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Old 10-18-05, 03:00 PM   #1
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Spoke suggestions for wheelbuild

I'm going to take my first stab at wheel building soon as I have finally sourced a cheap rear 28h mountain bike hub (source to be shared once my order is confirmed ). Anyways - as some may remember I picked up a pair of 28h Mavic 117 rims off nashbar recently - and building a pair of wheels that will eventually go onto a little odd project I've been thinking about for a while. The 117 seems to be a very sturdy rim, double walled and has reinforcements at the spoke holes. Bike will be a rigid framed mountain bike for street & dirt/gravel road use.

Anyways... looking for suggestions on what spokes to go with. Brand / gauge / butting / etc. Hubs are going to be Shimano Deore, front *may* be disk, but likely not. Building in x-2 or x3 pattern - likely 2 in the front, 3 in the back.
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Old 10-18-05, 05:09 PM   #2
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DT Competition dble butted spokes will work excellently and their better and lighter then straight guage spokes.

If your a clydesdale or going to going on fully loaded tours then look into DT Alpine III's spokes, their also dble (triple?) butted but a heavier guage then the Comps. By the way, they had some issues with Alpines breaking their heads, but those issues were resolved.
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Your hub is 28 hole. You are stuck with 2-cross. Get double-butted. Better. 14/15/14.
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Your hub is 28 hole. You are stuck with 2-cross. Get double-butted. Better. 14/15/14.
My 28 hole wheel is 3-cross, 2.0-1.5-2.0 Revolution spokes. No problems, no spoke head interference.

But I don't know about Alpine spokes, the 2.34mm head may have an interference problem on the hub flange with a 3-cross pattern. I just don't know.

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Old 10-18-05, 08:41 PM   #5
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really? maybe thats only for high flange hubs or something then...
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He can do three cross no problem I usually do them two just because the wheel looks better and it does not seem to affect the strength any.

I would also build them with 14/15g spokes. they are durable, build up nice, and offer a weight savings(40-50 grams) over straight.
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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You might want to avoid 2x on the front with disc brakes. Go for 3 cross. Your spokes are carrying a lot of stress with disc brakes.
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