As any of you that know me- you will realise that I am a great believer in Hand built wheels. Even the couple of Proprietry wheels I have, Shimano Ultegras and Mavic Aksiums, have gone into the wheel builder for him to tweek.
But last year I bought a bike built up by the LBS- a Giant FCR1 set up for road use with drop handlebars. The wheels on it were Giant IOU 333's. Only time I have ever used them were on a charity ride last year when I put them on the OCR. Last week I had a problem on the FCR that is now being used by my son- in- law with a big hole in the rear tyre. No Spare tyres but there was this 333 wheel up on the wall with a new Kenda tyre sitting on it. So quick change over of the cassette and I send him on his way for the daily commute to work. That was Tuesday. Thursday he popped a couple of spokes. I know he is heavier than me but less than 100 miles on a new wheel?
He took it into the LBS and the initial verdict was that the spokes were far too loose. The spokes were intact but the nipples had unscrewed. Now I did check the wheel for true before fitting it and it was perfect. Didn't even think about spoke tension. They retrued and retensioned the wheel--- and got the nipples out from inside the sealed section of the rim so it wouldn't rattle- and no charge. They'll work it on warranty somehow.
But it confirms my view that cheap inhouse hubs laced to No-Name or low spec rims with spokes of an unknown quality are not for me. Only problem is that I have lost my spare set of wheels for emergencies as they are just not up to my standard in any way- Or to my Son-in-law's riding style and weight. (He weighs in at 185lbs)