I'm either going to get a set from These guys or the IRO standard wheelset. These are cheap, but that makes me a little suspicious. Anyone used these wheels, or dealt with Ben's cycles? Am i better off going with the IRO? I hear nothing but good things about them.
I deal with Ben's all the time, they are my LBS.
Those wheels are nothing special at all, just suzue jr. hubs.
My first ever wheel set was a set of those and I rode them for over a year without incident. They're completely functional, albeit lowend, wheel set.
As far as wheel quality compared to the IRO, I am not sure.
As far as reputable business with great customer service, they're great.
everyone says to stay away from those specific suzue hubs, i have never used them so i can't say, but going from everyone else's story i would not use them. i ordered cranks from bens cycle on ebay once and they sent me the wrong ones. i emailed them and they sent out the right ones via priority mail and with a priority mail mailing slip already made out so i didn't have to pay to ship it back. they took care of it nicely, was their mistake though.
Those are loose ball bearing hubs (more maintenance, cleaning repacking, etc.), they have a really cheap look and feel.
IRO hubs seem much more solid. they are sealed cartridge bearings... smooth, low maintenance. IRO also has great customer service. I'd spend the extra $45 and get the IRO wheels.
I've already posted about those hubs/wheelsets from Bens. I've been running a set on my second bike for a while now. Threads are good, the front axle is bent, a few spokes have come loose, the bearings have a bit of friction and are definitely low quality.
You get what you pay for... although, they are quite pretty LOOKING hubs... one spin and you'll know they really aren't.