Brad’s custom Reynolds SDV66T carbon wheelset

Brad snagged a super deal on a pair of Reynolds SDV66/T carbon tubular rims. He was looking for a wheelset to use exclusively for racing. These fit the bill. Laced to sweet red Alchemy hubs using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and pillar internal nipples these are light and aero. 1380 grams completed.  Wheels like these need high quality tubulars. On went a pair of Schwalbe Ultremo HT hand-sewn tubulars, 22mm wide using Continental carbon rim cement. Before installing, a pair of black Bontrager valve extenders were installed.



Marcus’ Hurricane SL wheelset

Marcus scored a deal on a sweet Eddy Merckx. He wanted a wheelset for that bike or his Wilier. He went with all black, and beefed up the drive-side with DB 2.0/1.7/2.0 spokes instead of the stock Sapim Laser 2.0/1.5/2.0 spokes. Otherwise, these are right out of the catalogue of semi-custom wheels, and at 1476 g are still nice and light.


Jeff’s custom Alchemy / Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 wheelset – 1260g

Jeff wanted an über light climbing wheelset for his 2010 Madone 6.9.  His current wheelset is the excellent Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 carbon clinchers. These are great all-rounders, but not super light by today’s standards. He originally was thinking Bontrager XXX-Lite clinchers, but they are quite expensive. For about half the price, Jeff went with this wheelset.

At an honest 1260 grams, these are 60+ grams lighter than a set of Bontrager XXX-Lite clinchers.

This wheelset should dip the weight of Jeff’s Madone to around 14 lbs.


  • Front: Alchemy ELF 24h, radially laced CX-Ray spokes, Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 rim. 542g.
  • Rear: Alchemy ORC 28h, 3X drive, 2x non-drive CX-Rays, Stan’s NoTubes ZTR 340 Alpha rim. 718g.
  • Weight: 1260 grams.