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rebuild shimano wheel

I've dented the rim on my Shimano WH-RS-10 rear wheel. I found the tech doc pdf. I've had wheels rebuilt before but always with rims that were available to consumers. I can't find any place that sells ...
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Is it OK for a child's bike to have a radially-laced rear wheel?

I was looking at the Early Rirder Belter 16" child's bike and noticed that the rear wheel has radial spokes on both sides. In wheels built for adult bikes this is considered bad practice. From ...
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Wheel builder London?

Bought a new bike and rode it for a week. Unfortunately the spokes loosend until it was unrideable. No idea how this came about but it looks like I need someone to rebuilt the wheel. Does anyone know ...
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Is the 'shark wheel' a good idea for a bicycle?

I recently found a product that is a redesign of the common wheel. It's branded as the 'shark wheel'. It's basically a wheel where the rim is circular but bends like a sine wave. Simple idea but ...
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Can you change the rear hub on a tubular cyclo cross wheelset with out riping the tubular tyre off?

I recently bought sram cx1 for my cyclocross bike and was hoping it to put it on tonight. I didn't do enough research before purchasing the product to realise that 11 speed cassettes will not fit ...
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9x4 spoke pattern

I am shopping around for a high end commuting bike. Several reputable manufacturers, including Batavus and Trek are using rims with 9x4 spoke hole pattern. Here are a couple examples: ...
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Wheel going badly out of true on final tightening

On two occasions (same wheel, loosened everything off and re-did the whole thing after the first time) as I've applied a final half turn to tighten the spokes round the wheel it's gone from being ...
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Trailer Lighting Using a Dynamo Hub [closed]

I have a B.o.B. Yak trailer which uses a ISO 305 mm BSD rim. I'd like to build up a wheel for the trailer using a dynamo hub (perhaps a Sanyo H27) so that I could have lights on the trailer. I know I ...
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Spokes both too long and too short on same side of wheel

I'm attempting my second wheel build. My first build went pretty smoothly, but this time I've messed something up badly. I calculated that both drive and non drive side could take 300mm spokes ( ...
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What should I use, VeloPlugs, Rim Tape, or Rubber Rim Strips in new wheels?

I'm building two new sets of mountain bike 26" wheels, and I'm wondering what to go with. Both are double walled rims, so in addition to the standard rim tape and strips, I can use a product like ...
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Are carbon hubs a good idea?

I'm beginning to see manufactures making carbon hubs and am wondering if they have the potential to perform better than conventional metal hubs or if they are just a way to save a couple of grams of ...
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How to build a wheel

I'm in the planning stage of building a new bike. This will be a light road bike for city runs and transport. For racing I have other bikes. I'd like to build the bike from ground up by assembling ...
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How long should it take to rebuild a wheel?

I'm planning to replace the hub on my front wheel, from a QR to a 20mm. How much labor, skill, equipment, etc. does that need, and how much time should I expect a pro to charge for, to do the ...
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How much is too much - spokes protruding into the rim

I just received a pair of wheels that I ordered online. They are a replacement for a 1940'es vintage bike that now only takes "wulst"-type tires, which are only available in very poor quality at very ...
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What size nipple should I use for granny bike rim?

I am going to build my first wheel using the Ryde V38 rim (Westwood type). The shop where I ordered the rim, says it has 5.5 mm spoke holes. The nipples that come with the regular 2.34 mm (13 g) ...
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Converting from 7-speed to 10-speed rear wheel

My Bridgestone MB-5 currently has a 7-speed rear wheel. I'd like to convert it to a 10-speed. Is this possible? Is it practical?
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Wheel building - ever encountered nipples that are screwdriver-only?

I bought "powder coated" nipples for a new build to match a frame. It's for a SOMA Wolverine and the wheels were to be black spoke & rim with orange nipples - all the other non-orange parts are ...
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Rounding spoke length calculator results

The spoke calculator gave me the following results left 292.34 and right 290.98. I am going to buy DT Swiss Competition spokes which are sold by 2mm increments from here. So which spoke length is ...
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lacing Alfine wheel, trailing spokes inside or outside hub flange

I am about to lace an Alvine hub wheel. Reading Sheldon Browns article there is a suggestion that the trailing, and so key, spokes might be better laced the opposite of what would be done for a ...
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Do Carbon Wheels Stay True Longer Than Aluminum Wheels?

Does a race quality carbon wheel set stay true longer than an aluminum one (with equal abuse/mileage) ? It seems like the properties of carbon would resist flat spots and warping better than ...
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Repairing a damaged cone nut

So I've got a nice hybrid bike that I picked up secondhand, was doing some maintenance on it to get it up and running and thought I'd replace the bearings in the rear axle. In doing this, I've found ...
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How to remove spoke twist

I just built my first wheel following the excellent ebook from Roger Musson. The build turned out great, but as hard as I tried, I couldn't master the technique to eliminate the spoke twist. I've ...
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Wheel size for heavier rider, larger vs smaller

I am a heavier rider, whilst still reducing, I am over 120kg or 260lb. I have broken many spokes on the rear of my 26er sub-$500 mountain bike. Broken at the elbow. There could be many factors for ...
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Is it really necessary to physically cross (interlace) the spokes on traditional wheel lacing?

Recently I had to replace a hub on the front wheel of my workhorse bike. That meant unlace it and lace it again. Since the hubs were identical, I used the same old spokes, same not-so-old rim and same ...
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What are the pros and cons of Double Butted vs Straight Spokes when building a wheel?

Straight spokes will have the same diameter through the whole length, double butted spoked are thinner in the middle than at the ends. Here's my current understanding of the benefits of each: Double ...
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Do I need to use thread locker or spoke prep when building wheels if spokes come pre-treated?

