Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2008 Trek Portland, 1989 Nishiki Altron
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Originally Posted by michaeldmanthey
How much do you like wheel maintanence? If you build your own wheels then you will be using your spoke wrench and wheel truing tool alot. I recommend Spinergy and Mavic prebuilt wheelsets. I have almost no trouble with those wheels. But have had nothing but trouble with all the rest.
What? This ranks right up there with some of the most absurd stuff I have ever read here.
If built correctly, you'll only ever have to touch the wheels for normal maintenance and that is just when the spokes seat themselves and will simply require some retensioning of the spokes. After that the wheels should be rock solid.
Prebuilt mavic or spinergy wheels will come out of tension a well, and the spoke wrenches for them are specialty and cost 2x the price of a normal spoke wrench. Plus in the case you pop a spoke, all you need to do is stop by at your lbs and get the right sized spoke that you need and you'll likely be able to ride again the next day. Where with the prebuilt mavic or spinergy, the lbs will most likely have to order the spokes for it, which will leave a person without a functional bike for 1-2 weeks due to how slow mavic and spinergy are at sending stuff out.
Today I had to do some work on my front wheel which I had built myself for the first time since mid November 2007 because I knocked it a bit out of true from landing a jump a bit awkwardly.