Anyone used Evans for wheel building
I remember going into the one just off Oxford Street a few years ago in the offchance that they might have an MA4 or similar I could build onto a spare MTB front hub I had lying around for a hack bike. I was told in no uncertain terms that it would never work and I should buy a nice pair of Ksyriums instead.
Talk to the mechanic and see whether they’re any good. As with any shop, staff can be variable, so ensure you’re completely confident in their abilities.Posted 5 years ago
jameso – rim ding will have nowt to do with the build
As for “should I buy my wheels from Evans”, it depends on the individual mechanic that builds it.
I know Al, just a comment on w+t / damage over the use period. And it does depend on who built them, totally. My post was just a flipside to the predictable ‘yts teens’ type of comment above.Posted 5 years agoboltonjonSubscriber
Apologies for the ‘YTS Teens’ comment above
However, my experiences of Evans have been during 3 visits and feedback from riding buddies
From my 3 visits, 2 or the 3 shop assistants knew a lot less about biking than me and 2 had very bad acne.
The 3rd guy was really good – but i couldn’t vouch for his mechanical skills
Would i have trusted him to build a wheel for me? hell no
The stories from riding pal are plain scary. One mate a Reverb fitted to his Zesty. He picked his bike up, then came to meet me for a ride – he got his bike out of the car and the post wouldn’t go up or down.
Had the post been checked to see if it was properly bled? Clearly not
How much attention to detail do other things get? Brake mounts, brake bleeds, crack arms, pedals?
I’ve also looked at a bike straight out of Evans and the bike setting up was awful.
LBS everytimePosted 5 years ago
jon, no need and I didn’t mean to single out your post. I don’t think any of those set-up issues should happen but I know a lot of really good staff there too. They have a lot of staff as well as the usual high st retailer’s turnover of staff, but I can’t think of a store manager or head mechanic in any store that I wouldn’t feel confident in with my own bike.Posted 5 years agomike_pMember
Having done so once, I will never ever let any of my wheels near an Evans shop ever again. A broken spoke (black, double butted) was replaced with a silver plain guage one, and on the way home some of the other spokes started working loose. A trained monkey could have done a better job.
Of course I realise that not all Evans shops are equal, but if you have a choice why take the risk?Posted 5 years agoPierreMember
If in doubt, always talk to the mechanic. Have a chat with the workshop manager; if he (/she) is not around, call back when they are. Talk through the wheel build. Evans train their mechanics well, sometimes their shop kids not so much. The workshop manager should be at least Cytech 2 trained and will be able to build wheels.
All the eye-rolling “that lot” cliche is tired and pointless. Some Evans branches are like individual LBSs, some are a little more like bike supermarkets. They’re all staffed by people. Go in and meet the people and judge for yourself.
Disclosure: yes, I have worked for Evans in the past. They’re big and popular for a reason. And sometimes there’s a reason for the abuse they get from forumites keen to tar an entire company with the same brush as one rubbish employee.Posted 5 years ago
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