Questions tagged [wheel-building]

Questions referring to the craft of assembling bicycle wheels.

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Trying to understand the impact of different tensions between inner and outer spokes

I am seeing variation between inner and outer spoke tensions on straight pull wheels (3x but no interlacing). The guidance given to me is to have even tension of all spokes on each side of the wheel, ...
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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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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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What are the benefits of hand built wheels over automated ones? [duplicate]

I just read this page http://www.jpracingbike1.com/content/6-pourquoi-un-montage-de-roues-artisanales- explaining that 'artisanal' aka hand built wheels are better for many reasons, such as having ...
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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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Wheel building - how to tighten spokes to have perfectly equal tension

So far I figured it out following recipe for perfectly adjusted front rim: Assemble the wheel leaving tiny portion of thread visible outside nipple for every spoke. Tighten each nipple equal number ...
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Proper spoke tension when dishing to the side of the hub

I am building wheel with 7 speed freewheel so my rim dishing needs to be towards the side of the hub. Using 281mm spokes on both sides of the hub except for side close to freewheel used 12mm nipples ...
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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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Are small radially laced motor hub wheels like Swytch trash?

I saw a bike that recently had this kit installed on it, and was surprised at the radial spokes: From having done rebuilds on 20" motor hub wheels, I can appreciate the temptation to look at ...
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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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What is the durability of a bicycle wheel?

I have built a bicycle wheel from spokes, nipples, hub and rim. How long can I expect my creation to last? Naturally I would like the wheel I spent great efforts to build to last as long as it can.
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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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Experience with Panasonic Dynamo hubs?

I'm starting to spec out a dynamo hub wheel build for light touring/randonneuring. Was planning on going with a Shutter Precision hub, but just stumbled on these Panasonic hubs on sale at Soma for $21....
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Why is my wheel going out of true after I mount and inflate the tire?

I’m wrapping up my very first wheel build (rear wheel), and I noticed that the wheel is going out of true after I installed the tire. Before installing the tire, I had the wheel trued pretty well (...
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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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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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How to select a rim?

I have noticed there are a huge number of rims available for sale. Some are cheap, some are expensive. Some are intended for rim brakes, some are intended for disc brakes. Not all rims are available ...
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Why did my 28-spoke front wheel lost all tension but rear only some?

I have an electric road bike with disc brakes. Its stock front and rear tires have only 28 spokes and a slightly deeper than ordinary rim. The hubs are cheap non-Shimano hubs, but their flange ...
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How to model the dynamic tension distribution of a loaded bicycle wheel?

Jobst Brandt has in his book The Bicycle Wheel the results of a computer simulation of the dynamic tension distribution in a loaded bicycle wheel. However, the code of the simulation is not available. ...
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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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Single wall rims with disc brakes

I'm building up a 36-spoke dynamo front wheel for a Mongoose Envoy cargo bike. It will be used casually for short trips, but I weigh 230 lbs and I may have a child or a load of groceries on. The stock ...
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How much leeway do I have on ERD?

I am following up on this thread. I have found a few rims that match the ERD (604) of my rim, and if necessary I can use one of those. But I would like to consider others as well. How much leeway ...
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Finding a rim to swap in on a damaged wheel

I have a rear wheel with a 29" WTP STp i25 rim. The rim is irreparably damaged, but the wheel is otherwise in good condition. The spokes are not affected, the hub is great, and the wheel was ...
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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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Is this spoke tension too low?

I am building a wheel and it is (pretty much) perfectly dished Spoke tension calculator measurements say: However, my wheel required a lot of offset to get the dish correct. My park tool TM-1 ...
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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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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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Diagnosing and correcting hop on carbon wheel

NOTE - please read update below and all comments. I have a Mavic Cosmic carbon wheel which is perfectly true, but it has some vertical hop (3-4 mm). I thought at first that it was out of round, but ...
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Using an 8 speed cassette on an 10-11 speed Tiagra FH-RS400

I'm trying to build a new set of wheels for touring trip (2 months) I have planned and can only find a Tiagra FH-RS400 hub. The issues is that my shifters are Claris 3x8 ST-2403-L and cannot support ...
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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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Using 16 hole front rim to build a rear wheel

I have the opportunity to buy 2 front Shimano Dura Ace C40 latest generation wheels at a very cheap price. The hole count for the wheelset is 16/21. Could I build / have built a rear wheel from one of ...
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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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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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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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Broken 26'' wheel

I need your recommendations. I have the issue with my rear rim. It was broken. And now I have a dilemma to buy a new wheel or buy a new rim and use hub, spokes from the previous wheel. One problem the ...
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Rescue corroded alloy nipples on wheel spokes, perhaps using chemicals?

My wheelset has alloy nipples which have severely corroded. It needs rebuilt with brass nipples. However, my LBS can't get the spokes out. The nipples are too disintegrated to turn, but not ...
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How much do spokes stretch when first used?

I built a wheel for the first time recently, so I checked it after a few hundred km. The spokes seemed to all have lower tension (by pitch) than when I built the wheel. I tightened them all about 1/4 ...
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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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Use Brompton BWR 3-speed hub to create a full 700c wheel?

I have been looking at getting an internal gear hub wheel for my commuter. I currently ride a fixie and I find myself wanting a lower gear at stop lights and a higher gear in straight aways. Basically ...
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How do I choose a replacement wheel rim?

These are my current rims: Wheeltech TD26 by Alex Rims (can't find much info about these online). I need to replace the rear wheel as it is cracked (cracks on the rims around a few spokes) It's a ...
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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 ...