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Who is a good wheelbuilder in LA Area(5 posts)

Who is a good wheelbuilder in LA Arealancer1558
Mar 14, 2003 9:55 PM
I live in the Los Angeles area and I am looking for a good wheelbuilder. Suggestions please for wheel builders to contact.
All components are new, I have 501 Mavic front and rear hubs and I will be using NISI tubular rims. (I am restoring an older bike.)
Also, I would like your suggestions for sew-ups for the rims (in the mid-price range) and who to contact for best selections and prices.
Looking for wheelbuilder in the SFVEl Caballito
Mar 15, 2003 10:28 AM
lancer, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm looking for a good wheelbuilder in the San Fernando Valley.
Any suggestions?

Thank You in advance.
I was looking for a good wheel builder in LA butAmbishawn
Mar 15, 2003 8:31 PM
I've had less than satisfactory service from a lot of LA area mechanics including the one with a good rep. I won't name the bad ones cause I may need there future services. I desided to give Joe Young a try. He's got a great reputation among us people on the web. You can visit his web site for more info. I will have the bike together with Joes wheels on Tues.
I was looking for a good wheel builder in LA butlancer1558
Mar 15, 2003 10:05 PM
5 years ago I had a mountain bike wheelset built by a shop located on Devonshire St. in Chatsworth. I am happy with the build but I am not sure if the shop is under the same ownership.
(The shop is located on Devonshire St. a few blocks East of Topanga Canyon. I was going to go by the shop today to get the name, but because of the rain I did not travel too far.)
My thoughts are to go with Young (see previous post)or Gravy in Northern California.
I am not sure if either one would want to do the job. I will be furnishing the hubs and rims which are all NOS for this project.
I was looking for a good wheel builder in LA butAmbishawn
Mar 15, 2003 10:49 PM
Joe would probably have no problem doing the build. You would have to send the hubs and rims to Fredriksburg Texas and that would add to your costs. He wants $80 labor for a set of wheels. I belive he does some resoration wheels so your project should be a cinch. From what I've heard the Gravy wheels are really good as well. Keep in mind Joe and Gravey are wheel specialists so they have more to gain by building perfect wheels. You also might want to check out Daves Speed Dream wheels in Arizona. I'm kinda surprised someone on this board hasn't recommended that you buy a book and build them yourself.