Okay... for those that have been keeping abreast of this.. After central wheels screwed me over, and had the nerve to whine at me for not wanted them to do what I dont want done at a higher cost then originally quoted. I got my hubs back from them. Which was a sad state of affairs anyway took them 15+ minutes to figure out which ones where mine as there was no labels. So stay away from central wheels. Customer service = not existent to the point of not getting anything done! Disorganised = 100%,
I spent the next day or so on the phone/net and found no one would do the 17 to 18" conversion and was forced to go back to OEM specs. SanRemo never got back to me, although an Italian speaking friend did get a hold of them, but they would never answer his technical questions.
I called around and found that Talon engineering was the cheapest place to order a set of oem sized Excel rims and SS spokes. They did not have my preferred colour in stock and so it had to go out for anodizing. By Friday a week later, I had a big box with rims and spokes. The spokes were also labelled as to their position. Wonderful, that was one worry down.
Saturday morning I sat down to lace them up. Following directions I read off the net I completely screwed it up. Nothing fit anywhere.. it was going horribly wrong. I had to strip it out and start again. This time ignoring the directions and going by feel, it was slow but worked well, the 2nd rim was quick and even easier (so much for reading the directions huh?). By Saturday afternoon, I was enjoying a barbi and looking at my not very round but laced up wheels. Sunday I had lots to do and only spent an hour trueing them, but I did get the rear 90% done, and the first 45 min or so was trying to figure out how to do it. I reckon this will be a very slow process and take me a few hours each but I have saved a lot of money (over what Central wheels where going to charge me) and I have gotten Excel wheels in the colour I wanted.. so if I ever actually manage to get the wheels true then it will have all worked out in the end.. if not and I have to pay some one to professionally true the wheel it will still be okay!