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Used all 184mm spokes, nipples screwed in equally just to cover the spoke thread, wheel is almost true, however some spokes go inside rim further than others!

Already tried to tighten them its same story they do not tighten at equal lengths (equal number of turns some spokes not tighten at all while others turn all the way).

Used same spoke length as this wheel was built with before i taken it apart and i put new hub that is exactly the same as old one.

This rim is very bad design - it has sharp inner wall and nipple hole is about 4mm thick so nipple fixed at 90 degree angle from the rim.

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EDIT: I made it over and same issue, rim is trued and all spoke nipples are screwed just to cover the spoke thread.

Heads out spokes go inside rim too far.

I put all the heads out spokes first on both sides, then added heads in spokes on both sides.

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  • Assuming you’ve laced them correctly I think you just haven’t put enough tension on the spokes yet. I also think you might find out that your spokes are too long. – Michael May 8 at 7:02
  • I used same spoke length as this wheel was built with before i taken it apart and i put new hub that is exactly the same as old one. I tried to tighten the spokes however some hardly turn at all and others obviously turn almost all the way, this is not normal. – LilBro May 8 at 7:06
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    3rd picture, empty hole in hub. Is the hub drilled for more spokes than the rim? That would do it. – JoeK May 8 at 7:19
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    i removed one spoke to measure, its 36 hub and rim. – LilBro May 8 at 7:43
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    I think you're doing fine. Keep working at it. Wheelbuilding is like cooking... it can look quite unappetising until it is almost done. – Criggie May 8 at 8:30
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On every single wheel I have built (and I have built 6 of them), the wheel looks mis-laced before the spokes have been tightened to the final tension, even though it was correctly laced. You tighten the spokes to the final tension and it starts to look like a real bicycle wheel.

One possibility is that you're seeing just this effect. Tighten the spokes more. If you cannot tighten the spokes enough, you have too long spokes.

Edit: on second thoughts, there is actually a possible issue you may have caused during the lacing. When lacing the first set of 9 spokes, it doesn't matter which hole you choose. When lacing the second set of 9 spokes, the first spoke must go to the correct hole. If you push a spoke through the test hole, you see that all holes in the left flange are inbetween the holes of the right flange. You need to select the correct hole: if the first spoke in the second set goes to the right side of the first spoke in the first set at the rim, the spoke hole at the hub needs to be just barely on the right side too. Not choosing this hole properly could perhaps lead to an issue where the spokes are regularly too tight, too loose.

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  • Concur - OP's lacing pattern looks fine in the photos. I often use a small flatblade screwdriver to get the spokes all to the same position, where the tip of the spoke is about flush with the slot base. There are even special screwdrivers with this grind, to help all the spokes start at the same effective length. – Criggie May 8 at 8:26

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