The BDop kit would be a good value if you got undamaged first run parts - I know a little bit about this kit from firsthand experience.
I'll start from the beginning, I was looking for a wheel-set for my recently acquired road-bike. Having made my living as a mechanic, though not a bicycle mechanic, for the last 31 years I was totally open to putting together one from a kit.
BTW love to read about all the things that make cycling the most fun form of exercise that I’ve never known about until recently - appreciate all the articles and information sharing.
The kit arrives under-packaged for what's become the normal tough handling you just have to assume it will see, especially on this type of journey. Don't expect professionally designed packaging with a polystyrene or expanded foam buffer protecting your rims. They will be subject to whatever external forces are placed on them and if they're damaged, expect to encounter plausible deniability from the seller - I'll explain later.
My package was a bit beat-up so I was curious to see how everything survived. I photographed and carefully unpacked it. Straight away I noticed one rim had a gouge type scratch across the braking surface, the metal around the rim joints was a bit wobbly, grind marks are visible under the anodizing plus there are small bare areas were the anodizing process missed. The rims don't lay flat when laid upon each other plus a few millimeter difference in roundness.
There is a wide variance between the beveled spoke recesses in the hubs - this will cause some spoke heads to sit proud and low due to under and over-drilling. Also the front hub looks as if it was laced up before, there are indentations exactly where and similar to that made by tensioned spoke heads.
I read a review after I purchased these where the guy complains about the machining on these hubs. Well, that’s because they don’t use much machining. These aren’t made from billet, the flanges have seams and the spoke holes are punched, not drilled. These aren’t quality pieces I assure you. Fit and finish on this set is well below the three low-end wheelsets I have on hand - one is my original Alex rims with OEM brand Concept hubs, the other is on my son’s Bike’s Direct Motobecane with Vuelta XRP Pro’s (sold online for $150 a set) the third is an FSA set.
I told BDop I could live with the scratches but was interested in fixing the hubs, then it got a little weird because they made an issue out of the scratches. BDop said I must have done it when I opened the box. I showed them the photographs of the opened box so they could see how careful I was. Their response? You must have done it after the box was open then. How can they make this claim with such certainty? Because they package & store the wheels in a humid environment two weeks in advance of shipping and there would have been oxidation over the scratches if it was done before it was boxed!
I offered to pay a metallurgist to examine the rims to get an honest expert opinion. The response? Crickets.
About the hubs - no immediate offer to correct even after showing them the pictures, they said they have other hubs on the shelf that aren’t much better than mine. After emailing back and forth they made an offer to consider replacing them
if I were to pay for shipping and send them back. No guaranties even though they can clearly see from the pictures there are mfg irregularities with them.
This purchase turned out to be a very bad decision on my part on nearly every level, definitely not worth the hassle, there are far better options out there.