I'm going to get a trials bike, but they're crazy expesive, right? The frame alone will cost me around 650 cdn...so I'm going to try to use components I already have.
I recently took apart a wheel that my brother wasn't using, it was on his Trek 4100. The wheel is a rear, and wouldn't do well for trials, so I'm thinking of salvaging the spokes and hub and buy a better rim and put it together. I was thinking of getting the Alex Dx32 rim, and lace it to my crappier hub for the time being. But, my question is, will the spokes be long enough?
I've heard from some bike shops that there are different spoke lengths, are they cut or do the readily come in different lengths?
Surly LHT; Surly CC (as fixed-gear commuter); Hunter CX; Dahon Mu Uno
The do indeed come in different lenghts depending on the dimensions of your hub, rim, and lacing pattern. You can get a spreadsheet from the URL I'll post below that contains a good database of hubs and rims:
I have a lot of the information gathered, but I don't know the name of my hub. I can't find any printing or anything anywhere on the hub, is there a place where companies usually put the name? I'll take pics of the hub.
building wheels is a precise and finesse business - you may want to have a shop do this, or at least someone that knows what they're doing. it's not as easy as just lace it up and go. for wheels you care about, it's not worth re-using spokes or nipples - get new ones.