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Old 03-16-09, 07:51 PM
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Question for the wheelbuilders out there.

What's the best online "one stop shop" for all your wheel building parts? (rims, hubs, spokes, nipples) I'm looking for a site that has the best selection at the best price and good shipping rates.

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Old 03-16-09, 08:03 PM
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Bens cycle is pretty good. They don't have everything, but the have a good variety of good things:

http://shop.vendio.com/benscycle/category/63/
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To be honest, I have never found just one source for everything. I usually have a need for a fairly uncommon combination of parts which is why I build my own anyway. Given that, I usually have to buy from multiple places. I have bought a bit from Universal Cycles. I like the Velocity Rims and they also sell spokes in partial box quantities which is handy for dished wheels.
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no one place has the best selection and prices.

I look for hubs and rims on sale + free shipping, then source my spokes.
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Old 03-17-09, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler View Post
I look for hubs and rims on sale + free shipping, then source my spokes.
Same here. I just bought a set of DA hubs from one place, rims at another place - both at closeout prices. I've been using Cambria lately for spokes. Wheelbuilder.com is another good source.
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+1

no one place has the best selection and prices.

I look for hubs and rims on sale + free shipping, then source my spokes.
who has free shipping?
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Old 03-17-09, 08:25 AM
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There's no one good source for all parts at good prices. You have to surf. I've built my own wheels for decades but the last 4 sets of wheels to come my way (they're not all for me) were from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse. The last set - OpenPro/DuraAce - at $399 would have cost me $200 more just for the parts alone if I had built them myself. Good wheels, well built, lots of options, great people to deal with.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
who has free shipping?

do a google search, more than one place has free ship with a $75-$100 order.
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I have a local shop that sells rims and spokes. It isn't cheap but I have seen very few good deals on rims. I generally shop around for deals on hubs but they are few and far between.
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Guys, c'mon, you can get all the stuff you need at Jensonusa.com and they will even help you determine the correct spoke length. Their selection and prices are fair too, they have a large inventory. If you are looking for something really obscure you will not find it all in 1 place.
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I get spokes at biketools etc.
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Originally Posted by sooprvylyn View Post
Guys, c'mon, you can get all the stuff you need at Jensonusa.com and they will even help you determine the correct spoke length. Their selection and prices are fair too, they have a large inventory. If you are looking for something really obscure you will not find it all in 1 place.
I prefer to buy the quantity of spokes that I need. Not boxes of them where I will have extras. Other than that, I love Jenson. Just not for spokes.
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I buy all of my wheel parts from my LBS. They don't care if I buy one spoke or a hundred and their prices are very fair. They will also dip the threads in spoke prep if I ask for it, at no cost to me.

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Originally Posted by blamp28 View Post
To be honest, I have never found just one source for everything. I usually have a need for a fairly uncommon combination of parts which is why I build my own anyway. Given that, I usually have to buy from multiple places. I have bought a bit from Universal Cycles. I like the Velocity Rims and they also sell spokes in partial box quantities which is handy for dished wheels.
I build oddball wheels: http://home.comcast.net/~jeff_wills/...es/bike042.htm . I've been getting spokes from Icycles USA because they'll cut them to any length and sell any quantity. I buy some parts from Universal Cycles and save on shipping, but only because they're about a mile from my work.
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Thank you guys for all the feedback. You all have given me some valuable information.
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