About us...

ARKANE wheelworks is an independent South East London wheelbuilding and servicing business. Started as a labour of love after 10 plus years of building wheels, wrenching and getting frustrated in various premium London bike shops.  

What we stand for...
Arkane Wheelworks lives and breathes the quality labour, precision, progressive design and respect for our craft. Every wheel leaving the workshop goes through the same thorough design and building process and  is treated  the same no matter the budget. Each rim and hub on the bench is measured individually as dimensions often vary from batch to batch. Spoke lengths are then calculated according to the numbers measured and intended lacing patterns and spokes are picked according to the desired ride characteristics of the wheel-set and finally custom cut to a perfect length. After that , spokes are “prepped”  to ward off galvanic corrosion and ensure your wheels are serviceable for years to come. Each wheel is then laced, carefully tensioned and stress-relieved multiple times and  trued to the  best possible tolerances. No “bedding-in” or “touch ups” are necessary. See our Process section for further details.
What are hand-built custom wheels...
Arkane Wheelworks makes hand-built customised wheel-sets and repairs for any type of cycling discipline.  We don’t have any pre-built options, stock wheels or Add to cart buttons as each rider is unique and their demands differ.  Factory built  and ready made wheels may work for “most” riders and “most” riding conditions. They are built or “hand finished” in factories to various tolerances by workers of different skill levels and different levels of interest in the job bound by the amount of time available in the daily quota. If you feel like these types of wheels will not work for you,  get in touch via our Quote Form below and we can design the customised wheel-set you deserve! Designed for your weight , riding style, intended use and budget.
Why invest in custom hand-built wheels...
Hand built wheels have major advantage over their factory built and wheel system counterparts and that’s reusability of specific parts they are built from. Factory wheels use proprietary parts ,which are often not available after few years or even a single season. Once the rims are worn, sourcing replacements is often difficult and costly. Our wheels are built with tried and tested hubs from long standing manufacturers and are fully serviceable, rebuildable and upgradeable to different standards. Likewise, swapping rims is easily done with many different options available on the market. Even spokes are reuse-able many times over with the same rim and hub combo.  When designing our wheels we always strive to pick parts and manufacturers with a proven durability and reliability to make sure your wheels roll for years down the line.We feel that this is definitely a positive and important  factor in today’s throwaway culture.

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