Richard is after custom performance and good times. We here at Wheelworks seem to think along the same lines… Can you build me up some awesome road wheels for August? No problems.
Richard is somewhere in France at the moment yelling at the worlds best road cyclists, in the warmth of their summer. On his way home he will be popping to Australia to pick up his new toy, a Baum road bike, an Australian hand crafted work of art. I could not think of a better way to come home than seeing some awesome Wheelworks wheels waiting at the table!
We wanted to keep the wheelset a little understated and went for a stealth black look to really highlight the Baum frame. We used the market leader in carbon rims; Enve. This will be used as a every day bicycle so we used the Enve 3.4 set to keep the weight down and so Richard doesn’t get blown around on the windy days.
We used the Alchemy ELF front hub and DT Swiss 240 rear hub both very light and very reliable. We used the DT Swiss Aerolite black spokes and Enve internal nipples to keep everything together for many years to come. Enve titanium quick releases seemed to be a easy choice. We matched the understated black decals of the Enve rims with black Wheelworks decals. Fact – there will not be another bicycle like this in New Zealand or even the world. Custom and performance, Richard enjoy the rest of the build.
Andrew was after a high end wheelset that he can use every day, that would last forever, and that would not stand out all that much in the bunch.
We have used the market leader in carbon rim technology Enve. The Enve 3.4 set will give the wheels a solid smooth fell due to the wide 26mm front and 24mm rear rim widths to increase tyre volume. Made in America and getting rave reviews from our customers you can not go wrong.
An American-made Alchemy ELF front hub being 66 grams and super wide, and the DT Swiss 240 rear hub being just 222 grams and very reliable with it’s simple freehub mechanism that ‘just works’ without the need for fine tuning. With this hub combination you get a very light, reliable set that will be wanting to spin way longer than your legs will want to every day for many, many years.
Black DT Swiss Aerolite spokes with gloss black decals on the rims will not bring attention to the outside of the wheel while the white Wheelworks decals on the hubs will add a nice touch saying “custom wheels here”. Enjoy Andrew and feel what a huge difference in performance and enjoyment a high end wheelset can bring to cycling.
Ben came to us saying that the wheels we built for him back in 2009 are still going well but would like the wheels to be stiffer and that the Ambrosio Excellite rims maybe a little on the light side for the gravel riding he’s now doing.
We choice the Pacenti SL23 rims for their stiffness, low weight, coming in a wide range of spoke counts so we could re-use his hub. These rims are in the new wide-profile to increase the tyre volume resulting in a slightly more comfortable ride.
New spokes were also needed due to the different rim diameters and we used DT Swiss Revolution spokes front and DT Swiss Competition spokes rear. Held all together with black alloy spoke nipples. With our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes I hope Ben will get many more years of trouble free riding before wanting a change, if he does maybe he needs to read the custom decals on the rims? Enjoy.
Peter came to us knowing it was time to go to the internal gear box of a Rohloff rear hub for his new touring bike build but he needed a hand to get a hub into a wheelset and then up and ready for his touring and commuting.
The rear Rohloff Speedhub 500 – 14 had already been chosen with its awesome German reputation, low maintenance and wide 14 speed gear range inside the sealed gearbox. The Hope Mono Pro 3 front hub from the UK with cartridge bearings will last the distance and comes in a large range of hole drilling’s.
To keep the wheels going round we have used Mavic A319 rims. The higher end Mavic rims are made in France have a great reputation in any cycling discipline, in fact after talking with Peter we found out that he has them on his old Cannondale T700 touring bike and has had no problems with them since new. The A319 is in the touring range and has double eyelets to help support the spokes from pulling through the rim.
We trust and only use DT Swiss spokes. With having a high regard to having a super strong wheelset over saving weight we used DT Swiss Champion spokes, 32 hole rear and 36 hole front with black brass spoke nipples.
Keeping all the parts in the “Knight Rider” black theme was a request… lucky for Peter we are old enough to know how cool Kit was back in the day. Just keep the red flashy light at the rear of the bike Peter, while loaded up around the country or popping to work.
Michael was after a good, light, modern new age, alloy wheelset that he can mount to his road bike and forget for years to come.
The Pacenti SL23 is very stiff both laterally and vertically and rather cutting edge in design with its “new age” wide of 24mm outside total width.
To keep the weight down with out decreasing performance or reliability Michael has chosen the Alchemy ELF front hub with its wide flange spacing and scant 63 grams, paired with a DT Swiss 240 at 218 grams there wouldn’t be many better options out there. Campagnolo freehub body fitted and ready to go.
Nothing says lets go like the DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and black alloy nipples. With our custom two white spokes at the valve to tie in with the hub and rim decals.
Callum was so highly disappointed with his mass produced factory wheels with nothing but troubles that he returned them! With just over a week before he heads away on a work trip to Vienna and in need of some quality and care he came to Wheelworks.
