A new set of wheels is the single best upgrade a cyclist can
make. Whether by improving durability, reducing the weight of your bicycle, or
increasing aerodynamics in a time trial, a good set of hand built wheels can
make a huge difference in your riding experience. I build custom wheels for all types of cycling including
road mountain, cyclocross, triathlon, fatbike, touring, tandem, recumbent and
BMX. Whatever type of wheel you need and whatever terrain you ride, a custom
wheelset can be built to fit your needs. Even if you are just looking for the
right color wheels to match your bike a professionally hand-built wheelset will
make you happy.
If you're looking for an instant quote for a new set of
wheels my on-line custom Wheelbuilder will step you through the selections of
wheelset components and show you the price and weight before you're ready to
order. The on-line Wheelbuilder offers hundreds of components to choose from
and helps you narrow down wheel component options based on your riding needs.
If you don't see what you're looking for chances are I haven't added it to the
Wheelbuilder yet and a simple email or phone call will answer your questions.
If you’re unfamiliar with the product selections, don't see
the components your looking for, or simply don't know what fits on your bike I
will gladly help answer your questions and give you expert advice and guidance
in choosing the right components for your custom wheelset. I want to help you decide
what’s best for your needs. Please email or call me to discuss what wheels make
sense for you. I want to build you the wheels that you want to ride.
Factory wheels cannot compare to the value of custom built
wheels. A custom wheelset can be designed specifically for you. It can be as
light as you need and as strong as you need. The rim that best fits your
intended use can be mated to your favorite hub. You can specify tubular rims,
clincher rims, or tubeless rims. You can decide on the depth of your rims for
aerodynamics and you can choose a different front and rear rim.
Many cyclists do a lot of research before purchasing a new
wheelset. You may look at several different pre-built wheels comparing weight,
hub type, hub engagement, rim profile, materials, weight limit and many other
attributes. Similar to a custom built
bicycle, custom wheels are designed and built to your needs and specifications. Variables such as rider weight, intended use, and riding
environment should be considered when determining your ideal build. A 200 lb
Enduro racer may put a lot more stress on a wheel than a lightweight
cross-country mountain biker. Both riders can have wheels built that will last
When you consult with me as your wheel builder we can decide
on the exact wheel components to build you the best possible wheels. You will
be able to choose how much the wheels weigh, the brand of hub, the number of
spokes, the strength of the rim, the aerodynamic depth of the rim, and what materials
are to be used. You will know who built your wheels and where they came from.
You will have a 2 year warranty on the build and extended manufacturers
warranties on most hubs. I will provide you with the best customer service
the wheels you want to ride!
I know that wheels can make a huge difference, whether by
reducing the weight of your bicycle, improving aerodynamics, or holding up to
punishing road or off road conditions.
The wheels that come with a new bike are often chosen for the
average rider. They were not necessarily chosen for speed, durability or looks.
They may have simply been chosen to get your bike to the right price-point. The
wheels on a new bike may even have been spec’d with the idea that the rider
will probably upgrade his or her wheels.
You may have found that your stock wheels are not holding up
or you want something lighter. Your size and strength may require that you have
an extra strong wheelset that can’t be found in a factory built wheel. You may
want a rock-solid wheel for criteriums or a heavy-duty wheel for touring. Or,
you may want to choose the lightest components available for the ultimate
When you purchase a new wheelset you don’t want to worry
about failure. You don’t want to worry if your wheels are too fragile, or too
heavy, or that the parts will corrode in the rain and winter. You don’t want to
be riding your wheels thinking you made the wrong choice. I want you to be
confident in your custom wheel purchase.
My wheels are hand-built to the highest standards. Accuracy
and uniformity of spoke tension will increase the life of your wheels. Even a
wheel that is built of strong, high quality components can more easily be
damaged without uniform spoke tension. I spend considerable time on the tension
and true of each and every wheel. The amount of time it takes to build a
wheelset is the amount of time it takes to do it right. Spoke tension
uniformity is 5% for most wheels. I incorporate numerous steps in the building
process to stress relieve the wheels and ensure they stay true on your first
ride and many rides and miles thereafter.
Your wheels don’t have to look like everyone else’s. You can
choose from 10 different hub colors, several different spoke and nipples
colors. Many rims come in two or more colors. You can mix and match wheel
components. I can build your favorite rims onto your favorite hub brand. If you
spent a lot of time considering the look of your bike you definitely want the
wheels to be an extension that look.
The wheel components you see on this website have been
selected based on quality and availability. These products are all from
reputable manufacturers and have a history of reliability. The components used
in my wheel builds are not designed to maximize profits, they are chosen to
meet the needs and desires of the cyclist. Sometimes a custom wheelset is the
most economical choice for your intended use, and components can be chosen for
the best balance of strength, weight and price.
It is very important that my customers enjoy their custom
wheelset for as long as they own and ride them. For this reason it is important
to know the riders weight and intended use. I use this information in order to
select options for my customers that will be durable enough for their needs
while still meeting other requirements such as wheel weight and aesthetics.
The wheels I build are repairable in case of an accident.
Even the highest quality, lightweight Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes are readily
available to get your wheel back in perfect working condition in no time.
Database of Experience
The durability and lifetime enjoyment of every wheelset is
very important to me. I keep detailed information in a database of every wheel
that I build. With my collection of customer and wheel specifications I can
confirm the details of a person's wheels including spoke tension, rim erd,
spoke length used, lacing pattern, components used and other information.
Having a database of notes and measurements on my custom builds allows me know
the best way to prepare and assemble each component ahead of time. My database
of information helps me continually refine my building process and product
knowledge which I use to help customers decide on the best parts for their
My building process and component selection is validated
through spoke tension measurements, wheel trueness, radial runout and dish. The
measurement values are verified by using regularly calibrated tools and recorded
in my database for future reference. I credit my wheel building technique and
direction of my business from my many years of continued, objective evaluation
of my data and the satisfaction of my customers.
As an avid cyclist I have a lifetime of experience riding
and fixing bikes. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineer Technology and worked
as a designer and engineer in manufacturing environments for over 15 years. I
refined my wheel building and product knowledge as a hobby while spending 6
years in the cycling industry and I've been building custom wheels ever since.