KING ALFRED’S WAY – gravel, mud and bikepacking adventures

Using the same versatile hubs as the Frylands wheelset, for this build we choose DT’s excellent GR 531 rims which are 28mm wide and 25mm deep so well-suited to rough stuff and fit tyres up to 53mm (if you’ve got the clearance!).

They’re available in 700c or 650B so are ideal for gravel and adventure bikes; they’re built to withstand pretty much any sort of terrain, so they’ll be the ideal companion on your multi-day bikepacking tours.

As with the Frylands, the hubs can be easily switched between quick-release and thru-axle configurations and are available with Shimano, SRAM XDR and Campagnolo freehubs. They’re built to prioritise strength rather than weight, but they’re still well under 1750g, and are £540 a pair.

We can, of course, build them with a dynamo front hub – your choice of SP or Schmidt SON – for real long-distance self-reliance, meaning you can charge devices during the day and power lights through the night!