Online ordered custom wheel builds… Who?
looking for Hope hub, Mavic EX 823.
I’m in Brighton.
Used to build my own wheels, but at this stage of life, i’ve not enough time, but have more money. SO, i’m being lazy.
I’m also a bit of a heffer, and need a good strong build.Posted 4 years ago
I’ll check out those links thanks ‘Woody’
In the past when I’ve had custom road wheels built, I’ve found JRA to be the cheapest by far (a good £50 cheaper than Srada for example).
Not sure whether its the same for MTB wheels.
Why do you want 823 rims? They are really heavy, you could keep your eye out for a 2nd hand set, they always seem to go dead cheap.
Or just get a pair of hope hoops with flow rims.Posted 4 years ago
Not too worried about the rim weight, just need something tough. It’s only for trail riding, but it keeps me fit, and last for ever.
I also want to get proper UST rims, and the 819 is too teeny for me. Don’t really have much faith in other rim manufacturers, and as Mavics are always pretty tough i’ll stick with them.
The current wheel i have is a 8yr old Hope Bulb laced to a 729. The wheel is still true and perfect, but the Hope Bulb exploded from the inside last week, and there’s shards of ali everywhere now with a totally screwed wheel left over.
might be worth getting a pre-built Hope Hoop with Flow rims? Are they on the burly end of the scale for rims?Posted 4 years ago
Can always re-rim it when it goes the way of most of my rims.chestrockwellMember
I’ve got a wheel built by Stif and it’s still going strong after a few years abuse.Posted 4 years agoads678Subscriber
I’ve had wheels from Merlin that lasted years without doing a thing to them. In fact my brother in law is still using them.
I currently have Hope hubs with Mavic EN 521’s on my FS, the rear came from Stif and is still pretty sweet after about 3 years, the front came from CRC and is in need of truing after about 2 years I assume this is just because the front take more abuse.
I weigh 100kgs (ish) 😉Posted 4 years agoamplebrewSubscriber
I’ve used JRA for numerous builds even though I could have got the wheels built slightly cheaper elsewhere.
They’re really great to deal with and every set they’ve built for me has been faultless and required next to no maintenance.
They only upkeep I’ve ever had to do on a set of JRA built wheels was tighten two spokes after 18 months and thousands of miles use.Posted 4 years agocarbosteveMember
Merlin Merlin Merlin!
I bought a custom set over a year ago. I did have a problem with the spokes snapping on the front wheel. Sent them back (which cost about £7 postage), within a week a had a rebuilt wheel, new spokes, free of charge.
I know people say you can’t beat LBS service but at the prices they offer and this sort of customer service, I would definitely recommend them! Also form all the positive reviews etc, I think I was just unlucky with my first build.Posted 4 years agothejesmonddingoMember
I’ve had good wheels from Merlin and JRA,JRA current favourite,very good quality builds,and near to me.The Merlin built wheels are currently on a friends bike,been going strong for 8 years,with minimal maintenance.You would be fine with either,the JRA lads are lovely to deal with though.Posted 4 years agomcmoonterMember
The last couple of sets of wheels I’ve had built were from Big Al at Wheelcraft. Their first excursion was a 250 mile fully laden off road coast to coast ride across Scotland. 29er Mavic Rims on Hope hubs. They’ve got easily another 500 miles or so on them since then. Still super true, spoke tension perfect. It’s hardly worth taking them back in for their free bedding in true
If you are near Glasgow, go in person. You won’t regret it.Posted 4 years ago
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