Well after spending hudreds at the shops, apying pros to build wheels it always ended up in early failure. One Deep V didn't last thru the first 40 miles. Then the guy didn't want to fix it till after 300 miles!
Every guy at the shops said loctite this, loctite that is the trick, won't move for years! Yeah whatever! I built my rear Deep V as an experiment after reading Sheldon's site on buiding. He says the threads are so prcise nowadays that they dont need prep. I built the wheels on my Lemond without any prep but used it on others. Not sure about the prepped wheels cause I ride the Lemond the most.
So some of the high end shop built wheels lasted 10 months (4000 miles). Some didn't last 40 miles! The wheel I built to Sheldon's suggestion now has 17000 miles on it and finally I had to true it slightly. I was thinking it's over as most the time a wheel goes out, it's trued then it goes immediately after. Well pro built wheels in my experience.
I trued my wheel last week then put about 100 miles on it this weekend. Broght it home, checked it out and still PERFECT! Heck, Hope to get another 17 k out of it! If not, I'll use the hub to rebuild another and still have far better performance out of it than any wheels I've had from a pro shop!
Best thing is that it's much cheaper. Ihave a $2 spoke wrench, a $30 stand and a $12 dish tool. Pros use the highend stuff but I've got better results with my cheapo stuff! Leads me to believe it's the TLC more than anythgin else. Plus it's actually kind of easy once you read and understand. Maybe find a friend to help you out the first time.
Pro shop price. Supply hub, buy rim $70, pay $100 for labor and spokes!
My price, $25 V on clearance. had the hub and $25 spokes...$50!
Another wheel. $60 V, $100 Dura Ace hub, $20 spokes. Not bad for a DA wheel!
I've also had buds throw away damaged wheels then go low spokecount. If I had known betteer back then, I would have asked for it then stripped the hub. Could have built wheels halfprice.
Uletra hub (friend's giveaway) rim, $60-$70 and $20 spokes. For 80 or 90 bucks, I could have had an Ultegra built Deep V!