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Old 01-10-08, 05:34 AM   #1
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Is this a reasonable price? Should I feel p!ssed?

My LBS has just told me he'll be charging me $80AU ($71US) a wheel because he does'nt like doing deep vee rims and he had to buy stainless spokes, blah, blah, blah. Normally he charges $40, on my 28" roadster he charged $60. I feel a little ripped off, Does $80 seem high to you?

Edit: er yeah,, thats $80 a rim to spoke them up.
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Where's that? If you dont mind naming the shop...
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Oh, you know who that is BFG, there's only one LBS near you and I. I would prefer it if you didn't mention it to him before I think it over, I'm on the verge of taking my custom elsewhere. Apart from wheelbuilding his work hasn't really been all that good since the mechie second from last told him where to go. Fortunately thats all I get him to do anymore.
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take it else were shouldn't cost anymore they should always use stainless spokes too
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Oh, you know who that is BFG, there's only one LBS near you and I. I would prefer it if you didn't mention it to him before I think it over, I'm on the verge of taking my custom elsewhere. Apart from wheelbuilding his work hasn't really been all that good since the mechie second from last told him where to go. Fortunately thats all I get him to do anymore.
Oh yes, i haven;t given that guy custom in a while. I havent been happy with him in a long time. Worst run business in the area i think as far as customer relations go. Unless youre an insanely cashed up BMXer with wrld beating skills, he doesn't want much to do with you. Plus, have you seen how they keep the workshop?
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The LBS puts non-stainless steel (stainful steel?) spokes on ANY build? Sounds very sketchy to me.

Also, I do not see why working on deep-v rims is any more difficult. All I can think of is that its sort of fussy to get the nipple down past the first wall and into the hole without dropping it into the space in-between. I am a bozo, and I managed to solve this puzzle.

I think they do not want your business very much.

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since the mechie second from last told him where to go. Fortunately thats all I get him to do anymore.
Was that a kid about my age, that walked with a bit of a hunched shuffle? I think i know the one, i went to school with him for 3 years. He's as bad as the owner.

He just seems lazy to me jgedwa. He's the kind of guy who says "Ah XT is overkill with that bike, if you trashed you Deore, just get another."
"No, id like an XT thanks, i dont mind waiting for it to come in."
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"I know, but it's nice to have nicer parts on your bike right"
"Ahh dont worry about it, there i ordered your Deore for you should be here soon."
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"Ahh dont worry about it, there i ordered your Deore for you should be here soon."
At that point I would tell him that I am glad he ordered it and I am sure that he will be able to find someone to buy it. It wouldn't be me buying it though, I only pay for items that I ask for.
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At that point I would tell him that I am glad he ordered it and I am sure that he will be able to find someone to buy it. It wouldn't be me buying it though, I only pay for items that I ask for.
Thats almost exactly what i said, before leaving and i am yet to return my custom. He was ok when i was a noob throwing money around.....
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who would want to sell lower components? generally the higher ticket items also include a higher markup.
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who would want to sell lower components? generally the higher ticket items also include a higher markup.
One would assume so. But you know, XT is overkill for a dirtjump hardtail.
Try freeride/DH in which case Deore got trashed in a couple of weeks.

harov3 not sure if it's too far out of your way but try BikeForce in midland.
This page here says that wheel building is a set price:
Build wheel $50

Build wheel-paired spoked $80
Those guys in there at that shop are actually good guys, great service. Friday before the State Champs at the Goat Farm i needed a new rear dérailleur, plus installation - yeah, the XT the other shop wouldn't give me - and i walked in that morning, my bike had a fresh der. that afternoon with free labor. Mind you, i spent 300 dollars on gear a fortnight beforehand
But still, recommended. Apparently kalamunda cycles is even better service, but that's all the way out in Kalamunda!
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One would assume so. But you know, XT is overkill for a dirtjump hardtail.
Try freeride/DH in which case Deore got trashed in a couple of weeks.

harov3 not sure if it's too far out of your way but try BikeForce in midland.
This page here says that wheel building is a set price:
Build wheel $50

Build wheel-paired spoked $80
Those guys in there at that shop are actually good guys, great service. Friday before the State Champs at the Goat Farm i needed a new rear dérailleur, plus installation - yeah, the XT the other shop wouldn't give me - and i walked in that morning, my bike had a fresh der. that afternoon with free labor. Mind you, i spent 300 dollars on gear a fortnight beforehand
But still, recommended. Apparently kalamunda cycles is even better service, but that's all the way out in Kalamunda!

Thanks BFG, I'll give bike force a go, I was considering The Bicycle Entreprenuer in Belmont, you know them at all? It seems a shame, I've bought five bikes for me and the family through Destry and until the last 12 months he's always been reasonable. The mechanic I was referring to was Shane, I dont know if you met him, about thirty covered in tatts and very knowledgable, Unfortunately he got got screwed over.
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Thanks BFG, I'll give bike force a go, I was considering The Bicycle Entreprenuer in Belmont, you know them at all? It seems a shame, I've bought five bikes for me and the family through Destry and until the last 12 months he's always been reasonable. The mechanic I was referring to was Shane, I dont know if you met him, about thirty covered in tatts and very knowledgable, Unfortunately he got got screwed over.
Never met Shane, but my mum and i have both bought bikes at TBE in Belmont, and i can speak very highly of them too, though they may charge a little mre for wheel building off the top if my head. It was $75 when i enquired at the start of December. They're really helpful. I'm seeing a recurring trend here with th chain stores being better.

I'm actually going there now for bar tape
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