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disappointed customer rant Re: powertap/dtswiss wheel
So just over a year ago I bought prebuilt PT/SL built into a DT swiss Rr1.1 rim. 32 spokes. All should be good.
The wheel build wasn't that great. Individual non-drive spokes would loosen often, then one day after getting caught in the rain, the entire non-drive side go so loose that the drive-side spokes started rubbing the rear derailluer. I added tension, thought all was better.
Now, 2 weeks later. Stress fractures around 2/3 of the drive side spokes. The LBS says that it's a tension issue and there's not a chance that QBP (the builder) or DTswiss is going to replace it. On top of that, apparently the Rr 1.1 isn't that strong of a rim. It's light, and not meant for hard training. This is news to me. I got this wheel over christmas of 2005. It has 5000 miles maybe.... not enough to need to be rebuilt.
I'm not sure who I'm mad at. I just wish I knew that the PT laced to the rr1.1 would NOT be as strong as I thought it would be.
Resolution: $120, an additional 200g, and 4 days will get me a built up velocity deep V (supposedly a super stong rim), all black spokes/nipples and hopefully another 10,000 miles before I need another rebuild.