£250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

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£250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby MisterMuncher » Fri May 24, 2013 00:36 am

Just what it says. I have a budget of £250 for a set of general purpose wheels for the bike I'm building/looking to build. At this price point, are hand-builts still a better bet than any of the serious number of factory wheels available.

I'm about 12 stone weight if that has any bearing on it.

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Re: £250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby thecycleclinic » Fri May 24, 2013 02:30 am

Depends how you define better. For less £250 I build 32 spoke wheels that are 1640g. That build is the Mavic Open Pro (a low cost light weight rim) on Novatec A171/F172 hubs with Sapim Laser spokes/brass nipples. This would be a silver spoke build an all black build would be just over £250. So handbilt can be just as light (or lighter) and cheaper to fix when if the worst happens.

There are alot of factory options all of which I think are abit heavier and will cost more if some thing goes wrong. A 32 spoke wheel however may not look better in your eyes though. The offerings from campagnolo and fulcrum are
not bad wheels though, it depends what you are after - a classic looking wheel that will last or a race inspired wheel which will be no better in reality.
http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.

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Re: £250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri May 24, 2013 06:14 am

If you are not fussed about the colour of the spokes and the noise the freehub make, there is a lot of quality at that price point... in fact you can get pretty good hand built wheels for less than that.
Normally people end up spending a fortune because they want designer hubs or elliptical section spokes, which in fairness don't add much to the value of the wheels.
Shimano 105 hubs or Miche or Novatec 171/172, double butted spokes, some decent rims from Ambrosio... well within budget.
You can even get deepish 30 mm rims if you wish so. Velocity Deep V and Kinlin XR 300 are within your budget and reasonably light. I am building a couple of sets of Deep V right now... I think the guys ended up spending 280 in total (they bought the components), but with Ultegra hubs and DT swiss spokes

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Re: £250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby matt-h » Fri May 24, 2013 06:44 am

The spec that Ugo has stated is a pretty much what I have on my bike.
The 105 isn't noisy at all, ambrosio rim is nice and I actually like the retro looking silver spokes.
A tough wheel that will do all seasons

I paid £170 from Planet X on offer - recommended by UGo and Smidsy - and am really please I didn't go factory


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Re: £250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby mfin » Fri May 24, 2013 09:59 am

Or these for £25 more at 1550 grams?

Im not suggesting they will be better (I can't cos Id have to ride all those factory options back to back with them), but just giving a factory option in the ballpark cost.

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Re: £250 Wheels. Any point gong handbuilt?

Postby sunburntknees » Fri May 24, 2013 10:39 am

I've just switched from Zondas to handbuilts (Record/Excellights). I have to say there is not much choose in terms of performance and the weight is similar. If anything, maybe the handbuilts are slightly stiffer whereas the Zondas maybe felt a bit better at speed. The main advantage as I see it, is that the rim and spokes are easily replaceable with handbuilts. With factory wheels you might get fleeced for £30 for a spoke kit (if you can get one) if you break a spoke and if you knacker the rim, you have to chuck the whole wheel as it is unlikely you will get a replacement. Therefore, for everyday wheels, I would lean towards handbuilts.

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