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Abbotsford Cycles Richmond
27 Swan Street
Richmond VIC 3121
03 9429 6889
Service   >   Wheel Building

Wheel Building

Custom Built Bicycle Wheels

Only bicycle wheels which are custom built by hand can provide you with exactly what you want, your unique combination of performance, durability, longevity, suppleness, lightness, style and even colour.

We are fundamentally a Bicycle Workshop; wheel building and truing is at the heart of the work we love.

Every spoke in our hand built wheels is checked with a gauge, a tensiometer, for correct, consistent, even tension, which is the key to performance in the long term.

While custom built wheels are more expensive than the ubiquitous factory built wheels, they will perform better and last longer under load than stock wheels.

We build with dynamo hubs, with wooden rims, disc specific rims, for bicycles, tricycles, trailers and with electric hubs.

You can now book a wheel build online for the same day, by going to our on-line booking system - best to ensure that we have the parts required by giving us a ring first.

Spoke replacement

Normally we will replace a broken spoke and true a wheel on the same day - however if we are busy it may take an extra day. If you need it back on the same day please give us a call first to check.


It is not uncommon for the spokes on new bicycle wheels to fail early in their life. A lower quality spoke has been used on an otherwise good bike. Once one broken spoke has been repaired, the second or third failure suggests that it is much more economic in time and money to bite the bullet and respoke completely.

It is worth considering Phil Wood single butted spokes if the bicycle is a commuter or tourer, as the thicker 13g head confers much higher fatigue resistance, particularly appropriate on a rear wheel.


Our workshop is one of only a few in Australia which incorporates a Phil Wood Spoke Cutting and Rolling machine. We can efficiently cut 14 gauge spokes to the required length, from Phil Wood blanks, in plain gauge, double butted and single butted.

We stock and recommend high quality Phil Wood stainless steel spokes. The range includes both silver and black, lengths from 80mm to 310mm.

Plain 2mm 14 gauge, silver $1.20, black $1.50.
Lightweight double butted 2mm/1.8mm 14/15 gauge, silver $1.80, black $2.00 - minimum length 230mm..
Fatigue resistant single butted 2.3/2mm 13/14 gauge, silver $2.10, black $2.30.
Straight pull (head NOT J bend), silver $1.20, black $1.50.
Prices include 12mm brass nipples.

We also sell Swiss DT spokes (Champion, Competition, Alpine III and Revolution), in most sizes, colours and gauges, and both alloy and brass nipples, of various lengths (we hold limited stock of DT spokes).

(We suggest that brass nipples are far more practical than alloy nipples, unless weight is of utmost importance.)


We stock a good range of Alex, Mavic and Velocity rims and source other brands like DT Swiss, H Plus Son, Araya and Stans.

We have older sizes like 27", 26"x 1 3/8, 28" x 1 3/8 and 28" x 1 1/2.


We stock and build with a comprehensive range of Shimano, Novatec, Phil Wood and Chris King hubs, and Sturmey Archer and Shimano internal geared and braked units. We use and recommend Shutter Precision dynamo hubs.

What does it cost?

Wheel building costs $75 inc GST per wheel. There is an extra cost for fitting wheels to a bicycle, including adjusting brake and gears. to a bicycle, and an extra cost for building with a motor.

A short history of hand wheel building at Abbotsford Cycles

Wheels surely count among the greatest of human inventions, and the light weight tension spoked wheel is the key to another wonderful invention, the bicycle!

Abbotsford Cycles has been hand building spoked bicycle wheels for over 25 years. Our wheels have commuted millions of kilometres, crossed Australia, Europe, India and China, done the Paris Brest Paris Randonnee, the Tour Divide, the Audax Alpine Classic, the National Trail, cyclocross, raced the Warrnambool, transported luggage and children, been used on electric bikes, wheelchairs, tricycles, unicycles and circus bikes.

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