Bicycle Mechanics - Wheelbuilding: Interlace oval/bladed spokes?
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Would you interlace the leading spokes on a 3x wheel using oval or bladed spokes?
I'm using Wheelsmith AE15 spokes which have an oval cross section. I'm planning on interlacing the leading spokes once as they cross the last spoke on the way to the rim as I would using round spokes. Let me know if this is ok.
Would you do anything else different when wheelbuilding with oval spokes?
08-30-08, 06:59 PM
If you mean cross the spokes, that's fine.
When you turn the spoke nipple on an aero/bladed spoke, make sure you're not winding up the spoke (twisting it). Turn the nipple so it turns the amount you want *on the spoke*, then untwist the spoke as necessary. You may turn the spoke nipple 1 turn to get 1/4 turn on the spoke, then turn the nipple back 3/4 turn to unwind the spoke. I lightly hold the spoke with my other hand while I turn the spoke nipple. This way I can feel the wind up as it happens, and the un-wind as it happens.
Check your tension as the numbers are different from round spokes.
Have fun building the wheel,
08-30-08, 07:56 PM
My builder made me a set of wheels with Sapim CXrays, and yes they are interlaced.
08-31-08, 02:46 AM
If I was doing it I'd switch to double butted round.
08-31-08, 03:34 AM
yep, nothing wrong with it. I have some of these with 2-crossed oval DT Aero Speed spokes (1.2mm x 2.3mm). I also have some Tokens with bladed spokes, and the rear is 2-cross.
Joshua A.C. New
09-02-08, 10:26 AM
Why are you using round and oval spokes?
G piny parnas
09-02-08, 11:05 AM
use double butted dt ss round--- never oval anything; never colored,,,never---- creaky, breaky, sucky---- cant true on the fly--- on and on-- bad weather,hard riding--- onand on....... anodized nothing--- bright shiney smiley dbswiss!!!! boys!
09-02-08, 01:26 PM
Give it up guys, the guy likes oval. Yer not exactly making any compelling reasons why he should stick to round.
09-02-08, 01:57 PM
From what I hear, Aerolites (oval) are stronger and easier to work with than Revolutions (double butted) and weigh about the same. So there.
Now go build your wheels laced like normal and enjoy them!
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