I'm just getting back into biking after a 7 year hiatus. My trusty old 1993 Specialized Stumpjumper with mostly '96 XT parts seems in good shape overall, but the rear wheel had a significant wobble. I took it to my local ghetto bike store (they mostly sell BMX and kids bikes) - they tried to true it, but they said the spoke nipples were stuck, and they didn't have any replacement spokes of the right kind.
So i took the bike downtown to a better bike store, and they took one look at the wheel and said the rim is garbage, you need a rebuilt wheel.. Apparently there is a small vertical wobble, and they told me that vertical wobbles are unfixable.
The wheel has a 1996 XT hub, DT revolution spokes with alloy nipples, and a Mavic 217 SUP hard anodized rim. I had it built in 1996, and don't remember taking any particularly huge hits on it, but maybe i've forgotten.
Anyway, the guy there suggested rebuilding it with a Sun Rhyno Lite silver rim and regular 14 gauge spokes. He had a cosmetically scratched Rhyno Lite rim that he said he'd sell for $30, and would charge $1 per spoke, plus about $25 for labour. The total for the rebuilt wheel would be a bit over $80.
My question is, is this a much lower end wheel that i'm getting, and is the price OK? I used to know everything about everything when it came to bike parts, but that was long ago, and now i have no idea whether this is a good deal or not.