I started building my first wheel. Was going to reuse my old and use a new (slightyl used) Ultegra 6500.
After starting and with help from the forum realized I needed to use new rims (old ones suspect..small cracks).
I got velocity Aerohead rims and spokes from LBS. I started the build (using sheldon's instructions). I got the lacing almost done, but couldn't get some of the spokes to connect.
I was pondering this situation when a spoke broke on my other commuter bike. I went to fix the spoke and before you know it multiple spokes break. OK I will rebuild this wheel to. So off to the LBS for spokes (they did the calc) This build went pretty well (Sun CR 18 rim, shimano deore 530 hub)...some little imperfections that I will fiddle with after I put a few miles on the wheel.
So now emboldened by success, I attach the first wheel again. I took all the spokes off, except for the drive side leading spokes (which i loosened until there were a few Threads in the nipple. I relace the wheel...leading spokes on the left side and then do the trailins spokes altenating between sides (trying to keep things even)
At this point I have suspicions that I am going to have problems again. Some of the spokes seem more curved than others, almost like they are too long.
I think/hope that getting all tightened to 1 or 2 threads will even this out, but I find that some spokes start getting tension before the threads are all even, and others are still very loose. I fiddle some more and some spokes end up needing 4-5 mm behone the top of the nipple to get any tension.
On the whole it feels really uneven.
I am thinking that a) I am worrying too much and should just try to true it up and see what happens b) the LBS make an error on spoke length and I should recalc and start over with new spokes c) the rim is seriously out of round from my first efforts. or d) my lacing pattern is goofed up...but I can't see it if it is
I am leaning to getting new spokes and starting over.
Any thoughts/suggestion on what is causing this?