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    East Bay Wheel Builder

    I am looking to get a pair of wheels built up. I did a search and did not find anything of use. I have the hubs and rims, and am looking for a good place to go. A shop or an individual, doesn't matter as long as they are well built. The only shop I like in my area is the Hank & Frank in Lafayette. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    Robinson's Wheel Works in San Leandro has built a number of wheels for me over the years. Builds are always top notch and Chris is also very knowledgeable and a nice guy too. Only thing is they will not build anything with carbon rims. At least not when I asked a few months ago.

    If you've got carbon, I had my carbon wheelset built up at Endless Cycles in Castro Valley. Only about a half dozen rides into them but have been very solid so far.

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    +1 on Robinson's. They also support the BTCEB.
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    Would be happy to build your wheels, we use DT spokes in which we have a Phil Wood cutter to custom size, and build using tension meters. Let us know if you are interested. Thanks!
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    Two road wheelsets and one mountain for a Clydesdale.

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    Niel at Cycle Monkey, highly recommended.


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    East Bay Wheel Builder

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    Jim McFarland

    Two road wheelsets and one mountain for a Clydesdale.
    Second Jim. The only guy I trust to work on my bike and not feel like I need to double check it before riding. He is a no shortcut, do it correct mechanic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar View Post
    Niel at Cycle Monkey, highly recommended.

    Neil is a strong supporter of the BTCEB. He has built 3 sets of wheels for me, heads the El Cerrito high school team, built my son's racing bikes, and maintained all the bikes for my top racers.

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    I have a stan's crest and stan's arch ex built by Endless cycles in Castro Valley.... no issues whatsoever and been on them quite hard for 1+ year now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    +1 on Robinson's. They also support the BTCEB.
    Another vote for Robinsons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HrznRider View Post
    I have a stan's crest and stan's arch ex built by Endless cycles in Castro Valley.... no issues whatsoever and been on them quite hard for 1+ year now.
    There are quite a number of highly skilled and long experienced people at Endless. BTCEB is strong there: Bob has supported us for over 20 years in the Youth Mountain Bike Adventures Program. Karen does Fits and she is Director of Women's programs. Jeff has supported us forever. BTCEB members get a 10% discount.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions.
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    Has anyone had Devil Mountain in Walnut Creek do a build? I've got a wheel that'll need a full redo except the CK hub, fairly soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    There are quite a number of highly skilled and long experienced people at Endless. BTCEB is strong there: Bob has supported us for over 20 years in the Youth Mountain Bike Adventures Program. Karen does Fits and she is Director of Women's programs. Jeff has supported us forever. BTCEB members get a 10% discount.
    Yet ATBScott is your wheel builder at Endless. He's done two sets for me and they're both in great shape since day one. I can recommend him/Endless, and would trust Peletonnissen's work at Hank & Frank too if I were to go elsewhere.
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    Re: East Bay Wheel Builder

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    Has anyone had Devil Mountain in Walnut Creek do a build? I've got a wheel that'll need a full redo except the CK hub, fairly soon.
    A friend did and they have held up well after two years of abuse.

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    Wrench Science , Berkeley. My experience is this. Walked in with a set of Chris King hubs. They gave me fair pricing on WTB i23 rims (29er), and DT spokes. I put wheels on hard tail, and proceeded to flog them 5 runs in Downieville to break them in. After that punishment I rode them at Skyline Napa on a singlespeed that you have to keep your momentum up, as you pound into rocks and up and down rock ledges. Fast! Never came out of true. After this abuse both wheels still true! No wobbles. Had spokes looked at a month later, and all is still good a year later. Justin the builder loves silver spokes, I went with black. Wrench Science.com

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