Phil from North Derbyshire was after a rebuild of his factory Hope MTB wheels onto wider rims and opted for some DT Swiss 27.5 XR 391 rims. I rebuilt the Hope Pro 4 hubs onto these rims using Sapim Race black spokes and silver brass nipples. They ended up weighing in at 1790g – silly light for a set of wide alloy MTB wheels.
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.
David from London asked me to build him a wheelset around a set of Hope Mono RS hubs he owned. The hubs needed the freehub changed and the internals cleaned and re-lubed. I built them on the new Mavic Open Pro UST rims using Sapim Race spokes laced 3X rear 32H and 2X front 28H.
Mark from York wanted a sturdy and super reliable set of hand-built thru-axle disc-specific wheels for riding the 2017 London Edinburgh London (LEL) 1400km (800+ miles) audax. I went with my favourite hubs and rims suggestion which was a DT Swiss 350 142 x 12mm thru axle rear and SON Delux 12 front dynamo laced to DT Swiss 411 disc rims with Sapim Race spokes in a 32/32 3X configuration. The wheels came out just under 2kg. Best of luck to Mark!
With the UK’s premier audaxing event, London Edinburgh London, taking place this summer, I’ve been asked for quite a few dynamo builds, most of which I’ve not had the chance to take photos of, though here are some I did manage to photograph before sending during April and May:
Greg’s DT Swiss RR511 32mm deep rim laced to a SON 28 with silver CX-Ray spokes.
Charlotte’s Mavic Open Pro rim laced to an SP Dynamo PV-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
Mark’s Ryde DP Comp Disc rim laced to an SP Dynamo PD-8 with black Sapim Race spokes.
Smart dynamo disc brake build for Alex in London. Shutter Precision PD-8 disc dynamo laced to a DT Swiss RR411DB asymmetric rim using Sapim Race black spokes. Total weight: 1035g.
A solid set of training / winter wheels for Stuart in Slough: DT Swiss R460 23mm tubeless ready alloy rims laced 3X to Shimano Ultegra hubs with Sapim Race black spokes.
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.
Sturdy build for Chris in Derbyshire last week: Miche Syntesi hubs laced to Ryde Sputnik 36-spoke rims using Sapim Race spokes.
One of last week’s builds for Jamie in London – a beautiful audaxing wheelset for a Genesis Datum: Velocity Aileron 28mm deep disc rims laced to a SON 28 15mm thru axle dynamo front and Shimano XTR standard QR on the rear. Used Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples.