Why choose DCR Wheels?
When you order a pair of hand built wheels from us, you receive a custom product made to the highest standards with a comprehensive warranty (see ‘Our Guarantee’ at the bottom of this page).
DCR Wheels offers a range of wheels to provide value for money, excellent performance and first class aftermarket care. The aim is for these wheels to function for as long as possible. They are serviceable, rather than disposable items
If you want to find out more about the ordering process, please visit The Ordering Process/FAQs.
If you are unsure what you are looking for, you could start with Wheelset suggestions. The articles and information available free on this site are designed to help you make an informed decision. If you are finding that overwhelming or would simply prefer more personalised advice, feel free to get in touch. If, on the other hand, you are looking for even more information you can find it in ‘Professional Wheelbuilding: The Manual’, the eBook by David C.R. Hunt available to purchase here.
Why hand built wheels?
Hand built wheels are custom made for you. They are built to suit specific riding conditions, along with factors such as rider weight, climate and aesthetics. Hand built wheels can retain compatibility with older components. They can also maximise the worth of existing components; if a rim is worn but a hub is still in good condition, the hub can be built up into a new set of wheels giving it new life.
A well built wheel will be stronger and more stable: no two wheel components are exactly the same, the components contain discrepancies. Each build needs to be different. A uniform build cannot provide the unique balance of tension required. Building by hand also allows for each component to be handled and assessed individually, adding another level to quality control.
A wide variety of advanced lubricants and preparations are used to ensure each wheel performs as well as it can for as long as it can. Every wheel is pre-stressed intensively using a five stage stressing process. If tensions drop, the wheel is re-tensioned and the stressing process is undertaken again.
Each wheel will be delivered fully tensioned to within manufacturer’s specifications. Tensions are checked using P&K Lie tension meter, calibrated by Sapim. This has been individually calibrated for the complete Sapim spoke range. The meter has a reference stick and its state of calibration is checked regularly. Two additional meters (one Sapim and one DT) are also kept to allow for servicing. The DT meter is calibrated for DT and Sapim spokes. There is no more accurate way to measure spoke tensions on Sapim spokes.
Spoke tensions will be as even as possible but there must always be a compromise between trueness, roundness and evenness of tensions. The P & K Lie Special 250 stand is used for all builds, allowing for dishing, trueness and roundness to be measured to within 25/1000 of 1mm. Not all components allow for such high tolerances, however with every wheel the optimal balance of tensions, trueness and roundness is reached.
David C.R. Hunt has selected a range of his favourite tools available for you to purchase from DCR Wheels.
A gallery of the workshop will follow soon. For more information about the P & K Lie truing stand (quite simply the best truing stand in the world) please visit http://www.pklie.de/index_eng.html
DCR Wheels offers a lifetime warranty for spoke replacement and retrues. Wheels are produced to within 0.1mm of lateral trueness unless otherwise stated. That is equivalent to the average size of a grain of sand or the thickness of a human hair. If you you want peace of mind for any reason; you can send your DCR wheels back to our workshop to be checked free of charge. This warranty does not cover shipping costs or improper use. In the instance of hub or rim failure this will be covered by the manufacturer’s guarantee policy.