Handbuilt wheels from Condor

 

Handbuilt Wheels

 

Our skilled and practised mechanics have years of experience building wheels for road racing, touring and day to day riding.

 

Handbuilt wheels have been part of our workshop services since Monty Young opened Condor Cycles in 1948. We pride ourselves on the reputation and quality of our handbuilt wheels. From a performance set of disc wheels, a dynamo hub equipped front wheel, or just a set of comfortable training wheels, wheels built by hand are strong with unique and smooth ride properties. There are a wide range of options to cater for all budgets and riding needs.

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Hub and rim options

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Need a rebuild? Have your own components? Our wheel build labour is from £30 per wheel excluding spokes.

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How it works

Step 1

Choose your hubs
Single hubs from £12.99

Step 2

Choose your rims

Options from £20.00 per rim

Step 3

Select the spokes

From 40p per spoke

Step 4

Book the build

Labour from £30.00 per wheel

Condor Work Bench

Condor Wheel Building

Popular choices

Not sure where to start? Here are some of our most popular hub choices.

Road Hubs



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Condor Supremacy Road Hubs

Our go-to hubs, offering great value for both Shimano and Campagnolo equipped bikes.

 Shimano Ultegra Road Hubs

Shimano Ultegra Hubs

A true classic. Born from race testing. Ultegra hubs deliver lightweight and reliable performance without a hefty price tag.

Chris King R45 Road Hubs

Chris King R45 Hubs

Manufactured in the USA, R45 hubs are a dream to ride and are built to last a lifetime. Perfect for racing and performance riding.

 

Disc Hubs

 

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Shimano RS505 Disc Hubs

Shimano RS505

Excellently priced, suited to touring, commuting, and entry level 'cross racing.

Hope Pro 4 Disc Hubs

The Pro 4 is a racing focused hub, built to withstand the toughest conditions. Available for Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM XD equipped bikes.

White Industries Disc Hubs

White Industries Disc hubs

Shimano centrelock compatible, lightweight, and smooth rolling.

Single Speed & Track Hubs

 

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Condor Uno Track Hubs

Condor Uno Track Hubs

Great value single speed or fixed hubs. Smooth rolling and sealed cartridge bearings.

Phil Wood Track Hubs

Phil Wood Track Hub

Serious glamour, ideal for the anyone building the ultimate single speed wheelset.

Shimano Dura-Ace Track Hubs

Dura Ace 7600 Track Hubs

Exquisite looks paired with precision engineering. Popular lightweight racing hubs.

 

Can't find what you're looking for?

We have many more hubs available, and if we don't have what you want, we can order from most manufacturers.

Road hubs are traditionally available with 28, 32 or 36 holes and are suited to bikes with rim brakes. Disc brake hubs aren't just for mountain bikes and are typically available with 32 or 36 holes. Many of our popular road hubs are also available with a disc option.

 

 

Rims

Bicycle rims are traditionally available in 28, 32 and 36 hold count and are made from aluminium. Rims designed only for disc or track wheels do not feature a braking surface and therefore can't be used with rim brakes. Road rims feature a machined surface for brake pads are also suitable for disc or track builds.

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H PLUS SON Archetype

H PLUS SON Archetype

A very popular rim amongst riders, featuring robust construction and aero profile.

Mavic A719 Touring Rim

A719 Touring Rim

High quality rim for touring and trekking.

Ambrosio Excellence Rim

Ambrosia Excellence Rim

Traditional box section rims, trusted by 'spring classics' riders year after year.

Mavic Open Pro C Rim

Mavic Open Pro C Rim

Lightweight road rim suited to racing and training.

Spoke Selection

Wheels can be laced using different numbers of spokes to influence their strength, weight, and ride quality. The more spokes used, the more the load is spread and the stronger the wheel should be.

The number of spokes required is determined by the hubs and rims you have selected. A 32 hole hub and rim will require 32 spokes per wheel, so 64 spokes in total for the pair of wheels.

 

Spoke options

 

Plain gauge—40p per spoke (silver)

Constructed from stainless steel and often used to build wheels where weight-saving is not an issue. They are slightly heavier than double-butted and offer a slightly stiffer ride because of their thicker cross section.

Double butted—£0.80 per spoke (silver), £1.19 per spoke (black)

We build with DT Swiss Competition or Sapim Laser. These are lightweight spokes that are thinner in the middle (going from 2mm to 1.8mm and back to 2mm again) to save weight and reduce ride stiffness without compromising on wheel strength. Ideal for long distance wheelset and for those wanting comfort on poor road surfaces.

Aero bladed—£2.30 (silver), £2.60 (black) per spoke

These have a flattened cross-section to reduce wind resistance. Suited to time-trial bikes and wheelsets intended for racing. We build with Sapim CX-Ray.

Triple butted—£0.80 per spoke

The strongest spokes available. We build with DT Swiss Alpine III spokes, which are suited to extreme riding conditions, touring, and heavy duty use.

Wide range of spokes at Condor

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Common Questions

What is the build time?
We aim to complete booked wheel builds within 48 hours ready for collection from our London store or ready for shipping.

Can I have a single wheel built?
Yes. Wheel builds are priced per wheel.

Can I supply my own components?
Yes. build labour is £30.00 per wheel for standard three-cross. The charge is £35 per wheel if you request radial, two cross or are building on a carbon rim as labour time is higher. 

Is there are de-lace charge?
Yes. If you wish to re-use the rim, not just the hub. There is a de-lace charge of £5-10 as each spoken requires careful detensioning, rather than being cut out which can buckle the rim.

Do I need rim tape?
No. It is included if all the components are purchased from Condor
Yes. If you are supplying the parts of your wheel build. Velox cloth rim tape is £2.99 per rim.

How do I book a wheel build?
We operate a booking system to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the workshop. We'll always endeavour to go the extra mile to meet your requirements. We kindly ask you to contact us to book a wheel build. If you are supplying your own components, please supply the parts ahead of the booking date.

Do I get skewers?
It depends on the hub. Shimano, Condor and Campagnolo hubs are supplied with quick release skewers. Hope and Chris King hubs are not supplied with skewers.