Why Custom Wheels?
Attention to Detail
Holland Cycles understands the dynamic stresses a bicycle wheel undergoes. A hand-built wheel with conventional J-bend spokes paired with quality hubs, rims and nipples can be as reliable as any production wheel system currently available.
Spoke tension, however, is critical due to the stresses a spoke experiences as a wheel revolves. At the top of a rotating wheel, a spoke is in its maximum state of tension. As it reaches the bottom of the rotation, it experiences its most relaxed state. Throughout this cycle, spokes are moving ever so slightly, particularly at the spoke head/hub flange interface. It is this movement that work hardens the spokes over many cycles, causing them to become brittle and eventually break. Spokes under higher tension experience less movement than those at lower tension, and so are less likely to experience such fatigue. Imagine bending a wire hanger back and forth; the wire eventually becomes brittle and breaks, much like a loose spoke can in a poorly built wheel.
Service and Reliability
Further, we recommend components that are durable, serviceable, and have readily available parts. For example, an important advantage of J-bend spokes is that, should you break a spoke, these are readily available at most any bike shop. Likewise, using off the shelf rims makes for readily available replacement should a rim be damaged beyond repair. Hubs, too, should be easy to service, again with readily available parts.
It is often the case that service and repair parts for production wheels can be difficult to source, particularly as the wheels get older. By contrast, Holland Cycles hand-built wheels are generally easier to service and use readily available parts. Nothing will complement your Holland frame like careful selection of your wheels. It is the wheel after all, that puts the bi in bicycle.