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.
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
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.
John from Lincolnshire wanted a dynamo front wheel for audaxing and general night riding, and went with a black SON Delux 32-spoke dynamo hub laced to a Mavic CXP Pro rim using Sapim Laser spokes. The wheel came out weighing a tad over a kilogram.
Russell from Aberdeenshire wanted a solid set of disc-brake wheels for commuting and gravel riding. He went with a set of Ryde Pulse Comp disc rims laced up with Sapim CX-Ray silver spokes in a 28H/28H configuration to a Hope Pro4 rear hub with 142 x 12mm thru axle and SON 28 dynamo 15mm thru axle. The build came in under 2kg.
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!
Tim from Cheshire wanted a reliable wheelset for audaxing with a dynamo hub capable of both charging devices and powering a set of lights. We agreed to get built a DT Swiss 350 ‘Hugi’ rear hub and Schmidt SON 28 dynamo on Mavic Open Pro using Sapim Race spokes. At under £500 this is a classic long distance hand-built wheelset that is both reliable and functional and also fairly light weight.
Alex from Denmark went for a serious audax build designed for functionality, low weight and longevity, picking high quality parts that will cope with the rigours of a season of randoneering including the Trans Continental Race from Belgium to Greece over the summer.
The build consisted of a set of HED Belgium Plus disc rims in a 32/32 Sapim CX-Ray spoke configuration with brass nipples laced to a SON Delux 12 thru-axle dynamo hub and a White Industries CLD 142 x 12 rear thru axle hub with 11-speed road freehub. Total weight came to 1983g which is low for a robust high spoke count disc-brake build with dynamo hub.
Chris from Derby asked me to build him a dynamo disc-brake wheel to use with another carbon build I did for him earlier this year which would allow him to run either a standard non-dynamo front wheel for day rides or a dynamo front wheel for winter and night riding. The result was a 32-spoke SON Delux with 12mm thru-axle laced to a 38mm XCS carbon rim using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. Total weight came in at just over a kilogram.
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.