We used a White Industries T11 rear hub with the reliability of a titanium freehub body and steal axle then paired it up to a Alchemy ELF front hub with it’s wide hub flange spacing and super light weight.
The Pacenti SL23 rims have not been around all that long but are getting rave reviews. They are wider than usual and will let Callum run lower tyre pressure for better grip and cornering as well as better comfort for the long miles on the unknown roads.
Spokes are DT Swiss Aerolite’s with black alloy nipples holding the package together for years to come.
A nice finishing touch was the names of his kids Leo and Eva on the rims, for when this proud farther is having hard times being away from the family overseas.
Karl’s a man that knows what he wants, Or he is supper busy riding and racing around New Zealand and overseas, writing magazine reviews and articles or running a very successful bike fit and coaching business? We got a email saying can you build me up a 26″ V-brake mountain bike wheelset. We had to ask a few more questions to get the right build for his needs. But it was that simple.
The selection of 26″ rim brake rims are getting a little low now days with disc brakes and 29″ – 650B wheels taking hold. We choice a DT Swiss XR425 rim for its good strong alloy resulting in a stiff reliable wheel.
We didn’t want Karl to be stuck in the retro category for ever so we went to a DT Swiss 240 spline disc hub set. He now has the option to fit a spline disc rotor in the future and in the mean time the spline system does not look as bulky as a six bolt pattern system.
Dt Swiss Competition black spokes and alloy black nipples hold it all together keeping the wheelset all black and DT Swiss.
And we here at Wheelworks can not forget to mention that we can add what ever you like on the rims and a large variety of colors with our CNC decal cutter. Karl will be advertising his business if he ever stops with “Exceed Bike Fit”.
It’s been a while since we’ve offered a wheelbag. The last batch were source from a faraway land and, to be honest, were a pain in the arse to get.
We knew this needed to change and with the advent of 29er wheels the time was right to design our own wheelbag. We designed two versions, Road and Mtb, and had them made right here in Aotearoa. Locals supporting locals.
The MTB bag will fit a single 29er wheel with tyre fitted – yes even a 29×3″ Surly Knard. The bag is simple, durable and designed to hold only one wheel as many of you only remove the front wheel for transporting the bike in the car boot or roof-racks. A single handle allows easy carrying and a large zip makes it easy to fit and remove the wheel. $90.
The Road bag will fit two wheels with tyres fitted. The bag is padded to protect your precious wheels and has a padded divider to keep the wheels separate. Each wheel has four velcro straps to secure the wheels for longer journeys and an internal pocket will hold quick release skewers, brakepads, and any other nicknacks. Two carry handles balance the bag and a large zip makes it easy to fit and remove the wheels. $180.
To order either please get in touch
It’s my firm belief that disc brakes are in the future of road cycling. Before the naysayers start with the “my rim brakes are powerful enough” comments it’s important to look not only at the power of the brake but also the control it allows. This control is where a disc brake comes into it’s own and can’t be matched – regardless of the weather a disc gives a smoother, more consistent application of power and more feedback about how the tyre is coping with the braking load.
2 years ago I ordered my own Independent Fabrication with road discs. Back then my choices were limited: the range of forks wasn’t very good and neither was the range of brakes. I had to make compromises. Things are different now and the range of available parts is widening on a weekly basis. Paul’s bike is no holes barred with a titanium frame and Enve disc road fork, an electronic DuraAce 11 speed drivetrain handles shifting duties and Shimano’s new CX-75 brakes slow things down. The frame is designed for full-length hydraulic lines which will be the next improvement to road discs.
The Di2 battery is hidden away in the seatpost in a custom made mount. The Di2 junction box required modification because of the bike’s short stem and is moved forward and tucked behind the stem’s bolts. The battleship-grey fork and panels allow the red and white to really pop.
Shimano newest Di2 drivetrain is simply incredible to use. The new shifters are more comfortable and offer a more tactile feel than the first generations ‘cell phone’ buttons. Front shifting is simply amazing: the derailleur doesn’t question your shift it simply places the chain on the big-ring regardless of cadence or pedaling load.
I wrote about the wheels in a separate article. At less than 1400 grams they’ll be responsive and snappy and will highlight the titanium frame’s ride qualities.
The funny thing about a fully custom bike like this one is the pricetag. Yes, it costs a lot of money. But no more money than a blob of generic carbon bike, mass produced in a far-off factory and marketed to the hilt as the sole reason why a professional rider won some bike race. 5 years ago this wasn’t the case – production bikes were cheaper and custom bikes like this IF were considerably more expensive. This really fascinates me and makes me question why you wouldn’t choose to buy something made just for you.
Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Enjoy the photos.
…comes the Lion of Flanders. The envelope was post-marked London but he now resides on the Cool Wall.