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Wheels: Build or Buy? / Budget Wheelset

Old 12-23-12, 09:45 PM
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Wheels: Build or Buy? / Budget Wheelset

I'm positive this has been discussed, didn't see it.

Building up a low-budget fixed gear, and I'm in the market for a cheap wheelset that is decent quality. Right now I'm looking at the Eighthinch Amelia wheelset, for $110 shipped with everything it seems like a score. I don't want to spend much more than that since I'm doing such a budget build. Going to be a road bike, would like a flipflop rear hub.

Or, would it be cheaper / the same price for a better quality set if I built my own?

Or, is there a better deal out there that I'm missing?

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at the ~$100 pricepoint, prebuilt wheels are the way to go
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Pre-built, spokes are starting to get ridiculously expensive.
Appreciate the old bikes more than the new.
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