With the proliferation of digital commerce many people are opting for factory built wheels, many of which ride quite harshly.
Custom hand-built wheels are perceived to be expensive and too technical for the general weekend rider leaving it as an option for the elite rider.
In addition finding a LBS that can hand-build custom wheels is increasingly becoming a rarity, making this skill a distinguishing feature of a specialist bike shop.
Owning a set of “old-school” custom wheels is satisfying in a way that ordering a pair of wheels online can never be. Ideally you should know the person who built them.
So come and visit BMC with a cup of coffee for yourself and either Kevin or Jared and discuss what it is you want out of a wheel set. Comfort, reliability, strength, style, budget you name it.
You wont regret it, hand-built wheels are made to be maintained, not replaced even after years of abuse.
You can tip them with some brownies when you realize that you’ve just bought the best custom wheels EVER!
Not sure if this applies to the bikes sold in South Africa but according to the South African Giant website the exact same model is on sale here now. www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ZA/bikes/model/anthem.x.1.29.er/8331/46804/
For those of you who have already purchased this model or are planning on doing so, keep a keen look out for these cracks.
USA – 14 November, 2010
“Giant Bicycles, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the voluntary recall of its 2011 Anthem 29ers.
According to a release issued Saturday by the CPSC, the frame on the Anthem poses a risk of cracking at the juncture of the seat tube and top tube.
The CSPC notes that no injuries have been reported.
Consumers are advised to stop using the bikes until contacting an authorized Giant dealer.”