Andrew wanted a pair of do-all aluminium wheels and wanted to use the PowerTap hubs for measuring power. Even with all the crank- and pedal-based power meters on the market the PowerTap hubs still make a lot of sense – they’re light, super durable, accurate, and dependable.
The SL23 rim is perfectly suited for this type of do-all wheel: light, stiff, and durable.
Gavin laced them up with DT Swiss Aerolite spokes to keep drag and weight down, and our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes means great durability.
PowerTap G3 hubs are a great way of measuring power. Crank-based and pedal-based systems certainly have some advantages but the PowerTap G3 offers a proven, accurate, and cost-effective way of adding power to you bike, especially if your wheels are a bit tired or could use an upgrade.
For Max we built up the G3 rear hub and matching PowerTap front hub as a do-all pair of wheels which are durable enough for training but light and aero enough for club racing.
The Pacenti SL23 rim will let Max run lower tyre pressure for better grip and comfort – ideal for long days in the saddle.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes keep the wheels light and responsive.
Custom silver decals add a bit of uniqueness to the wheels.
This pair is on it’s way to Victoria Australia. Thanks for your order, Max!
Bob had a PowerTap which had been unsuccessfully built into a couple of different rims however it was continually breaking spokes. He’d heard about our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes so sent the hub down to us to be built up into a new rim. This time he won’t have any broken spokes.
We selected a Pacenti SL23 rim. At only 460 grams these are nice and light but they’re very stiff and have a great quality brake track. Their 24mm width will allow Bill to run a nice low tyre pressure for good grip and traction.
Spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites matched with aluminium nipples.
Jurjen came down pretty hard in last weekend’s Waikanae fun ride – not much fun. His Zipp rear rim was badly damaged and needed to be replaced.
The 28 hole PowerTap hub was still in good shape so it made sense to re-build onto it. The Enve 45 rim is a great rim, much lighter than his old Zipp, and comes in a 28 hole drilling. Perfect!
Jurjen decided to have a matching front wheel built. We used an Alchemy ELF hub and a 20 hole Enve 45 rim.
The Enve 45 rims don’t get a lot of love with the 3.4 being available but they’re fantastic rims and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Spokes are DT Swiss Aerolite with two red spokes at each valve. Red had been scientifically proven* to be the fastest colour and therefore red spokes will make this wheelset faster. Plus they match the red decals.
*Ok, I made that bit up.
Diane wanted a versatile wheel for both training and racing that would use a Powertap hub.
The new G3 version of the Powertap has some significant improvements over the G2 hubs – mainly an improvement in flange positioning and fully removable electronics (important for us in the antipodes where there is no local Powertap service center)
Bladed DT Swiss Aerolite spokes give great aerodynamics and low weight. Brass nipples add durability.
White decals were Diane’s request along with a couple of smiley faces to show her positive outlook.
The Velocity A23 rim is a versatile rim and it’s 23mm width means lower tyre pressures for better ride quality when training and better grip when racing.
John wanted to start training with power and also needed a lighter wheelset. A PowerTap G3 was the perfect solution – a mere 90 gram weight increase compared to a standard hub, and wireless power and cadence transmitted to a Garmin.
I paired the rear hub to an Alchemy ELF front hub because of it’s proven durability and light weight.
Hed C2 rims are the nicest-riding clincher rims out there and have an excellent brake surface.
All the spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites – 20 front spokes and 28 rear. Front nipples are aluminium to save weight while the rear are brass for daily-use durability.
1567 gram actual weight is much lighter than most ‘factory’ wheelsets and that includes the PowerTap!
Last month Gary ordered a pair of Enve 3.4 clinchers, however Enve had be struggling to deliver front rims. Gary wanted to start using the PowerTap hub in the rear wheel so I built and shipped that wheel. Now that the front rim has arrived I’ve built the matching set.
An Alchemy ELF front hub keeps the wheel weight down and stiffness very high due to the wide flange spacing.
DT Swiss Aerolites are the same as what I used on the rear wheel.
602 grams is a staggeringly low weight for such an aerodynamic and versatile wheel.
Gary wanted a pair of all-around carbon clincher with a PowerTap hub. After looking at a couple of options he settled on the Enve 3.4 rims.
The front rims are out of stock for a few weeks and Gary wanted to start training with the PowerTap so I built the rear wheel and will ship the matching front when it’s rim arrives.
The G3 PowerTap is a big improvement – it’s lighter, stiffer, and the electronics are more easily serviced.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes tie it together.
Will wanted to upgrade to a power meter and with plenty of last-years PowerTap hubs being special’ed off by US retailers he supplied this Pro+ unit.
To keep with a classic theme we used the DT Swiss 465 rim. This is a super high quality, box-section, double-eyelleted rim. These DT rims really do build up well.
DT Swiss Competition spokes and black brass nipples round-out the 32×3 rear wheel.