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    Would you recommend a wheel builder with a good web site? I'm looking to compare parts and prices on a wheel set. I remember several years ago there was a builder from California that had a good site, but don't remember his name. He also sent monthly ( bimonthly) news letters. I looked through my emailbox dating back four years and could not find it. Any info on him or any builder is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not-So-Fast View Post
    Would you recommend a wheel builder with a good web site? I'm looking to compare parts and prices on a wheel set. I remember several years ago there was a builder from California that had a good site, but don't remember his name. He also sent monthly ( bimonthly) news letters. I looked through my emailbox dating back four years and could not find it. Any info on him or any builder is appreciated.
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    If I didn't build my own, November Dave/November Bicycles would get my $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdhbrad View Post
    If I didn't build my own, November Dave/November Bicycles would get my $$$.
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    I've had good luck with prowheelbuilder.com. They've built my last three sets of wheels. You can either buy their pre-made wheels or you can choose rims, hubs, spokes and nipples and they will build it up to your spec and ship it to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
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    Absolutely. Dave builds some serious wheels. Only other place Id consider is Wheelbuilder.com. But Dave at November is very easy to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notvintage View Post
    Absolutely. Dave builds some serious wheels. Only other place Id consider is Wheelbuilder.com. But Dave at November is very easy to work with.
    I understand Brandon at BHS is very good too.
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    I will gladly recommend bicyclewheelwarehouse.com. 2 sets of bulletproof wheels, great customer service. Two wheelbuilders in a small shop in CA., they used to have a presence on this site but have relocated to another forum.

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    November is a great place to buy. I build my own wheels but I have bought rims and a frame(best value cycling purchase ever) from them. In addition, their web blogs will teach you more about wheels than you can find anywhere else on the interwebs.

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    BHS is where I buy all my wheel supplies. Ive been a customer of his since he got his start on EBay. Great guy to work with.

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    Great builders recommended already. All the above will get you quality.

    I think you are referring to wheelbuilder.com when looking for a site with a lot of information about a lot of components on their site. Judging strictly on site content they are one of the best. November (above) also has a lot of informative content.

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    Do wheelbuilders rebuild wheels with a used hub? I ask because I called Wheelbuilder.com asking if they would rebuild my wheel with a new rim but keeping the hub (which uses straightpull spokes). They said they won't rebuild with used hub with straightpull. I'm left wondering why. Is it because of a used hub? or is it because of a used hub with straightpull? Is there a reason why for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Do wheelbuilders rebuild wheels with a used hub? I ask because I called Wheelbuilder.com asking if they would rebuild my wheel with a new rim but keeping the hub (which uses straightpull spokes). They said they won't rebuild with used hub with straightpull. I'm left wondering why. Is it because of a used hub? or is it because of a used hub with straightpull? Is there a reason why for this?
    I've had several wheelbuilders build a wheel with used hubs. Not straight pull though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Do wheelbuilders rebuild wheels with a used hub? I ask because I called Wheelbuilder.com asking if they would rebuild my wheel with a new rim but keeping the hub (which uses straightpull spokes). They said they won't rebuild with used hub with straightpull. I'm left wondering why. Is it because of a used hub? or is it because of a used hub with straightpull? Is there a reason why for this?
    I can't speak for Wheelbuilder but I've done it in the past. I'm sure they have their reasons. I have turned down some hubs because I don't like them though.

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    I remember my wheelbuilder would inspect used hubs for reuse. One of my previous hubs were too scarred up on flanges from previous spoke/tension for reuse. I do not know if this applies with your hub configuration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    I've had several wheelbuilders build a wheel with used hubs. Not straight pull though.
    Unless hub specs are obtainable, Straight pull hubs could be a bit more difficult to measure and get the dimensions right. I try to shy away from them unless I can find the specs.

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    Also consider supporting your LBS. Granted, a lot of shops will have substandard wheelbuilders. But in our town we have about ten shops and I know that at least two of them are top notch who id Recommend to anyone,

    As far as reluctance to rebuild withstraight pullspokes, from what I understand is that proper spoke tension can be difficult to maintain since the entire spoke (and of course the nipple) can rotate. This can be mitigated somewhat by using bladed spokes.

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