I purchased a dynamo hub, rim, and spokes for a wheel build. Unknown to me at the time of purchase, I discovered that the spokes all have blue thread locker compound pre-applied to the threads. The ...
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How long between spoke adjustments on a mountain bike?

I have a mountain bike that's now about 18 months old. At the 12 month mark I took it for its first annual service. Since then there's been a problem with the front wheel coming out of alignment. ...
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Rebuilding Easton Haven Carbon Wheels

Had a rough off and many spokes in front and rear wheel are broken or badly damaged, so I'm just going to do a full spoke replacement. Does anyone either have a set of Easton Haven Carbon 26" that ...
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Shimano Claris FH-2400 Rear Hub Dimensions

I would like to purchase this hub, rim and suitable spokes, but I am not able to find dimensions of this hub necessary to calculate spoke size. I have checked usual places where such information can ...
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Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?

My first wheelset build here. I am following Sheldon and this guy. They both stress very much to tighten the nipples to an equal length, for example just as the spoke threads stop showing, and the ...
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Why offset the rear rim to the hub and not the hub in the frame?

I'm currently reading The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt, and I'm reading all of the issues with offsetting the rear rim toward the drive side of the hub... Asymmetry in a rear wheel built for a ...
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Truing an 'out of round' wheel

I am building my first wheelset. The front wheel went without a hitch - nice and true both radially and laterally. However, the rear wheel has a pronounced (5mm) bulge over about 1/4 of it. The ...
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What tolerances should I use for spoke tension when building a wheel

I am replacing the rim on my rear wheel with a new one. I've brought up the tension on the spokes close to the final tension by truing / increasing tension / truing / increasing tension. I've got ...
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When turning a corner my rear wheel touches the brake pad, is this normal?

I replaced my brake pads about a week ago and today I noticed that, when turning (or generally under lateral force), the rim touches one of the brake pads (depending on which way I'm turning. I ...
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Can I mount a wheel with a narrow hub to a wide frame?

Suppose I have a 120mm hub with a long axle, that I want to mount in a frame with 130mm dropouts. In principle, it seems to me that this should be fine, but I want to confirm this. One immediate issue ...
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Spoke Tension Guidelines

Generally what should the tension be for spokes in wheels built up from scratch? For the front wheel? Should the tension be different for drive-side/non-drive-side spokes in the rear? Should tension ...
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How do you install a hub dynamo?

I want to buy a Shimano hub dynamo, but I'm encountering problems getting a bike shop to commit to installing it for me if I buy it. So I have a couple questions that I'm hoping some of you guys might ...
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Are shimano FH-2200 hubs strong enough to use in a tubular wheel for CX racing?

I have a pair of Shimano FH-2200 front and rear hubs lying around which I no longer use and I would like to save money by using them for a wheel build but am unsure whether they would be up to the ...
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Is it possible to mount a disk brake hub to a rim-brake rim?

Suppose I have a disk-compatible hub and frame, but want build a wheel based around a very specific touring rim, which is labelled as being for rim brakes. My understanding is that you cannot attach ...
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Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?

Background information A bit of background information (I'll try keep it brief): Last year I bought an old but unused bike, 5 speeds with internal gearing. Apparently the shop bought a lot of bikes ...
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Getting the hub logo facing the valve hole?

I have built a number of wheelsets and always struggle to get the hub logotype "upwards" and faces the valve hole in my rim, so that it aligns with the tire logo. Instead of getting it right the ...
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What is a nipple driver and would I use one to replace a broken spoke?

I have not yet built a wheel (or even replaced a broken spoke), so it's not quite clear to me what a nipple driver is. I also didn't find any reference on Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page. What is ...
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Aero spokes strength on a family bicycle

I am building a new wheel for my family bike: there will be a kid seat on the back rack over the wheel. I picked up some cheap double butted flat aero spokes (not elliptical but flat). From reading ...
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Is it safe to re-use old spokes when re-lacing?

Due to hub replacement, I'm rebuilding a wheel. Are spokes used for a 32h tri-cross laced rear disc hub re-usable for a second building or is it worth the extra $20-30 for new ones?
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How effective is checking spoke tension by ear?

Sheldon Brown's Wheelbuilding page links to the article: Check Spoke Tension by Ear. Obviously a tensiometer would be ideal, but Sheldon suggests that checking spoke tension by ear is a reasonable ...
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Which spokes to get, Wheelsmith or DT Swiss Spokes?

I'm building two sets of 26" wheels, one pair of 32h triple cross with Bullseye hubs with machined sidewalls for rim brakes, and another pair of 24h double cross with Alex A-Class hubs with Sun rims ...
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Are velocity A23 rims suitable for building a wheelset for a 29er Mountain bike?

I'm was looking to build a new wheelset that I can use on my rigid Karate Monkey 29er using either cyclocross or Trekking tires for gravel / dirt road riding and 29er tires for singletrack (mostly ...
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Can I run a wheel with a 130mm hub on a mountain bike with 135mm spacing?

I'd like to build a wheelset that would work on my cross bike or my 29er, assuming I had disc brakes on the 29er and rim brakes on the cross bike, is there any way I could use a 130mm hub (that fits ...
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Do I need a separate dishing tool for building wheels with park tool TS-2.2 truing stand?

I'm trying to get started with some wheelbuilding. I've got a Park Tool TS-2.2 truing stand. Can I just rely on the calipers to provide a guide for centering the rim and dishing rear wheels or will I ...
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How to avoid turning the spokes while tuning the wheel

When I tried to practice tuning my wheels, I found my spokes turn with the nipples. I tried to drop some lubricant on on the nipples, but I had the bike for two years now and there are a lot of dust ...