Rivendell SunTour Dynamo Wheel

Rivendell is now stocking a budget dynamo wheel based upon the SunTour dynamo hub. This looks like a great value if you’ve been wanting to get a dyno hub but the price has been an obstacle. From their website:

Everybody in the cosmos has a bike knocking around that’s begging for a generator light, but doesn’t get one because they cost too much for that particular bike.

This SunTour dyno wheel is the solution, and it’s a remarkable value. The hub is a new SunTour dyno hub that seems like the best deal in the dyno-hub world. It’s not Schmidt quality, but it’s not Schmidt price, either. If you want the best and can pay for it, get the Schmidt.

But this hub here, on this wheel here, with DT Swiss spokes and a Velocity “Twin Hollow” rim, makes an incredible wheel value. They’re built in Florida to fairly high standards, and then touched up to even higher standards here by Rich.

It’s a cheap way to get a good dyno wheel.

The wheel is available in both 700c and 650B at $184.


11 Responses to “Rivendell SunTour Dynamo Wheel”

  • Jake says:

    Any idea if the valve hole is drilled for presta or schrader?

  • bongobike says:


    It’s not a big deal. If it comes with presta holes and you want to use schrader, just drill them and smooth out any burrs. If they come with schrader holes and you want to use presta, there are adapters available.

  • Tom says:

    Another over-priced, lower-value part from Rivendell. Check out Velo-Orange: Shimano dynohub, DT spokes, Sun CR-18 double wall rim (versus the single wall rim Riv is selling) – $160.

  • Alan says:

    I’m not sure where you’re coming from with the “Another over-priced, lower-value part from Rivendell” comment (that certainly has not been my experience with Rivendell), but the V/O wheel looks like another good value.


  • Simon N says:

    I would imagine the roundness and strength of the rim and build are both more important than double wall vs single, Brand Name A’s reputation vs Brand Name B’s relative obscurity. SunTour have been making ‘as good as’ components for some time, and wheels are never ride the way they read on paper.

    My recent decision to opt for Velocity VXCs on my new bike is based solely on positive experience with Velocity Dyads – not price, nor Velocity’s prestige vs that of DT or Mavic. The specs say the Velocitys are heavier, but there may be a reason for that. Can only go with my experiences.

    The best advice, when you’re short on practical experience, is to go with the suppliers and retailers you trust with the quality v price equation.

    The price difference between these two options isn’t big enough to provoke an arms in the air reaction. It could be that Riv make a smaller margin on their products overall, resulting in less room to move on price for budget items.

    Just playing devil’s advocate.

  • greenobike says:

    If you want a very thorough discussion of dyno hubs and lights I suggest Peter White Cycles – http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/lightingsystems.htm

  • Lush says:

    I find Tom’s negativity boring. There’s enough companies to go around. If you don’t like a company reserve your opinion and move on; it adds nothing to a debate. I use Macs, but I don’t go around slamming PCs. If a person wants to use a product that’s their business. And as for prices, right now Riv has the Pletscher two-legged kickstand for $40 and Velo-Orange has it for $50. Doesn’t make either company bad. It’s just a price difference.

  • Larry Guevara says:

    While not every item in the Rivendell catalog is on my buy list, I’ll add that the products I’ve purchased fit the bill perfectly. The Rivendell wool tights are not the least expensive around, but I’ve stopped using the six or seven other tights I have in my drawer.


  • david p. says:

    what is the spoke count?

  • Alan says:

    @David P.


  • Bob says:

    At thebikebiz.com we offer custom hand built Dyno wheels from $139. That price gets you a Novatec hub, Phil Wood spokes, and an Alex Adventure double wall eyeleted rim. We have nice more expensive dynamos including Schmidt and a wide assortment of rims for more money.

    In response to Simon the roundness and quality of the build are more important than double vs single wall, but a double wall is stronger than single wall if all other factors are the same. The strength and quality of the rim including roundness and how true it is when the builder gets it affect the quality of the build. Better rims (more round and more true) build better, stronger, and longer lasting wheels because they have more even spoke tension from day one.

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