Here at Glory we believe nothing tops handbuilt wheels, most pro riders feel the same and if you look carefully you will notice some of the top pro's ride wheels that are in some way customized for them.
Handbuilt 2 cross (2x) and 3 cross (3x) just seem to offer more control and comfort than factory built wheels and the ability to customize spoke pattern, spoke type and color to match your ride gives them the edge over mass produced factory wheels. With this in mind we created this set for everyday use, fast riding and some racing. The combination of the Hed rim and the King hub with the best spoke available the Sapim Laser for light weight and the CX-Ray makes for stiffness make for a wheel that's reasonably light, has some aero qualities and is totally bombproof. To top it off this build has numerous variables that allow you to customise for your weight and intended use.
We see this wheelset as the beginning of any wheel collection, it's maybe not the set you would use for ultra fast or ultra climbing races but it is the set you will use for everything else. Add to this something like the Enve 3.4 or Zipp 404 tubulars and you have wheels for every occasion.
Hand built here in the Glory Cycles Greenville workshop buy Clive who has over 25 years of wheel building experience the wheels take on average 9-12 days before they ship out and every wheels is guaranteed for 2 years. Hed and King warranties still apply to the individual components.
We offer the wheels in 4 build options we find to cover most riders but for anything else connect with us and we can put it together.
The Allrounder - 32 rear build 3x and 28 front built 2x - this wheelset is a great combination of weight, aero and reliability. Ideal for riders 150-200 lbs and intended for everyday use and racing.
The Workhorse - 32 front and rear built 3x - intended for years of long miles. Ideal for riders 150-240 lbs. You cannot break these and they stay true for years.
The Sprint Racer - 28 front and rear built 2x - intended for daily use and racing. Ideal for crits and anything where you need to rail the corners and get out of the saddle during the week on a fast ride and also on the weekend in a race. Ideal for riders 150-180lbs
The Light Racer - 28 Rear built 2x and radial front - intended for racing and breaking away from the field. Ideal for the rider 150-165lbs
Builds are done using:
Rims: Hed Belgium C2 clincher or tubular
Spokes: Sapim Laser, Race or CX-Ray bladed also laser/race has laser on front and force at rear.
Nipples: Sapim Hex Loc Alloy
Hubs: Chris King R45 Stainless or Ceramic
Skewers & rim tape are optional extras.
Weight: 1550 grams for the Allrounder set and 1528 for the light racer the handbuilts are aroud the same weight as the Fulcrum Racing 1 or Mavic Ksyrium Elite but they are considerably faster because of the Hed rim's aero qualities.
Control & comfort: The 23mm wide Hed rims combined with the Sapim spokes built at a high tension create a ride quality unlike any other, the spokes brace each other at the contact point of the cross and this makes the rims stiffer then most factory built radial wheels yet the manner in which the wheels are laced makes them more comfortable to ride.
Tubeless & other tire options: We offer the Stan's road tubeless conversion for these wheels and we recomend this is the ultimate tire choice for speed, reliability and comfort. Many of our clients are reporting no flats for the entire life of the tire. The Hutchinson Fusion 3 is a perfect all-rounder and the new Schwalbe Ultremo ZX promises to be the fastest most reliable tire on the road. Veloflex handmade cotton open clinchers are a nice option as well or if you are going for the tubulars the Vittoria EVO SC brings back memories of old-school fast.