Questions tagged [spokes]

Refers to the thin rods connecting the wheel rim to the hub.

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How to avoid damaging spoke nipples when wheel building

I have just successfully built two wheels. The final step of the process was perfecting the true and the dish. I used a spoke key for this, and this resulted in unwanted scuffing and nicks on the (...
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Rear axle keeps developing play, is it fixable or time for a new wheel?

26-inch mountain bike wheel with Shimano loose ball hub and freewheel. The old axle kept developing play. I installed a complete new one and new bearings and problem persists. Cones are properly ...
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Importance of spoke count for touring?

I bought a used bike which has 24 front spoke and 28 rear spoke. I'd like to use this bike to go Tour divide. Do I need more spokes on front? I'd like to setup a dynamo system, I see there are not ...
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Freeing stiff nipples?

I've got a nice used rear wheel that's slightly out of true. Simple fix is true it up. But the nipples are stuck to the spokes and won't turn freely. I managed to get one spoke to do two full twists ...
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Loose spokes after truing a wheel

I badly bent my rim going down a huge hill and bouncing all over the trail. I've managed to get the wheel much more true to the point where the wheel is ridable. However, due to the extent of the bend,...
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Problems with spoke threads, and stressing the wheel

I was building up a rear wheel with brand new spokes and nipples. I used linseed oil on the threads so that when it dries it hardens. When I stress the wheel/spokes the threads slip, causing the spoke ...
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What should I do about a tensioned/trued wheel that lost significant spoke tension after first use?

My front and rear wheels needed truing, so I picked up tools to do it. Rims are DT Swiss R460: 20 spokes front, 24 back. Max spoke tension is 1200N. I got my front wheel to a left-side tension range ...
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Cause of broken spokes (pictures included)

I never had this problem before. Two spokes on the drive side of my road bike's rear wheel broke at the J bend, and I'm trying to identify the cause. The wheel has 32 spokes total, made of steel, ...
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How to determine which size spoke wrench I should buy?

I was advised to use a dedicated spoke wrench (not multitool) when possible, so I am looking to order one online. How can I determine which size I need before ordering it? I do have a multitool with ...
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How to measure spoke length on the wheel?

How do I measure the spoke length for my mountain bike without taking one off the wheel. I know some length are very similar and in the past I have bought the wrong length.
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28-spoke wheel lost tension, what now?

I bought a nice e-bike. Unfortunately, it has only 28 spokes front and rear. The spokes seem to be 2mm straight gauge. The double wall aluminum rims do not have double eyelets / sockets. The hubs are ...
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Bent spokes after lacing

It's the first time I build a wheel (3 cross) and I would like to use these components: DT Swiss H522 29" rim 36H DT Swiss Hybrid 350 Hub 36H DT Swiss Champion 2.0/1.8 J spokes When I insert ...
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Broke Spokes backwheel e bike [duplicate]

Four spokes on backwheel of Riverside 500 ebike just snapped when I was going uphill. Anyone else had this problem or know why it could have happened?
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Front disc brake rattling noise

I recently purchased a brand new Scott Genius 950 at a local bike store. After bedding in the brakes, I noticed a rattling noise while riding coming from the front disc brake. I brought it back to ...
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Spokes are too long for wheel build. What did I do wrong?

Tonight, I began the process of building a new wheel. I purchased an Industry Nine Hydra Hub (MTN - 32 hole - Classic Rear Hub - ISO 6 Bolt - 12x148 HG) Here are the calculations posted on their ...
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Wheel spokes complete with spoke-shoe burst through rim

Help. All we need is a bike with two wheels that work as they should. I've never come across this issue with a bike... ever! Because I cant get any answers from the maker Scott Bikes or the supplier (...
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Correct spoke tension for DT Swiss EX 471 26" 32h rim paired with Wheelsmith DB 14 spokes

I am currently in the process of building a wheel, and I'm super confused on how to determine the correct spoke tension. I bought the Park Tool TM-1 to correctly gauge the tension. DT Swiss doesn't ...
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Correct spoke for '82 Nishiki Sport

