Nick from London was after a set of wheels that could be used for a number of purposes: audax, light touring and faster club runs, and budget was flexible. After my recommendation we went with best alloy rims available, HED Belgium Plus, laced to DT Swiss 240s rear hub and a SON 28 front hub with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and brass nipples in a 32/32 3X configuration. Total weight was under 2kg – ideal for a dynamo-based wheelset.
Adrian from Glasgow was after a solid set of wheels for all-round use that wouldn’t cost the earth. I built him a set of DT Swiss 350 ‘Hugi’ Classic hubs on RR411 rims using Sapim CX-Ray silver spokes and brass nipples in a 28/28 spoke configuration. They weighed in at 1682g.
Nick from London came to me to build a set of ‘classic’ Ambrosio Nemesis rims on Campagnolo Record hubs laced up with Sapim Laser black spokes on the front and rear non-drive side and Sapim Race rear drive side. Total weight came to 1666g.
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
Toby from London asked me to rebuild his Campagnolo Record hubs onto a set of HED Belgium Plus rims. I gave the hubs a complete strip-down and re-build along with a replacement of the freehub due to bearings wear, then built the wheels up using Sapim Race spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came to 1757g.
George from Nottingham wanted a set of his own White Industries hubs built onto a set of DT Swiss RR411 rims and laced up in 28/28 configuration 2X front and 3X rear with Sapim CX-Ray silver spokes. They built up fairly light considering the solid construction of the hubs – 1710g
I always recommend DT Swiss components for hand-built wheels as a first call as they represent excellent value for money and amazing versatility with easy serviceable hubs, swappable end-caps and superbly made rims whether sleeve joined or welded.
Anthony from Nottingham wanted a very strong set of wheels for audaxing / long distance riding with luggage, and I immediately suggested going for the new DT Swiss RR 511 tubeless rims with 32mm profile and 18mm internal width. Laced up with DT’s 350 ‘Hugi’ Classic hubs and using Sapim Race spokes with brass nipples in a 32/32 3X configuration, the wheels weren’t light, but at under 2kg they weren’t too heavy for a ‘touring’ wheelset and will be sure to handle very rigorous conditions very well.
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 London wanted a rather fetching old set of pink Chris King R45 hubs laced up to a set of tubeless ready 50mm XCS Carbon rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. They turned out beautifully light at only a gram over 1.5kg and looked stunning on his new Bowman Palace build.
Andrew from Hertfordshire wanted two wheelsets that had the same spec hubs for each of his touring / gravel / adventure bikes – one had standard 700c wheels and the other, 27.5 / 650b wheels. They needed to be be strong enough to carry rider and gear for multi-day long distance riding on poor road surfaces.
The 700c wheelset was built on DT Swiss RR 421 DB asymmetric disc brake rims with White Industries CLD 142 x 12 thru axle rear hub and SRAM XD driver on the rear and SON Delux 12 thru axle dynamo hub. Laced 28/32 with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and black brass nipples the wheels weighed in at 1913g.
The 650b wheelset was built on DT Swiss R500 gravel-specific rims with the same hubs and spokes as the 700c wheelset and weighed in at 1972g.