JayKosta wrote: Bustedknuckle wrote:
Not saying they aren't but a 'real' bike shop, a true 'pro' shop, has people that can build wheels. Essential part of the bike mechanic's 'tool bag'..IMHO
True, but a concern of a good shop is knowing that the wheels are in excellent condition when they deliver them - and using customer supplied used hubs is a worry
. What do they tell the customer if/when problems happens.
Rebuilding with used parts is ok if everyone knows and accepts the risks, but for a customer who wants 'do it once and make it good', using new good quality parts (or buying a new factory item) is the most reliable way.
Endwell NY USA
Hubs, unlike rims and spokes, are simple beasts that last decades. If the 'supplied' hub is in good shape and relaced properly, and the wheel built properly, it just isn't an issue. I saw bigger problems with people bringing in new, but crappy hubs..like low end, often asian ones, with poor design, poor bearings, poor or no adjustment available. Just talking to the customer about the pitfalls of these 'suppled' hubs sufficed in most all cases. BUT I agree..Campag, shimano, DT, WI, others, use the best, along with the best hubs and spokes, for the best, most reliable, wheels.
My point was that in many shops, who say they have 'good mechanics', if they can't build a good wheel..aren't 'good mechanics', IMHO..