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Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?(11 posts)

Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?campyjohn
Apr 13, 2001 12:23 PM
I plan to get some handbuilt wheels, have narrowed it down to Colorado cyclist and Excellsports, both in Colorado.

Which one builds better, any info.
Basically, I want something that I don't have to true often and bombproof.
both are good...dave
Apr 13, 2001 1:10 PM
I've had good builds from both, and one bad one from CC. CC goofed up a set of wheels that I ordered with revolution spokes. They either stretched the spokes by over tensioning, or used spokes that were too long. Either way, the spokes were protruding from the nipples, and they had no threads left for further truing. Most of the nipples were frozen and wouldn't budge.

I returned them for a free rebuild. CC used 14/15 spokes for the rebuild, but at least it was done well.

I got a set of 28H CXP-33 wheels from Excel, built with revolution spokes, that were perfect.
re: Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?SimpleGreen
Apr 13, 2001 8:57 PM
I bought a set of Ultegra/Blue Open Pro's 3X 14-15 double butted spokes from ExcelSports last december. They were perfectly true when I got them, and 3000 miles later they are still as true as day 1. Not a bad set of all-around wheels for not much $. I guess the standard disclaimer is that I weigh 155.

I have a friend who has ridden the same wheelsets from C.C. and had no problems. He got 10K miles out of them, and he's a 180 pounder. I think you can't go wrong with either one.

The Excel Cirrus wheelset is pretty light and looks like it should be durable. Otherwise, I'd go for the standard 3X 32 hole open pro wheelsets. They don't need much care and any shop can true them or replace a spoke.

Depending on your weight, you may want to choose the CXP 33 rim and straight gauge spokes. Good luck!

re: Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?Screemingbunny
Apr 13, 2001 11:34 PM
I've been on a set of Excel Cirrus (open pro's and Dura-Ace) since december, 700 miles, german winter riding, 210 lbs, straight as ever and fairly light
re: Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?James
Apr 13, 2001 10:42 PM
if its a 32 hole open pro wheelset you want, try wheelsmith. my neighbor is 230 lbs and beats the crap out of these(over 10,000 miles)
and they are true as ever. nashbar has them with ultegra hubs for less than $300. the overall process of their build and parts are solid. otherwise, anthor friend has colorado build him some wheels and he loves then with no problems for 2 years. good luck!
Schwab Cycles better than bothFront Ranger
Apr 14, 2001 6:43 AM
and usually cheaper too
Apr 14, 2001 1:41 PM
Schwab blows, IMO. Limited selection, and service is second to Excel or Colorado Cyclist. Schwab didn't even have DT Revo spokes in stock or want to build them for a 160# rider, get real.
Apr 14, 2001 2:51 PM
Do you want cheap, or a good build? Those in the know know that Bruce's and Albert's builds are far superior.
Apr 14, 2001 8:28 PM
oooh, are you "in the know"? must be special to be "in the know".

There are lots of good wheelbuilders in the world, and some of them work for Excel (Jesse Coldsmith) and C.C.

I've had less than great experiences with Schwab, Bruce could use a lesson in manners when speaking to/e-mailing customers. He missed out on selling a Moots to me as a result.
re: Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?Maui
Apr 15, 2001 6:54 AM
I have a set of open pro / ultegra / revolution / 32 hole from Excel sports. They were as nice today as they were a year ago. I haven't done a thing to them except for regreasing the hubs.
re: Handbuilt wheels--Excellsports or Colorado cyclist?campyjohn
Apr 16, 2001 9:42 PM
Basically, I weight about 210lbs, recreational rider(working to get better)looking for some solid maintenance free(almost) wheels.Should I go for cpx-33 or Open pro, 36 or 32 hole, what guage spoke and nipples kind. Also for front hub, is Mavic mr601 hubs or chrous better