Custom Touring Bicycle Wheels

Schmidt Son Dynamo Hub

Schmidt Son 28 Dynamo Hub

After completing my first ever bicycle tour, I flew home and immediately booked another trip. After five weeks of touring Southeast Asia, I couldn’t wait to get back out there.

The plan was to cycle Iceland’s Ring Road, but first I wanted to make some upgrades to my bike. Below you will find the specs on the custom bicycle touring wheels I order through ProWheelBuilder.com. They were a great company to work with. Their staff took the time to go over every option for every part of the build. I wanted a bomb proof wheel with a dynamo hub and I couldn’t be happier with the final result. For a full list of my touring bicycle upgrades click here.

Custom Touring Wheel Build

Front Touring Wheel Build

  • Front Rim
    $99
    DT Swiss XM 401

    29″ Black / 6 Bolt Disc

    32 Hole

  • Front Hub
    $315
    Schmidt Son 28
  • Front Spokes
    $25
    Sapim Leader

    J-Bend Black

  • Front Nipples
    $5
    Sapim Polyax

    Black Brass

Rear Touring Wheel Build

  • Back Rim
    $99
    DT Swiss XM 401

    29″ Black / 6 Bolt Disc

    32 Hole

  • Rear Hub
    $520
    Phil Wood Pro SLR Black w/ Sram XD Driver
  • Rear Spokes
    $25
    Sapim Leader

    J-Bend Black

  • Rear Nipples
    $5
    Sapim Polyax

    Black Brass

 $1093

Custom Touring Wheels Final Thoughts

Custom Wheels Shipping Box

Sweet Packing

The custom wheel build took about three weeks to complete. Pro-Wheel Builder notified me the day they shipped and included a tracking number. Unfortunately, there was a delay in the shipping process at the fault of the United States Postal Service. All in all, it took me about five weeks to get my new wheels. When they finally arrived, I was thrilled. It seems weird to say, but they were beautiful.

I  mounted my Schwalbe Almotion tires to the new rims. I chose a tubeless set-up using Finish Line sealant.

The DT Swiss rims and the Schwalbe tires combination is definitely tubeless ready. Before adding the sealant, I shot a burst of air into the tire to pop the bead, and the air held. I was impressed.

If someone told me a year ago that I would be spending this much money for a set of bicycle wheels, I would have said they were nuts. At this price, I had better be rolling around on these babies for decades.

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