- CRC or Merlin for custom wheel builds
Ive had my CRC custom built wheels for over a year now and still running true, mind you I did brake a spoke on the rear a couple of months ago, Carol at Bike Love sorted that out for me. Ive just ordered another set from CRC cant wait to get them.
I would have liked to try Merlin but they did’nt have the rims I was Looking for.Posted 9 years ago
I notice this thread is 9 months old, i was wondering what the general consensus was on this subject? Do i go with merlins and pay £282 for Mavic 719's DT comp spokes with Hope pro 2 hubs or CRC £252.
It seems to me that merlin build better wheels from the comments on the forums?
I would rather pay for a decent build then worry about £30, although i might email merlins and see if they can match the price.
The may say no as we hand build and do not machine build??
CheersPosted 8 years agoSeamusSubscriber
I've got a hope pro 2 with DT4.2 rear built by Merlin and a hope hoops front in the same combination (bought off CRC). The hope hopps is far better for trueness and hasn't lost tension like the Merlin build. Not sure if Hope Hoops are hand built or not, but IMO far superior to the merlin build.Posted 8 years ago
With regards to CRC I emailed them and asked if they machine build or Hand build there custom wheels.. They replied:Posted 8 years ago
With Regards to our Custom Built Wheels, our Wheel Builders will lace all hubs to rims by hand however they will use a Machine to quicken up the process of building by tightening the spokes via a Machine. Once these are finished in the machine the wheels are then placed in a Truing Stand and have their tension adjusted by hand to double check the build before they are placed into a Wheel Box. They are Hand Built Wheels Start and Finish with a small amount of mechanical help to speed up the process.
I cant see this being a problem…like some some said there prices are a cheaper than merlins..
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