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I surprised no one has posted this yet. I have been shopping for this exact wheelset on BicycleWheelWarehouse. Total $305 without shipping. I did some more searching (mostly to confirm that this was what I wanted) and found almost the exact same wheelset at Pricepoint for $55 less!
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/17...Shimano-M756-W/-Mavic-TN719-29er-Wheelset.htm

BWW built a very solid wheelset for my 26 bike and they would be my first choice for building a new wheelset again but I am shopping for wheels on a restricted budget. I assume that the Pricepoint wheelset is machine built and probably 2.0 spokes. Both feature black spokes and alloy nipples. The Pricepoint wheelset comes with Shimano skewers while the BWW set doesn't specify.

It all comes down to this, is it worth $55 extra for a handbuilt wheel and the option of DT Comp spokes? I could always use the extra cash for a new front chainring AND a memory card for my DSLR.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion BikerBob but I am specificallly interested in a Mavic maxtal rim for their stiffness and Shimano hubs for their bang for the buck. Iwould consider other hubs but only if the don't cost much more than the Shimanos.

Stans arch and Stans hubs were also high on the list but they cost $80 more than handbuilt 719/Shimano wheelset and their are known for being difficult to swap tires.
 

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Lumbee1 said:
I assume that the Pricepoint wheelset is machine built and probably 2.0 spokes.

It all comes down to this, is it worth $55 extra for a handbuilt wheel and the option of DT Comp spokes? I could always use the extra cash for a new front chainring AND a memory card for my DSLR.
Actually, the Pricepoint wheel says it has 15ga nipples, which would probably mean 1.8mm straight-gauge spokes. Those will actually save you ~30g over DT Competition 2.0/1.8 spokes.

They also say alloy nipples, so assuming you were planning alloy for your BWW set, you will end up ahead -30g.

As long as you are capable of checking tension, dish and true of a machine-built wheel - I can't see any reason to pay BWW the extra $55.
 
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