I have a 1982 Nishiki Sport steel frame road bike. I broke a spoke on the rear wheel. I would love some specific recommendations for the correct spoke to replace it with. 27" x 1 1/4" wheel, 32 ...
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Recovery from a cycling mishap

I took my bike for the first ride of the season yesterday and unfortunately it was pretty short. As I was cycling through the rear gears I hear a plinking sound and then a large clunk. I stopped ...
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Is it common for the left side spokes of a front disc wheel to have more tension than the right side spokes?

Wiping my bike down after a wet ride, I noticed that the left side spokes on my front wheel are tighter than the right side. I don't have a tensionometer but squeezing pairs on each side and plucking ...
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Is there a benefit of lacing trailer wheel spokes radially instead of crossed?

Reading a review of a bike trailer one of the commentators noted that the wheels were laced radially: It is a 16" wheel. Does this configuration have some advantage making it a good choice? I always ...
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Advice on correct spoke replacement

I need a replacement spoke for a Shimano WH-MT500 29er QR. Shimano dealer manual does not mention the spoke length. I've figued out its a 13G, double butted spoke but unsure about the length. I've ...
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Why are rear wheels dished?

I know it's because of the space taken up by the rear cassette. But why not just make the hub narrower, and not make it asymmetrical? Sure, the drive-side hub flange must be moved inboard to make room ...
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Why would non-drive side leading spokes break?

I've built about half a dozen wheels for my commuter bikes and never had any problems, but the last rear wheel broke some spokes. Everything on the wheel was brand new, 32 spokes, had only done about ...
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Wheel Building - Should key spoke be inside or outside flange?

I’m working on my first wheel build and reading a lot of articles about spoke patterns. Some articles say the key spoke (drive-side, to the right of the valve) should be on the outside of the flange, ...
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I have a 2nd broken spoke after 300km on a new bike, is it the wheel or me?

I am new to riding. I rode as a kid but stopped for many years. My Physio recommended riding after a leg injury while running, so I went down to the local bike shop and brought a new bike. I am now ...
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DT Swiss Revolution spokes for touring?

I’m building a set of bikes for my wife and I. Both are Surly Bridge Club frames, and we’ll initially be running WTB KOM Tough i40 rims with 2.8in Schwalbe tires. I purchased some DT Swiss ...
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148-to-141 conversion effect on spoke length?

I'm building a set of wheels using: WTB KOM Light i40 rims - 27.5" Hope Pro 4 Hubs - 100mm front / 148mm rear However, I have converted the rear hub to a 141mm using Hope's QR conversion kit. Does ...
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Purpose of 'bore' on spoke nipples - why are spoke nipples not threaded through their entire length?

I noticed that (most) spoke nipples have a thread which does not run through the entire length of the nipple. As can be seen in the image below some of the length of the nipple has no threads (and is ...
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I am always having a broken spoke once in every 500Km

I have a Giant Escape hybrid bike, which I bought as a secondhand bicycle. After I had bought it, once in every 500km, according to Strava records, I am always having a broken spoke in rear wheel. ...
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Why forward-facing spokes should be “heads in”, except on the drive side of the rear wheel?

Shimano service instructions for hubs show that out of the four sides, three should be "forward-facing spokes are heads-in", and one, the drive side on the rear wheel, the other way around: What is ...
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Spoke wrench conversion master guide

I have a universal spoke wrench. It used to work on any spokes I've owned, until now. I have a bike with 2mm spokes. The nipples are between a 13 and 14 on the universal spoke wrench's sizes. I have ...
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Will a front wheel with 24 spokes be strong enough for a total load of ~100kg?

