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New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby the-waves » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:15 pm

Hi all,

I am on the verge of getting a set of new wheels, the choice is between:

1. Hand Made with Pacenti SL23 rims & White Ind \ Chris King hubs

or

2. Dura ace 9000 Tubeless

I am leaning towards the handmade as I can specify a higher spoke count and I think they will be more durable, but I would love to have peoples opinions!
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby jaffaman » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:25 pm

Hand made. Something nice about specing up something different to what everyone else has.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby petal665 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:25 am

Handmade, although the DA wheels are very good.
I'd also go White Ind over CK. The CK hubs are also very good but the WI have a titanium freehub as opposed to alloy, plus everyone is using CK hubs these days.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby dontazame » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:29 pm

Bought custom / hand made wheels about 2 months ago. During that time some rear spokes lost all tension. Fortunately, I had the tools, research and an interest in wheel building, otherwise I would have regretted purchase.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby petal665 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:33 pm

dontazame wrote:Bought custom / hand made wheels about 2 months ago. During that time some rear spokes lost all tension. Fortunately, I had the tools, research and an interest in wheel building, otherwise I would have regretted purchase.
That's just a poor build.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby dontazame » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:46 pm

That's just a poor build.

...from a well known US based wheel builder. Good luck.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:50 pm

dontazame wrote:
That's just a poor build.

...from a well known US based wheel builder. Good luck.


We might have had the same wheel builder it seems, as my back wheel died when a spoke snapped off. Was later told it was due to a bad build..
That and the 4 times I had them re-trued
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby petal665 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:00 pm

dontazame wrote:
That's just a poor build.

...from a well known US based wheel builder. Good luck.
So, spokes lose all tension and it's not the build? What is it then?
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby trailgumby » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:05 pm

petal665 wrote:
dontazame wrote:
That's just a poor build.

...from a well known US based wheel builder. Good luck.
So, spokes lose all tension and it's not the build? What is it then?

Poor build.

My take on what he's saying is that hand made is no protection against a poor build.

And that would fit with my experience. The supposed local wheelbuilding guru who is, incidentally, the principal of the LBS closest to where I live, got the dishing wrong by 5mm. :roll: To be fair, has been good since then - and I have given it some abuse over some terrible pavement.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Factory wheels I think are pretty good these days as far as specs and tolerances go. I only ever had hand built when I was racing but that was 35yrs ago and the builders back then were old school. :wink: Hand built if you want a miss match of hubs and rims and spoke setup. :idea:

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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby the-waves » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:50 pm

Ha!

You have all have me worried now, I was thinking of using Zen or Ergott in New York, any problems with these guys. ? any builder recommendation would be very useful.

I have to say, if I could get the Dura Ace 9000 in a 24/28 spoke count there would be no competition, the new freehub body is also titanium as I understand it...
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby sdnelson19 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:00 pm

talk to Greg Ryan at twe wheels, you can't go wrong.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby biker jk » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:12 am

I would go with a custom wheelset. The Pacenti SL23 has good reviews (it's actually 24mm wide). I have a wide rim wheelset (23mm) and the ride and handling is excellent (you can run 10psi lower). The Pacenti rim will be stronger than the Dura-Ace C24 because it's deeper and wider. A WI T11 hub is better value for money than the CKs (and as mentioned you get a titanium freehub like the Dura-Ace hubs). You can also get the spoke count that is appropriate to your weight.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby Crawf » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:28 am

the-waves wrote:Ha!

You have all have me worried now, I was thinking of using Zen or Ergott in New York, any problems with these guys. ? any builder recommendation would be very useful.

I have to say, if I could get the Dura Ace 9000 in a 24/28 spoke count there would be no competition, the new freehub body is also titanium as I understand it...


Surely you can find a recommended local builder?
Source the parts and get it done locally.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby petal665 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:30 am

That's got to be cheaper.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby bomber » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:46 am

I have two custom build wheels from one of the premier US shops and they have been faultless. Based on CK hubs which I don't have enough words of praise for. In the long run I would only choose a builder I trusted and would never go back to off the shelf wheels again.

Just my opinion though.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby the-waves » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:10 pm

I'm in Perth so will start chasing up some opinions, bomber who do you use?
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby Dan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:18 pm

Talk to velo13 - he just built wheels for me and I'm extremely happy.
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New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby Dan » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:22 pm

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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby Metor » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:45 pm

Factory, the level and quality is the same.
Expect, mentioned before, if there is a mismatch rim/hub. You can have a personalised wheelset which is great! But the builder is important and you have to know and trust him.
I have factory and handmade, factory is my preference!
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby jacks1071 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:27 am

Does everyone realise that most the better factory wheels you can buy are handmade?
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby petal665 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:13 am

And they generally have low spoke counts and are not customisable.
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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby bomber » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:56 am

the-waves wrote:I'm in Perth so will start chasing up some opinions, bomber who do you use?


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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby Dave R32 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:24 am

From my experience, go custom however you need to ensure the builder knows what he or she is doing.

For hubs, White Industries or Dura-Ace would be my choice.

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Re: New Wheels - factory or Custom?

Postby cyclotaur » Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:28 am

jacks1071 wrote:Does everyone realise that most the better factory wheels you can buy are handmade?

I bought a set of Fulcrum CX Quattro wheels online which came with a handwritten label attached with the builders or QA guy's signature on them. Good enough for me and they have been fine - and for less than $400, the most cost effective upgrade I could make on a bike that was around $1600 new 18 months ago.

For a more expensive bike you might consider custom built ... I guess .... but I figure if a guy sits down and makes N sets of wheels every day of his working life and they are properly QA-ed then they should be pretty good.
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