Ryan Builds Wheels
The decision to build up a set of wheels instead of buying a pair of wheels off the shelf
came about because I didn’t originally want a pair of wheels at all. I had a bit of a silly accident with my race wheels and needed just a front wheel.
Anyway, after failing miserably to find a replacement, I came across a local seller on eBay selling a set of 35mm deep Reynolds rims. I took the plunge and bought them. I bought them before really looking into wheel building. I found out hubs are expensive! As are spokes! When I thought about carbon wheels I always assumed that the rim was the expensive part! the reality it only really accounts to about 30% if you’re wanting a top quality build.
- Reynolds OEM 35mm deep 24mm wide tubular rims
- Tune Mig 45 front hub
- Tune Mag 175 rear hub
- Sapim CX ray aero spokes.
The fact the wheels ended up with Ryan was by
chance really. Originally the wheels were to be built by Performance Cycles; with their hectic workshop, finding the time to build wheels was looking Impossible. Ryan was located in Bristol and was excited about taking on the build.
The Tune hubs super light and really helped reduce the wheels overall weight. Coming in at 1140g a pair they were sure to climb brilliantly! The front was laced radially and the rear was 2 cross both sides. His attention to detail was great with the valve holes lining up with the logos on the hubs, both wheels were perfectly true, well-balanced and tensioned as far as I could tell with a few flicks of the spokes, very evenly.
With the total price of the build well below that of any similarly spec factory built wheel, I’m astounded more people don’t opt for hand-built wheels. From sourcing all the parts too the finished product took around a month; a lot of that was down to me being picky! Also with cyclocross well underway I sure I will be back to get a set of less exotic Tubs built up to handle to mud!