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Posted: Apr 25, 2019 at 3:08 Quote
Kbes13 wrote:
Hi,
I got a new rim and now I am going to build my first wheel.
I got the possibility to use a trueing stand so I decided I wanted to learn how to build a wheel because it is a useful skill.
But do I need to buy a tension-meter?

Thank You
Jakob

yes you need one. a strong wheel is only possible if the spoke tension is homogeneous. on my book, that's more important than a straight wheel, which used to be the case with smashed aluminum rims.
having said that, you don't need a fancy one. the simple one from park tool will do just fine for amateurs.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 at 4:06 Quote
Hi i want to build a dt swiss wheel
İ calculated the spoke length (273-272)
There is no 273mm option
272 is okay for both sides?

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 at 9:02 Quote
Noeserd wrote:
Hi i want to build a dt swiss wheel
İ calculated the spoke length (273-272)
There is no 273mm option
272 is okay for both sides?

What is the exact measurement? Go use the DT Swiss spoke calculator.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 at 11:34 Quote
seraph wrote:
Noeserd wrote:
Hi i want to build a dt swiss wheel
İ calculated the spoke length (273-272)
There is no 273mm option
272 is okay for both sides?

What is the exact measurement? Go use the DT Swiss spoke calculator.
Already calculated
Drive side 272
Non drive 273
But there is no 273 option for sale anywhere

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 at 12:02 Quote
seraph wrote:
Noeserd wrote:
Hi i want to build a dt swiss wheel
İ calculated the spoke length (273-272)
There is no 273mm option
272 is okay for both sides?

What is the exact measurement? Go use the DT Swiss spoke calculator.
Already calculated
Drive side 272
Non drive 273
But there is no 273 option for sale anywhere

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 at 12:36 Quote
Noeserd wrote:
seraph wrote:
Noeserd wrote:
Hi i want to build a dt swiss wheel
İ calculated the spoke length (273-272)
There is no 273mm option
272 is okay for both sides?

What is the exact measurement? Go use the DT Swiss spoke calculator.
Already calculated
Drive side 272
Non drive 273
But there is no 273 option for sale anywhere

What are the exact numbers they give you though? I highly doubt that they're giving you perfectly whole numbers.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 at 9:19 Quote
Quick question.

Does it matter strenght wise when building a wheel how many threads the nipple engages on the spoke? I'm using few mm short spokes and i have 1-2mm thread visible on spokes. When it comes to bolts, i do believe its only the few first threads that actually take the load, not all threads..

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 at 10:25 Quote
Bnito wrote:
Quick question.

Does it matter strenght wise when building a wheel how many threads the nipple engages on the spoke? I'm using few mm short spokes and i have 1-2mm thread visible on spokes. When it comes to bolts, i do believe its only the few first threads that actually take the load, not all threads..

Yes, it matters. I don't treat spoke nipples like regular nuts and bolts. You don't want any threads showing.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 at 18:17 Quote
seraph wrote:
Bnito wrote:
Quick question.

Does it matter strenght wise when building a wheel how many threads the nipple engages on the spoke? I'm using few mm short spokes and i have 1-2mm thread visible on spokes. When it comes to bolts, i do believe its only the few first threads that actually take the load, not all threads..

Yes, it matters. I don't treat spoke nipples like regular nuts and bolts. You don't want any threads showing.

+1 it definetly matters.
If the spoke does not reach to the top of the nipple head, the force rests all on the thin shoulder of the nipple.
The spoke thread to the top of the nipple head distributes force to the spoke.
If threads are showing you are way too short and it won't be long before all your nipples start snapping.

Posted: Nov 17, 2019 at 23:41 Quote
Ok, thanks for the replies.

I've ordered a set of longer spokes. Still learning so few mistakes are expected... Soon i will have all the spoke lenghts in stock Big Grin

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