marckhor wrote:Will I be rude if I bring my own hub and spokes to the wheelbuilder? He is providing the rim. BTW, what do wheelbuilder charge these days to build a wheel?
On more than one occasion I have gone along to my LBS with rims and hubs, and asked him to build me some wheels (he supplied the spokes). Never had any feeling that it was rude. He's getting work from me.
Building a wheel has involved labour cost of ~ $50-60 per wheel plus spokes ($1 each for standard SS). I have heard of people being charged over $180 for one wheel build
and spokes - that's outrageous price-gouging IMHO. Don't be duped.
BTW, I reckon prices for fancy bladed spokes and in particular coloured spokes, are a rip-off. Silver SS plain-gauge or DB spokes are fine for me.