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.
$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
Let’s get the ball rolling
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!