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Buying wheelsets on-line(13 posts)

Buying wheelsets on-lineJFarley
May 26, 2003 8:27 AM
I'm going to buy a new wheelset before long and I was wondering what experiences people here may have had dealing with Performance, Supergo ect. I've always dealt with my local shop but some of the deals I see on their sites seem really good. Are they generally put together well and true out the box, or do I have to spend time tweaking them?
You should always have any new wheel trued!the bull
May 26, 2003 8:32 AM
I have never recived a wheel that did not need at least one spoke tweaked slightly!
re: Buying wheelsets on-lineKG 361
May 26, 2003 8:33 AM
I just got a set of CaneCreek Aero-heads from Supergo. They are spot-on true.
right on, i got some too!tobinb
May 26, 2003 9:36 AM
That deal was too good to ignore. For what its worth, both nashbar and performance told me they would price match, but shipping was by far the cheapest from performance. I havent seen them yet, so don't consider this a glowing review,
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Cane Creeks on sale at...Brooks
May 27, 2003 9:13 AM
Sierra Trading Post (www.sierratradingpost.com) both the Ti spokes and Stainless Steel. Great wheels, mine came with the bike.
Should be finedasho
May 26, 2003 9:16 AM
I have bought wheels made by Colorado Cyclist etc. and they are always fine. Of course if you put them on your bike, spin them and notice they aren't true you should take it them to your LBS for tweaking but Supergo and CC have built hundreds of thousands of sets of wheels so the chance of getting a bad one is minimal.
re: Buying wheelsets on-lineKEN2
May 26, 2003 9:31 AM
There's a difference between hand-built and machine-built wheels, and the prices you see at Supergo and Performance are very likely for machine-built. It's not that they won't look true when you get them, it's just that they usually are under-tensioned (and sometimes unevenly tensioned), and thus they're prone to going out of true soon after you start riding them.

If you don't have much experience with correct spoke tension and trueing, I would suggest taking them to your LBS but make sure they understand you want them tensioned correctly, not just trued up.
Many are also hand-built. Not just machine built.Eug
May 26, 2003 11:04 AM
Many of the online cheap wheels are also hand built. Many aren't of course.
Its all on who built it and how they felt that day!the bull
May 26, 2003 1:37 PM
Also there is always a new guy somewhere!
re: Buying wheelsets on-linekatschor
May 26, 2003 12:45 PM
I have Performance's Fuego wheels, very light stiff and true out of the box. After 2 mnths of use developed light play in the front hub- replaced within a week with no qestions asked.
But I'd recommend retensioning though.
check out Excel Sports in Boulder, theymsmootsiemartin
May 26, 2003 5:05 PM
seem to have great prices on a variety of wheelsets. I know that they hand build them as well. Recently picked up a pair of open pros w/dura ace hubs. So far so good, but only have 100 miles on them.
get wheelsmithkneebreaker
May 27, 2003 1:56 AM
these wheels are made very well. they come with a 1 year warranty. look for the mavic open pros with dura ace or ultegra.
re: Buying wheelsets on-lineCurtSD
May 27, 2003 7:13 AM
I've bought two sets from excelsports - the first set was fine, the second was insufficiently tensioned. Since then I've bought two sets from Colorado Cyclist and they were both fine.