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wheelbuilding companiescollinsc
Jan 10, 2002 4:56 PM
was recently looking at having a set of open pros and either CK's or Hugi's built up at colorado cyclist, but it seems the more i look around, the better the deals that i can find on all these parts.

i am wondering if there are any companies which will accept shipments of parts and build a wheel to spec out of them for me. i have a feeling tho, that if such a company existed, the cost of shippment and the added labor costs would probably negate the savings on rims and hubs that I could find at various online shops.

sure i'd love to build the wheel myself, but i have neither the time, equipment, nor the most important experience needed to build a decent wheel.

thanks,
chad
time, equipment, experiencegtx
Jan 10, 2002 7:28 PM
A few options. To buy the parts AND have the wheels built you might consider Excel Sports, or maybe smaller shops known for good service and prices like Speedgoat or Licktons. Then again, you could order all the stuff at the cheapest place you can find and then take it to a good local wheelbuilder. OR you could build them yourself--it doesn't take much time, you really don't need much equipment (a cheap stand is fine--Park sells one that includes a dishing tool). Regarding experience, it's not as hard as you might think. If you buy the Jobst book and go slow you should be able to build decent wheels (though I wouldn't try with Revolutions your first time out). It's fun even! Good luck!
time, equipment, experiencecollinsc
Jan 10, 2002 9:17 PM
heh, revolutions...youve been reading all my posts.

yeah, i want light toys, but i also want them to be daily functional. I guess my question is really more on the ethics of this move as it seems that most places i look sell the parts they use to build the wheels.

i think though, that i shall read this book that ive heard so much about, perhaps take apart my old wheels and give it a go someday.

thanks,
chad
time, equipment, experiencegtx
Jan 10, 2002 9:28 PM
maybe shoot this guy an e-mail. He's pretty popular with people over at mtbr.com and I think his prices are pretty good. I think he uses AC hubs and Velocity rims, but maybe he can order you other stuff.

http://oddsandendos.safeshopper.com/
re: wheelbuilding companiesSteheg
Jan 11, 2002 2:08 PM
I built up a new Titus Racer-X this year(I know this is the road bike review) and I had my wheels built by Dave at Speeddream.com I haven't had to touch them through a half a year of off road riding and I am fanatic about bike maintenance (I never wanted to build my own wheels)I would highly recommend him. Good Luck