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Does anyone have experience with the quality of wheels built by Wheelsmith?

I found a good price on wheels I've been considering having built. They happen to be built by Wheelsmith. My understanding is that Wheelsmith has a good reputation, but is now owned by Hayes. Is the build quality still good? Are these wheels machine built only, or machine built and stressed & final tensioned by hand?

I want a well-built solid set of wheels. I've been planning on using BWW, but I ran across these. Just don't want to regret the purchase if the build quality isn't there.
 

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bruneti said:
Anybody have experience with Wheelsmith?
I did prior to their Hayes acquisition and they were solid builds. I really like their spokes, they are equal to DT ime. I have no idea if their builds have been affected by the Hayes ownership...though Hayes has breathed new life into Manitou so I would assume Wheelsmith still does good builds.
 

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So I bought the new set of wheels built by Wheelsmith.
Mavic 717's on 32 hole Shimano XT M775 black centerlock hubs with 36 pts of engagement using Wheelsmith black DB spokes and silver alloy nips for $209. Seems to be a very well built set of wheels. The details in the paperwork stated that the wheelset tension and truing was finished by hand, and each wheel has a serial number attached. They have a one year warranty from Wheelsmith.

I'll have to follow up with weights and pictures later.
 
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