Factory built wheels v hand built

andydad Posts: 50
edited January 2010 in Workshop
Hi. Can someone tell me what the problem is with repairing factory built wheels? I,'m considering upgrading the original wheels on my Giant SCR2, and was originally going for RS20s, but I keep reading that hand built would be easier to fix. Is this really the case?


  • gundersen
    gundersen Posts: 586

    a wheel is a wheel

    the problem is that many (not all) factory wheels use own brand parts that are not that easy to buy

    but like I said , if you got the parts, a wheel is a wheel and anybody can repair one
  • Chip \'oyler
    Chip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    Factory wheels tend to use their own versions of spokes etc, which means when things go wrong (after a crash etc) then you have to order parts in. Sometimes, needing just one spoke can mean buying a pack,

    With handbuilts most LBS should be able to replace a normal spoke easily, or service hubs etc

    There's usually not much difference in weights and performance between factory and handbuilts, but as mentioned, handbuilts, by and large, are less of a pain to service and repair
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