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Wheel decision (custom or factory built)(4 posts)

Wheel decision (custom or factory built)bike_guy
Apr 1, 2002 5:06 AM
With all things between two wheelsets being nearly equal (rim design, spoke count, lacing pattern, weight, price) what is the better choice. Is it better to buy an off the shelf factory set or a custom set, built to my specs. I don't want to give out any names or brands so it won't infleunce anyone.
DependsSpoke Wrench
Apr 1, 2002 6:45 AM
I'd say it depends on who builds them. In general I think that a guy who is trying to make a business of building custom wheels on an individual basis is going to be a little more attentive to the details than a factory builder.
re: Wheel decision (custom or factory built)Attila the Hun
Apr 1, 2002 6:57 AM
Buy a book, some tools and build them up yourself. You wont save much money but you will be able to make your own repairs with your new skills. The next best thing to riding your bike is tinkering with it.
False assumptionKerry
Apr 1, 2002 5:54 PM
Short of getting a very serious discount on some factory wheels, you will not see an "all things nearly equal" situation. I've not seen factory wheels that were cost competitive with "stick built" wheels made from readily available parts. That said, the build quality should be a primary concern. Many shops cannot equal the quality of factory wheels due to lack of experience and skill by their builders. They don't build enough wheels to get good at it. However, it is easy for a good builder to beat the quality of factory wheels, and signficantly beat them on price as well.