I want to build a wheelset for my Adventure/Gravel Bike based on the DT Swiss GR 531. I want to use my SON Delux Dynamo Hub. Since it is for 24 Spokes I am thinking of mount the rear wheel with 28 ...
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Average lifetime for 26inch spokes

I've been riding my bike for about a year and a half now and the back spokes are starting to snap, 2 now. I want to know when was this bike bought from the original owner since the spokes are stock ...
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What are the spokes of the Kona Rove ST [duplicate]

I have a Kona Rove ST 2019. The specs only say "Spokes: Stainless Black 14g". How do I know the precise reference so I can buy some spare ones online?
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32H 2x rear wheel for velodrome - is it ok?

I'm building new wheelset for my track bike which I am going to use on velodrome only. I have H+SON SL42 rims and Miche Primato hubs, 32H. I've ordered some cheep spokes and suddenly realized that I ...
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Can I attach a 40 spoke hub to a 36 spoke rim?

I just discovered a crack in the back rim of my mother's bike and I'd like to replace it. The trouble is that the hub is 40 spoke and I cannot find a 40 hole rim that would fit the bike and would be ...
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Does anyone make a clamping spoke wrench?

I'd like to find some sort of "spoke wrench" which actually clamps onto the nipple (not the spoke proper), so that nipples that are slightly rounded-over (or, like aluminum ones, have a propensity to ...
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Bladed spokes on drive side, regular on other side

Yesterday, I checked out a Cannondale Synapse with Mavic Aksium wheels. One strange detail caught my eye - the rear wheel had bladed spokes on the drive side, and regular, cylindrical spokes on the ...
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Bent spoke design wheels — feasible?

The restaurant I ate at had these wheels with decorative bent spokes. Understanding that this wheel is decorative and wouldn’t work, could any wheel with bent spokes work? For this question, I’d ...
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Replacing multiple spokes (9/36): more like replacing spokes or rebuilding a wheel?

I've never built a wheel and while I'd like to learn one day I'm not going to learn on this one. On Saturday my rear wheel ate my derailleur (and bent the steel hanger in the process)*. No spokes ...
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Can I use a spoke tension meter to fix my uneven pre-tensioning prior to truing?

I've managed to lace up the wheel I’m building, however I think I've managed to unevenly tension the non drive side as a few spokes aren't as tight as others. If I get a tension meter, I can go ...
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Which spokes go on the non drive side and which go drive side?

I just wanted to make sure I understood the guy at the shop. The spoke calculator gives you left side and right side spokes lengths Left side go on the non drive side i.e. the side where the rotor ...
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Is new Hozan spoke thread roller better than old one [closed]

I have tried to use the old Hozan spoke thread roller (model 700), and have been deeply disappointed. I tried to follow instructions provided but all spokes it produced were either with too shallow ...
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Loose spokes after only a few rides

I have recently joined the cycling world after committing to losing weight. I am a heavy rider at about 28st (390 lbs) and have after some advice gone for a GT Avalanche. I have had the bike less than ...
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Spoke max tension

When replacing spokes on the rear wheel of my road bike using a tension meter what should the max tension be? I had a spoke snap whilst riding a couple of days ago and it became lodged in the cassette ...
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Best way to strengthen a wheel?

I'm a relatively heavy chap - 95kg or so. (15 stone, 210 pounds) I've got a commuter bike which uses a NuVinci N360 hub. The hub itself is quite heavy at 2.5kg and I suspect contributes to what is ...
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Spoke Length Help - First Wheel Build

I bought a pair of Ryde Andra 30 28" Rim(ERD=598mm) and Hope RS4 Road Bicycle Hubs(Rear/Front Specs, Front-Type(100mm), Rear-Type(130mm)). I then used the prowheelbuilder spoke length calculator with ...
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Ordering correct spoke nipple size

I've got some spoke nipples on a rear wheel which are stripped, and I'd like to replace them. I've measured the thickness of the spokes and they have a diameter of 2mm, which correspond to 14-gauge ...
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Back wheel spokes keep breaking

Bike was new around a year old. 8 of the back spokes broke and it went out of true. I had those repaired with a slightly stronger but spoke but now 2 more have broken including one of the thicker ones ...