Bicycle Wheel Building
Enjoy your riding & trust your bike more! Quality wheels give you confidence in your bike and our wheel building service gives you an evenly tensioned, true build allowing your hubs, spokes & rims to perform to their potential.
Why Chasing Trails for wheel building?
Whilst we aim to keep prices sensible, a quality wheel build requires care and fine tuning to get the best from the wheel. Hopefully you agree that wheel building isn’t a place to cut corners and we want you to know what you’re paying for!
Wheels are built by me – Steve and I built my first set in 1990, partly because I had some shop built wheels that went out of true very quickly and partly because I’ve always had to know how to do things myself..!
Although nothing’s indestructible and it’s hard to know exactly what’s happening when a wheel is tested to it’s limit, in the past I’ve had 2 frames expire in crashes without my wheels needing a re-true and the worst I’ve experienced is a dent in a rather too lightweight rim. Correct spokes go a long way to avoiding dents, but a super-light rim will always be more vulnerable.
Prices below are for builds including spokes (hubs & rims extra).
Hubs and⁄or rims can be supplied or you can supply your own components if you’ve already purchased. MTB & road wheels are the same build prices.
Spokes are standard J-bend types. Straight pull spokes have often been difficult to source in the past, but they’re becoming more readily available. They’re usually special order so you will need to get in touch for a price for straight pull.
For single wheels – build with:
- Silver (stainless) double butted spokes & brass nipples £38
- Black double butted spokes & brass nipples £48
- Black D-light spokes & brass nipples £58
- Silver CX-Ray spokes (silver alloy nipples included) £94
- Black CX-Ray spokes (silver alloy nipples included) £104
- For coloured alloy nipples with any of the above, add £10
- For black brass nipples add £5
- Re-truing £14
For a pair – build with:
- Silver double butted spokes & brass nipples £71
- Black double butted spokes & brass nipples £91
- Black D-light spokes & brass nipples £111
- Silver CX-Ray spokes (silver alloy nipples included) £183
- Black CX-Ray spokes (silver alloy nipples included) £203
- For coloured alloy nipples with a pair of wheels add £18
- For black brass nipples add £9
- Re-truing £27
P&P is charged at cost so you can decide how fast or economically you want them delivered. If you’re in the area it’s always fine to collect and it may well be possible to deliver by hand if you’re local.
To arrange your wheel build please contact us – email is fine but a phone call is ideal as we’ll get a better feel for your needs. Being hand built you will usually have your wheels in about a week from ordering. If you need something done by a deadline get in touch & I’ll do my best to help if at all possible.
Spokes & nipples
I’ve not found any spokes better than Sapim for their quality, strength & light weight. The fact that they’re priced well is just a bonus. Their ‘Race’ double-butted spokes are a trusted standard – a balance of lightweight and strong for most kinds of riding.
For the ultimate build their aero CX-ray spokes shave off the grams without sacrificing strength. Many people stick exclusively to brass nipples, but Sapim do some genuinely reliable alloy nipples if you want to shed a few more grams & get a great looking set of wheels. Blue, red & silver are usually in stock & others can usually be ordered. I used to be suspicious of alloy but a year of use & an ‘Ard Rock Enduro have come up with no issues. Stick to brass if you ride through the road salt in the winter & you forget to wash it off after!
Please phone if you need advice as to what’s suitable for your riding style.
Stans NoTubes are an innovative & quality brand which includes some includes some of the lightest rims available without going too narrow or fragile to achieve it and also some of the toughest without getting too weighty. Extra width gives a better tyre profile, better handling and better grip.
Most of their rims can run either with tubes or tubeless using UST or many standard tyres. I’ve run their rims for years & they’ve coped with plenty of abuse so far. The latest ZTR Crest, Arch & Flow Mk3 mountain bike rims are wider & stiffer than the previous versions & use a new alloy to keep the weight more or less the same as before.
There are plenty of hub manufacturers out there, but you want quality for your budget. Hope are always the safe bet for MTB hubs, great quality, light weight & awesome customer service in the unlikely event that you need it. If your budget doesn’t stretch to Hope, Shimano are very solid. Again, give us a call if you want advice on what will suit your bike & riding style.