Andy worked out pretty quickly that the original wheels supplied on his new Trek were really not to the same standard as the rest of the bike.
It’s not uncommon for factory specced wheelsets to be quite low quality, in comparison to the other components. It’s almost like the factory expects them to be upgraded.
Andy needed some wider and lighter wheels for the rough roads and long climbs in his native Tasmania. Tubeless was also a design requirement.
He appreciates quality so the HED Belgium rims came to the fore. Some quick measurements determined that the 25mm wide Belgium+ would be too tight a fit in the frame. As a result, the 23mm HED Belgium C2 was selected. A no-nonsense 24 hole front and 28 hole rear spec will suit his 90kgs well. “Right Light” without compromising stiffness or reliability. Sapim black alloy nipples were used to save a little rotating mass.We laced the front wheel radial, and the rear 2x non drive side and 3x drive side with Sapim Race black spokes.
Total weight a shade over 1600g. Enjoy them Andy. They’re beautiful.