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Old 11-13-05, 10:08 PM   #1
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IRO deep v wheels

I just found $250 of un-cashed bonds in the bottom of a drawer. Very happy abou this. So, as soon as I deposit them I'm planning on ordering the deluxe IRO wheelset. My question is are there any wheelsets that are alot better than that for $250?
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Not for $250.
Ben's Cycles sells Deep Vs with Formula Hubs (basically identical wheelsets) for $200 though.
But IRO has more color options.
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Old 11-13-05, 10:25 PM   #3
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Allright, thank you.
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Personally, I think it's worth the extra $50 to get them from Tony. From what I understand they're hand-built by Velocity. Also, in the unlikely event that they're less than perfect, he would make things right. I just got the the Deep V's in machined electric red anodized and they are gorgeous, rock solid, and straight as an arrow. For what it's worth, you also support someone who has lent a great deal of support to the cycling community.

I also came across this thread, regarding Ben's :
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-70032
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That is the first negative news I have ever heard about Ben's.
They're my LBS here in Milwaukee and they've given me nothing but exceptional service.
That said, the all black, non-machined Deep Vs Tony has are hard to argue against.
I think the decision should definitely be based on price and color scheme because, despite that old thread, both stores have graet customer service.
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I ordered that wheelset from Ben's via ebay. The set offered on ebay was in 28 spoke configuration, and all black except for the machined area of the rim. I wanted a 32 spoke set with silver colored spokes. I called them up on the phone, and they were able to custom make me the desired set that day, and sent them out the next, for the same price of $200. Received them in quick time and have been riding them ever since. No complaints so far. From what I've heard, you can't go wrong with IRO either, but I was able to save $50 for the identical set in a color scheme I wanted.
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Not for $250.
Ben's Cycles sells Deep Vs with Formula Hubs (basically identical wheelsets) for $200 though.
But IRO has more color options.
exactly what i was going to say.
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Old 11-14-05, 01:34 AM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to go with the IROs.
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why dont you use a LBS
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Pros in this thread... Ben's Cycle is awesome. Probably done about 15 transactions with them and NEVER an issue. Always 2 day Priority Shipping and my stuff always goes out the same day I order. BTW - one of those orders was a wheelset.

Cons... ordering any wheeset through the mail could entail you a trip to your LBS to get them trued. No matter who built them, you never know who's putting them on the bottom of a stack of boxes in the back of a truck.
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Old 11-14-05, 09:27 AM   #11
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Oh yeah... no offense to IRO/Tony. I've just not ordered anything from him so I don't have the experience to comment upon.
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why dont you use a LBS
Are you saying to get the iro wheels from a bike shop or another set? I dont have an lbs.. I live outside the city so any shop I go to I'm traveling to.. I dont know who I would want to get them through.. I go to breakaway because it's near my school, but I'm not fan. They're an okay shop, but they never have anything inexpensive there. Nothing for people on a budget it seems.. And do I have to pay anything extra for them to get me a set? I'm used to mail ordering everything for my bmx bike..
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philadelphia bike shops are stupid overprices. and most don't have any fixed wheelsets aside from the crappy suzue basics laced to m13II's...not so hot...order out. i still order stuff from my old local shop in milwaukee.
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Old 11-15-05, 07:41 PM   #14
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Yea, that's what I was given when I got my first fixed wheel for freaking $100 fropm breakaway.. and now I know I could get an IRO wheel for that. Rediculous. I'm ordering the iro duluxe set for sure. I forgot about interest on bonds, so I ordered some nitto drops and keirin grips too. That was a real lucky bottom of the droor find.
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Wow! Whose drawer was it?
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haha. A drawer in my china cabinet.. I'm moving tomorrow so my mom was emptying drawers and she was like hey, theres some bonds in here from when you were a baby. score.
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Old 11-22-05, 09:48 PM   #17
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I ordered the IRO deep v wheels today. Anyone know the size tire they take so I can order some?
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700 by whatever, probably, 23-25
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700c
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i should have specified. I know they are 700c. I meant the other dimensions, like the width.
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also, anyone know if there are all white road tires available anywhere?
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anywhere from 23-28, although I've heard they'll clear even fatter tires
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