Richard from Gloucestershire was interested in having two identical hand-built wheelsets for two of his bikes and opted for Shimano CX-75 28-spoke hubs laced to the new DT Swiss R421 asymmetric endurance disc-specific rims using Sapim Race spokes. I built them up using a 3X pattern throughout for extra strength and they weighed in at 1803g per set.
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.
David wanted the fastest alloy rims available on a set of reliable hubs. I built him a set of HED Belgium Plus rims on Shimano Dura-Ace hubs, laced 28-spoke rear and 24-spoke front with Sapim CX-Ray’s. Total weight came to 1609g.
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.
Built up for a 27.5-inch MTB project: DT Swiss EX471 rims laced to Shimano Deore XT hubs (standard quick release) with 32 x DT Competition spokes per wheel and using the official DT Swiss PHR washers and squorx alloy nipples. Total weight: 1909g.
Last week’s carbon race build for Emyr in London: 50mm deep x 25mm wide carbon clincher rims laced to Shimano Dura-Ace hubs with Sapim CX-Rays – 24-spokes per wheel. Total weight: 1638g.
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.
Classic hand-built wheelset for William in Londonderry: Shimano 105 hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims. 32-spokes per wheel and 3X lacing using Sapim CX-Rays. Total weight: 1775g.
Good all-round quality alloy build for Stuart in Slough: HED Ardennes (Belgium Plus) rims laced to Shimano Dura-Ace hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight: 1613g
Following on to my gushing on Aaron Gwin’s downhill run on DT’s EX471 rims sans tyres, I’ve built a set for Dan. Laced with Sapim Race spokes 3X throughout on Shimano’s solid Deore XT hubs, this will make a lovely set of MTB wheels. 26-inch for the rear and 27.5-inch for the front to fit the customer’s bike.