As he promised, John Neugent has returned to the black-label component market six months after he shuttered Neuvation. Enter Neugent Cycling.
John's business this time is limited to wheels. He appears to be making what were his top alloy and carbon wheels, having jettisoned the builder spec versions. Pricing has stayed about the same as before -- in the range of $500 for a sub-1500gm alloy wheelset; $900 for a sub-1500gm carbon wheelset; with substantial savings if you are prepared to go tubular and a slight up-charge for a "big and tall men's" (my phrase) build. He is also offering a Powertap wheelset for approximately $1000 built and, keeping up with the current fad, is offering wheels built with disc hubs. ($549 for a set of 1420gm tubulars with disc hubs is a hugely competitive price point.)
I like the level of detail in John's description of the wheel-building process. The insider know-how and gossip has always been half the fun of following John's business. Shopping his web-site makes you feel like you are sitting on the counter in the shop chatting with the wheel-builder while he is putting the finishing touches on your new hoops.
At HBC we had good but not perfect success with Neuvation wheels. P__'s wheelset on the FC600 I bought her last fall have held up perfectly and both ride beautifully and look beautiful. My C50 carbon clinchers worked fine for a race wheel, although they needed occasional truing. They have now become eye candy on a wall-mount build. And the custom-made Powertap rear/White Indus. front with Hed Belgium rims I ordered from Neuvation have been great training wheels. Sam has had at least three pair of Neuvation wheels through his garage over the years.
Commenters on prior posts have been uniformly appreciative of the quality of Neuvation products.
My summary assessment is that for the price and weight Neuvation was the best deal in wheels with the very occasional exception of a true fire-sale on a top-end Mavic. Were I in the market I may shop around for a short while, but I would finish any search at Neugent Cycling.
A side note: Neuvation used to advertise all its wares at discounts -- it was one of those pricing strategies that suggested everything was constantly on fire-sale. Neugent Cycling is not (so far) doing that. I wonder if that had something to do with the abrupt close. Consumer protection regulators have sometimes seized on false discounting behavior as a basis for deceptive advertising claims, and California (where Neuvation was located) is known for aggressive consumer protection regulation. If so, that's too bad. Say what you will about pricing practices, nobody ever got taken advantage of buying from Neuvation.