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

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how to determine bmx rim and spoke sizes for wheel rebuild?

I have a 2016 Mongoose Brawler that I am fixing, among the things that need to be replaced, the rims are one of them. I have 16" tires, so what size rims will fit those tires? And then what ...
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Why did my bicycle have a spoke shatter and a tube rupture?

Some days and one and off, I had been having squeaking sound from the bicycle- couldn't pin down the location other than rear of the bike. Suddenly when crossing the road while at low gear, a spoke ...
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Is a spoke tensiometer useful for determining that a wheel is on its way to becoming out-of-true?

Question Is a spoke tensiometer useful for estimating the strength of a wheel and whether it needs preventative truing? One does not need a tool to determine that a wheel that is blatantly out-of-true ...
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Front wheel makes spoke noise when riding

I have a reasonably new front wheel (about 1 to 2 years old) on a "urban" bike, and it suddenly started to make a typical "spoke noise" when I ride (the typical "pang" ...
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Wheelbuilding a rim with offset holes - how to lace?

Disclaimer: this has been asked and nearly answered, but I'm still missing some detail. I have a symmetrical rim with offset spoke holes (Spank Spoon 32, 26", 32 holes, see pic) which I want to ...
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What can cause wheel spokes to snap in the middle?

While sitting outside with my bike next to me a spoke spontaneously snapped. What could have caused this? Even worse, after getting the spoke fixed and the wheel retrued at a bike shop, four more ...
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Pinging sound on new radial front wheel

I just installed a new Shimano WH-RS100 radially spoked rim-brake front wheel. It was purchased new, and the shop checked it for trueness. I think they made one or two small adjustments. After putting ...
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Safe to replace cross pattern spoked front rim brake wheel with radial-spoked?

I feel a bit silly asking this since I'm about 95% sure this is safe, but I just want to double check. I have a 2010 Specialized Tricross (carbon fork, cantilever rim brakes). The stock front wheel ...
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Spokes bow out from the hub flange

Wheel building using a SON Dynamo hub (28 12 disc), Wheelsmith DB14 spokes (stainless; J-bend), and Velocity Atlas rims (700c; 32 hole) with a two-cross lacing pattern. Disc brake, loaded touring. The ...
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Glue in nipple seat in brand new rim?

I've just laced up a new DT Swiss R470 rim and noticed that one of the nipples next to the rim joint isn't protruding as much from the rim as the others. I looked in from the outside and noticed that ...
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Can I use a 272mm spoke in place of a 275mm?

I'm currently building my first wheel and I've used prowheelbuilder.com to calculate what spokes I need to use, which is Left 275.8, Right 275.7 for the rear wheel, and Left and Right 275 for the ...
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How do i determine the length, diameter & if my road bicycle spokes are single or double butted spokes. Help so i can order correct size nipples

I have a Miyata "Three Ten - Red Head" model road bike, but both front and rear wheels are not the original wheels for the bike. There is no name, size or marking of any kind at all on ...
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What is the "nipple head height" of a DT Swiss Squorx nipple?

What is the nipple head height of a DT Swiss Squorx Nipple? I am building a wheel and to calculate the ERD, I must first figure out what the "nipple head height" is. The rim of choice is a ...
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Wheelbuilding spoke tension vs lateral truing

I am using rim that is not bent, i screw each spoke nipples at equal distance from point when spoke thread is covered by nipple until spokes are tense. i get perfectly laterally true wheel, however ...
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Spokes go further inside rim than others

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 ...
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2 cross pattern not going right on Front wheel build

I need to make 2 cross spoke pattern (because lack of proper length spokes) for front wheel, i am however having some problem - green spokes stick out trough the rim ~4-5mm longer than blue spokes. ...
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3 cross pattern what's the right way?

I have one wheel that has lacing pattern like #1 and other wheel is lacing pattern #2? What is the right way to make 3 cross lacing pattern? Blue spokes cross over green Green spokes cross over blue
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How to properly lace spokes in rim with offset holes

When i make 3-cross pattern in regular rim with aligned spoke holes i put first green spoke in first hole to the left of air valve (in order to have no cross around air valve) then moving counter ...
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Can spoke j-bend be too long for hub?

I have antique hub where i put new spokes and spoke j-bend appears to be too long (This picture spokes are only hand tightened)? Original spokes j-bend was shorter compared to new.
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Rebuilding wheel using 284mm instead of original 281mm spokes?

I bought a new rear hub, same exact size as old, original spokes were 281mm however spokes i bought by mistake are 284mm, can i still use them to rebuild? I have deep double walled rim with lots of ...
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How can I get my spoke dimensions without knowing the dimensions of the wheel?

I would like to change 4 of my spokes on my back wheel. The trouble is that I dont know the model of my bike nor do I know if that wheel is original, in order to look up the dimensions of the spokes. ...
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Spoke length allowance [duplicate]

I used an online spoke calculator for, uh, calculating the spoke lengths that I need. The results of the calculator are as follows: Front Left - 276.5mm Right - 277.8mm Rear Left - 275mm Right - ...
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What is the reference unit of the kgf reading on the Park spoke tension chart?

What is the reference unit of the kgf reading on the Park spoke tension chart? Is it kgf/cm?
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Slight Difference in Spoke Tension Between Inner and Outer Spokes on Straightpull Hubs?

I recently built up my first set of straightpull wheels, with I9 hubs and traditional DT Swiss Competition spokes. (Hubs were from a I9 Trail S Hydra wheelset and are very much like DTs.) Something I ...
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Wheel Build spoke length

I want to get a wheel built using the components below: https://www.ryde.nl/andra-40 https://bike.shimano.com/pt-PT/product/component/nexus-c3000-int7/SG-C3001-7D.html The 36 spokes version, 3 cross ...
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tensiometer and 2.16mm Ø spoke tension

I am trying to determine the proper spoke-tension target reading for a plain J-bend stainless spoke. It has a 2.16mm diameter per the little gauge that comes with the no-name tensiometer I've just ...
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15g / 1.8mm spokes compatibility

I usually use double butted 2mm spokes that are 1.8mm in the middle. In the past, though, I have used 1.8mm straight guage spokes when I was able to drill the holes in the hub flanges myself to a ...
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Tire not sitting properly after changing spokes

I've changed many a tire, but never seen this issue. It's not sat properly and is bumping against the fork (seems radially misaligned). Pretty sure the inner tube isn't pinched between tire and rim so ...
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Can I build a wheel with two different spoke types?

Is it possible to build a bicycle wheel using a different spoke type for each side of the wheel? I am having some issues sourcing spokes, but I have found one set of DT Swiss Competition and one set ...
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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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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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