I know there are a couple threads on the 3.4's.. but my issue is different.. so of course I believe it requires it's own thread!
Anyway, I have the following quotes:
From C-4 industries: Enve 3.4 SS clincher wheelset, their 190/200 hubs (which retail for $520); and Sapim Ray spokes: $2195
From Fairwheel (whom I trust way more than C-4, but that isn't the point of this post): Enve 3.4SS clincher, Chris King R45 hubs, Sapim Ray Spokes: $2640.
That's a $445 difference. Is C-4 basically giving their hubs away? Are they just giving better deals on Enve rims? (Fairwheel charges the going rate of $975 each for the 3.4 clincher).
Anyway, I already said that I trust Fairwheel more over C-4... but $450 seems like quite a bit given that the hubs probably only have a $50 difference in retail price.
There are also some pretty terrible reviews on C-4 hubs; but in almost every case, C-4 has replaced/repaired the hubs for free.. so customer service at least is spot on.
One way to look at it is that C-4 by the sounds of it are essentially clipping the ticket twice on the hubs (as they are both distributor and retailer). And Fairwheel are having to buy in the Chris King hubs which are expensive wholesale (in NZ anyway), and then still make some money on the hubs. And possibly using their reputation to charge more for the labor component.
Hope this helps to clear things up abit, from how I see it anyway.