I'm working on building a couple of wheels for a road/commuter bike. This is my first wheel building endeavor. I have:

  • 2 H Plus Son 700c, 36 hole wheels
  • A Nuvinci n360, 2012 model
  • A set of TRP Hylex Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I need:

  • A front disc hub
  • Spokes
  • Spoke nipples

Here are my questions:

  • What length of spokes will I need? Is there a spoke length calculator out there that actually works?
  • Any tips for me at I go through my first wheel build?


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I like the spoke length calculator, Edd. It has a database of hubs and rims which makes it quite straight forward to use. There are others, a search on "spoke length calculator" will find you lots to choose from.

As far as wheel building advice goes, I highly, highly recommend Jobst Brandt's book The Bicycle Wheel. I used it to build my first wheel many years ago. The method is clear and easy to follow and there is a wealth of information on wheels and how they work.

You may also find this answer on wheel building and this answer on spoke length calculation helpful.

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    In addition to this, take your time, and do not give up. Wheelbuilding takes time to do properly.
    – Criggie
    Oct 24, 2015 at 10:14
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    Yes! I tend to think of it as meditation – trying to focus on doing one fairly simple thing over and over with enough attention to get it right.
    – dlu
    Oct 24, 2015 at 16:14

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