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The Kinetix Comp wheelset alone (let alone the pro) is a HUGE improvement over the standard equipment found on the Speed D7. The comp wheelset has double walled rims, machined sidewalls, wear indicators, better bearings (imo, possibly subjective), quick releases if you like them, and a much lighter weight to them. The D7 wheels are extremely basic.
A rear wheel is easy if you want your own. Cook up a wheel with a 130mm OLD hub, go to town. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary here. There aren't many retail choices out there, you may be best off going to someone like Peter White and simply getting what you want made. Or making it yourself, of course.
The front is trickier. You need that 74mm hub in particular. You can go with a Dahon wheel like the Kinetix Comp or Pro, and there are a few compact hubs I can think of:
Bike Friday has a nice looking 24h front hub they market for the Tikit that would go on your Speed D7.
Brompton 28h hubs are available separately, although they look serviceable, they're not swank. I believe Brompton came out with a better front hub last year, but I haven't personally seen it available separately as of yet.
Phil Wood has a mention on their custom hubs page about Brompton hubs. A compact Phil Wood hub would be one very sweet way to go.
Last edited by Abneycat; 03-24-10 at 12:48 PM.