The matching rear Alchemy ORC is also US-made and has very wide flange spacing, and is also a great hub. At 218 grams they’re essentially the same weight as a DT Swiss 240s, but the wider flange spacing means they build into a stiffer wheel which is great for larger, more powerful riders. So why don’t I use less 240s and more ORCs? The ratchet mechanism in the 240s is fantastic, the bearings last forever, and it’s a tried, tested and true performer. The Alchemy is more expensive – if the extra stiffness is required then these are dollars well spent but in most cases the 240s meets (and exceeds) needs.
Spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites. I use the standard Enve nipples on the front and rear-driveside, and a custom counter-bored nylock internal nipple on the rear non-drive. The nylock adds a bit of insurance on the lower tension side of the wheel.
Keen readers with calculators will notice this wheelset is 27 gram lighter than Serges which uses the same components. Why? Well the powder coated white spokes add a few grams, and as with all rims the weights vary slightly due to production tolerances. Also, Gabriel’s rear hub is a slightly lighter Campagnolo freehub body.
As with all Wheelworks wheels these are true to less than one-tenth of a millimeter in both the lateral and vertical directions, as measured with a Mitutoyo gauge which reads to hundredths of a millimeter. Spoke tension is as even as possible and is measured with my DT Tensio which is tested and checked for calibration every two weeks.
Supplied with rim tape, Enve brakepads, and some skewers and these wheels will be boxed and shipped.
Is that enough tech info???