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For the owners of Soul or PSIMET Wheels

Old 08-17-10, 03:58 PM
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For the owners of Soul or PSIMET Wheels

Soo.. what's the standard wait time? I've written to both guys and I'd really like a sweet pair of hand-built wheels, but it's been quite a while now and I haven't heard back. I'd also like to support either of these fine wheel builders instead of just picking some Mavics or whatever, but I'm just wondering how long to wait for a response.

I guess it depends, but how long will it take? I want some wheels yo!
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Old 08-17-10, 04:01 PM
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They are pretty busy from what I hear, but most say it is worth the wait. I personally have know idea, though.
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Soul 2.0 - 5 weeks to door
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good things are worth waiting for.
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Old 08-17-10, 04:24 PM
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You haven't heard back via email, so you're going to post on a public forum and hope they're spending their time looking at BF instead of answering emails?

Actually, now that I think about it, I don't blame you.
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Options besides PsiMet and Soul without going Mavic or another pre built wheel:
1. Spinlite Cycling
2. Prowheelbuilder
3. Handspun (any QBP dealer can get these)
4. There are others.

SpinLite and Prowheelbuilder each have what I would call a semi-custom program.

Spin Lite has rims and hubs and a "base price"; their selection is limited to pretty much Velocity rims and Zipp rims and a handful of standard hubs. One of the nice things about them is that you can get Sapim Lasers to cut weight if wanted.

Prowheelbuilder looks like it would be more customized but your fairly restrained to what they "approve" or "recommend" but still have tons of rim and hub options. The only real light weight spoke they offer is Sapim CX Rays which is a bit of a bummer but Comps work for most people on a budget I'm guessing.

Nice thing about Prowheelbuilder is you can mix and match your hubs and rims. So if you wanted the durability of the White Industries on the rear but save money on the front with the Velocity, you could do that.

You can also get custom wheels through Handspun but when I went in to my LBS to get a quote the cost was fairly sky high compared to other options($100 more expensive). They also don't have as wide of a range of hubs but more options for rims and spokes.
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Old 08-17-10, 04:34 PM
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My e-mail archives tell me I first contacted Psimet about a wheel build on 11/20, got the first reply from him on 11/30, sent him payment on 12/7, and he shipped my wheels by 12/21. Given the fantastic price, the wait was worth it...
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Old 08-17-10, 04:36 PM
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My PSIMet wheels took 5 weeks I think. There was a problem getting the hubs. They were on backorder for about 3 1/2 weeks. The wait was definitely worth it! I want another set of those wheels for another bike. Ok, make that 2 sets...
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Old 08-17-10, 04:44 PM
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Rob will likely show up here soon enough.

Patience. It's worth it.
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Old 08-17-10, 04:45 PM
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I think I was about 6 weeks from Psimet but 1) that included a vacation, 2) he told me the time frame up front, 3) both the PT hub and the White front hub I wanted were back ordered, 4) I'm digging the wheels now and 5) I definitely saved some dough.

Psi apparently has an overactive spam filter, so you might PM him from BF as well as trying to contact him through email.
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Old 08-17-10, 04:47 PM
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I went with Easton EA90's, hand built, great name, hot looking wheelset, strong and yet light.

Mavic Equip, stressed cracked the rim twice. Luckily both times were covered by warranty. I am now deciding weather to keep or sell.

Soul 3.0, I didn't like the amount of available long term use feedback on this wheelset and that warranty work is out of Taiwan. The clincher was the CS response to this issue.
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...highlight=soul

PSIMET, I never did receive a response to my quote request and I did check my junk mail.

My next set will be Mavic Open Pro's with Ultegra hubs for my CAAD. They will replace my Mavic Elites for training rides. I am told building up a wheelset is the best way to learn to properly true a wheel.

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Old 08-17-10, 05:29 PM
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Have you tried Neuvation?

5 weeks is a long time to wait for wheels unless you just have to have those particular brand.
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Old 08-17-10, 05:47 PM
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soul 3.0SL - 6 weeks from ordering to my door (canada) - lots of communication from sean throughout the process.... worth the wait.
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Old 08-17-10, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad View Post
I think I was about 6 weeks from Psimet but 1) included a vacation, 2) he told me the time frame up front, 3) both the PT hub and the White front hub I wanted were back ordered, 4) I'm digging the wheels now and 5) I definitely saved some dough.

Psi apparently has an overactive spam filter, so you might PM him from BF as well as trying to contact him through email.
sorta correct. PSIMET emails have been known to get gobbled up by spam filters. the OP should check his junk folder. also, the best way to contact psimet.com is through psimet.com. later.
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Just ordered a set of soul 4.0's. Sean told me 3 weeks waiting period plus a week or so shipping. It has been 2 weeks so I will let you know in a couple more. Sean was great with communication and was very prompt in emailing me back.
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Old 08-17-10, 06:22 PM
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Well whaddaya know, I just got a response back from Sean as well. I'm now on the wait list for some S3.0SL's. Woot woot!
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There's also rruff. A member here - https://www.whitemountainwheels.com. But he was hit by a truck recently. So he might be slow as well. Like Psimet he is a racer and understand racers needs. He has been doing it for a while.

I am not a a shill.
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Old 08-17-10, 09:25 PM
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2 months, worth the wait.
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Originally Posted by Saltybeagle View Post
2 months, worth the wait.
Seems to be the consensus. Well, I'll just finish out training for this season on my Alex S500. Like weight training, right? hah, hah.
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Originally Posted by dmalvarado View Post
Seems to be the consensus. Well, I'll just finish out training for this season on my Alex S500. Like weight training, right? hah, hah.
Yeah, I hear ya. I still have the original Alex wheels that came on my bike, and have been itchin' to get a new pair. Unfortunately $$ is tight for me right now, and I'll have to wait. Hopefully it'll be worth it.

Good luck with the Souls.
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And don't forget about Williams Cycling wheels. Mine have been awesome and Keith has excellent customer service skills.
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Old 08-18-10, 06:17 AM
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I've been riding these wheels for a few months and I don't think you could find a better wheel.https://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...&productId=150
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Originally Posted by logdrum View Post
There's also rruff. A member here - https://www.whitemountainwheels.com. But he was hit by a truck recently. So he might be slow as well. Like Psimet he is a racer and understand racers needs. He has been doing it for a while.

I am not a a shill.
+1 for rruff and Psimet, I have experience with both and would recommend either. Handbuilt wheels are often made by a one man shop, it's often difficult to get a hold of them and wait times can be several weeks or more, but worth the wait IMO.
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Old 08-18-10, 07:48 AM
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Kind of like scotch--you have to wait longer for the good stuff. Unlike scotch (speaking about Psimet here, since that's my only experience), you pay less in the end for the good stuff.
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