Many people have asked me if I can still get hold of dynamo hubs. I reply, not only are they available but the technology is incredible now. People normally remember the Sturmey Archer 3 speed dyno-hubs and most shops see dynamos as relics of a by-gone era. However the reality is that shops want to avoid building up a custom wheel and there is no distribution of quality, pre-built dynamo wheels in the wholesale market.
This is a great shame because a top end dynamo lighting system will blow you away with its performance. Not only that but you have endless power on tap. There are even clever gadgets that you can plug into your dynamo system to charge phones and so forth.
Schmidt and Son range
DCR Wheels proudly offers the full Schmidt range. It is important to understand this range correctly. The Klassik is an old design, the 28 is the replacement for the Klassik. The Delux was originally designed for smaller wheels – it produces a lower output at lower speeds but it actually produces a higher output at high speeds. The 28 has a wider bracing angle than the Delux. The Delux is lighter. Both are as strong as each other. The Delux offers lower drag at lower speeds than the 28, making it a good choice for faster riders, whereas the constant output (no matter the speed) of the 28 makes it a better choice for slower or heavy laden touring riders.
Son 28 or Delux rim brake (QR) in black or silver – £199
As above in colours – £209
Son 28 or Delux disc (QR) – £219
As above in colours – from £229
Son 28 or Delux in 12mm thru-axle – from £269
Son 28 tandem – £219
Schmidt dynamo hubs are arguably the best available to purchase today. Certainly if what you are looking for is longevity, they are tough to beat. They are generally rated at 40,000km between service intervals. The sealing on them is superb and the modern versions are competitive when it comes to weight and drag.
Schmidt lights can also be offered.
Shutter Precision range
We no longer offer the Shutter Precision range. The same goes for Novatec and Shimano.
Lighting and other accessories
The full range of B&M lighting and charging products are available to go with your dynamo wheelsets. The CYO IQ, IQX, Luxos U and USB-Werk are among the most interesting products in their range. Those of us who run dynamo lighting systems here at DCR all use Schmidt hubs and B&M lights. Please enquire for more details on what we recommend and what’s available.