I've got a pair of Campag Zonda wheels on my best bike and I've always really liked them. They're light, stiff, fast and look the mutt's nuts (IMO). A few hundred miles ago, when the wheels had done about 7.5K miles, the bearings on the back wheel started feeling rough so I took the bike into my LBS and they replaced the bearings (which cost me £60!)
Everything went smooth as you like again, but then a week or two later they started feeling rough again. Took it back in and they said it had worked loose so they tightened it (for nothing) and off I went. Now it's gone again, just a couple of hundred miles on, and the bloke in the shop (who is, it's fair to say, an inveterate Shimano-head) said, "Well yeah, that's cos it's Campo crap innit?" He reckons the design is flawed and it's nothing to do with anything he did (or didn't do).
It did get me thinking though. Am I being unreasonable hoping for more than 7.5k miles from such an expensive wheel before I start having problems? I've got mountain bike wheel that's barely needed a moment's attention in 15 years!
Does anyone have a view on whether the Zondas are poorly designed? Any similar experiences out there? Or am I just unlucky? Or perhaps I need to change my LBS...