Wheel Building

Wheel
Building

With labor, parts, and tax, the absolute cheapest wheel set I can build to order will run around $350. Please don’t abuse the form below if you intend on spending less than that. I do keep a few wheel sets I’ve built on hand if you’d like to buy pre-built, pictured below.

More information about wheel building services below the form.

Payment for parts is collected up front, and labor is collected upon pickup. Wheel work free for one season.

Labor Pricing

$50 – Dished wheel build
(any hub brake front or externally geared rear wheel)

$40 – Zero dish wheel build
(track, or non-disc front wheels)

Hand built wheels in stock

Single speed wheel set in black

10/11 speed road Wheel set

A few customs builds

20190516_143205
20190516_165702
20191009_175702
20190516_170928
20200412_162810
20200412_162856
20200412_162934
20200412_162845
20200412_162953
20200412_163304
20200412_163317
20200412_163348
20200412_163419
20200429_103729
20200429_150000
20200429_150007
20200429_150018
20200411_131629_001
20200411_131638
20200411_131643
20200411_131705
20200411_131730
20200411_131750
IMG_20200520_144704
IMG_20200520_144636
IMG_20200520_144626
IMG_20200520_144615
IMG_20200520_144606~4
IMG_20200520_144509
IMG_20200520_121744
IMG_20200516_191410
IMG_20200516_191424
IMG_20200516_191401~2
IMG_20200516_191326
IMG_20200516_191251
IMG_20200516_191245
IMG_20200715_170851
IMG_20200726_110629
IMG_20200726_110649
IMG_20200726_110721
IMG_20200726_110735
IMG_20200726_110749
Wheelset04
Wheelset08
Wheelset11
PXL_20210513_214032462
PXL_20210501_203229087
PXL_20210513_215213189
PXL_20210501_203205396
PXL_20210501_203128849
PXL_20210501_203048558
PXL_20210501_203042385
PXL_20210501_202835714
PXL_20210402_200745610
PXL_20210402_200615426
PXL_20210402_200641317
PXL_20210402_142939559
PXL_20210402_142902683
PXL_20210402_142930605
IMG_20210216_185405_565
PXL_20210303_173307813
PXL_20210303_173318876
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Let’s get the ball rolling

Tell us a little more about the wheels you want. What make/model bike are they for, what kind of drive train will you be using, any brand or style preferences, and if you know them relevant specs like the axle type, dropout spacing, etc. etc. If you don’t know, we can take a look and get it all figured in no time.

How I build wheels

I’m not going to build you carbon wheels. No hollow spokes here. I don’t care for straight pull or bladed spokes. I’ll go down to 28 hole rear and 24 hole front, no less. I may sound like a grumpy old retro grouch, but there really is no reason to re-invent the wheel.

I am building in the traditional way. Round spokes, J-bends, brass nipples, and spoke prep. Spoke washers feature heavily in a lot of my builds, and I build with butted spokes no thinner than 1.8mm, from Sapim and 1.5mm from DT Swiss. I stress by hand during the build extensively and gently bend the spokes into their paths. Once goal tension is reached I mount a tire for corrections under compression and check the balance several times inflated and deflated, to ensure no spoke twist.

The ends of the spokes are flush with the tool slot in the nipple head, engaging all of the available thread, the spoke shafts are nicely nestled against the side of the hub flanges, and the labels are all lined up. Trusting this process can still get you very light wheels without sacrificing longevity and stiffness.

I like to offer free wheel work on my wheels for the first season, checking up on the tension around 500-700 miles or so. This process will ensure lasting tension levels and radial and lateral alignment. It will also mitigate material failure, so do your job and ride because I’ve got your back!