What should I choose?
Here are our disc brake Wheelset ‘signature dishes’. There are many other combinations which we could build for you should you wish for something different. The selections here provide optimal value and performance to suit the modern, serious rider in the UK.
Hand built wheels from us offer you: value for money, performance that suits your riding style and conditions as well as a wheelset that can be fully serviced for many years. Each of these builds can be tweaked to amend their characteristics and aesthetic by changing spoke count, hub colour and freehub body as well as OLN/axle interface.
Here we assume a rider weight between 50kg and 100kg. Beyond 100kg you may want to look at alternatives which we can provide. Sets are in ascending price order.
Vivaldi disc Wheelset
Called the ‘Vivaldi’ Wheelset as it is intended for four season use. Calling this set a ‘four season’, or ‘all season’ wheelset downplays their character. The set is appropriate for competitive summer riding because despite its robustness and price tag has been well engineered and precisely made. Our eye has been kept keenly on value, however the set is still hand built by us in Sussex to our usual superlative standards. The weight has also been kept as low as is realistic (1600g/pair) whilst also providing a stiff and resilient setup.
£320 provides the wheelset including UK shipping and tubeless rim tape. We build the wheels with black rims, black hubs, silver D-light spokes with silver alloy nipples. The DCR centrelock hubs used here have our dedicated UK weather treatment to ensure maximum longevity and best possible performance, as well as fast freehub engagement and anti-bite system on the Shimano versions. Campagnolo freehubs, XD and XDR freehubs can be fitted to our hubs if required. The hubs can also be adapted at the front between, QR, 12 and 15mm through axle, and at the rear, 135mm (QR and 10 and 12mm through axle) and 142mm (x12mm through axle) spacing. 6 bolt IS hubs are also available for this wheelset.
Using Sapim’s alloy nipples and our nipple/spoke prep means that even in all year round use alloy nipples are still a sound choice. We provide a lifetime warranty on the build/spokes on this basis. You can change your hub colour at no additional charge. Upgrading to black D-light spokes incurs an upcharge of £20, DCR titanium skewers can be added for £20. International delivery is possible but will incur an additional charge.
The Kinlin XR-26RTS rim is a sound choice for this sort of wheelset. It is a practical weight and an accurate extrusion. A T-10 niobium alloy has been used for additional performance benefits. Being 26mm deep the rim is robust and nice and stiff, being 24mm wide (19mm internal) it is best suited to tyres from 25c upwards and provides good support for those tyres increasing the volume of air within them. An offcentre (asymmetrical) version of the rim is used throughout to improve the bracing angle and increase overall spoke tensions. For best results, we do recommend a tubeless setup on these wheels which we can provide for you should you require. If you wish to directly purchase the wheelset in its 12mm through axle/Shimano/silver spoke/28h drilling with black hub combination, you can do so using this link or by clicking the image above. We endeavour to keep this wheelset in stock at all times, should we run out of stock at any point we will write to you as soon as possible to advise.
DCR Standard disc Wheelset
If you wanted to take the performance up another level this sets a new standard.
The DCR 24/25 alloy rim and Sapim CX-Ray spoke upgrade is the obvious choice to reduce weight, improve ride quality and retain a high level of lateral stiffness. Unlike the Kinlin rim you now have a welded joint, extra tough spoke bed, lower weight and nice matt finish owing to a shot blasting and anodising treatment (anodised internally and externally), they have a rider weight limit of 120kg and a spoke bed that has been tested to 300kgf. They work very well with tyres from 25c upwards. The profile is disc specific to reduce weight. The shape is a modern aero rounded profile. There is a bead locking system and 1.2mm hook for compatible with all road tubeless and tubeless ready road tyres. A deeper central channel ensures easier installation and removal of tyres.
The CX-Ray upgrade is a lovely upgrade to have. They provide a modest weight saving over the D-light, they are slightly more aerodynamic and slightly more comfortable too. Critically they are a lot more durable and a lot more stable. This comes from a combination of the spoke gaining strength through the flattening process, additionally the spoke being flat allows it to be adjusted with far greater precision. A round spoke will twist when you turn the nipple, an aero spoke can be held steady allowing for much smaller adjustments. Spoke twist is a problem which persists particularly badly in the Laser spoke (light gauge round) and can cause difficulty during servicing in later life. Where the Sapim CX-Ray is immune to spoke twist, you can service it for a far longer.
As before the set comes with our centrelock hubs with their weather treated bearings for high performance and excellent longevity/serviceability. 6 bolt IS hubs are also available for this wheelset.
DCR standard disc, DCR 24/25 rims, Black Sapim CX-Ray spokes, alloy nipples (28/28) £440 weighs just 1550g/pair.
As with the Vivaldi wheelset, you can customise hub, spoke and nipple colour as well as drilling, freehub body and axle interface, unlike the Kinlin you can also alter the spoke count down to 24/24 or up to 32/32. We endeavour to keep all black, 28/28 versions of this wheelset in stock at all times and you can purchase this set directly using this link or the image above.
Venn carbon disc wheelset
Details coming shortly with a range of 5 rims to choose, prices from £850/pair, please enquire for details, depths and internal widths will be as follows:
28mm deep – 25mm internal – 380g
30mm deep – 19mm internal – 380g
35mm deep – 21mm internal – 410g
50.7mm deep – 21mm internal – 500g
77mm deep – 21mm internal – 610g