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Over 80 people share their experiences of building wheels. Note, these are genuine reviews!
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Go to your favourite cycling forum and ask for a recommendation for a wheelbuilding book. I guarantee you'll get a recommendation for the book because it's in use world-wide by thousands of cyclists.
Here's a review that describes exactly how I envisaged the book being used, by someone like yourself who with some determination can obtain the exact wheels they require - no matter how obscure the components, and get some great wheels (and realise it wasn't that difficult to do). How to build a bicycle wheel with no previous experience.
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I love the idea of making things, and I often understand, in principle, how stuff works. However, this isn't always translated into being able to make stuff work for me. But using your book I built a pair of wheels for a bike that I'd rescued from the scrap and now everyone thinks I'm dead clever. It seems that if you tell another cyclist that you've actually made some wheels of your own then they see you as being a member of some elite order that they can only dream of.
First time builder who built a pair of Mavic UST rims with a rear semi dishless offset hub. Probably the most tricky combination you can get! Note, building UST rims and offset hubs is covered in the book.
Well, I did it!! I finished the build and I am stoked beyond belief! I even took the finished wheels by the shop to let my buddy inspect them. Funny thing was, everyone at the shop knew I was working on this project but didn't think that I would take it all the way to the end because we originally agreed I would do the lacing solo, and he would lend a hand and some pointers for the finishing touches. Thanks to Mike T's encouragement, I decided to give it my best. Everyone at the shop was blown away and couldn't believe it! They all congratulated me on a job well done and asked if I wanted a job and said they need to start buying me beer!!! What a gratifying moment that was! So I mounted the tires up, put the wheels on the bike, and took it for a spin around the block.... Not a single sound!!! No tink-tink, nothing! WOW, was that a good feeling! As you can tell, I'm super elated!
Dave, San Diego
Customer wheels built by me (Roger Musson)
Road wheels with deep section carbon rims. Pre-production prototypes built for the manufacturer. Friday, finish the wheel build, Saturday glue the tubular tyres on, and here we are on Sunday morning. This is the Tour of Pendle Premiere Series road race, one of the UK's top pro-am races (not me riding!). The wheels performed faultlessly and after the race I fully inspected them and they were in exactly the same condition as they left the truing stand a couple of days earlier and I expect them to stay that way. Rider told to put a few thousand miles on them and try and break them!
Built using the exact method outlined in the book on my wooden truing stand (details for making the stand provided in the book).
This is an outstanding book, I have to say, & a real bargain at under a tenner. Congratulations & thank you for managing to produce such a model of clarity on a subject which other sources manage to fuddle and confuse.
I have now produced a wheel in a quite short space of time which is pretty much perfectly true and has remained so for a couple of hundred miles at least, over pot-holed roads and with no further attention. Before reading your book I could hardly believe that I could build such a thing; after reading your book I could hardly believe that I could not.
Just as importantly, there will be no more visits to the LBS to re-
true my wheels with all the delays & expense that that involves. The
fact that this has been a fairly regular occurence no leads me to doubt
their wheelbuilding skills ... I had always assumed before reading your
book that re-truing was a necessary evil; I no longer believe so -
barring accident damage I now expect a wheel to remain true until the
rim wears out.
Customer wheels built by me (Roger Musson)
Some wheels I rebuilt for Nathan. The previous builder made many mistakes resulting in poor wheels.
I was just saying to my wife last night that I wanted to send you a note of thanks and mention how pleased I am with the wheelset. Apparently, so she says, I talk about them every time I get off the bike.
They have taken some pretty serious abuse and are still running perfectly true without so much as a slightly loose nipple. Fantastic! Lifting them out of the box I could see & feel the passion put into the build.
I noticed an immediate difference as soon as I stuck them on. They are just simply brilliant, they ooze stiffness and have transformed the feel of the bike making it far more responsive and predictable especially on gnarly cornering manoeuvres and the acceleration is much faster with no power transfer loss. On all accounts they are fabulous. Thanks.
