock hubs using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight came to 1635g.
John from Bristol wanted a top-end alloy build and went with a set of Pacenti Forza rims laced to a set of Shimano Dura-Ace hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a 24/28 configuration. Total weight was 1630g.
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.
Guy from Peterborough wanted his faithful old rear Hope hub built up along with a SON 28 dynamo onto a set of Pacenti TL28 29er MTB rims. Laced with Sapim Race spokes, the wheels came in quite light for such a solid build.
Getting the week’s last built in before some riding this weekend: a rear disc wheel for Mark in Oxfordshire to complete a stunning wheelset with a front SON dynamo. Pacenti SL25 disc rim laced to DT Swiss 240s rear with Sapim CX-Ray spokes 32H and 3X. Weight – 884g.
Lightweight disc-brake build for Phil in Cardiff: Pacenti SL25 rims on Novatec D771/772 hubs built 24/28 using Sapim D-Light spokes. Total weight: 1680g