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Old 05-25-17, 12:09 PM
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Soliciting opinions on Bicycle Wheel Warehouse Pure wheels/hubs

I've settled on a new budget wheelset from BWW.

I have an 08 Trek Portland with that weird 130mm rear hub and BWW has the most reasonable price for such a thing. I'm replacing the stock wheelset that came with the paired spoke design and is used primarily as a daily commuter on paved roads hauling around 180lbs of me and gear while also occasionally riding some longer 50-mile plus rides.

So, can some of you share your experience with BWW, including build quality, durability, and more importantly, experience with their in-house Pure branded products?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-25-17, 12:48 PM
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I have a set (I think it's called BlackRace) with 20K miles on it. It still runs true and smooth like the day I bought it. I would definitely buy again if I ever need a new set.
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Your reference to the BWW site was to your shopping cart, which will not work - we just see an empty cart when we click on the site.

Go to the site, do a search for the exact wheel model you are curious about, and copy and paste that URL into a hyperlink here.
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I am starting my third season with a set of BWW Pure Podium Race wheels on my Orbea. I have somewhere near 5500 miles on them. They are still true, never touched, no complaints. Advertised as 1415g, I've never checked to see how mine compare.
Like hyhuu, I would buy again.
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Old 05-25-17, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by WizardOfBoz View Post
Your reference to the BWW site was to your shopping cart, which will not work - we just see an empty cart when we click on the site.

Go to the site, do a search for the exact wheel model you are curious about, and copy and paste that URL into a hyperlink here.
Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it...
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Old 05-27-17, 12:12 AM
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Any others experience with the BWW house Pure brand?
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well dam, the first thread I found that came up under a "pure" search said they are junk, this one says they are good I wish I knew some of you
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I rode a pair of BWW Pure Race build wheels from 2012 I believe until I sold the bike last year. They performed well for their price - which is to say decently light (just over 1400g I think?) and never needed major truing. But I did have some issues in 2014 with a 105 10sp casette digging into the freehub body, making replacement of the cassette not easy or safe. But after replacing the freehub, it was fine until I sold it. Never had any issues with the Pure Hubs over the 4 years I had them.

That said, they left something to be desired for me from an aesthetic viewpoint - I was not into the big 'Bicycle Wheel Warehouse' decals. But I guess you could remove them? I think the Ultegra wheels you can get from Jenson on sale for like $380 are a better deal than BWW considering they are tubeless ready with no exposed spoke holes and look almost like carbon hoops with the anodized gray finish. 1600g weight on those - heavier than the BWW set but, whatever - just don't carry a tube since you're tubeless now, lol.
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looks like a great deal. if i were in the market, i would tempted to just buy them and not look further.
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well dam, the first thread I found that came up under a "pure" search said they are junk, this one says they are good I wish I knew some of you
I've seen far more opinions that BWW does a good job with their wheel building and their house brand tends to be well made and durable.

The concern for me was that there are not that many reviews on these PURE sets...
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Old 06-05-17, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by cellery View Post
I rode a pair of BWW Pure Race build wheels from 2012 I believe until I sold the bike last year. They performed well for their price - which is to say decently light (just over 1400g I think?) and never needed major truing. But I did have some issues in 2014 with a 105 10sp casette digging into the freehub body, making replacement of the cassette not easy or safe. But after replacing the freehub, it was fine until I sold it. Never had any issues with the Pure Hubs over the 4 years I had them.

That said, they left something to be desired for me from an aesthetic viewpoint - I was not into the big 'Bicycle Wheel Warehouse' decals. But I guess you could remove them? I think the Ultegra wheels you can get from Jenson on sale for like $380 are a better deal than BWW considering they are tubeless ready with no exposed spoke holes and look almost like carbon hoops with the anodized gray finish. 1600g weight on those - heavier than the BWW set but, whatever - just don't carry a tube since you're tubeless now, lol.
Thanks...I'm more concerned about sound...I hate clicking-clacking rear hubs/cassettes. Were they noisy to you?
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I think they are middle of the road from a sound perspective. I've had hubs quieter and louder than the Pure hub. I prefer quieter but have come to accept the sound of these. I have a Kysrium wheel that is considerably louder than the Pure wheel.
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Originally Posted by JMak00 View Post
I've seen far more opinions that BWW does a good job with their wheel building and their house brand tends to be well made and durable.

The concern for me was that there are not that many reviews on these PURE sets...
My understanding was that they are all hand built. It's the hubs (PURE) that are what the 'Pure Race', etc. designation is based upon, which isn't going to have any bearing on the wheel build itself. Am I wrong there? I could have sworn they advertise all their wheelsets as hand built at their CA warehouse.
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I bought a set from them (Bicycle Wheel Warehouse) last year. I had a mostly good experience with one small issue.

They were very good to deal with from a sales and customer service standpoint, and I got a nice set of wheels at a decent price. They even upgraded me for no charge. I originally wanted black rims and spokes but they were a few dollars more, so I ordered silver to save a few bucks. They sent me black ones anyway, which was nice.

The wheels arrived true and rode well - at first. After about a week though, the spokes started to creak and ping and I realized the spoke tension had become very loose on both wheels. I suspect they were never pre-tensioned when they were built, but I can't prove that definitively.

I had a local shop fix them for me, and they've been fine ever since.
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Old 06-11-17, 10:15 PM
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Thanks, guys...I appreciate all the input.
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