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Old 08-24-09, 01:52 PM
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Has anyone ever dealt with this guy?
I was looking at his site, and his prices are (to coin a phrase) "Totally Insane".
almost too good to be true.

any experience?
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Old 08-24-09, 01:57 PM
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oops sorry. THIS guy:
www.velomine.com
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Old 01-28-10, 05:58 AM
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Just ordered a wheelset from velomine. Shipping was lightening fast, but its still in transit. Will report back later when I get my hands on the goods.
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Old 01-28-10, 06:33 AM
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wow, they have really good deals on wheelsets. man...i'm about to jump on this.
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Old 01-28-10, 06:38 AM
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Ben is pretty awesome to deal with. My wife has bought two wheelsets from him and I've bought several other things. I just ordered a NOS Dura Ace seatpost that should be here any day now.
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I have a DA 7600 + Mavic OPs wheelset from Velomine (I'm guessing it was not build by him, I guess he got it from a company called 'WheelMaster'?) that waiting for a build. Spoke tension on those seem ok but I'll prolly get it retensioned at the LBS.

And yes, great service from Ben of Velomine. Very fast response time. A toe strap I ordered was defective, I emailed him and got a reply within the hour that he will promptly send me a replacement, which he did, that very same day.

That was enough to put this guy on my 'fav sellers' list.
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Old 01-29-10, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Ben is pretty awesome to deal with. My wife has bought two wheelsets from him and I've bought several other things. I just ordered a NOS Dura Ace seatpost that should be here any day now.
hey buddy, do happen to know what DT spokes he uses? Just says DT spokes, but I wanna know if they are champs/comps/etc.
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Old 01-29-10, 03:40 AM
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bought deep Vs from velomine for $100 less than every other site in the world. legit.
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Old 01-29-10, 09:46 AM
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Got my wheels from Velomine last night. Shipping was fast and no one else even came close to the price. I ordered the Pewter Origin 8 track pros for only $200 stinking dollars. They are heavy but otherwise close to what I would have wanted for a custom wheelset, but half the price as a custom.

Only one complaint...he offered to respace the rear hub, but then didn't do it. This is not a big deal to me since I have the spacers, the tools, and the know-how to do it myself, but might be a big PITA for someone else.

If anybody's listening...how realistic would it be to offer a budget FGSS wheelset that are not typical 32 spoke tank wheels, but more oriented toward road riding, which is what most people use their fixies for anyway. It drives me nuts when people lace quality hubs (like DA hubs) to good rims (like deep Vs or OPs) with ****ty straight gauge spokes.

How about a low-cost prebuilt wheelset with a 24-28 hole formula road hub (with bolt-on skewer), a 28-32 hole formula rear track hub, laced to the same variety of rims (deep Vs, OPs, CXP22s, etc.) with decent DOUBLE BUTTED spokes. A wheelset like that would be a few hundred grams lighter, more durable, more aero, and could probably still be sold for only a slightly higher pricepoint.



Edit added 2/1/10: Apparently Ben realized he didn't respace the wheel, and he contacted me about it. Theres appears to have been a communication mixup. Like I said above, not a big deal.

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Old 01-29-10, 11:23 AM
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I've used DT Champ straight gauge spokes on every wheelset I've built and never had a single problem.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
If anybody's listening...how realistic would it be to offer a budget FGSS wheelset that are not typical 32 spoke tank wheels, but more oriented toward road riding, which is what most people use their fixies for anyway. It drives me nuts when people lace quality hubs (like DA hubs) to good rims (like deep Vs or OPs) with ****ty straight gauge spokes.

How about a low-cost prebuilt wheelset with a 24-28 hole formula road hub (with bolt-on skewer), a 28-32 hole formula rear track hub, laced to the same variety of rims (deep Vs, OPs, CXP22s, etc.) with decent DOUBLE BUTTED spokes. A wheelset like that would be a few hundred grams lighter, more durable, more aero, and could probably still be sold for only a slightly higher pricepoint.
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Aren't butted spokes less durable than straight gauge? Being thinner and what not.
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Aren't butted spokes less durable than straight gauge? Being thinner and what not.
No. Butted spokes are less prone to fatigue failure. They are lighter and more durable...its a win-win situation. Most people don't understand this and thats why most wheelsets have cheap straight gauge spokes.
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I bought a pair of white deep V's for cheap. Will buy from him again.
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Aren't butted spokes less durable than straight gauge? Being thinner and what not.
The theory is that a butted spoke is going to bend before it breaks. Again, I've ridden wheels w butted spokes and with straight gauge. I can't feel a difference. If you use a strong rim, a straight gauge is more than adequate; I've never broken a spoke on any wheelset I've built using Champions.

In fact, not even when I was hit and completely tacoed my wheel did I break a straight gauge spoke. It's probably a question best fielded towards an actual wheelbuilder.
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I got a Set of the Deep V Dura Ace Wheels Came fast and Perfectly true.

Good deal
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Originally Posted by Yo! View Post
The theory is that a butted spoke is going to bend before it breaks. Again, I've ridden wheels w butted spokes and with straight gauge. I can't feel a difference. If you use a strong rim, a straight gauge is more than adequate; I've never broken a spoke on any wheelset I've built using Champions. In fact, not even when I was hit and completely tacoed my wheel did I break a straight gauge spoke. It's probably a question best fielded towards an actual wheelbuilder.
You don't seem to get it. Butted spokes are more fatigue resistant. Because of the thinner mid-section the ends of the spokes experience less severe load cycles and therefore tend to withstand a greater number of load cycles. It has nothing to do with bending or crashing or how the wheel "feels" when you ride it.
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Old 01-29-10, 05:24 PM
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Have you ever built any wheels?
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Yes, many. Stop being an idiot.
Building wheels doesn't automatically qualify you to understand the physics or engineering principles behind how wheels work. You obviously don't.

Look, you seem pretty fixated on your idea that the superiority of butted spokes is BS. If you want to believe that fine, but I'm not going to waste more time arguing it with you. Don't take my word for it, go read some literature about wheels and wheelbuilding.
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