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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Due to my rear wheel digesting itself, I need to get a new wheel. Originally I planned on just getting a new hub and using my existing rim however the quotes I have been given for wheel building and spokes are outrageous.

CRC can build be a new wheel on the hub that I was going to buy anyway and a new rim, for less than all of my LBS's will charge just for labour and spokes. How can that be right?

I've had a few wheels built by CRC now and they've all been really good and been delivered quickly.

Madness.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:54 pm 
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I've come to this conclusion in my head a few times, even truing seems to cost about a tenner per wheel. And then buying bits seperate bits at shop prices. CRC wheels seem fairly good, Merlin are a good option too.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Care to share your quotes?
Over the past 10 years, the build labour cost of all of my handbuilt wheels from places like Merlin, Bikepark, etc has been £25 per wheel. I think that's completely fine. Are you getting quotes way above that?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Just build them yourself then. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:28 pm 
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I was going to say that too, but it can be a faff.
If you can be bothered, it's not a major hassle to build a wheel. The main tool that you need to do the job properly is a bottle opener...


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:25 pm 
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N/B wrote:
Care to share your quotes?
Over the past 10 years, the build labour cost of all of my handbuilt wheels from places like Merlin, Bikepark, etc has been £25 per wheel. I think that's completely fine. Are you getting quotes way above that?


It was £30 plus spokes at a £1 each. So £62 in total, plus the cost of the new hub. Whereas CRC will £15 less for a new rim too!

I used to be able to build wheels when I worked in a shop but I haven't built one for years now. Given how competitive CRC are, I may as well let them build it for me (unless a get a bonus in tomorrow's pay cheque in which case hello Easton Havocs).


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Ask cannondale king? Say 'christmas discount please!' haha.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:42 pm 
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cyfa2809 wrote:
Ask cannondale king? Say 'christmas discount please!' haha.


To be honest mate I'm still hoping for a bonus so I can get some pimp wheels. I doubt it will happen though as construction is still suffering.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:24 am 
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Mindmap3 wrote:
I used to be able to build wheels when I worked in a shop but I haven't built one for years now.


I hadn't built a wheel in over forty years (my father showed me how when I was about 12) but it's a thing that you easily get back into.
It's a nice way to spend an hour or so on these dark, wet evenings - somewhere nice and warm, a glass of red wine and some Miles Davis.

It's what I'll be doing this evening, as my wife is out on a Christmas works do.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:42 am 
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Andy R wrote:
Mindmap3 wrote:
I used to be able to build wheels when I worked in a shop but I haven't built one for years now.


I hadn't built a wheel in over forty years (my father showed me how when I was about 12) but it's a thing that you easily get back into.
It's a nice way to spend an hour or so on these dark, wet evenings - somewhere nice and warm, a glass of red wine and some Miles Davis.

It's what I'll be doing this evening, as my wife is out on a Christmas works do.


A wee bit drunk, listening to Miles?

Jazz wheels!

I just finished rebuilding a modern XT wheelset, made two knackered sets into one.

No creative input involved, and that was the bit I miss.

Very easy task though.

Well, we shall see once I hammer them!


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