I wasn't sure where to put this, but I know a lot of commuters consider internal hubs, so may be someone here can chime in on whether this is a good deal or not.
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a custom built wheel for my commuter and wanted to see if you guys had any thoughts...
The wheel would be coming from Alfred E. Bikes - I've ordered from them before, so feel good dealing with them.
Rim: Salsa Delgado Cross 700c36h Black $39.60
Hub: Shimano Nexus Inter-8 Premium Hub SG-8R36 36h $182.99
Rim Strip: $4.99
Wheel building (from A. E. Bikes): $63.00 - includes DT Swiss Competition double butted black spokes.
Thing is, I was going to build it myself, except I don't have a tensiometer ($54 for the cheapest Park Tool I could find) and 72 spokes are about $57. So for $63, they build the wheel right, tension it, and make sure they use the correct length spokes. On the downside I don't get the left over 36 spokes or the cool new tool.
Alfred E. Bikes is also the cheapest I could find for the Nexus SG-8R36.