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Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?(11 posts)

Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?Jer77
Nov 25, 2003 8:33 AM
I am going to pick up a new set of open pros with dura ace hubs, and was wondering if there are any advantages/disadvantages to Excel or CC in the wheelbuilding dept. Let me know what you think.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?JS Haiku Shop
Nov 25, 2003 8:42 AM
never had a set from CC, but my excel wheelsets (2) are both bulletproof. good luck.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?mosovich
Nov 25, 2003 8:42 AM
I've had four sets built by Excel and would never buy a set from anywhere else! My MTB, Cross, Road, and tubualar set are all Excel built, and I've never had a problem with any of them.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?trout_bum
Nov 25, 2003 8:42 AM
I had Colorado Cyclist build me up a set of openPros last february, and I've been very happy with them for riding and racing. I'll probably take them in for some minor truing before next season, but they've served me well. CC had really fast turnaround as well, I think it took a week or less to get them. I've had good customer service in general there.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?Rusty Coggs
Nov 25, 2003 8:47 AM
I have wheels built by both. No issues.
Excel is less expensivetarwheel
Nov 25, 2003 9:03 AM
If price is an issue, Excel is less expensive comparing wheels built with same components. I've got a set of Excel-built Open Pros with Chorus hubs that are going strong with 11,000 miles. Just broke the first spoke a couple weeks ago. Had a LBS service the hubs and tension wheels after that, and the mechanic says the wheels are in fine shape with many more miles left on them.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?FTMD
Nov 25, 2003 9:29 AM
If you've spent any amount of $ at Excel, I'd go with them. I ordered a set of OP's with Ultegra early this year and they didn't charge me for my upgraded spokes and nipples. I'm only assuming that they did that b/c I am a good and returning customer. Oh yeah, the wheels are solid and have nary a wobble in them after a full season under my 190-200 pounds.
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?ukiahb
Nov 25, 2003 1:01 PM
I've bought two sets of wheels from CC, and both are excellent...and I'm heavy enough to be hard on wheels. However, after a recent horrible experience w/ CC's head of custommer service (a minor warranty issue on a complete bike) I would not buy anything from them...and from what I've heard in my club and read here many others have had similar encounters w/ CC's customer service dept. Of course odds are that would not be an issue w/ high quality wheels...
re: Excel or Colorado Cyclist for Wheelbuilding?Triphop
Nov 25, 2003 1:12 PM
Another vote for Excel.

I had them build up a rear wheel for my mtn bike, XTR hub laced to a Mavic 517...a light XC wheel build. It lasted all summer, I ride a stiff aluminum hardtail, and put wheels through the paces...it has just now shown signs of a wobble. I haven't looked at it closely to determine if it is out of true or I bent the rim...regardless, if I get a summer of riding out of a rear wheel without trueing...I am happy.
Great Build from Excelpeter in NVA
Nov 25, 2003 3:29 PM
Always had my wheels built at my LBS, but took a chance on "mail order". Wheels for cyclocross-Ritchey Aeropro,evolution spokes, Chris King hubs (135 rear).
Perfect quality, no lose spokes and the rims still true after several hundred hard trail miles. Very pleased.
I usually need to replace rear rims once or twice a year so I view them as expendable.
Great Build from Excelpeter in NVA
Nov 25, 2003 3:30 PM
Always had my wheels built at my LBS, but took a chance on "mail order". Wheels for cyclocross-Ritchey Aeropro,evolution spokes, Chris King hubs (135 rear).
Perfect quality, no lose spokes and the rims still true after several hundred hard trail miles. Very pleased.
I usually need to replace rear rims once or twice a year.