Zen Cyclery wrote:
An agressive rider, or a "capable" builder? I beat the crap out of my builds (both MTB and road) and I rarely ever replace my rims, and I weigh 220 lbs. If mechanics are replacing their rims that much, they aren't selecting parts or building properly (or both).
Both. The shop I work in has a 2x DH national champion, a few guys who have ridden redbull rampage finals etc. The typical rim that is used is a Ringle MTX33, which is pretty much the reference point for all other DH rims. Most xc guys will run rims that are effectively consumable - podium mmx/alpines - the rebuilds are not a result of poor construction but a deliberately underbuilt wheel.
How come no one has mentioned freewheel trouble's yet ?
You can service them with $1 worth of oil and 5 mins worth of time. If the bushing craps itself (generally about 15,000km lifespan) you can get aftermarket bearings which ad a little weight but only cost ~$40.
My guess is that it would take a machine about ten minutes to piece a Ksyrium together.
I am under the impression that Ksyrium Elite and higher wheels are hand built and tensioned in France. Not 100% sure but I think velonews or someone did a factory tour a few years ago.
The fact that you don't think wheel building is an art simply shows your obvious lack of experience.
I have built or repaired probably around 2-3,000 wheels in the last ~8 years.
But after 6 years of building wheels full time I still take 3 hrs to build a wheel.
I honestly hope that this is a joke. From spoke calc. to a finished wheel should take half that at the absolute most! We charge 1 hour of labour for a standard wheel, 90mins for a mavic UST rim. I hope you're getting paid by the hour!