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.
Liam from Nottingham wanted a semi-deep yet light carbon build on quality hubs. I suggested going for a set of tubeless ready 50mm XCS Carbon rims (25mm wide) laced up to DT Swiss 240s hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. He agreed and I built them up during December – 20-spokes front radial lacing and 24-spokes rear with 2X lacing.
Despite using brass nipples for longevity, the build came out to a featherweight 1530g before fitting tyres and only cost Liam £1000. I also fitted a set of Schwalbe Pro One tubeless tyres with Stans sealant ready for collection.
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.
Steve from London went with a seriously light set of carbon clinchers (tubeless ready) – my XCS 38mm rims (U-shaped and 25mm wide) laced to Bitex R9/10 hubs. I used Sapim CX-Ray spokes radially front and 2X rear for a 20/24 configuration. They came out at 1390g and cost Steve just £690 (5% off and £655 if you’re a previous 23mm customer).
Simon from London wanted a set of light carbon clincher wheels based around some top quality hubs for thrashing around on trips away in Yorkshire and the Lake District on his new bike. I suggested a set of XCS 30 tubeless rims laced 20/24 to Chris King R45 hubs, which he went with. The hubs were the fetching new Turquoise colour scheme and were laced up with Sapim CX-Ray black spokes and brass nipples. Total weight came in at 1478g.