53-11 wrote:One might ask why not pre-builts? The reason is this, rims crack, spokes break and hub flanges break. Manufacturers discontinue old products. And if they are available it is a pain to wait 3-4mths for a proprietry spoke or hub to arrive if you crash.
Group Sportiff will take a wheel re-spoke it, and return it to you inside of 3 days. Thats what my experience was with my rear Mavic Elite. Now I would classify it as 'bomb proof' and I race on it, i'm not a lightweight, train on it, commute on it and do silly things like bunny hops and more. I've put over 4000km into these wheels since they were re-spoked and they haven't needed touching since.
As a pre-built wheel, I reckon its pretty damn good. 3 to 4 months for a proprietry spoke or hub? Only if you have CarbonSports Lightweights.
Weak flanges on things made of soft materials like those from American Classics, i'd agree. But pay cheap dollars, and you get a cheap product.
Buy a bike, park the car, ride your ass off...