The 11 speed switchover

When Campagnolo went 11 speed what seems ages ago, it was seen as one too many cogs, but when Shimano moved the all range of their road group sets to 11 speed last autumn, that basically meant the days of 10 speed drivetrains are over. So, what to do? Stay on 9 speed, like I…

Why wheels go out of true

Whether you ride a top of the range lean and mean carbon machine, a heavy tourer or a tricycle, at some point you have probably experienced a wheel out of alignment. Typically panicking and seeking advice from your local workshop or the internet wisdom, the answer you got was most likely along the line of: “you hit…

Wheels and components, an Editorial (more of a rant)

The annoying thing about modern machines, to which bicycles are no exception, is that they rely on every single component, as well as the faultless assembly of them, to function. If you rewind fifty years, you would have probably struggled to find a single bicycle on the road that didn’t have some form of temporary…

2014 top picks

In 2014 H plus Son Archetype established themselves as the rim of choice for pretty much any road based wheel set. The wider profile, great look, moderate weight, great choice of hole counts and robust build, combined with a very reasonable retail price strengthened their position as the benchmark. In my experience they build a great…

My views on spokes

Two year on (updated Dec. 2014), a few updates on which spokes I like to use and which ones are best avoided. In wheel building, the choice of spokes and pattern determines whether a wheel will be stiff, light and durable, which are the three requirement one is typically asked to deliver, together with reasonably…

Novatec 541/542 Disc hubs

I have been using the light Novatec D711/712 SB disc hubs for a few years now with excellent results. My set has survived the past three horrible winters and I have just replaced the rear bearings being a bit overzealous.  They have recently been replaced by an 11 speed ready version, named 771/772. The free…

Kinesis Crosslight Disc wheels, any good?

Until Mavic came out with their overpriced Ksyrium disc wheelset, the Kinesis CX were pretty much the only light disc specific wheelset available on the market that would take road and cross tyres. I believe they will still enjoy plenty of popularity, as they come at less than half the price of the Mavic and…