I've got a number of old road bikes with 27" wheels, and have converted one to fixed-gear (see link in my sig), using an old freewheel rear wheel that was respaced and redished, and has a track cog JB-welded onto the freewheel threads and then a bottom bracket lockring in place for good measure. But I figured it would be good to get a rear wheel with a real track hub. These are hard to come by in 27" wheels, but NYC Bikes sells one, built with a Sun M13II rim, 36 DT 14-guage spokes, and a low-end Suzue flip-flop hub
with standard bolt-on axle (not track bolts; these will mar paint on dropouts). List $79.
Now of course I've heard lots about the bad rep that NYC bikes has on this forum, but they had the product I was looking for, and their eBay rating isn't bad, so I figured I'd give them a shot.
The wheel arrived today, packed very well. A box that was as wide as the axle, and heavy cardboard too. Axle ends had plastic caps on them inside the box. Rim was wrapped in shrink-wrap, and there was cardboard inside the box designed to keep the wheel from flopping around inside. (No pun intended, seriously. I realized the potential lame-humor after selecting those words.) The packaging almost seemed overkill.
The wheel was fine. Relatively low spoke tension, but it was correctly dished, round, and pretty true - as much as you could expect for a low-tensioned wheel that just came through shipping. However, the tension was low as I said (I topped it off with, on average, a full turn for each spoke). Tension was also inconsistent between spokes. I equalized that out, then trued and rounded it again, then increased the tension.
Also, the spoke nipples were sticking and ping-ing when I turned them, even initially when tension was low. I doubt that spokeprep or any grease was used on the threads. I dripped a drop of ProLink onto the top of each spoke nipple (which would normally be covered by the rim strip) and this mostly took care of the problem. Not a perfect solution, but the spokes are high-tension enough that I don't expect them to loosen just because some ProLink got into the threads.
Wheel is very good now and should give me zero problems.
But I did put some quality time into the wheel, and would have paid $15 or more for a shop to put that sort of work into the wheel.
On the whole, about what I'd expect for an $79, small-market wheel. Not bad, not great, but at packed well and shipped in good time.