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quality of a wheel build(4 posts)

quality of a wheel buildbm
Oct 28, 2002 6:11 PM
i'm thinking about purchasing a cheap wheelset from jensonusa. people have suggested to look out for quality builds . . .

but how do you tell if a wheel is build well? loose spokes? untru?
Oct 28, 2002 6:33 PM
For me I found out is wasn't built well when it folded under me on a tight turn. Just went south all at once. Total failure.

In all honesty, even spoke tension, nice true, and a good solid feel is all you can look for when you buy without knowing the builder.

I've been tempted to buy that cheap set myself, but have had so much luck with my current builder that I just can't justify it anymore. Ya get what ya pay for most times.

Maybe you could buy the cheap set and have it "onced over" by someone you trust, eh?


5 factorsKerry
Oct 29, 2002 4:59 PM
1) even spoke tension, 2) laterally true, 3) vertically true, 4) sufficient spoke tension, 5) quality components. You can evaluate the first three easily: 1) ding each spoke with a screwdriver and listen for uniform notes, 2 & 3) visual. For 4), find what you know to be a well-built set of wheels, and do the squeeze test to get a feel for the tension. Compare with your candidate wheels. As to 5), it sounds like you've already given up on this one. It is hard to build a good wheel with cheap parts - sorry about that. Compounding this problem, good builders don't work with cheap parts.
hey kerry . .bm
Oct 29, 2002 9:22 PM
thanks for your info. i'm gonna check that out when i see the wheel in person.

the reason i chose the cheap stuff, was because i wanted heavy training wheels. yes, i am concerned about it falling apart or breaking . . . but they're not for racing.

i looked around on the net, and the mavic ma3 seemed to be a heavy/durable wheel. if you wouldn't recommend mavic ma3 (or ambrosia like the other guy did) . . . what would you recommend for a heavy/durable training wheel?

thanks again