Is there an online Sapim spoke retailer who will conduct exchanges or refunds if we order the incorrect lengths?
After reading the Brandt Book, and dissecting & rebuilding a pair of worn-out American Classic 420 wheels many times, I'm building up my first set of wheels:
- 7900 Dura Ace hubs (32H front & rear)
- Velocity Fusion rims (in white to match my '86 Schwinn Peloton*)
- Sapim CX-Ray spokes
I've also carefully studied Mr. Brown's excellent Spocalc guidelines and I think I'm ready.
Since I'm varying from my bearded LBS-grouch's materials decree, (you can get those hubs & spokes if you really want them, but do you want a great set of wheels, or do you want a set of wheels that aren't great?) I'm forced to order the spokes online, which is thrilling & terrifying. These spokes ain't cheap, and I'd hate to be stuck with a box of very expensive, very unusable spokes in my garage to remind me of my first wheelbuilding gaff.
Finally, if you like a nice, quiet freewheel, the Dura Ace 7900's ticker is the quietest I've ever heard.
Taking a chance: 1
Bearded LBS Grouch: 0
Many thanks for any wisdom or guidance you can spare.