- Merlin Wheel builds
Had an 819 on Pro II (front) built over a year ago. Really good at 1st but the nipples keep undoing, very rapidly, so some spokes will completely undo during one ride. Can’t help but think that Merlin didn’t put any spoke-lock on the threads when they built it. Good job the 819’s are bomb-proof otherwise I could have had some real problems.Posted 8 years agoGrahamASubscriber
I have had problems with a Merlin built rear wheel that has needed adjustment a couple of times after loosing tension but that does seem to be the exception.
If I was replacing my wheels I’d probably get them from wheelpro £285 for Pro2 on ZTR355 or ZTR Flow. Richard has as excellent reputation as a wheel builder is regularly recommended on here (although I haven’t tried them and am only passing on other peoples recommendations).Posted 8 years ago
Thinking about gettin rid of the standard wheels on me Spesh FSR XC, purely because I have heard some bad reports about the standard ones, and the fact that the rears are starting to “grumble” a bit. Looking on Merlins website I see that they do a Hope pro II and Mavic XC717 build for £240. I know the pro II are really good hubs and XC717 are OK rims but what are Merlins wheel building skills like. My concern is that these are probably built in built thus quality might not be as good. Also seams really cheap for a build of this spec, or is this just standard. Also looked at XT/XC717 build but was adviced this weekend by someone at Glentress that Pro II are so much better. Is this right, or is it just personal choice.Posted 8 years ago
Jambon I did tkae your comment on board and appreciate your feedback , however I also have taken on board the other 9 good/excellent reports. No matter who you go to you are going to get bad feedback, however if you give the shop the chance to fix it there should be no issues.
Did speak to my LBS for this build they want a heck of alot more of my hard earned cash, and I am not sure their reputation is as good. My LBS want nearly £180 for a XT/XC717 build which is only £130 from Merlin.Posted 8 years agonuttysquirrelSubscriber
jambon – behave, did you call Merlin? I’ve been buying wheels from them since I was a kid. Every wheel has been amazing but there’s always going to be a percentage that gets through the net. Ring them up and see if they’ll go halfway with you for a new wheel or fix the existing wheel.
The latest I have had are XT on DT 4.1s and have lasted really well – 4 years and I use them at least twice a week on pretty brutal stuff (my bearings are gone now though but I think that’s pretty good). Friends have Hopes and have had a hellish time with cassettes digging into the Freehub body.Posted 8 years ago
Why should they? I wouldn’t. And I’m not sulking. I’ll be living in Spain on the edge of a mountainous Natural Park in 2 weeks, bring it on!
I hope your wheels are good, the money you save will be lost PDQ if they’re not.
I just really like good Local Bike Shops and the extra cost is generally worth it when it comes to stuff you can’t easily do at home without loads of tools and training.
J xPosted 8 years agostuartlangwilsonSubscriber
I find the bearings in pro2 front hubs don’t last too well. They are very easy to change bearings so it’s not too much of an issue. The rear hubs are very loud, i’m not a fan.
I have an 5 year old set of merlin wheels, they have been fine. I also have lots of wheels from Wheelcraft. They have all been excellent and only very slightly more expensive. Merlin won’t make you coffee or give you jaffa cakes.Posted 8 years agoJimmerMember
Had Merlin wheels from the year dot, always excellent, still running some d521’s from 12 years ago, still nice and true and they haven’t had a n easy life!
Jambon – Your local bike shop sounds great – guessing they wouldn’t service my forks or run any repairs seings as though it’s not from them.Posted 8 years agowellhungMember
My Merlin wheels are sweet, they are the same Pro 2 on Mavic 717 build and have survived all the 4x and dirt jumping abuse I’ve thrown at them. The other option is a set of Hope Hoops with Dt 4.2s, which davehinde cycles were doing for 220
Dave Hinde has a very bad reputation for customer service and yes i have had experience of their service it is the worst i’ve ever had.Posted 8 years agoMidnighthourMember
I have 4 pairs of wheels from Merlin – between 3 and 5 years old. 2 sets are XT / Mavic 717s (I like cup and cone!) and 2 heavier sets for our multibike household. No problems at all with them.
The only issue I did have was with the parcel carrier they used at the time who had very few bases for collecting from and only delivered in my area twice a week at silly times. In the end I did a 100 mile round trip to collect them from the nearest branch of carrier. Hopefully they use someone else by now as it was a bit of a drag!
But good wheels!Posted 8 years agokiwi_stuMember
Dave Hinde has a very bad reputation for customer service and yes i have had experience of their service it is the worst i’ve ever had.
I also have experienced the “Hinde” service… I am telling you, you DO NOT want to go there… Hinde takes your money and DOES NOT deliver anything (but abuse)… then lies about the components are on there way or lost in transit… finally when nothing shows up, then gives you abuse for asking where they are and then admits they have not been sent and are waiting for stock… then gives you abuse asking for your money back. “Hinde” by name, “Arse” by nature.
Merlin great shop !!!Posted 8 years ago
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