So when Jez Andrews - Following The Chainline got in touch to ask if I would like to join in with his Want it Wednesday I thought why not, and also, I thought listing some of the item's on my ever expanding list might just give me a bit more of an incentive to actually get round to purchasing some of the planned wants I had for my little pompino project that as stalled a bit of late.
Currently sitting at the top of my want it list are these lovely and distinctive Rolf Prima Single Speed CX. Wheel choice for SSCX usually means custom hand built which is totally fine, but as far as I know these are the only dedicated wheelset available and meant for race day really, so for me this makes them a pretty rare and desirable thing to lust for !
The wheels are built using the legendary White Industries Eno hub. There's an Eccentric version for converting vertical drop out frames to single speed without the use of a chain tensioner. They also come in either tubular & clincher with the clincher weighing a few grams heavier than the tubular at 1560kg and costing around £700. The 16 twin bladed spokes F&R makes them really distinctive and bling tastic and you can even pimp them up with the Prima Plus Program that will match the decals to the colour of your bike.
I have a bit of a dilemma though, is my pompino worthy of such bling and can I do them justice ? It would mean the wheels costing more then the rest of the bike put together, but as we know a bike is as only good as it's wheels.
So, more realistically I will probably have to go for my second choice on my want it list, which is a custom build (see I told you I don't have a problem going custom) by Goldtec/Betd using there track hubs which hard working and in the know London bike messengers swear by, topped off with Stans Alpha's and laced with Sapim DB spokes for around the £400 mark, or if my funds are a bit low I might just use Mavic Open Pro rims instead which drops the price to around £300, but I would prefer tubless Stans set up. I still want the Rolf's though !
Another reason to go for the custom option is I live less than 10 mins from the Goldtec shop !
Warning-Bike lust can seriously harm your bank balance !