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    Lanterne Rouge
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    Getting different wheels on new bike purchase...

    What's the best way to go about getting wheels switched when buying a new bike? I was taking a look at some of the new Cannondales the other day, but really don't want to have to put up with the wheelsets on the 105 bikes. I don't need anything super light, just something stronger than a 16/20 spoke wheelset...

    If I either get a different pre-built set through the store, or get a handbuilt set elsewhere, how much is reasonable to ask the LBS in terms of pricing?

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    I built my road bike up so I don't know.

    I'd post this to mechanics. (I've heard that you are better getting the wheels and selling them on ebay...)
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    Maybe your dealer will "deal"?

    When I was tire kicking, the LBS told me they would put on a different FW at no expense since I had no use for a 14-34 in my flatland type riding. This was a $230 bike!
    Obviously wheels (&tires?) are a different budget level, but maybe they'll give you a good break.

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    Talk to the salesperson. They really want to sell the bikes. The thing to remember is the standard wheel might be a $50 item, the wheel you want a $200 item.
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    Either make a deal with them on wheels you can buy there, or just buy the bike, then Ebay the wheels and buy new ones from where ever you want. If yo're not going to buy the new wheells from the shop selling you the bike, I doubt they will do anything for you as far as the price goes.

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    fwiw, i just tried a felt z35. the shimano rep was in the store at the time. i told the rep and the fitter that i'm concerned about the stock wh500 wheelsets. the rep said that the 1st and 2nd generations of these wheelsets did have problems with broken spokes, etc. he said the 3rd generation are improved.

    i told the lbs i'd like to upgrade to a 105 wheelset. they basically offered to swap out the wheelsets for the $200 difference in cost between the 2. that may be a deal-breaker for me. i'll pay sticker price for the bike if they swap it out at no charge.

    i don't know if any of this helps. however, i'd be hesitant to buy from an lbs that isn't willing to "work with me" on getting the right bike for me.

    i guess it just depends upon the lbs, how hard/easy it is for them to sell that model/size, etc. for me personally, i'd rather swap out the wheelsets from the get-go rather than having an extra set to sell on e-bay or whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomship47
    i guess it just depends upon the lbs, how hard/easy it is for them to sell that model/size, etc. for me personally, i'd rather swap out the wheelsets from the get-go rather than having an extra set to sell on e-bay or whatever.
    This is really it.

    My impression from more knowledgable BF posters is that they get the bike with the parts it is sped'ed for. If they do something like this it is their loss or their responsibility to sell the wheel. So, if you are buying a 105 equiped bike from a shop where 90% of their business is coaster bikes and flat tires (or MTB's...), they are going to have a hard time getting rid of those wheels.

    Could be a great shop in all other aspects.

    I know this is kind of obvious but in earlier posts a bunch of us (me included where pretty hostile about "F* the bike shop who won't work with you on this..." but it seems on reflection that a decision like this could mean a bike shop is losing money.)
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