Ed from Surrey was after a value for money disc-brake audax build with a dynamo hub. He needed thru-axles and 650b rims. I suggested going for an SP Dynamo PD8-X and Bitex MTR12 rear hub and using a 28/28 spoke configuration laced with Sapim Race spokes to DT Swiss R500 650b rims. The build weighed in at just over 2kg.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Paul from Liverpool wanted a rugged set of wheels that would be strong enough to handle the mileage of audax / randoneer riding but also light enough to make molehills out of mountains. As he was using disc brakes and thru-axles, I suggested a set of DT Swiss RR411 DB rims laced to a DT 350 142 x 12mm rear hub and SP Dynamo PD8-X 100 x 15mm dynamo hub using Sapim CX-Ray spokes. The result was a solid wheelset that came to 1927g.
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.