Carbon Wheels and Bike Tunes

Rob Dickson


Since losing my corporate job several years ago, I began working in the bicycle industry to make ends meet. I am passionate about cycling and all things cycling related and hence have remained in the business despite the significantly reduced pay.

With that said I am going to be building wheels and doing bike tunes out of my house. Wheel building is one of the procedures I enjoy most especially when I have the opportunity to custom build a wheelset for a customer’s specific requirement.

I have done a considerable amount research in regards to rim selection inclusive of aerodynamic performance, quality, and reputation amongst wheel builders. Below are details of my findings

Wheel builds components:

·      Rims will be from Light Bicycle ( and available in an assortment of configurations for road and gravel usage. Wheels will be tubeless compatible, have hooked beads and tubeless tape installed (tubeless tape functions as a rim strip if using standard tubes). Spoke count will be 24/24 or 24/28 and laced 2X. Rim depths can be mixed if desired. 

·      Hubs. DT Swiss 350’s will be my go to for quality, cost, serviceability and ease of conversion to different axle standards. Other hubs are available including DT 240’s, I9, Novatec and Bitex .

·      Spokes will be bladed from Sapim (C Xray) or Pillar

·      Nipples will be black brass and external

·      Cassette, rotor (if applicable) and tube/tire will be installed as part of the process. Tubeless set up can be discussed.


Price will vary based on configuration but below is an example for reference.

Falcon Pro AR55 Rims

DT 350 Hubs

Sapim CX Ray Spokes

Brass Nipples

$850.00 per set.



Bike Tunes $55.00



·      Light cleaning of frame and inspection

·      Headset inspected and adjusted

·      Brakes inspected and adjusted

·      Adjustment of hubs

·      Lateral wheel true

·      Rear derailleur adjustment (includes hanger alignment as there is not much reason to adjust an RD if the hanger is not straight)

·      Front derailleur adjustment

·      Cable inspection and lubrication.

·      Bottom bracket/crank adjustment

·      Chain inspection and lubrication

·      Pedals torqued

·      Seat tube greased or application of carbon paste if appropriate. Clamp bolt torqued

·      Stem bolts torqued


Bike builds and component upgrades and other procedures are also welcome.





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