Wheelworks.co.nz, Handbuilt wheels by Tristan Thomas » Road Wheels

By: Wheelworks  05-Apr-2012
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Paddy was looking for a pair of year-round training wheels which would stand up to bad roads and inclement weather.

I suggested the DT Swiss 240s hubs as they’re the lowest-maintenance hubset I’ve come across and they’re a great center for a wheelset.

Paddy wanted a high spoke count,’traditional’ wheelset, so we used the Mavic Open Pro rims. No rim lasts forever, especially with the extra wear and tear of wet-weather braking so the Open Pros were chosen for their affordability and ease of replacement in the future.

I used DT Swiss Competition spokes. The front spoke nipples are aluminium to save weight, and the rear are black brass.  The front wheel uses 28 spokes which are laced two-cross, and the rear uses 32 spokes laced three-cross on both sides.

These are a great-looking pair of wheels which should last a loooong time.

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