I guess I'm curious about the overall quality of their builds. For example, I've heard that folks buying the typical Performance/Nashbar Open Pro on Utlegra hubs deal usually have to true their wheels because they're machine built.
The QWH wheels I'm considering are 36h Mavic A791 laced to XT hubs w/ DT db spokes, which I'll use for daily commuting and loaded touring. I can get these wheels from a QWH retailer shipped to my door for $250. This seems like an incredible deal and about what it would cost just to buy the rims, hubs and spokes for a home build. Or, I can have them handbuilt by my local builder for about $400 (lifetime guarantee and free truings/spoke replacement).
I guess what I'm looking for is a recommendation on whether I'll be wishing I had spent the extra $150 down the road, or if I can expect the QWH wheels to perform well. In general I'd much rather support the local shop, but this is a big enough $ spread that I'll go with the QWH wheels if it will actually save money over time and not require having the wheels relaced, etc. later. Thanks.