I still get excited with each set of these I build. I get a lot of customers who come to me complaining of Zipp hub problems such as short bearing life and needing constant adjustment. This is not terribly surprising as Zipp really builds race wheels more than anything but many many people use them to handle the bulk of their training too. While I think Zipp makes some amazing rims that can handle training volume their hubs leave something to be desired, especially if you spend much time in the rain. To get my customers the best of both worlds I really like how building a Zipp to a White Industries T11 works out, not only are the hubs incredibly durable but they roll really really well so you end up with wheels that are fast enough to win any of the worlds biggest races but durable enough to train on day in and day out!
There is something especially satisfying about building the same set of wheels you own (other than color) for a customer!
White Industries T11 hubs paired with Velocity A23 rims is of my favorite do it all road/gravel/cross/commuter sets of wheels you can make. I have had this same combo for a couple years and have done everything from fast (to my standards) road rides to mountain biking and even some horribly slushy commutes that I was sure were going to give the hubs trouble but sure enough they still spin just as smooth as new.
945 grams for a disc brake ready dynamo wheel is not bad! The build is a SON28 ISO disc hub laced to a NoTubes Alpine rim tied together with DT Revolution spokes>
This wheel will be doing some big miles riding brevets.
Talk about a great set of road wheels for heavier riders or those with some nasty roads to navigate, these even are tough enough to make a light weight set of tandem wheels! Velocity Deep V paired with Shimano 105 hubs laced with DT Competition spokes and black brass nipples.
Built some wheels for a racer buddy of mine. He wanted light and he got it. 575 grams for the front and 1010 grams for the rear. The rear is running a power tap hub which is why it is fairly heavy compared to the front.
The rims are from one of the "China carbon" companies out there and the front hub is from bikehubstore.com It certainly does not look like the most durable hub out there with some rather small bearings but if you are building a race wheel, replacing bearings once or twice a year is not that big of a deal. Other than the tiny bearings it looks like it should hold up well.
Obsession, or passion? Who am I to judge? Either way I simply love building wheels for those who appreciate quality!