Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: 2002 Kona Deluxe (road), 2001 Cove Stiffee (mtb)
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What do you do when you're at home on a Friday night?
Well let me tell you. First you grease up some nipples and that's right........ build a wheel!!
At least that what I did anyways. First time building one and so far not too shabby if I do say so myself. I'll see about hauling my lazy carcass out of bed tomorrow and giving her a test and see how she holds up.
I do only have one question.
I'm pretty sure I've heard that usually wheels where the spokes are not a equal distance from the center like on a rear wheel hub or disc hub the one set of spokes has greater tension on them. This is because when you dish the wheel you're pulling on the one set of spokes to center the hub.
In this case a front wheel with a disc hub has to pulled or the spokes tightened from the disc side to pull the rotor mount further towards the center. This causes the flanges to be an unequal distance from the actual wheel center thus causing greater tension on those spokes. Where as the spokes on the drive side or non disc side have less tension on them being further out from the center.
I'm not talkin' a huge difference, just a slight one when you squeeze the spokes or "pluck" them to hear the different tones.
I'm pretty sure I'm o.k. and I won't kill myself on my new wheel tomorrow. I'm looking for anyone with greater insight or who builds thier own wheels on occasion or all the time for that matter.
For the record, I have the tools necessary to the get the job done. Both for the wheel build and the greased nipples.
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