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Wheel Building


Pilot House Wheels


We initially saw Justin Russell’s ability as a wheel-smith in the early days of the British Handmade Bike Show, at that point he was based in London. Luckily for us he decided to come back to Wales to work with us at Pilot House Cycles. We now offer a select range of wheels ideal for our local riding conditions as well as completely bespoke wheel building service.

The majority of high-end wheels are handmade; as a result we can offer a competitive advantage in terms of price and specification.

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PHC Hubs

We have our own specification of hubs, which we believe have the ideal combination of spoke count, weight and durability.

carbon rims

Carbon Rims

Many people have commented on how they love the weave pattern on our rims, but this is not just aesthetic because this method of production produces incredibly strong wheels with increased uniformity compared to other methods of manufacturing. Our rims are available in 38 mm and 55mm specifications and are perfect for the modern larger tyres. Our rims allow us to build each wheel so that it is suitable for both tubeless set-up or traditional clincher, without the usual adjustment that is required when changing between the two.

light-weight wheels


Our climbing wheels are not just lightweight, they are also durable, reflecting our local conditions. We have excellent climbs locally and that is why we make lightweight climbing wheels. Whether you choose Cefn Bryn for the views or the Black Mountains, the Devil’s Elbow or Devil’s Staircase for the challenge, we have a specification that has been tried and tested in our local conditions. We offer ultra lightweight carbon rims and do not restrict this to tubular set-up but also the more practical clincher format.

Our most popular lightweight rims are aluminium, and together with our own specification hubs they allow us to offer a wheel set weighing 1250gm for a price of £400.

PHC carbon wheels

Pilot House Wheels

We have chosen both hubs and wheels to complement each other and we believe our PHC wheels are the perfect combination.