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Originally Posted by maddmaxx
Why did you think it took more than an hour?
Anyone can build a good wheel given a little experience and a minimum of tools. Building them fast enough and still keeping the quality up is the only way to make money in the business.
I didn't say they take more than an hour. I was just saying it's not the speed people are paying for. I'm sure the pros take under an hour per wheel, but people aren't lining up to buy the wheels because the guy made them in 55 minutes.
Not anyone can properly tension a wheel, though. Part of it is knowing which order to doing things in, and part of it is analyzing what you have now and how to get it to where you want. I see the difference all the time, which is the wheels that have to be trued every couple of years, and those that never need truing.
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