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Abbotsford Cycles Richmond
27 Swan Street
Richmond VIC 3121
03 9429 6889
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Wheel Building

Custom-Built Bicycle Wheels

Only bicycle wheels that are custom built by hand can provide exactly what you want: your unique combination of performance, durability, longevity, suppleness, lightness, style and even colour.

Wheel building and truing are at the heart of the work we love.

Every spoke in our hand-built wheels is checked with a gauge, a tensiometer, for correct, consistent, even tension, that is the key to performance in the long term.

While custom-built wheels are more expensive than factory-built wheels, they will perform better and last longer under load.

We build with dynamo hubs, with wooden rims, disc specific rims, for bicycles, tricycles, trailers and with electric hubs.

You can book a wheel build for the same day service through our online booking system. It's best to ensure that we have the parts required by calling us first on 9429 6889.

Spoke replacement

Usually we can replace a broken spoke and true a wheel on the same day. However, if we are busy it may take an extra day. If you need your bike/wheel back on the same day, call us first to check.

Respoking

It is not uncommon for the spokes on new bicycle wheels to fail early in their life. Perhaps a lower-quality spoke has been used on an otherwise good bike. Once one broken spoke has been repaired, a second or third failure suggests it is much more economic in time and money to bite the bullet and respoke completely.

It is worth considering Phil Wood single-butted spokes if the bicycle is a commuter or tourer, as the thicker 13g head confers much higher fatigue resistance, particularly appropriate on a rear wheel.

Spokes

Our workshop is one of only a few in Australia that incorporates a Phil Wood Spoke Cutting and Rolling machine. We can efficiently cut 14 gauge spokes to the required length, from Phil Wood blanks, in plain gauge, double butted and single butted.

We stock and recommend high-quality Phil Wood stainless steel spokes. The range includes both silver and black, lengths from 80mm to 310mm.

Plain 2mm 14 gauge, silver $1.20, black $1.50.
Lightweight double butted 2mm/1.8mm 14/15 gauge, silver $1.80, black $2.00 - minimum length 230mm..
Fatigue resistant single butted 2.3/2mm 13/14 gauge, silver $2.10, black $2.30.
Straight pull (head NOT J bend), silver $1.20, black $1.50.
Prices include silver 12mm brass nipples. Black are 25 cents each.

We also sell Swiss DT spokes (Champion, Competition, Alpine III and Revolution), in most sizes, colours and gauges, and both alloy and brass nipples, of various lengths (we hold limited stock of DT spokes).

(We have found that brass nipples are far more practical than alloy nipples, unless weight is of utmost importance.)

Rims

We stock a good range of Alex, Mavic and Velocity rims and source other brands such as DT Swiss,
H Plus Son, Araya and Stans.

We can order older sizes such as 27", 26"x 1 3/8, 28" x 1 3/8 and 28" x 1 1/2. Usually available with 2-3 days.

Hubs

We stock and build with a comprehensive range of Shimano, Novatec, Phil Wood and Chris King hubs, and Sturmey Archer and Shimano internal geared and braked units. We use and recommend Shutter Precision dynamo hubs.

What does it cost?

Wheel building costs $75 inc. GST per wheel. There is an extra cost for fitting wheels to a bicycle, including adjusting brake and gears, and an extra cost ($40-$100) for building with a motor.

Hand wheel building at Abbotsford Cycles

Wheels surely count among the greatest of human inventions and the lightweight tension spoked wheel is the key to another wonderful invention: the bicycle!

Abbotsford Cycles has been hand building spoked bicycle wheels for more than 25 years. Our wheels have commuted millions of kilometres, crossed Australia, Europe, India and China, travelled the Paris Brest Paris Randonnee, the Tour Divide, the Audax Alpine Classic, the National Trail, cyclocross, raced the Warrnambool, transported luggage and children, been used on electric bikes, wheelchairs, tricycles, unicycles and circus bikes.

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