Ready made versus custom made Ready-made wheelsets trade on convenience and fancy looks to dominate complete bike and aftermarket options, but that’s a shame. Most wheelsets offer middling performance and potential spares issues that encourage short, throwaway lifespans. Meanwhile a good local wheel builder can often select the rims, spokes, spoking pattern and hubs to build you a beautiful feeling wheel that’s perfect for your riding, at a killer price. Because they’re made by hand from readily available components they’re durable, easily serviceable and repairable. Ask around to discover who your local wheel wizard is and see what they can magic up for you.