I'm off to compete in the Transalp Challenge on the 14th July. 8 days
covering 600km & climbing over 21,000 meters. Of course this means 21,000m
of decents too and I have every confidence that these wheels will see me
safely over the rough stuff (they did, see photo).
As a long time cyclist, I built my first wheel at the age of 14 by copying the lacing pattern of a similar wheel and over the subsequent 38 years (by applying the tricks and corrections I learnt in subsequent builds) I have arrived at a passable technique for building wheels. I am very pleased to be an owner of this book as it has polished up my technique and I've learnt so much more.
I purchased your wheelbuilding book about 6 months ago and have since been building wheels for myself and a bunch of friends. The purchase more than paid for itself. I am now a "guru" to my riding crew. The only downside is that I am now constantly busy with wheels!
Mason VA, USA
I'm really impressed that you're contacting previous customers and encouraging them to get the latest version of the book. It's great customer service!
I've used the knowledge in your book to great effect, and was particularly proud of having built a back wheel for which the very first test was a downhill run in Les Arcs... It survived intact, and a couple of years later it is still going strong without having needed any retruing. I couldn't have done that without your excellent book!
I finished building my first wheelset in August, following your instructions, and have been riding them since. They are by far the stiffest and best performing wheels I've ridden in my 16 years of mountain bike riding/racing. Your instruction made it possible, easy, and fun. It was also invaluable in teaching me about the dynamics of a wheel.
I used your templates to build a wooden truing stand and dishing gauge,
and used oil only on the rim eyelets and spoke threads. I followed all
instructions and used all the tools you recommend. It was a wonderful
and rewarding project, and I'm looking forward to building up wheels for
my other bikes this winter.
Customer wheels built by me (Roger Musson)I thought it was time to give some feedback on the wheels you built for me in February 2008 to put on the website.
After doing lots of research I decided on getting a pair of Stans ZTR Flow rims laced to my Hope Pro 2 hubs for this years Mega Avalanche and French Enduro Series. All I needed now was a good wheel builder! Having got at set of 'handbuilt wheels' from a top rated bike shop that lasted about a month before the spokes worked loose (and this was on cross country type terrain-not the French Alps!) I needed confidence in the guy with the spoke key. As an ex pro racer I called on friends for recommendations and the Wheelpro name came up. After a chat the wheels were ordered and arrived quickly. Unfortunately my frame didn't and eventually came after the race season was over. So I used them on my old bike for 4 months and they are now finally on my new one (check my blog below). All I can say is fantastic and thanks. Having done many Dh runs and jumps they are still straight and the spokes tight; having not been touched.
Thanks again and I would recommend Wheelpro to anyone who seriously wants quality wheels built.Regards Ian
My son is a 16 years old MTB fanatic. I bought him a bike, but soon the mechanical problems appeared. One of them were the wheels. So I bought your book and started to lace two new rims. By following the step by step explanation I built the wheels for his bike. Iíve spent some time on it but was very happy with the result. After two weeks of competition, I checked the wheels and everything was .. still ok. By now, building a wheel is becoming a hobby, and as you mention in the book, Iím looking at them a different way. I still have a lot to learn, but nevertheless would like to thank you for this very comprehensive book on wheel building. It certainly is a must for everybody who has the slightest interest in building one.
Customer wheels built by me (Roger Musson)
Trials rider Alex got in touch describing the wheels I built for him 6 years ago.
the last set of wheels you built for me have lasted through 3 frames and at least one replacement of every other component of the bike and are still going strong.
Really thanks for making the upgrade available. The first copy has kept me rolling for a few thousand trouble free miles. This book is a service to anyone who wants understand and build wheels. Thanks for shedding light onto the mysteries of the bicycle wheel. It is a constant source of pride and confidence to ride on wheels that I built myself. Thank you for giving that to me.
...every builder who writes a book has a slightly different approach to explaining the process and yours was refreshingly clear and concise aided by exceptionally clear diagrams. The plan for building a wooden truing stand was worth the price of the e-book on its own. My first attempt in MDF was a revelation, proving that a stand does not have to be cast iron or channel steel. I liked it so well that I've already built a second version in well seasoned Australian jarrah.
Peter QLD Australia
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