Latest Custom Builds — Classic and Retro

Jeff's Retro Touring Wheels - Alex DM21 on Shimano Deore DX

Alex Rims Classic Classic and Retro DT Swiss Gravel Retro Sapim

Jeff's Retro Touring Wheels - Alex DM21 on Shimano Deore DX

Jeff is restoring a late 80s Shogun Alpine touring bike. He planning on using it for what it is intended, and needed our help to build the right wheels - tough, lightish, and smart. We favour the Alexrims DM21 and (it's slightly slimmer brother) the DM18 for builds like this. These rims are very tough, have a nice box section profile and build very stiff wheels. Both are reasonably wide (23mm and 19mm respectively) so work well with modern touring and training tyre widths (28c or more). They are both eyeleted for strength, and (for a wheelbuilder) are an absolute...

Read more →


Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

Classic Classic and Retro DT Swiss Hope Hplusson Nextie Retro Road Bike Wheel Builds Sapim Wheel Builds XLR8 Hubs

Chris's Retro Hplusson Archetypes on XLR8 and Hope RS Mono

Chris had seen our retro inspired builds and sent us a photo of the beautiful blue Colnago that he was "restomodding". He had decided to compliment the beautiful steel frame with a modern 11s Campagnolo Potenza groupset, and needed some wheels that would fit in with the classic aesthetic. We discussed several rim options (including the fantastic Hplusson TB14) but in the end he selected the Hplusson Archetype in polished silver. Primary reasoning? It's a beautifully finished rim, with an aero profile inspired by the late 80s Campagnolo Omega Strada rims. That and they are light, strong, and excellent value! We...

Read more →


Alex's New Retro Concorde Squadra Professional Wheels - C-Record on Mavic Open Pro SUP

Classic Classic and Retro NOS Racing Retro Sapim Supplied Rims Testimonials Wheel Builds Wheel Repairs Zipp

Alex's New Retro Concorde Squadra Professional Wheels - C-Record on Mavic Open Pro SUP

Alex is a very frequent customer of ours. You may recall his beautiful Colnago restoration and we've done a Zipp hub replacement and a Mercury S2 hub replacement for him as well. He advised us some time ago that he was about to chase all the parts required for a Concrode Squadra Professional restoration, in the iconic PDM livery. It's tough to explain how excited we were when he sent us the hubs to rebuild onto some period correct Mavic Open SUP rims. We used Sapim Laser spokes front and rear, with alloy nipples on the front, and brass on the rear. The...

Read more →


Another smart Nextie and XLR8 build - light and stiff!

Aero Carbon Classic and Retro Gravel Nextie Racing Sapim Tubeless XLR8 Hubs

Another smart Nextie and XLR8 build - light and stiff!

Here's another custom Nextie carbon road wheelset for a customer who wishes to remain anonymous! But we're happy to describe the outcome. The new Nextie Premium range of road rims improves on their already excellent value offerings. Toray T700 and T800 carbon is used, and higher Tg resins for the entire rim construction (not just the braking surface like many others).  There is a more complicated layup process for even more stiffness and strength, and the braking surface is built to event tighter tolerances. Road tubeless ready as well. Plus, the warranty period is now extended to 3 years. These are...

Read more →


Andy’s HED Belgium C2 on White Industries T11

Classic Classic and Retro HED Racing Road Bike Wheel Builds Sapim Wheel Builds

Andy’s HED Belgium C2 on White Industries T11

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

Read more →