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Old 09-05-08, 03:26 PM   #1
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Replacing a damaged rim - OK to reuse spokes?

My front wheel was damaged by a severe pothole impact. It is a Mavic Open Pro 32h with 105 hubs (not the smoothest, but they'll do) and unknown spokes (came off of a 2002 Giant TCR 2). I have a replacement wheelset at the moment - Neuvation R28 SL3 - but the loud decals and irritatingly loud freewheel (yes, I greased the hell out of it) make me long for my trusty Mavic wheels again. If I buy a new identical Open Pro rim and relace the wheel in the same spoke pattern, is it OK to reuse the spokes?
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As long as the threads aren't stripped when you unscrew the nipples, and they aren't bent severely (slight curve will get pulled straight) or at a noticeable angle, and also that they aren't corroded. I personally can't see any reason why not. Just make sure you lace it in the exact spoke pattern (although that would be difficult without shorter/longer spokes) and that you also feel comfortable reusing them. The same applies for the nipples. Make sure you don't strip any of them on both the head of it, as well as the actual nut section. Then I really can't see any problem, again, as long as you feel comfortable doing so.
I'm learning how to build rims and from everything I've gathered, this is my 2 cents.
Hope it helps.
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My front wheel was damaged by a severe pothole impact. It is a Mavic Open Pro 32h with 105 hubs (not the smoothest, but they'll do) and unknown spokes (came off of a 2002 Giant TCR 2). I have a replacement wheelset at the moment - Neuvation R28 SL3 - but the loud decals and irritatingly loud freewheel (yes, I greased the hell out of it) make me long for my trusty Mavic wheels again. If I buy a new identical Open Pro rim and relace the wheel in the same spoke pattern, is it OK to reuse the spokes?
If the spokes aren't kinked or obviously severely bent you can re-use them. Brandt says this is actually better than using new ones. Assuming you are using the exact same rim - which you said you are.

The campy manual details a really easy and fast way of transferring rims.
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It's as simple as easing off the tension in small steps over a few circuits of the wheel and then tape the new rim to the old and move the spokes over one at a time and then re-tension. Done this quite a few times now for rim replacements due to damage or just plain worn out rims from rim brakes.
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It's as simple as easing off the tension in small steps over a few circuits of the wheel and then tape the new rim to the old and move the spokes over one at a time and then re-tension.
And I was just wondering how to do that in a clever way. Brilliant!
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BC beat me to it with the tape idea. Just make sure you have the left-right hole orientation correct when laying up the new rim next to the old one. Also don't spin down the nipples all the way on the new rim until you've got all the spokes transferred; just 1-2 threads will do and it'll make the transfer easier.
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