Mark from London wanted a high end alloy wheelset for his classic 90’s Bianchi steel frame. The build was Chris King R45 silver hubs with ceramic bearings laced to a set of HED Belgium Plus rims using silver Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a 24/28 configuration. The build weighed in at 1566g.
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’.
Simon from London wanted a set of light carbon clincher wheels based around some top quality hubs for thrashing around on trips away in Yorkshire and the Lake District on his new bike. I suggested a set of XCS 30 tubeless rims laced 20/24 to Chris King R45 hubs, which he went with. The hubs were the fetching new Turquoise colour scheme and were laced up with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came in at 1478g.
John in London picked a superb combination of hubs and rims for the ultimate alloy road build: Chris King R45 red stainless steel bearing hubs laced to HED Belgium Plus rims with black Sapim CX-Ray spokes laced 24/28 2X front and 3X rear. Total weight: 1537g.
This build is available for £1078 GBP.
The ultimate gravel / disc wheelset for Greg in London: Chris King R45 disc hubset laced to XCS 38mm carbon disc specific rims using Sapim CX-Ray silver spokes and brass nipples. Laced 24/28 2X front and 3X rear. Total weight: 1703g
Re-built a set of Chris King R45 hubs onto new DT Swiss RR440 rims (asymmetric rear). Laced with Sapim Race spokes – 32-spokes per wheel and weighing in under 1700g. The best alloy rims you can get… close tie with perhaps HED Belgium’s in terms of roundness / manufacturing quality.
High end carbon build for Mick in London: 38mm deep x 25mm wide XCS disc-specific tubeless-ready carbon rims on Chris King R45 disc hubs laced 3X and 28-spokes per wheel with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight: 1731g.
Classy build for Roger in Cheshire: Chris King R45 hubs laced to Ambrosio Excellight rims with Sapim Race spokes. Total weight: 1642g.
Luxurious carbon build for Dan in London: Chris King R45 Ceramic bearing hubs in Pewter colour scheme laced 24/28 to XCS 38mm deep x 25mm wide carbon rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight: 1563g.
ENVE re-build for Jonny in Berkshire: ENVE SES 3.4 rims laced to silver Chris King R45 ceramic bearing hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes using internal brass nipples – 2X rear and radially front. Total weight: 1472g.