I've done factory wheels and built my own wheels in the past, which has lead to a preference for a good quality, hand built set of wheels on each of my bikes. This time, I was looking to do something unique, and possibly custom, for my road bike.
After a fair bit of searching, comparing and general navel gazing trying to figure out what I'd build, I found that ProWheelBuilder.com (PWB) would give me the best bang for the buck on the parts I had decided on. I ended up having PWB assemble the wheels too...it was a free service with the parts purchase and the incremental cost for duties (wheelsets vs. parts have different duty rates when bringing them into Canada) more than makes up for my time in assembling them myself.
My going more custom than just selecting the parts threw a bit of a wrench in the system, but the gang at PWB made sure things got sorted out in short order. My custom colored, custom engraved Onyx hubs with a leading / trailing pattern of colored spokes were well built into my selected rims. Obvious quality and attention to detail were evident from the packaging of the rims for shipment to the wheels themselves. Straight and true hand built wheels done using the parts I wanted and in the way I wanted them put together...who could ask for more?
Whether for parts or complete wheels, I recommend PWB.
May 26, 2017
I purchased a set of Reynolds DV46C's with a PowerTap wireless 2.4 in March of 08. It's now 11/1/08 and the wheels are still running perfectly true after 6,000+ miles...no issues. My riding partner has the same wheels with the same miles and no issue with his either. If you want a bombproof FAST carbon wheelset that can be used daily, this is a great choice. The PowerTap has worked perfectly as well. I will definitely purchase any future wheels from Pro Wheel Builder. Richard was very helpful and provided great service.